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Fire district's transition committee has presented two potential plans, will begin interviewing fire chiefs

Estacada fire

The Estacada Fire Transition Committee will begin interviewing interim fire chiefs for the district.

"I'm going to make a motion that we appoint the transition committee the authority to interview some chiefs for an interim transitional chief," said Estacada Fire Director Matthew Silva during a meeting on Monday, Dec. 28. "Specifically, the authority to start looking for a chief to recommend to the Board of Directors, hopefully in the January board meeting."

Before the meeting on Monday evening, the directors held a work session in which the transition from the contract for service with Clackamas Fire and next steps were discussed. Estacada's current contract for service with Clackamas Fire lasts through June 2021. Estacada voters said no to a proposed merger with Clackamas Fire in the November 2020 election.

During Monday's work session, Estacada Fire Director Ken Oliver, a member of the Transition Committee, presented two potential plans for staffing and volunteers.

Under Plan A, there would be one fire chief, one deputy chief, one captain, two lieutenants, four firefighter paramedics, three firefighters and an office manager. Additionally, there would be a volunteer division chief for training and operations, a volunteer fire marshall and a volunteer administrative support position, along with a student program.

Plan B has many similar elements to Plan A, though it would consist of three fewer firefighters.

Plan A would cost $1.9 million, and plan B would cost $1.5 million.

"Plan A is like a full meal. Plan B is trying to save some money, and in order for Plan B to work we definitely have to have volunteers and students on board," Oliver said.

Silva noted that "getting the chief on board is the start."

"He or she can really refine (the plans) and put them in with benchmarks that we need to make sure things are going well," he said.

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