Proposed Permanent Levy Override Election
Vote - May 21, 2019
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.
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
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
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
Deploy safety hose line
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
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
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.
for more information
For more information on the upcoming May 21 election, visit https://adacounty.id.gov/elections.