JANUARY – MARCH 2015
THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF OTHER FIRE DISTRICTS, WE NOW HAVE 3 FIRE TRUCKS. COMING LATER, TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS. (See below for contact information on how to become a volunteer.)
Searching for a site for the fire station.
The Board of Directors has been struggling to find a suitable site on which to eventually build the future fire station to house the above vehicles. There are a lot of factors to consider when looking for the best site: Insurance rating considerations for property owners, proximity to known population density, proximity to volunteer base, cost, available real estate, access to water and power, access to major roads, future potential growth areas, and distance from mutual aid partners.
From an operations standpoint, the “ideal” location would be somewhere near the intersection of Dodds Road and Alfalfa Market Road. The current available sites are from the Alfalfa Store to Todd Road. Complicating the issue is the State and County zoning and land use constraints. We are making headway with the latter but the whole process has been time consuming. Outright purchase of land to date has been cost prohibitive coupled with the fact there are few, if any, suitable sites for sale within the area of need.
Long-term annual lease agreements are being discussed with the Alfalfa Water Users and the Oregon Department of State Lands. We are also in discussions with a private landowner willing to sell us an acre of land. Mortgage ramifications for the current owner are being explored by the owner as well as potential issues with State and County zoning requirements.
It is best for the district if these critical steps can be accomplished in a proper sequence. It will do us no good to have volunteers trained if we do not have adequate year around storage for the equipment they will be operating. It is also important to not provide partial service but be fully functional once we “open our doors” for business.
While this has put us behind our previously planned schedule, the district will is continuing to develop. We see more interest in donating equipment and new volunteers are coming forth with a desire to make the new department a success.
In order to keep the district patrons updated it is the intent of the Board of Directors to send out a quarterly newsletter in addition to maintaining our website. (www.alfalfafiredistrict.org)
There will be two Board of Director positions up for election in the May 19, 2015 election. Interested candidates must apply between February 7 and March 19. Information on how to file may be obtained by going to the Deschutes County Clerk’s website and following these steps: Elections and voting, Filing Forms, and District Director Packet 2015. For information regarding duties, responsibilities, and time commitments for a Director’s position please contact one of the current Board members. (Bob Kathman @ 541-323-1781; Gary Hughes @ 541-419-7985; Carolyn Chase @ 541-312-2600; Rowan Hollitz @ 541-306-8996; or David Warren @ 541-610-2999).
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED—FIRE FIGHTER / EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE / SUPPORT GROUP
Interested? Call or email Steve Stenkamp at 541-388-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org