Eighteen years after its founding, the North Coast Ocean Rescue could formally become part of the Cambria Fire Department if Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors votes, as expected, to officially take team into the fold at its monthly meeting Thursday, July 26.
The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St.
NCOR volunteers are dispatched through the 911 system to ocean emergencies from Morro Bay to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, according to the district website at www.cambriacsd.org.
NCOR was formed in July 1994 as a joint agency effort between CCSD’s Cambria Fire Department and the Cambria Community Healthcare District. The website notes the team is currently funded by CCSD and community donations and operates under the direction of
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the fire department. The district board bestowed a proclamation praising NCOR and its members June 28. Fire Capt. Steve Bitto, an NCOR founder, gave a presentation (including a 10-minute video) about the team. District board members asked staff to bring back a resolution recognizing NCOR’s status as “the volunteer emergency ocean rescue team of the CCSD fire department.”
To see Kate Bitto’s video, “Water Dogs, North Coast Ocean Rescue,” go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0AHMVoiwxA.
At its monthly meeting, the board will also hold a public hearing to order the annual contract weed abatement on parcels that were not cleared by the cutting deadline of July 13. Fire Chief Mark Miller said that, while the list included 102 lots July 17, Bitto has followed up with property owners and Miller hopes to have “zero lots on that list by the time of the board meeting.”
The district’s contractor has had to clear fewer lots under that agreement for the past several years, Miller said. The list included “127 lots at this time last year, and Steve’s excellent work had whittled that down to about 67 by the time it went to the board.”
— Kathe Tanner