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Letter: Support Fire District 3

By Charlie Campbell, BATTLE GROUND
Published: June 13, 2024, 6:00am

As a firefighter, I am asking our community to learn more about Fire District 3’s lid lift request. We are struggling to meet the emergency services needs of our community.

Call volumes have increased 25 percent in six years and our community requires more firefighters to respond. This includes paramedic-certified firefighters to provide critical patient care during medical emergencies (now 70 percent of all calls). We also need to staff the station on Rawson Road full-time to improve our emergency response district-wide.

The current fire levy is not adequate to fund what our community requires. The levy rate falls every year and we have had to cut funding for two firefighter/paramedics as a result. A failed levy lid lift will continue to result in reduced staffing, longer response times, unstaffed fire stations and higher homeowner insurance premiums for residents.

I have lived in Fire District 3 for 25 years and have served it for 20 years. Our fire district doesn’t control growth, but we must serve it. Without adequate funding, all residents (new and old) suffer from longer response times and outdated medical/rescue equipment. Please learn more at www.fire3.org.

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