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Fire District Two officials will rethink services after levy failure

November 7th, 2013 - 5:31am

(Port Angeles) - Clallam County Fire District 2 officials say they'll regroup and rethink how it will deliver emergency services after voters rejected a proposed property tax increase.

The levy lid lift would have funded four full-time firefighters for the district, which up to now has been an all volunteer organization.

Fire District 2 Chief, Sam Phillips, expressed appreciation for the voters who participated in the recent election, even though the levy lid was not approved.

Phillips says there is still more work ahead so that the District 2 Commissioners can properly chart a course for the the future of the fire district.

Phillips says there is a possibility a grant could be extended to fund some of the professional firefighters. But he thinks ultimately, the district will have to return to an all-volunteer organization.

Currently, Fire District 2 provides fire and emergency medical services for 85 square miles of county areas surrounding Port Angeles, that includes roughly 9,500 people. The Department averages about 1,000 calls per year.

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