The board of directors of the Redings Mill Fire Protection District have placed a question for consideration of the citizens of the fire district on the April 4 ballot.

The question will appear as:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Redings Mill Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than thirty-five cents ($0.35) on the one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the District?

Yes_________ No _________

According to Steven Coats, Redings Mill fire chief, this request is being made to address current and future needs of the Redings Mill Fire Protection District.

Volunteer numbers are at an all-time low, he said. A portion of the funding, if approved, will provide a second fire station staffed full time with the addition of nine new career firefighters to assist with the low volunteer numbers.

“In addition, entry level firefighter turnover is at an all-time high due to the fire districts current pay rates being low compared to other emergency service agencies in our region,” said Coats. “This issue will be addressed by improving current career firefighter benefits.”

Furthermore, facility replacement and relocation will be included in the funding request. Two facilities will be constructed to replace three existing facilities that either are in need of repair or do not fit our current needs.

The relocation of the facilities will have a direct effect on 165 properties that are currently beyond five miles of a fire station. This will result in a decrease in property owners insurance premiums.

Lastly, a long-term vehicle replacement program will be established. This will allow our fleet of vehicles to be replaced routinely as their service life ends.

Redings Mill Fire officials invite the patrons of the fire district to attend one of its educational meetings to learn more about the fire district and the plans to address current and future needs:

• Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., 5202 S, Range Line Road – Fire Station 2.

• Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m., 4083 Coyote Drive – Fire Station 5.

• Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m., 7303 Gateway Drive – Fire Station 4.

• Monday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m., 8255 Eland Road – Fire Station 6.

• Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m., 7509 Coyote Drive – Hornet Community Center.

• Thursday March 30 at 6:30 p.m., 344 Redings Mill Road – Fire Station 1.

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