In recent years, Newberg and District #2 have faced funding and staffing challenges. A discovery process has been underway for several months to evaluate both fire agencies’ operations and possible solutions, including a contract with TVF&R.
On February 17, the District #2 Board of Directors approved a functional consolidation contract, which paves the way for TVF&R to oversee all district operations. During the contract, TVF&R will also perform all business functions. As part of the contract, TVF&R will provide additional staffing starting July 1, including qualified firefighter paramedics to respond to medical emergencies requiring more immediate, technical care, bringing each crew to three professional firefighters.
On March 7, the Newberg City Council voted unanimously to approve a functional consolidation contract with TVF&R that also begins on July 1. The contract will provide additional firefighters to improve coverage and response, and the city will receive an updated ladder truck and two additional ambulances while maintaining a high level of community involvement. Despite a 42% increase in service demands over the past decade, there have not been any firefighters or staff added to the fire department since 2006.
During the contracts, both agencies will benefit from additional staffing, critical skills training in advanced life support (EMS) and firefighting, vehicle maintenance, building inspections, specialty rescue teams (water, hazardous materials response, and technical), community service, fire prevention programs and public education.
The operational contracts will allow elected leaders to evaluate whether permanent partnerships are a good fit for both organizations. Ultimately, voters in District #2 and Newberg’s service areas will have the opportunity to make the final decision.