Fire Protection District No. 5
Commissioner, Position 2
- Description of Office
- David R. Charvet
- Daryl Bullard
Fire Protection Districts
Yakima County is divided into 12 fire protection districts. Each district is managed by a three-member board of commissioners.
Fire protection districts are formed for the provision of fire prevention services, fire suppression, emergency medical services and for the protection of life and property in areas outside of cities (in the unincorporated areas of the county). Because fire districts are political subdivisions of the state and municipal corporations, the only authority for administrative operations are decisions made by the elected board of fire commissioners.
The board has authority to hire and appoint employees (e.g. chief, secretary, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, etc.) but has full responsibility and authority of all aspects of the district. The board is required to hold regular monthly meetings and must comply with the Open Public Meeting Act and the public records statutes.
The county treasurer serves as the financial agent for a district. The treasurer collects taxes and assessments that are levied under the authority of the fire commissioners. The district, being a special purpose district, levies regular property taxes to provide services to the public; additionally, with voter approval, the board may issue bonds and make excess levies for specific purposes.
The voters elect commissioners to staggered six-year terms. These commissioners are subject to and must comply with all laws pertaining to fire districts, public officials and other applicable Washington State and federal statutes.
I believe that Yakima County Fire Dist. 5 has, and maintains, one of the finest rural fire departments in the State. To that standard, I believe in maintaining the quality of service that we provide to our citizens, through exceptional, well trained volunteers who excel in their quality of commitment to the organization. I believe I possess the management skills needed to serve on the board of commissioners, to provide to our citizens the best fire services has to offer.
I am running for the position of Fire Commissioner for fire district 5, so that I may utilize my experience in management, interacting with people, and problem solving to help further the common good. I am excited for this opportunity to give back to my community, and look forward to being a part of such a great organization that is dedicated to helping people protect their homes. I appreciate your consideration of my candidacy for this position.