Without an increase in revenue through a funding measure being approved by the taxpayers, you will receive a lower level of service. We want to serve you in a professional manner, using highly trained firefighters, and in the most economical manner.
If you have not noticed the rotational fire station closures occurring at the Arcata, Mad River, and McKinleyville Fire Stations, you are likely taking the shelter-in-place order to an extreme level. Most community members have probably noticed a sign in the window of their closest fire station indicating the station is closed due to budget…
It’s possible that some voters are confused and think that the Arcata Fire District is just Arcata’s fire department, due to its name. But it’s not. AFD is McKinleyville’s fire department. AFD in Bayside’s fire department. AFD is Manila’s fire department.
The district wanted the property tax measure to plug a budget deficit and to keep enough staffing to keep all three of its stations open. With the measure’s failure, the district has downsized, left positions unfilled and is now closing one of its three stations on rotation.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Arcata Police and Arcata Fire District. The fire is human caused and suspicious in nature. There were no injuries reported. There were a total of five firefighters on scene and two Chief Officers. The Arcata Fire District thanks Blue Lake Fire, Humboldt Bay Fire, and Samoa Fire for covering stations during the incident.
Why did the request for funding of the Arcata Fire District fail? I’m sure there are various reasons the March 3 Measure R did not pass. It was not that a majority of the residence didn’t support the measure. Actually 63.7 percent of the residence voted for the measure. The requirement is two thirds or 66 percent. This worked out to be just 427 votes short or 3 percent.
Jack Durham Mad River Union ARCATA/MCKINLEYVILLE – The Arcata Fire District has seen a drop in calls since Humboldt’s shelter-in-place order when into effect March 19. Arcata Fire Chief Justin McDonald told the AFD Board of Directors at a meeting April 14 that the total calls for March were 253 with more than half of…
The station brownouts will last for eight days and will rotate through each station, beginning with the Mad River Station. District finances will no longer allow for the daily expenditure of overtime that is required to keep all three stations simultaneously open.
Starting Wednesday, April 1, one of our three stations will close. In an effort to gather critical information to evaluate which station shall be permanently closed, the Fire District Board of Directors has opted to experiment with rotational station closures on a weekly basis.
The reduced staffing means that only two of the district’s three stations will be staffed and open at any given time. Fire Chief Justin McDonald told directors that the station closures will rotate week to week, so no single station is permanently closed.