Josephine County commissioners re-address rural fire district idea

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – Weeks after a rural fire company closed in Josephine County, commissioners are once again considering creating a new fire district.

County Fire Department, a privately owned company, officially closed its doors July 1.

It served the rural areas of Josephine County for approximately the past 15 years.

Now, county commissioners are once again talking about creating a fire district for unincorporated parts of the county that aren’t covered by other districts.

“When it comes to the fire standards I actually think we need to create the fire district,” said County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger Jr. “A board needs to be elected and then that board has to look at the standards because there has to be an analysis done on what services we’re going to provide.”

in 2019, the county formed a 14-person fire district committee to find out the most cost-effective and efficient path forward.

The proposed plan was shot down by voters on the 2021 ballot.

Right now, Rural Metro Fire says it covers all of the unincorporated areas of Josephine County and will respond to fires whether or not you’re signed up for their services.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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