What will you do with the revenue from a passed Local Option Levy?

Redmond Fire & Rescue will use funding from the local option levy to hire additional Firefighter/Paramedics.  

Increased staffing will allow firefighters to staff two emergency response vehicles simultaneously. Currently, firefighters must choose whether to take a fire engine or an ambulance to an emergency. Incidents such as motor vehicle accidents, rescues, and structure fires often require more than one type of emergency response vehicle. 

Increased staffing will also allow us to staff three firefighters on an engine at our Headquarters station. This will bring Engine 421 closer to nationally recognized safe staffing standards. 

Oregon State Law 437-002-0182 Oregon Rules for Firefighters and OSHA Standard 1910.134 require that whenever firefighters enter a burning building, there should always be at least two firefighters working together as a team inside, while two firefighters remain outside, ready to assist if needed.

Often referred to as “2-in-2-out,” the standard is in place to enhance firefighter safety during operations. It helps ensure that no firefighter works alone inside a hazardous environment, reducing the risk of accidents, injuries, or getting trapped. By having a team inside and a team outside, there is better coordination and support in case of emergencies, making firefighting operations safer and more effective.

Additionally, funding from the local option levy will be used to enhance recruitment programs and retention of current firefighter/paramedics. 

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1. What is a Local Option Levy?
2. Why is Redmond Fire & Rescue asking for this levy?
3. What will you do with the revenue from a passed Local Option Levy?
4. What happens if the Local Option Levy does not pass?
5. What is the impact to property owners?
6. What is the difference between assessed value and market value?
7. Where can I receive more information about the Local Option Levy?