I was born and raised in Coos Bay and still have hundreds of friends and family who live in the Bay Area. I still care about what happens to our community. After a 34-year-career in the Coos Bay Fire Department, I also have good friends in the North Bend Fire Department.
The threat of Measure 6-177 passing leaves the threat of layoffs. Prior to the council adding this fee, the Fire Department had nine personnel. Since the fee, the previous chief retired, leaving eight personnel. My question is why is the Fire Department being threatened with more cuts? It doesn’t appear that they benefited from the fee in the first place. They certainly didn’t add personnel when this funding came to the city.
North Bend Fire is very dedicated to protecting its citizens while being severely understaffed. I’m not going to predict whether 6-177 will pass or not. But, if it does, why should the Fire Department take a hit from something they didn’t benefit from in the first place?
Regardless of the outcome, the citizens of North Bend should stand with the firefighters that respond to your fires, medical calls, burn complaints, water rescues and any other emergency that is requested. I can’t vote in this, but I will stand with my brothers and sisters of North Bend Fire.