Proposed Permanent Levy Override Election

Vote - November 6, 2018

Our Objective

To position the Kuna Rural Fire District, through adequate funding and proactive planning, to more efficiently and safely meet the increased demands for emergency services and our community’s current and future safety needs.

Brief History

  • Kuna Rural Fire District was established in 1951 as an all-volunteer Fire District

  • Kuna Fire has provided fire-based ambulance service since the district was formed

  • The original fire station was located on Main St. in Kuna.  

  • Station 1 was built in 1996 as a result of a voter approved bond measure and is located at 150 W Boise Street. The Bond was paid off in 2015 reducing the levy paid by the tax payers.

  • This bond measure in 1996 was the last time the District asked taxpayers for additional funding.

  • Kuna’s first full-time Firefighter/EMTs were hired in 2001

Where We are Today

  • Kuna Fire has the lowest levy rate of fire districts in the Treasure Valley that employ full-time firefighters

  • In 2017 Kuna Fire responded to 1,391 emergency medical and fire calls for service

  • Current Staffing:

    • Board of Five Elected Commissioners

    • Administrative Staff:  Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Officer of Administration, 2 Administrative Support/Billing Staff

    • Firefighter/EMT’s:  12 Full Time, 10-15 Part Time/Volunteers

  • Kuna is unique in the valley, as the only true fire-based ambulance in Ada County

  • This is a benefit to the patrons of our district 

  • Kuna Fire provides a quicker response to emergencies. On average, response times are approximately 4 -6 minutes in the urban and rural areas of the district and 17-20 in the outlying frontier areas of the district.  Times are extended if the crews are already committed to another call.

  • Due to maximizing fire and EMS resources, Kuna Fire is able to provide ambulance transport at approximately 50% of the cost of surrounding agencies.

Emergency Incident History


current Minimum Staffing crews within ada county agencies

  • Engine Crew - minimum of 3 people

  • Ambulance Crew - minimum of 2 people

Comparability of Treasure Valley Fire Jurisdictions 2017


Treasure Valley Statistics


where we want to be

  • Increase daily shift staffing

  • Current staffing of 4 crew members

  • Ideally 5-6 crew members desired

  • Increase number of emergency responders to critical calls

  • Increase availability to respond to simultaneous calls

  • 2 crew members can effectively run an ambulance

  • 3 crew members can effectively run an engine or second out ambulance

Critical Call Example - Cardiac Arrest

  • Per medical protocols, 5-6 people minimum are required to effectively manage a person in Cardiac Arrest

  • Essential Roles:

  • Code Commander (1) – Lead crew member/coordinator

  • Compressions (1) -- CPR

  • Airway (1) – Clear and manage the airway

  • Defibrillation/Monitor (1) – Management of shocks/rhythm

  • Medication Management (1) – Administer medication

  • Other essential tasks: patient history, documentation, family assistance, patient package and transport


Critical Call Example - Motor Vehicle Accident with Extrication

  • To effectively manage a response:

    • 3-person Engine crew to initiate extrication

      • Scene Size-up & Safety

      • Stabilize vehicle

      • Secure battery

      • Assemble equipment

      • Deploy safety hose line

      • Fluid containment

      • Gain access to critical patient(s)

    • 2-person Ambulance crew to initiate patient assessment and treatment

      • Scene Size-up & Safety

      • Determine number of patients

      • Determine Severity of injuries

      • Determine need for additional resources

      • Assemble medical equipment

      • Gain initial access to patient

      • Patient triage & stabilization

      • Immobilize & treat patient

critical call example - structure fire

  • For the purpose of responder safety and effectiveness, any structure fire response requires a minimum 3-person engine.

    • One crew member (Engineer) manages the water supply/engine

    • Two crew members (Captain and Firefighter) to initiate incident command and begin fire suppression operations


KRFD estimated 10 year growth


proposed levy increase

  • Permanent levy override

  • Would go into effect for Fiscal Budget Year 2020

  • Would generate an additional $1.1 million in budget authority annually

  • Cost to the tax payers would be an estimated property tax increase of approximately $96 annually per $100,000 of assessed taxable property value for Kuna Rural Fire District citizens

proposed personnel expenditures

  • Up to 6 New full-time Firefighter/Paramedics in order to increase shift staffing from 4 to 6 firefighters per shift.

  • Increase our ability, on average, to have an Ambulance crew of 2 and an Engine company or second out ambulance crew of 3-4 on staff 24/7.

proposed capital expenditures

  • Current Station Expansion & Update

  • Fire and Ambulance Apparatus Replacement

  • Equipment Replacement

Estimated Costs of Personnel and Apparatus by 2020

  • Due to budgetary constraints and limits, it is difficult for the district to obtain the necessary funds for new equipment and the need for increased personnel.

    • 1 full time firefighter/paramedic (wages/benefits) - $105K

    • New Fire Engine - $600K

    • New Ambulance - $195K

in summary

Despite ongoing budget constraints, to date the Kuna Rural Fire District has provided quality service to the patrons of the district, through fiscal responsibility and proper utilization of our resources.

However, under the current levy restrictions, the Kuna Rural Fire District is unable to continue improving services and increase staffing levels that are adequate to keep pace with the current growth within the district. Without additional funding, the District’s budgetary constraints will hinder its ability to provide the desired level of emergency services.

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