The Riverside County Board of Supervisors Tuesday signed off on a $41 million fire services agreement with the city of Menifee, guaranteeing the municipality emergency response by county fire personnel for wildfire, medical, hazardous material and other emergencies over nearly three years.

In a 4-0 vote without comment — with Supervisor Jeff Hewitt absent — the board cleared the county Fire Department to continue serving Menifee until July 1, 2024. The official commencement of the contract is Nov. 1, but services will not be interrupted in the interim, officials said.

Menifee has maintained agreements with the county since it incorporated in 2008.

The annual cost of the new compact is roughly $14 million for fiscal years 2022-23 and 2023-24. The current year’s amount is closer to $13 million because it’s starting in the second quarter of 2021-22.

Under the agreement, Menifee will have access to firefighters and paramedics from four county fire stations, making 50 personnel available on most days of the week within the city.

All administrative functions will be managed by the county, according to the contract.

It also specifies that the crews available in Menifee will be part of the regional mutual aid response, under which personnel are available for dispatch to wildfires, disasters and other events countywide, and periodically in neighboring counties.

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