As you may know, our local option levy was not renewed by voters last year, which means the Fire District lost 30 percent or $2.4 million to provide emergency services.  Losing revenue from the local option levy meant laying off 12 firefighter/paramedics, permanently closing two fire stations, and taking emergency apparatus out of service. At times, there are no emergency units available to respond to calls. When responding to calls, we can only fight a fire from outside the building, which puts lives and property at greater risk. The storm last weekend was a stark reminder that our current staffing levels are unsafe for the public. We’re putting a plan in place to restore staffing levels to provide an adequate response and we’ll be sharing that with you soon.