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Graham Fire & Rescue Mission and ValuesMission Statement
"Serving Our Community: Professional, Accountable, Caring"
Exceed customers' expectations. Provide personnel with the necessary support, encouragement, skills, and tools for safe and effective job performance. Operate in the most efficient and fiscally responsible manner possible within available resources. Provide a healthy, happy, empowered, enthusiastic workplace free of harassment and discrimination. Be recognized as an outstanding resource to the community to enhance the quality of life. Foster a management/labor/volunteer/community partnership.
Doing the "right thing" through trust, respect, integrity, commitment, and ethical professional service.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Funding
Graham Fire & Rescue Will Ask Citizens to Permanently Fund Emergency Medical Services in August
For Immediate Release: May 17, 2016
Fire Chief Ryan Baskett, (253) 548-2501 ⁄ firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Chief Tony Judd, (253) 548-2502 ⁄ email@example.com
GRAHAM, WA – Graham Fire & Rescue has decided to ask voters to make their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) funding permanent. At a recent Commissioner’s meeting the Board unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the placement of a permanent EMS Levy on the August 2nd ballot for citizen consideration.
This is not new funding and is a voter approved tax that presently gets renewed every four to six years. The current EMS Levy rate is 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation and is scheduled to expire in 2017. The citizens have overwhelmingly supported this funding since 2002 allowing Graham Fire & Rescue to build an emergency medical service delivery model based on this funding. The consistent support is what drove the interest to make this funding permanent to allow for a stable financial picture for future planning.
A permanent EMS Levy would allow the Department to better plan and forecast its needs to meet future growth in service delivery without the risk of significant revenue loss. A permanent levy is also considered a more efficient use of tax dollars because it reduces the number of elections required. The cost to a Fire District to place a measure on the general election ballot is $30,000–$40,000, with special elections being two to three times more expensive.
Chief Baskett stated that the Board felt the citizens’ historical support of the EMS Levy justified asking them to consider making it a permanent funding mechanism. Chief Baskett said he is hopeful the measure will receive the 60% supermajority approval needed to pass, as these funds are considered a key component in the funding needed to sustain an effective emergency medical service model.
Graham Fire & Rescue works diligently to be fiscally responsible, accountable and provide the best service possible to the tax payers, as well as being transparent in all aspects of the organization. For additional information please call (253) 847-8811.
This press release is available for viewing or download in PDF format on our Press Release Page.
Please visit our Permanent EMS Levy page for a comprehensive description of this Levy and other facts regarding this announcement.
Fourth of July and Fireworks
The 4th of July is nearly here! Graham Fire & Rescue encourages you to celebrate safely and legally. Below are some guidelines to help you understand what is and isn't legal in the area, and when and where you may or may not light off fireworks.
The following fireworks are LEGAL to possess between June 28th and July 5th:
The following fireworks are ILLEGAL to possess outside of Tribal Lands:
The following explosive devices are ILLEGAL to possess ANYWHERE:
Fireworks should only be used in legal locations - illegal use of fireworks will result in consequences determined by your local law enforcement.
Be Prepared... before you light fireworks
Be Safe... when lighting fireworks
Be Responsible... after you finish
This information is available as a downloadable flyer distributed by Pierce County Emergency Management and the Fire Prevention Bureau:
Fireworks In Pierce County Flyer
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