Logo from Citizens for Fire Protection website
A local group has been formed called Citizens for Fire Protection – Rainier & Yelm
to educate the public simply about the deteriorating ability of proper fire response
and the need for the upcoming levy passage.
This is very simply stated:
This website has been created for Citizens for Fire Protection. We are a group of Yelm and Rainier residents that are very concerned about improving and maintaining public safety in our community. Our current fire protection and emergency medical services (EMS) are often unable to respond in a timely manner, especially when two or more calls occur within minutes of each other. This is happening more frequently as our area rapidly expands with new housing developments, commercial establishments, traffic and population.
On August 21, 2007, voters will be asked to support the fire department and it’s emergency services personnel by restoring the levy rate to it’s authorized amount.
Without your affirmative vote and with the ever increasing call volume and operating expenses our emergency services will suffer as their crews will not be able to handle the expanding call volume.
WHY THE LEVY MUST PASS!
Response Time facts:
The chance of survival from cardiac arrest diminishes 7%-10% with every minute after collapse.
After 10 minutes a victim”s chance of survival drops to less than 5%.
Annual call volume and expenses:
There has been an increasing call volume every year and from 2005 through 2006 the increase was 10% (2727 to 3031).
State Law requires a minimum of four (4) firefighters on scene prior to engaging in any firefighting activity or high hazard event as defined by the National Fire Protection Association.
The cost of operating the fire department increases 6%-10% each year due to the costs of fuel, equipment, repairs, utilities etc. This does not include hiring more firefighters/EMTs.
State Law mandates a 1% budget increase limit without an affirmative vote of the citizens. (I-747)
Are you willing to wait 30 to 40 minutes for help if you or a loved one is having a heart attack or are in a serious motor vehicle accident?
Please Contribute or Volunteer
WE NEED YOUR HELP!