Mason Fire Protection Dist 18 Fire Commissioner Position No. 2
6-year term; No salary. A Fire District is responsible for fire response and containment and for emergency medical services. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional fire chief and fire district personnel. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any fire levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Gail R. Cochran (NP)
Why did you decide to run for this position?
What are three major issues facing your fire district?
Of the three, which one is the most urgent?
What unique qualities do you bring to this job?
Town where you live
Experience (300 characters max)
8 years as a volunteer with this fire department.Firstly I
Firstly I was originally appointed to this position after a commissioner passed away. Together with my fellow commissioners we have made some great changes that I would like to see through.
One issue facing our dept is the ongoing work to reduce the high insurance rates some of our residents pay due to their distance from the Fire station. Second is communication, trying to keep our residents informed of some of the ongoing work and training offered them and how we spend their tax money.
Thirdly, maintaining high quality training of our firefighters and EMS personnel in order to provide the best care and to keep everyone safe.
I would have to say the safety and training.
I'm pretty familiar with the working of District 18. I spent 8 years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT/ and EMS Lieutenant. I work well with my fellow commissioners, and am aware that I'm answerable to our taxpayers and as such would do my best to make informed decisions.
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