District Board and Community Members,
In 2022, we had many exciting accomplishments that we will share with you throughout this report. Most importantly, we are happy to report that we have paid the 20-year Bond for Station 2 off and taxpayers will see a reduction in taxes in 2023. In March of 2022, we added three Battalion Chiefs who act as shift commanders for each 48-hour shift. These three positions, in addition to our Station Lieutenants, ensure that we have an officer available to command any large or complex incident. We had six members complete the week-long fire service Honor Guard Academy to as Honor and Color Guard for our fire department at special events and funerals. The District began the early stages of planning a storage building located on the existing Station 3 property. Due to increasing costs and 40-month delivery estimates for new fire apparatus, the District Board entered into an agreement to purchase two new fire engines scheduled for delivery in late 2025 or early 2026. In 2022, the District implemented a new record management system ESO and retired Firehouse after 24 years. In June of 2022, Banner Paramedics transferred ALS transport services to Global Medical Response (GMR). This was in part due to a move away from ALS transport services for Banner Hospital. The contract with Banner remains in place until December 31, 2024. Discussions have already begun about continuing this relationship with GMR. We conducted several significant training courses on site that included an 80-hour Haz Mat Technician course, 40-hour rope rescue technician course, Firefighter II Academy, and a Driver/Operator class. All response personnel completed Narcan training and we now carry Narcan on fire apparatus to administer in the case of an opioid overdose. We maintained our Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating of Class 2. Sadly, we mourned the loss of District Board Member and Past Chief Frank Brozovich. We will continue to serve our community with the highest level of emergency services. I want to thank our staff for their outstanding work again in 2022.