The District’s vision is to reduce or eliminate the risk from fire, rescue, and medical events in the communities we serve. This vision is intended to make sure that you, our customer, receive the best possible service for your tax dollars. We strive to meet this vision in everything we do.
The District provides fire suppression, emergency medical, and rescue services to the 51,000 residents living in the communities of Central Point, White City, Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Sams Valley, Dodge Bridge, and Agate Lake. The District’s 63 full-time employees and 30 volunteers work from three career stations and four volunteer stations to provide coverage to the 167 square miles that encompass the District. The District responded to 7,325 emergency incidents in 2015.
The District provides technical rescue services for those who are trapped or hurt on the river or when climbing or hiking in the rugged environment and is authorized by the State of Oregon to provide medical transport when Mercy Flights Ambulance is delayed.
HOW WE STAFF…
The four career fire stations are located in Central Point, White City, and Eagle Point. The four career stations are supervised by a Battalion Chief working from the White City station 24/7.
The District has opened its fourth career fire station which is a temporary facility located on District owned property at 5195 Table Rock Road. The District will be considering several options for a permanent site of this career station over the next two years.
The four volunteer fire stations are located in Gold Hill, Sams Valley, Dodge Bridge, and Agate Lake. These stations generate a response from resident volunteers who either live in the station or in a manufactured home on the station property. Volunteers living in the rural community also add to the emergency response. All incidents in the volunteer station areas receive a response from the career stations to ensure 100% of the incidents are covered.
The Fire Prevention department is staffed with a Fire Marshal, two Deputy Fire Marshals, and a Fire and Life Safety Specialist who inspect commercial occupancies, conduct plans review for commercial construction, investigate all fires, and provide public education. The department works closely with business and industry to promote growth and to assist them with meeting the requirements of the fire code and with the community to reduce risk.
GOVERNANCE AND BUDGET…
Jackson County Fire District 3 is organized as a Special District under ORS Chapter 478. It was originally formed as the Central Point Rural Fire Protection District on July 28, 1952. The District is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors which meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Administration Building in White City at 5:15pm. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
The District has a permanent tax rate of $3.1194 per $1,000 of assessed value. Total budgeted revenue from taxes collected for fiscal year 2016/17 is 12,450,000. The District maintains a minimum of 9% of property tax revenue for contingency and 24% in ending fund balance. This provides the cash necessary to cover expenses at the beginning of the fiscal year until the first tax payments are collected and distributed by the County. The total general fund budget for fiscal year 2016/17 is $17,486,000.
The District transfers money from the general fund to a Capital Fund to allow the purchase of apparatus, major equipment, and the construction of facilities. $986,900 is budgeted for transfer in fiscal year 2016/17. The total capital fund budget for fiscal year 2016/17 is $4,077,700.
The total budget for all funds for fiscal year 2016/17 is $21,563,700.