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EFR looking for more office space
Evergreen Fire/Rescue is looking for more office space for both its paid staff and volunteers.
As the department grows its paid staff, especially in community …
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As the department grows its paid staff, especially in community paramedicine and wildland fire operations, it is running out of places to put them. In addition, the fire department wants office space available for volunteer firefighters, so they can work at fire stations and therefore respond to calls faster.
“We’re bursting at the seams with paid staff,” Fire Chief Mike Weege told the board on Sept. 20.
Board members said finding office space for volunteers needed to be a priority, and the district is considering converting its weight room or part of its firefighter lounge into space for the volunteers.
“We need to stop displacing volunteers,” board member John Putt said. “Dislocating the firefighters is not a good long-term solution.”
He suggested the department rent space in the office buildings across Bergen Parkway from Station 2 or bring in a construction trailer to create office space.
Weege said he had hoped to have extra office space when Station 1 is built and relocated to the former Evergreen Mountain Market property. However, construction will be years away, so that doesn’t solve today’s problem.
Porter becomes EFR board president
John Porter has been named president of the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Board of Directors.
Porter, who was elected to the board in 2020, said his main goal is to hit reset for the fire department, hoping to aid communication among the board, volunteers and paid staff by asking everyone to drop their egos and work together. The board unanimously elected him to the position on Sept. 20.
“This is my community,” said Porter, who co-owns the Evergreen Bread and Cocktail Lounge. “I have been associated with Evergreen Fire/Rescue for 15 years, and I love it. I want to make sure this department is successful.”
Prior to opening the bread lounge, Porter served as a Homeland Security professional supporting federal, state and local governments in a variety of emergency preparedness efforts nationwide.
Porter replaces Chuck Ridings, who had become president of the board in May but resigned in August because of health issues.
Williams fills position on EFR board
The Evergreen Fire/Rescue board has appointed Richard O. Williams to the board to fill a spot vacated by Chuck Ridings who resigned in August.
Board President John Porter said three people expressed interest in joining the board, and members were impressed with Williams’ leadership and experience serving on boards.
Williams has a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of science degree in finance from George Washington University. He spent 20 years in academia, teaching and researching infectious diseases in European universities, including 10 years with the World Health Organization in East Africa.
Williams will serve until the next election when he has the option to run for the position.
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