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    Action Center
    Posted On: Apr 08, 2021

    International Association of Fire Fighters
    Kootenai County Firefighters Local 2856
    Fellow First Responders, 
    As you may have heard, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue (KCFR) will be placing a Public Safety Bond on the ballot in front of the voters on May 18, 2021.  Kootenai County Fire & Rescue (KCFR) is located in Post Falls, ID and serves the cities of Post Falls, Dalton Gardens, Huetter, and the villages of Fernan and Stateline as well as the unincorporated areas of Kootenai County.  The population of the district is approximately 53,000 within a 113 square mile boundary.  KCFR provides structural fire suppression, wildland fire suppression, marine fire suppression, emergency medical response and transport, fire prevention, including code enforcement inspections and prevention programs for kids and seniors, Hazmat and technical rescue services to the citizens of Kootenai County.  Currently, KCFR has 4 stations, a training center, and a Headquarters facility.  
    It has been almost 2 decades since KCFR last added a station to meet the demands of our community, and as you know our community has grown and changed a great deal over those 20 years.    This bond, specifically, will better align existing stations and add a 5th staffed fire station that will allow us to provide enhanced services to citizens and property.  
    The scope of the bond will include moving KCFR Station 4 from its current facility at Ramsey Rd & Golf Course Rd in Coeur d’ Alene to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds at 4th & Kathleen.  KCFR Station 3 would move North, to incorporate our areas of highest growth on the prairie in Post Falls.    We would then add an additional fire station, which would be located at our current Training Facility on Solstice Way.  Obviously, adding a new fire station will require the purchase of one additional fire truck, which is also in the bond.  We also want to stress that this Bond is not a permanent levy, it has a 10-year term and will not be levied once the bond is repaid.  
    What we are asking you for is support.  As partners in emergency response, we know many of your members live within KCFR’s jurisdiction.  KCFR’s local union, IAFF Local 2856, has taken a multi-pronged approach with which we are asking for your help.  
    If members, who live within the boundaries of KCFR, wish to place a yard sign of support in their yards, please email the total number of signs and addresses to jpiephoff@iaff2856.org and delivery will begin on/around April 15th.  
    We are asking for your vote.  Please remind your membership to “Vote Yes” on May 18th, 2021.   We would be more than happy to come present our case to your membership if you felt it would help.  If you or your organization would like to setup a presentation, please email soliver@iaff2856.org.  
    As always, we appreciate the support, fellowship, and professionalism that we share with all of the organizations in Kootenai County.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out


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