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A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the St Paul Rural Fire Protection District, Marion County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, will be held at the St Paul Rural Fire Protection District office, 4233 Church Street NE, St Paul, Oregon 97137.

The meeting will take place on Monday, April 18, 2016, at 7:00pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 11, 2016, at the St Paul Rural Fire Protection District office, 4233 Church Street NE, St Paul, Oregon, between the hours of  9:00am and 4:00pm.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.  This notice will also be published on the District’s web page at http://stpaulfire.org.

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Out With The Old – In With The “New”

 

            In June, 2014, the St Paul Rural Fire District Board of Directors voted to purchase a used 1993 International Fire Engine from the Sublimity Fire Department. It was bought to replace the Department’s 1968 Ford Fire Engine that failed its annual pump testing requirements.

Our “new” engine was declared “surplus” by Sublimity after they bought two new front-line engines. This vehicle is nearly identical to St Paul FD’s 1997 Engine 756 – in fact, our E756 was modeled after Sublimity’s engine.

          After some minor remodeling of St Paul FD’s substation, on French Prairie Road, the “new” engine is housed there for outlying volunteers to use for quicker response to rural fires east of St Paul.

The Board declared the 1968 model as “surplus” in August, and placed it out for bidders to purchase. The engine was purchased new by St Paul FD in 1968, and had just over 8,000 actual miles on the odometer at the time of sale.

Four bids were received; the winning bid of $3,406 was submitted by a tree farmer in Harrisburg, Oregon, for use as a personal fire apparatus to help with burning piles of tree prunings. According to the purchaser, it will also become “one of his toys!”

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