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Posted on: September 19, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Washington County Fire District 2 voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to permanently


Elected leaders from District 2 have determined it's in the community’s best interest for TVF&R to provide service to their area permanently in order to stabilize funding for fire, medical and emergency services and to ensure continued fire protection to residents in North Plains, Scholls, Midway, Helvetia, Rock Creek and other portions of central Washington County.

In order for TVF&R to annex the territory, voters must decide to dissolve District 2.

If voters approve Measure 34-268, Washington County Fire District 2 will be dissolved and the territory will be annexed to TVF&R. District 2’s combined tax rate of $1.69 per $1,000 assessed property valuation will be eliminated. TVF&R’s current rate of $2.07 per $1,000 assessed property valuation will be applied. For an average homeowner in District 2’s service area, Measure 34-268 would increase property taxes by $52.38 annually.

Improved Medical Response: Additional firefighters will be added to each shift at the North Plains and Midway fire stations. These firefighters are cross-trained as paramedics who bring a near-emergency-room-level of care to medical calls such as heart attacks and traumatic injuries.

Enhanced Fire Response: Increased staff and TVF&R’s network of fire stations improve the ability to get enough firefighters on scene quickly to start fire attack methods that would otherwise be delayed.

Better Coverage: Additional firefighters and fire stations in TVF&R’s system improve reliability when multiple calls occur at the same time and enhance bench strength when large incidents happen.

Additional Training: Firefighters will receive ongoing critical skills training in advanced life support (EMS), structural fire suppression, wildland firefighting and other rescue techniques.

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