Fire District 3 provides fire suppression, emergency medical and rescue services, and community care to more than 54,000 residents living in the communities of Central Point, White City, Eagle Point, Gold Hill, Sams Valley, Dodge Bridge, and Agate Lake. The District’s 67 full-time employees and 18 volunteers work from four career stations, four volunteer stations, and an Administration office to provide coverage to the 167 square miles that encompass the District.
HOW WE STAFF:
Four career fire stations are located in Central Point, White City, and Eagle Point. These career stations are supervised by a Battalion Chief who is centrally based out of the White City station.
Four volunteer fire stations are located in Gold Hill, Sams Valley, Dodge Bridge, and at Agate Lake. These stations generate a response from resident volunteers who live on-site at the station property. Volunteers living in their own rural communities within the Distsrict also contribute to the emergency response.
Our Fire Prevention division is staffed with a Fire Marshal and two Deputy Fire Marshals 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 that meet on the third Thursday of every month at the Administration Building in White City at 5:15pm. The public is welcome to attend meetings.
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 2020/21 is $14,825,000. The District maintains a minimum of 6% of property tax revenue for contingency and 26% 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 2020/21 is $20,981,500.
The total budget for all funds for fiscal year 2020/21 is $25,877,300.