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Pierce County Fire Protection District NO. 21 Commissioner Position 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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    Robert Homan

  • John Keizer

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 (253) 370-0253
Town where you live Eatonville/Graham
Experience (300 characters max) 35 years in the Fire Service in most positions. 14 years on the School Board, I have been involved in Charitable organizations, youth associations, and briefly in the Lyon's club. I have served on Boards as well such as Citizens for education, facility's committees, Key communicators and others.
There are a couple of reasons why I decided to run for this position. First and foremost, I have spent 35 years of my life as a Professional Firefighter serving the public and really love doing things for the community and the satisfaction I get when you see smiles on the faces of those that I’ve helped. I spent 14 years on the Eatonville School Board and loved having a positive effect in the community and giving back and having a little piece of making a long-term contribution in the area in which I live. I grew up in a household where both my parents worked in public service, my mom was a Middle School Administrative Assistant and my dad was a police officer for 28 years so public service, I think is in my blood. Finally, I am coming very close to retirement and This position will give me the ability to continue to be connected with the Fire Service in some way.
I have spent 35 years in the Fire service beginning as a Volunteer and worked my way up to attaining the position of Battalion Chief in the 8th Largest city in the State of Washington. I have experience and knowledge about the fire service that not everyone has. I have been in all of the technical disciplines, operationally. I held the position of Hazmat Lieutenant in the Fire Marshall’s Office, as an inspector I& II. I have working knowledge of the Fire Code and how to apply it. I was the Planning Captain, in that position, I worked with the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau to go through the re-rating process which affects ultimately insurance rates for our constituents. I implemented our electronic patient care reports,working directly with King County EMS which means I have a deep understanding of the EMS System and have connections in both Counties which may prove beneficial. I co-authored our Standards of Cover Document assisted with the FBC.14 years on the School Board.
Air Quality and increased wildfire danger due to the continually changing seasons.
Safe staffing levels for both the Firefighters. Why? Because staffing levels have direct impacts on response times and those times have a direct impact to affect a positive outcome for our residents as it pertains to the lives, they’re able to save and property and environmental issues they will be able to minimize. Stable funding sources to support increase in responses due to the increased growth in the area so we can continue to offer better and more complete services to our constituents and continue to make the Fire Service relevant to the public.
Look at additional funding sources, get feedback from the citizens on what service they believe are important, research and be transparent in all facets of the funding preparation and delivery of service.
We need to look at increase in efficiencies in our buildings and try to make them as green as we possibly can. As I mentioned earlier reduce our response times to minimize the impacts of the emergencies on our environment. Look at service delivery and the vehicles that provide that service to make sure they are as environmentally sound as we can to minimize emissions. To conclude, I believe we should then solicit feedback to make sure we are getting the results we want from the programs and operations we are implementing.
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