First Fire Protection District Seeks Tax Referendum March 17,2020
 
By Fire Chief Jon Cokefair
January 2, 2020
 

With the calls for service on the rise, the members of the First Fire Protection District struggle to reach our goal of making contact with 90% of the callers within 6 minutes. In 2019 we responded to 3450 calls for service, that is up 10% in 2 years.
With 8.5 million dollars in building assets deteriorating, the department cannot keep up on the repairs needed on your aging firehouses.

Since 2016 we have collected good data where we are able to track the payer mix of the people who use our ambulance service. We have good data on the types of calls and where they occur in the district.

Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a shortfall of funds to best take care of your 8.5 million dollars in building assets. We find ourselves short of being able to continue building on our non-traditional model of Contract and Part-time employee model. A model that keeps the First Fire Protection District OUT of the pension crisis.

The Board of Trustees of the First Fire Protection District of Antioch have had lengthy discussions on the need to get in front of the growth and to care for our aging infrastructure. The only solution is to ask for this tax increase.
We must ask to increase the EMS limiting rate and our Corporate limiting rate. If our residents understand our needs and approve the question, the residents will realize an increase of approximately $82.00 per $100,000 market value on their homes. This will generate approximately 1.5 million dollars per year allowing us to add the needed staff to meet service levels and begin to repair assets.

We are hosting 3 town hall meetings at our Station 1, 835 Holbek Dr. that will allow the resident the opportunity to ask clarifying questions to help them better understand our position and needs. January 22, February 5 and 19th at 630 pm. If these dates are not convenient, we will also be hosting informal discussions at the same location on Saturday mornings between 8 and 10 am beginning January 11. Staff will be on hand to share a cup of coffee while we discuss the needs of the Fire District.

Please feel free to contact Chief Cokefair if you wish to host a meeting or would like to meet to help better understand our mission. jcokefair@antiochfire.org 847-395-5511

This is not for Traditional Pensioned Firefighters. Our staffing model will remain the same Part-time and Contract.

What if it doesn't pass?
Business as usual. We continue to operate out of 3 stations with 12 personnel on Staff 24/7. We will do what we can and continue to fall behind with the dollars we have to take care of the aging infrastructure and equipment.
We will get to you for service, but it will take us longer to get to you. Tissue and organs start to die after 6 minutes; how long can you hold your breath? Fires double in size every 2 minutes, sometimes faster depending on the fuel load. Do the Math.