Hugo Neighborhood Association & Historical Society
Brochure 2 of 16 in Rural Fire Protection Brochure Series
Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan Josephine County has developed a local community wildfire protection plan (i.e., 2004 Josephine County Integrated Fire Plan - JCIFP); Josephine County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) - Resolution 2004-074; Memorandum of Agreement for Collaboration for Community Wildfire Protection Plan). The Colonial Valley, Hugo, Jumpoff Joe, North Valley and Merlin neighborhoods are identified as communities at risk in the middle Jumpoff Joe Creek drainage of Josephine County, Oregon (JCIFP). They are not within a fire taxing district and are listed as "unprotected". They do have fire services provided by private corporations that act as "fire departments".
Research Projects of the Exploratory Committee are focused on seven areas.
Unique Neighborhoods and Communities The character of a place or neighborhood, its identity, and its peoples sense of rootedness are shaped by interactions within the place and with other places. For most people, the home is one of the most important places, and the nature of social interaction and of mobility is that many other relevant places are close to home. What makes neighborhoods unique?
Quality of Fire Protection Citizens are concerned about the quality of structural fire protection service that is available to prevent loss of property, life or personal injury by fire. There are several alternatives to grading and designing structural fire protection. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) approach is one alternative. A Public Protection Classification from 1 to 10 is assigned. Class 1 represents exemplary public protection, and Class 10 indicates that the areas fire-suppression program does not meet ISO minimum criteria.
Delivery of Fire Protection Josephine County has four existing RFPDs outside cities.
County areas not within boundaries of existing RFPDs and outside of city limits are designated "unprotected" (JCIF). This is a large area that could be organized as a single structural fire protection taxing district or it could be organized by smaller geographic areas. Another alternative is to continue subscriptions with private fire departments.
Cost of Fire Protection The cost of fire protection is a function of a neighborhoods physical landscape and built environment, the design of the quality of fire protection to be provided, and the ability of neighborhoods to support the designed services.
Revenue From Taxing Districts For Fire Protection The typical method used to pay for fire protection by a RFPD is by a tax assessment from a taxing district against property within the boundaries of a district.
Boundaries for Fire Protection Oregons unique neighbor- hoods, geographic features, sparsely populated areas, urban interface areas, and other factors have created an expansive, varied community landscape. This landscape has not yet resulted in a desire for a regional economy-of-scale from a large county-wide RFPD. The concept of a county-wide fire district is a model that has not been used in Oregon which has over 150 individual RFPDs. Neighboring Jackson County has 16 city fire departments and RFPDs.
What makes a logical boundary for an RFPD? How do citizens decide what is best for them?
Want more information? Contact a member of the Exploratory Committee.RFPD Exploratory Committees Mission
Mission An independent Rural Fire Protection District (RFPD) Exploratory Committee (Exploratory Committee) to investigate the potential for forming a RFPD in the general Merlin-Hugo region was formed in the fall of 2007.
Big picture ideas for the exploratory effort include the following.
1. Identifying a range of boundaries for potential RFPD(s).
2. Identifying a range in level of services from potential RFPD(s).
3. Identifying a range of fees or assessments for services from potential RFPD(s).
4. Identifying revenues for services from potential RFPD(s).
The ultimate goal is a higher level of fire protection service for a lower cost.
The purpose of the Exploratory Committee is to gather information adequate enough to understand the rules/process to form a potential RFPD (i.e., rules, difficulty, pros and cons, levels of service, fees/ assessments, elections, etc.). This includes educational outreach efforts.
The Exploratory Committees purpose is limited to investigating and researching the potential (i.e., merits and liabilities) for forming a RFPD. Other potential actions will be considered and acted upon by other entities after the Exploratory Committees purpose has ended.
The contents of this brochure are expressions of the opinions and beliefs of those that contribute based on their thoughts and experiences and are not presented for any other purpose.
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