Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 11, 2017
Chief Jack Cates of Spokane County Fire District #9 spoke to our club and his guest was board member Tom McGarry. Together they told the story of Fire District #9 which serves 120 square miles of the north end of Spokane. They receive approximately 5500 calls a year from a population of 44,000. 
 
The fire district is funded 100% by property taxes which come in via a regular levy of $1.50/1000 and special levies to make up the deficit, all approved by taxpayers. Chief Jack said he has 70 career fire fighters and 100 volunteers and these cover 9 stations. They also offer advanced life support and paramedic services 24/7. Some of the benefits to the taxpayers are: 
CPR and First Aid training
Blood pressure checks
Sports event standby
Labor organization
Christmas on Fire program = 500 coats for kids
Demo Day and Open House
Fuels Mitigation Program 
 
They have become one of the most admired fire districts in the state because of their financial conservation. One of the premiere showcases is not only an in-house maintenance program but, they also save funds for future truck and equipment purchases. This it seems, is quite a novel idea among  his peers. 
Chief Jack Cates of Spokane County Fire District #9 spoke to our club and his guest was board member Tom McGarry. Together they told the story of Fire District #9 which serves 120 square miles of the north end of Spokane. They receive approximately 5500 calls a year from a population of 44,000. 
 
The fire district is funded 100% by property taxes which come in via a regular levy of $1.50/1000 and special levies to make up the deficit, all approved by taxpayers. Chief Jack said he has 70 career fire fighters and 100 volunteers and these cover 9 stations. They also offer advanced life support and paramedic services 24/7. Some of the benefits to the taxpayers are: 
CPR and First Aid training
Blood pressure checks
Sports event standby
Labor organization
Christmas on Fire program = 500 coats for kids
Demo Day and Open House
Fuels Mitigation Program 
 
They have become one of the most admired fire districts in the state because of their financial conservation. One of the premiere showcases is not only an in-house maintenance program but, they also save funds for future truck and equipment purchases. This it seems, is quite a novel idea among  his peers.