Camano Island Fire and Rescue passes 2018 budget
[Camano Island, Wash.] The Board of Fire Commissioners for Camano Island Fire and Rescue (CIFR) passed its 2018 Budget at a recent November 2017 meeting followed by approval of an updated budget in March 2018. The update was required to include revenue from the Levy Lid Lift approved by Camano Island citizens in November. Overall, the Fire District is healthy with a balanced budget and is meeting all of its financial obligations. Call volumes and the costs associated with meeting this demand continue to increase with 2017 setting a record for the number of emergency responses by CIFR.
Highlights of the 2018 Budget include the planned replacement of a 1983 water tender, continued replacement of personal protective equipment for firefighters, and the development of a wellness/fitness program. This program will help us identify conditions and diseases such as certain cancers for which firefighters are at a higher risk than the general population. “Our personnel are our most important asset and we will always look for ways to protect them while they protect us” said Chief Schick. The Fire District also plans to continue its fire prevention education program and expand its efforts to recruit volunteer firefighters.
Chief Schick says that the agency has added emergency personnel and started the replacement process for some of its aging apparatus. The Fire District recently completed a Strategic Plan that identifies the personnel, apparatus and facilities maintenance required to meet the emergency service needs of the community for the next 10 years.
Revenue is an issue that the Camano Island community will need to consider moving forward. Emergency services are funded by two property tax levies: one for fire suppression and another for emergency medical service. The EMS levy was renewed by voters in 2015 at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. In 2017 voters approved a fire levy rate of $1.35.
A link to the 2018 Budget, Presentation and Strategic Plan for Camano Island Fire and Rescue is listed below. Fire District residents with questions or comments are encouraged to contact Chief Schick at [email protected] or (360) 387-1512.
Camano Island Fire and Rescue provides fire suppression, emergency medical service and technical rescue to 16,000 people over 40 square miles. Forty-nine full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters responded to an average of 1,900 calls per year.
The final budget, budget presentation and Strategic Plan are available for download below: