Improving communications with taxpayers is priority, says Fire Chief


Marion County Fire District #1 has scheduled two open houses for community members. Fire Chief Kyle McMann says this is just one step in the fire district’s effort to improve communication with taxpayers.

“We are grateful for the support of our community and want to say thank you,” said Chief McMann.

“This also gives us an opportunity to show our taxpayers how we spend their money to save lives and property.”

Open Houses are scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at two stations in the north and south side of the district. Station 6 in Clearlake is at 8005 Wheatland Rd. N in Keizer. Station 1 in Four Corners is at 300 Cordon Rd. NE in Salem.

The fire district is planning station tours, safety demonstrations, and refreshments will be available. Kids and adults alike also have an opportunity to “apparatus crawl,” which means climbing all over fire engines, ambulances, brush trucks and emergency equipment. There also is a rumor that Smokey the Bear will make a surprise appearance for participants.

Marion County Fire District #1 has worked hard this past year to improve communication with taxpayers, and the Open Houses are just one example. The agency also has started producing a regular newsletter, updated its website, outreached to local news media, and increased its presence on social media.

“Community feedback said we needed to do better sharing information with the people we serve – and we took that to heart,” said Chief McMann. “We’re all ears if there is more we need to do, too. Let us know the best way to share information. Every time we get through, it means we’re doing a better job serving our community, preventing fires and saving lives.”

Fire Chief Kyle McMann can be reached personally at (503) 588-6535, or More information about Marion County Fire District #1 can be found at