The Key Peninsula Fire Department is working 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 the public 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 seriously. I encourage anyone with questions about how we are planning to spend the levy money to come to the next meeting of our board of fire commissioners (5 p.m. Feb. 12 at our Headquarters Fire Station, 8911 Key Peninsula Highway North in Key Center).
(Lamoureux is chairman of the Key Peninsula Fire Department.)