I want to introduce myself as the new chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Key Peninsula Fire Department. I am looking forward to serving our community as we work to improve our emergency response.
In November, the community passed a four-year levy to help us in this goal. We will be funding eight firefighters with this money. Four will be new positions, and four will be firefighters who would have been laid off because of budget constraints beyond the fire department’s control.
We have promised you better response times, and that is what we will deliver. We expect to have all the new firefighters on board by the end of 2014. If response times have not improved by 2015, the board can choose to stop collecting the levy money.
We have worked hard to rebuild trust with our community, and we take this bond of trust with you seriously. If you have any questions about how we are planning to spend your money, I encourage you to come to the next meeting of our Board of Commissioners.
The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at our headquarters fire station, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway N. in Key Center. Thank you for supporting your local fire department.