The Fire District No. 3 Board of Directors called a special meeting Apr. 1 to approve a contract with Emergency Services Consulting International for the position of interim fire chief.
With unanimous approval of the board of directors, retired Fire District No. 3 Chief Randall Iverson became the Interim Fire Chief. The initial contract is for four months and may be extended.
Iverson retired in 2006 after 34 years of fire service;15 of those years as fire chief of District No. 3.
Under Iverson District No. 3 expanded from a station in Central Point and one in White City to a full-time station in Eagle Point, and the Agate station, Gold Hill and Dodge Bridge station. The message he instills is service, first and foremost.
Iverson’s contract was effective Apr. 1.
Added to the agenda was a special notice to the entire department from Acting Fire Chief Greg Winfrey concerning financial issues.
In his memo Winfrey said property taxes are not coming in as projected and there is a potential $300,000 shortfall. In addition, he said there have been unanticipated personnel expenses, cash payments for the White City station remodel and expanding the contingency down to a minimal amount. “By acting diligently, we can work through this situation of realigning our expenditures with our revenue,” said Winfrey.
To that end he listed the following operational changes that will need to occur:
• No purchases for stock piling, or not essential to the function of the district. This includes some budgeted items.
• Out of town training not required by law or for certification.
• Reimbursement for a college class not previously approved.
• No increase in staff/personnel.
• No capital outlay expenditure without prior approval.
• Overtime outside the minimum staffing requirements due to vacation, sick and holiday time-off will be closely monitored.
Winfrey announced that the new dispatch center on Table Rock Road will hold an open house on Apr. 14. He said effective July 1, SORC (Southern Oregon Regional Communications) will officially become ECSO (Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.)
The short meeting concluded with words of appreciation from board members to both Winfrey and Iverson for their willingness to step up when and where needed.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent