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Pistol River Fire District Position 4

Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 ) Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter or an landowner in the district. If the district has a supporting ordinance, employees of the district are not eligible. ORS 478.050Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74] In event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]

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    Maarten VanOtterloo

Información Biográfica

How would you improve communication with the communities you serve, involving them in decision making, keeping them informed of district activities, and increasing fire awareness?

What experiences or skills do you have that will contribute to your service as a board member?

What innovative approaches to expand community fire safety programs would you support?

¿Qué experiencias o destrezas tiene usted que contribuyan a su trabajo como miembro de la junta?

[Sólo para los departamentos voluntarios de incendios] ¿Qué propondría usted para mejorar el reclutamiento y la capacitación de bomberos voluntarios? ¿Cuáles son las prioridades en un presupuesto limitado para equipos, vehículos y capacitación?

¿Qué enfoques innovadores apoyaría usted para ampliar los programas comunitarios de prevención de incendios?

Town Where You Live Pistol River
Your Experience/Qualificatons A Pistol River resident since 2014. A volunteer fireman for 5 years, gained an Emergency Medical Responder license in 2019. Participated in the annual budget process for the last 2 years. Appointed to the Pistol River Fire Board in July 2020. Experienced in finance and board governance.. History of volunteering- the Curry Health District Board, the local bee keeping club, the Oregon Bee Atlas and refereeing high school soccer and volleyball
Pistol River Fire District serves a rural community of 600 homes, a large number of which could be considered 2nd residences. During the Covid pandemic, it is hard to hold public events that would involve a lot of community involvement. Pistol River Fire participates in community events such as the annual parade, and does post notice of its meetings at the Pistol River Friendship Hall.

Normally our first exposure to new residents is a request for completion of fire insurance information. On a periodic basis, we contact residents to determine if they would like to participate in a fire drill at their residence so that residents become aware of lane and turn around restraints for fire equipment apparatus, and defensible fire space clearing requirements.
As a retired financial executive, I have the skills to a) accurately depict budgets and spending reports, b), undertake the necessary governmental filings and insurance reports to keep a small, efficient volunteer fire department in good standing c) ensure that Oregon public meeting criteria are met.

I was appointed to be the Secretary Treasurer of the District at the first meeting I attended.
Funding to get updated equipment is always a problem. I would support the use of grant reporting support.

I believe we have to press our mutual aide cohorts - that is surrounding fire district departments, to get a modernized dispatch system for the Central County. Our dispatch communication systems are outdated and are not reliable.

We do have to invest in technology- GPS equipment for call navigation and direction, tablets for text or internet communications with dispatch and other vehicles.
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