Community members invited to Q&A session and Open Houses to learn more
Clark County Fire District 3 invites the community to learn more about the fire levy lid lift that will be on the August 1, 2023, primary election ballot. The purpose of the lid lift is to improve the safety of the community and its firefighters.
Learn more at one of the following public events:
- Wednesday, July 12, from 6-7 pm at Station 31, 17718 NE 159th St. (Q&A session)
- Saturday, July 29, from 10-1 pm at Station 32, 21503 NE 227th Ave. (Open House)
- Saturday, July 29, from 1-4 pm at Station 33, 18209 NE 259th St. (Open House)
Fire Chief Scott Sorenson will be available at each event to answer any questions.
The fire levy lid lift would hire additional personnel to respond to higher call volumes and meet industry best practices. The fire district would be able to fund three-person engine companies. The current staffing model of two-person companies prevents firefighters from entering buildings to begin rescue operations unless another engine company is on scene. This can delay emergency response times.
The lid lift would also fund:
- Renovation of Station 34 in the Rawson Road/Elkhorn/Summer Hill area to provide full-time 24-hour staffing to allow for quicker response times
- Replacement of a fire engine, ambulance and other smaller equipment that have reached the end of their serviceable lives
- Technical training (swift water, high angles, and ropes) to decrease the reliance on outside agency help and improve efficiency districtwide
The fire levy lid lift is $0.29 per $1,000 of assessed property value and will cost an additional $12.08 per month or $145 per year for the owner of a $500,000 home.
“We fund all projects on time and within budget,” Chief Sorenson said. “We are proud of our track record of keeping our promises to taxpayers and I hope you will join us to learn more about this important ballot measure.”
Clark County Fire District 3 provides fire and life safety services to 46,000 people in east Clark County, including the city of Battle Ground. Fifty-seven full-time and 10 volunteer emergency personnel responded to 4,917 calls in 2022. Fire District 3 operates under a balanced budget and has a long history of passing its financial and accountability audits by the state. More information on Fire District 3 can be found on its website www.fire3.org.