Gervais City Council declares collective support for fire district bond, new fire station

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN FIRE DISTRICT - Former Gervais Fire Station on 4th Ave., near City Hall. Gervais joined the Woodburn Fire District in 1986. The fire district operated Station 23 in Gervais until 2007 when it was closed due to the lack of available volunteers and the need for considerable structural repairs.The Gervais City Council supports the Woodburn Fire District bond request. A portion of the bond funds will be used to reestablish a Gervais fire station that will improve the speed of emergency responses to the Gervais area. We support the bond for the following reasons:

The fire stations currently operated by the Woodburn Fire District are 7 to 9 minutes away from Gervais. A quicker response will improve fire protection and survivability for residents who experience a cardiac arrest or other medical emergency not excluding motor vehicle accidents, house/brush fires, etc. A quicker response from firefighter-medics will save lives!

Each year several homes in the Gervais area are damaged or lost by fire. A quicker response by firefighters from Gervais will help reduce the damage from house fires, which can double in size every 30 seconds.

The Fire District responds to more than 250 emergencies each year in and around the city of Gervais. That number is expected to double along with the population over the next 20 years. The increased growth will result in more emergency response needs.

Taxes collected in Gervais will stay in Gervais. Gervais taxpayers provide about 4.5% of the total tax revenue collected by the fire district. The same percentage of the total bond revenue collected will be used to reestablish the fire station in Gervais.

The building that will house the fire station will be built and used jointly by the fire district and the city of Gervais Public Works, resulting in an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.

Let's all help the fire district improve the protection of life and property here in our little city of Gervais by supporting a fire district bond request.

— Gervais City Council

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