According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 70% of all fire and emergency protection services in the United States are provided by volunteer fire departments. These men and women dedicate their time, effort and personal safety to protect our communities. Depending upon the location and availability of other services, a volunteer fire department may be responsible for not only controlling structures fires and forest fires but also provide first responders, emergency medical services, as well as search and rescue. We are the Rea Valley Fire Protection District.
The Rea Valley Fire Protection District was established by a public ordinance in Marion County on May 14, 2013. The fire district was established for the building, equipping, and operating of a fire station or stations equipped with fire trucks, fire hoses, tankers and other equipment along with trained personnel for extinguishing fires. The district also provides search and rescue, and emergency medical services to the people of the fire district.
A board of commissioners was appointed by the county judge and tasked with evaluating and establishing a structure for property assessment to fund an appropriate budget for the district. The commissioners reviewed several comparable area fire departments as well as the operating budget of the Rea Valley Volunteer Fire Department in order to establish an assessment that would meet the needs of the community.
The goal of the new fire district is to provide the best services at a reasonable cost to the people of Rea Valley while protecting the safety of its volunteers.
Firefighters Code of Ethics
Standard Operating Guidelines
ISO Rating and Public Protection Classification
Rationale for Assessment Policy 2014
Rationale for Assessment Policy 2016
Board of Commissioners Meeting Minutes
Assessment Appeals Form