Marion County Fire District #1 Moves Forward with Service Level Cuts

2020-11-23T15:25:31-08:00

Marion County Fire District #1 is moving forward with service level cuts as a result of its local option levy not passing in the recent election. Budget cuts include laying off 12 firefighter/ paramedics, taking emergency apparatus out of service, and closing fire stations. This is the second time the levy renewal failed, which accounts for 30 percent of the [...]

Marion County Fire District #1 Moves Forward with Service Level Cuts2020-11-23T15:25:31-08:00

Message from your Fire Chief – November 9, 2020

2020-11-10T09:52:12-08:00

Marion County Fire District #1 wants to thank those who participated in the recent election. Our local option levy was up for renewal, and the outcome was not as we had hoped. The local option levy accounted for 30 percent of our revenue to provide emergency services. Its loss means that we have to make cuts to service levels, which [...]

Message from your Fire Chief – November 9, 20202020-11-10T09:52:12-08:00

Marion County Fire District #1 Holds Virtual Meetings to Discuss Local Option Levy Renewal

2020-10-07T18:15:39-07:00

Measure 24-452 Would Restore Funding for Emergency Services Wildland fires and higher call volumes are placing stress on Marion County Fire District #1. Call volumes have increased 10 percent compared to August and September of last year. Back-to-back emergencies also account for 58 percent of calls to the fire district. All this comes as the agency lost almost 30 percent [...]

Marion County Fire District #1 Holds Virtual Meetings to Discuss Local Option Levy Renewal2020-10-07T18:15:39-07:00

Call Volumes Increase 6.5 Percent for Marion County Fire District #1 in One Month

2020-08-28T11:59:37-07:00

Overlapping Calls Account for 70 Percent of All Emergencies Call volumes and overlapping calls are on the rise for Marion County Fire District #1. All this comes as the agency has reduced minimum staffing levels from 14 to 10 firefighters per shift due to budget cuts. The fire district responded to 737 emergency calls in July, a 6.5 percent increase [...]

Call Volumes Increase 6.5 Percent for Marion County Fire District #1 in One Month2020-08-28T11:59:37-07:00

Board Passes Resolution for Local Option Levy Renewal

2020-07-17T09:03:27-07:00

The Board of Directors for Marion County Fire District #1 passed a resolution asking voters to renew the local option levy for emergency services during the November 3 General Election. The local option levy accounts for almost 30 percent of funding for emergency services for communities served by the Fire District. This will be at the same rate of $0.71  [...]

Board Passes Resolution for Local Option Levy Renewal2020-07-17T09:03:27-07:00

Marion County Fire District #1 Prepares for Budget Cuts

2020-06-23T10:11:30-07:00

Marion County Fire District #1 asked voters to renew and increase its local option levy during the May Primary Election. Funding would have been used to maintain operations, hire additional emergency personnel and replace apparatus. When the ballot measure failed, the Fire District lost 30 percent (or $2.4 million) of its operating budget for emergency services for the next fiscal [...]

Marion County Fire District #1 Prepares for Budget Cuts2020-06-23T10:11:30-07:00

Marion County Fire District #1 Board Discusses Budget Cuts

2020-06-12T17:02:55-07:00

Asking voters to renew the operating levy is being considered for November The Board of Directors for Marion County Fire District #1 will meet on June 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss options to address the thirty percent revenue reduction they face for Fiscal Year 2020-21. On the ballot last month, the fire district asked voters for a 28-cent [...]

Marion County Fire District #1 Board Discusses Budget Cuts2020-06-12T17:02:55-07:00

Election Deadline is Coming for Marion County Fire District #1’s Operating Levy

2020-05-07T10:51:13-07:00

Ballots Must Be Received by May 19 to Be Counted Marion County Fire District #1 is asking voters to renew its local operating levy during the May 19 Primary Election. The operating levy provides almost 30 percent of the revenue the Fire District receives to provide emergency services. Measure 24-441 would renew the operating levy and includes a 28-cent increase [...]

Election Deadline is Coming for Marion County Fire District #1’s Operating Levy2020-05-07T10:51:13-07:00

Another Clean Audit for Marion County Fire District #1

2019-11-15T11:45:20-08:00

Marion County Fire District #1 passed its annual independent audit. The audit included financial statements and cash funds of the Fire District for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. “It’s important for our community to know that we are good stewards of their tax dollars,” said Mike Welter, who is the president of the Board of Directors for the [...]

Another Clean Audit for Marion County Fire District #12019-11-15T11:45:20-08:00

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss More Firefighters for Marion County Fire District #1

2019-10-24T15:04:35-07:00

Call Volumes Increasing an Average of 3.7% Per Year Marion County Fire District #1 wants to hire two firefighter/paramedics to respond to increasing call volumes. This would require an operating levy increase from taxpayers, and the Fire District is holding two meetings to take public input on the issue. The meetings will be held on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. [...]

Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss More Firefighters for Marion County Fire District #12019-10-24T15:04:35-07:00

Mike Welter

2020-06-04T11:13:36-07:00

Mike Welter has been a lifelong resident of Oregon and was born and raised in the Stayton area. In 1987 Mike joined the United States Air Force as an in-flight refueler and served in Desert Shield in 1990 and 1991. Mike and his wife Debi moved back to Oregon in 1993.  Giving back to the community is an attribute for [...]

Mike Welter2020-06-04T11:13:36-07:00

Tom Marks

2020-06-04T11:12:50-07:00

Tom Marks has been serving as a director on the board of Marion County Fire District #1 since August, 2012.  Marks served as a member of the MCFD #1 Budget Committee from 2009 to 2012. As a resident of MCFD #1 since 1977, Marks understands the importance of maintaining a strong fire – rescue – emergency medical service.  It’s important [...]

Tom Marks2020-06-04T11:12:50-07:00

Kim Batchelor

2020-06-04T11:14:54-07:00

Kim Batchelor was sworn in as a Board Member on July 16th 2015. Kim retired from MCFD#1 in 2012 where he had served since 1979. Kim worked his way through the ranks as firefighter/EMT, Engineer, Captain and then as a Battalion Chief for a total of 32 years of service to MCFD1. Prior to MCFD1, Kim spent 6 years in [...]

Kim Batchelor2020-06-04T11:14:54-07:00
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