Hubbard Fire: 'Thank you'
The Hubbard Fire District would like to extend appreciation to the Hubbard community for support of the local option levy on the May ballot.
At a public meeting June 3, the district's budget committee approved a spending plan that will fulfill the promises made to voters during the levy campaign including the hiring of additional firefighters, maintenance and replacement of critical emergency response equipment, and the ability to enter automatic mutual-aid agreements with neighboring fire districts.
The district has set a tentative date of July 15 for the hiring of two new career firefighters. The new career members will join the district's two existing career firefighters, who augment the 30 volunteer members. The career and volunteer firefighters work together to ensure that firefighters are on duty at the station at all times.
Once the new members are on board, the district will establish automatic mutual-aid agreements with the Woodburn and Aurora Fire Districts. This will provide immediate dispatch of career-staffed fire engines anytime that Hubbard firefighters are engaged with another emergency or unavailable for any reason.
The boards of directors from the neighboring fire districts have pledged support of the automatic aid agreements that also will benefit the residents of their districts. Automatic dispatch agreements do not cost any additional taxpayer money and are only possible when each district provides continuous firefighter staffing at their home fire stations.
When the fire districts share regional resources, the residents and property owners of all three districts are better served. With the passage of the levy, all three districts will provide continuous emergency response for their own 911 calls and receive and provide automatic backup coverage to the other districts whenever needed.
The approved budget also includes funds for maintaining the tools and equipment required for safe and effective emergency response to fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle accidents and other incidents.
Expenses planned for the coming fiscal year include protective equipment for firefighters, replacement hose, new tires for fire vehicles and much more. The addition of levy funds allows the fire district to maintain compliance with state and federal safety standards that regulate the tools and equipment used by firefighters.
The budget committee also approved the purchase of a heart monitor that will significantly improve the ability of firefighters to deliver life-saving treatment to patients experiencing cardiac emergencies.
Approval of the local option levy has provided the Hubbard Fire District with a strong financial foundation that will ensure adequate funding for the delivery of emergency services as the community grows.
A copy of the approved budget will be published in this newspaper for review and comment prior to adoption by the board of directors at a public meeting scheduled for June 18 at the fire station.
Thank you again for your support for the volunteer and career firefighters in their mission to protect lives and property in service to the residents of the Hubbard community.
Joe Budge, Woodburn and Hubbard Fire Districts chief; Jeffrey Robinson, Hubbard Fire District Board of Directors president; Robert Gendhar Hubbard Volunteer Firefighter's Association president.
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