It takes too long to get help to your house. When people dial 911, they expect help to arrive within a few minutes. Currently, in our district, it can take 15 minutes or more for help to arrive. In the event of a house fire or a heart attack, every second counts! 15 minutes? We can do better. And the way we do that is to put trained firefighter/EMT’s in a nearby fire station so when they get the call, they can immediately roll out the door.
Right now, there are NO volunteers in the fire stations during the day. They all have “day jobs” to be able to provide for their families. So the nearest agency to help out comes from Belton, West Peculiar, sometimes even South Metro (Raymore). This puts an undue burden on their systems and puts our citizens at risk waiting for help to arrive.
Putting trained people in our stations during the day means we have to pay to get them here. Many of these part-time firefighters would actually be firefighters that are on their day off from their regular job as a full-time firefighter elsewhere. That actually benefits us because they bring their experience and expertise with them to serve our citizens.
The Board of Directors have recognized that there has been NO general tax levy increase since the district was formed in 1983. That’s almost unheard of! Asking someone to settle for the same service today as in 1983 is like asking you to use a computer from 1983 (floppy drive and all)!
The board would like to reduce the response times from 15 minutes to perhaps 5-7 minutes. And the best way to do that right now, is to put 2 firefighters in the Headquarters Station (Cleveland) from 7am – 7pm. Our volunteers can then cover the evening shift as they return home from their day job.
This is near the same level of response time that our other neighbors in Cass County enjoy. But to fund these part-time firefighters, we are seeking help from the taxpayers. The Board of Directors have placed 2 issues on the April 7th, 2020 ballot.
Proposition 1 would add an additional 75 cents per $100 assessed valuation to fund the salary of these firefighters. Proposition 2 would add an additional 25 cents per $100 assessed valuation to supply these firefighters with uniforms, equipment and the other necessary items for them to perform their duties.
There is a lot of misinformation going around concerning these two ballot issues. So to clear the air, we are holding a PUBLIC MEETING on Thursday, March 12th, 2020. The meeting will be held at Fire Station 2 at 20909 S. State Route Y Belton, MO. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm.
We want to hear from you.
Feel free to ask questions at this meeting, express your concerns or show your suport for this important issue. Mostly, we want you to be able to cast an educated vote at the polls.
We will remain dedicated as a Board to keep you up to date with how our fire district is doing. Our job is to keep it modern, efficient and within budget. With your help, the taxpayers, we can ensure that we all can rest easy at night knowing help is just a few minutes away.