Now is the time. I am a Fall City resident, a former Fire District 27 volunteer, and a current Fire District 27 firefighter. In this coming election, I will be voting YES on Proposition 1.
As a third generation firefighter, I have seen a lot of change in the fire service over the last 30 years. Gone are the days of volunteers responding from home, being able to respond to emergencies with just one person, and fighting fire with minimal personal protective equipment. Today’s standards require certain levels of equipment, certain lifespans for equipment, and at least 3 firefighters at a fire to rescue someone trapped in a building.
Fire District 27 is staring down the barrel of these changes. There have been multiple times, even in the last few months, that someone has called 911, and only 2 firefighters have responded. This is unacceptable as a citizen, and as a firefighter. A three person minimum is something the firefighters have been asking for for years, but something the Fire District can’t provide with its level of finances.
In the coming years, the Fire District has close to 1 million dollars in capital expenses. The equipment needed to enter an emergency with poor air conditions expire at the end of the year. That alone will cost around $125,000 to replace. Our aid car is past its 10 year life span. That will cost around $250,000. Our water tender is over 20 years old. The cost to replace that is about $500,000. All of this does not even include other equipment the firefighters should have such as a second set of bunker gear. This is quite a large expense for a small taxing district. These things would be available immediately with a merger with Fire District 10.
Unfortunately, there are rumors and misrepresentations being spread by the opposition, meant to instill confusion, deception, and ultimately fear in our community into voting no. This information is false and misleading. To clarify the rumors:
- The fire station in Fall City will continue to provide services to Fall City
- Guaranteed three person career staffing 24/7/365
- The firefighters in Fall City will be better trained
- More than 75% of taxpayers will see a tax decrease in 2019
Please contact the Fire Chief if you have any questions or concerns. He has all of our best interests at heart and will give you the straight facts”
Chief Chris Connor: (425)222-5841 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaun Baker, Fall City
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