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Clallam County Fire District 2 Commissioner Position No. 3

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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    Keith Cortner

  • Steve Hopf

Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

What do you think are the most important environmental issues your county will face due to changing climate?

What other issues face your fire district?

How do you intend to find a solution to your most urgent issues?

What part should your district play in your area’s environmental health?

Phone (239) 280-8027
Town where you live Port Angeles
Experience (300 characters max) I am a highly qualified fire service professional with 25 years of experience having held the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain and Fire Chief. My experience includes administrative functions including equipment design, staff education and budget management for volunteer and career personnel.
Although retired from active firefighting, after twenty-five years In the fire department and years of involvement in charitable organizations, being of service to the community is deeply engrained in my core values. I still feel the same call to service that led me to enter the fire department years ago. I believe that change and improvement occur when you seek to be an active part of the solution by working hard and sharing your expertise.
I believe I can offer support and direction in dealing with modern issues facing the fire service. Having served in volunteer and paid fire departments at both the line and administrative level, I have the broad-based experience and a fresh perspective to address the needs and safety of firefighters while assuring fiscal responsibility to the citizens of the District. I am a retired firefighter / fire chief with experience in operations and administrative functions including training, writing and implementing policy, apparatus and station design, equipment evaluation and purchasing and budgetary oversight. I also have experience in numerous committees including those related to firefighter health and safety and fire department purchasing.
I am currently employed as an Emergency Management Specialist and I am uniquely qualified to help the District assure that they are prepared to respond to environmental emergencies. The increased incidence of wildfires and other natural disasters such as earthquakes are the challenges facing the fire district. Increasing environmental temperatures have increased the chance of wildfires in and around the urban interface as our neighborhoods continue to grow throughout the district. Our geographic location demands that we are prepared for the possibility of earthquakes with appropriate station construction and equipment, response planning and staff training.
Fire station, equipment and staffing needs are always a concern to the fire service. The District now uses older stations and apparatus that may or may not meet the needs of a growing District. How these stations compare to modern building codes to meet environmental concerns including earthquakes needs to be studied. To address these concerns a needs assessment for the District should be completed for earthquake resilience as well as the future needs of the residents within the district. The study should include optimal station locations and structural reliability, along with staffing and equipment capabilities to meet response levels for current and future needs of the District. Stations that can be upgraded to meet earthquake standards should be retrofitted as soon as possible. Apparatus and staffing needs should also be included in this assessment. Creative methods to incentivize recruitment and retention of both paid and volunteer staff should be utilized.
A District wide needs assessment by a third party should be completed to ensure the District is meeting the current needs of the community as well as projections for future growth. This assessment would evaluate the District as compared to industry standards for station safety, response times, staffing levels and equipment and apparatus needs. Alternative funding sources such as grant procurement should be sought to reduce taxpayer impact.
While reviewing potential station and apparatus upgrades, the District should research and ensure the most modern waste water and emission designs are incorporated into any building design or apparatus replacement. The use of efficient appliances and lighting to reduce electrical needs and fuel-efficient apparatus should be incorporated when possible.
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