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    Polk County News
2A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • November 22, 2017
Fire district completes Gordon named new
work on user’s manual mayor of Falls City
By Emily Mentzer
The Itemizer-Observer
County Fire District No. 1
has completed work on its
first standards of cover.
“The standard of cover is
the user’s manual,” Chief
Ben Stange said. “Anyone
from the public should be
able to pick it up, know who
the fire district is, how it’s
staffed, all that stuff.”
In the years 2014 through
2016, the district’s response
times to medical calls varied
depending on which vehicle
was used and which station
volunteers responded to.
Stange said he has a goal
for the first medic to be out
the door in 1 minute, 30
seconds, 80 percent of the
For the district’s main am-
bulances, those figures were
met 58 percent of the time in
The district is close to
meeting its goals of arriving
to medical calls in the city
limits of Monmouth or Inde-
pendence within 8 minutes,
90 percent of the time.
Last year, the first two am-
bulances out arrived within
8 minutes 87 percent of the
The document uses tools
to evaluate how the fire dis-
trict is doing and sets a base-
line to compare future per-
“It defines the baseline
emergency standards —
where we’re going to be how
fast,” Stange said. “We need
a way to measure ourselves.”
Stange said the statistics
used to create the standards
of cover are from 2016 and
before, so he is excited to see
how 2017 holds up against
those baseline figures.
The document also helps
show how — and where —
the department should grow
through maps illustrating
where the most calls for
service are throughout the
district’s boundaries.
It takes into account pop-
ulation growth estimates
from Portland State Univer-
sity, and how that may affect
the fire service.
According to the popula-
tion forecast, the cities of
Monmouth and Independ-
ence will grow, but not as
quickly as nearby Dallas.
“When we’re talking fu-
ture plans, we know we
aren’t going to need three
more two-story fire sta-
tions,” Stange said. “We
will still be a combination
agency at that population.
We’ll still depend on vol-
unteers. We’ll still need ca-
reer staff.”
The standards of cover
evaluate the response times
for fire and emergency med-
ical services calls, as well as
the number of calls that the
district receives.
While the number of calls
have increased, it is the per-
centage of overlapping calls
that concerns Stange.
“As we’re trying to demon-
strate right now, it’s a bigger
issue for us,” he said. “We
have both ambulances from
Dallas heading over right
now — both of our medics
are out.”
Creating the standards of
cover document was one of
the top goals of Polk No. 1’s
board of directors in 2017.
Other goals include secur-
ing or improving funding,
reducing liabilities, incen-
tivize or require improved
fitness, clarify and track
training, and re-evaluate
mission and vision state-
By Jolene Guzman
The Itemizer-Observer
Gordon quickly fell in love
with Falls City when he and
his wife moved to town a
little more than two years
Now, he’s the mayor, ap-
pointed by the Falls City
City Council on a 3-2 vote
on Monday night.
When asked why he ap-
plied for the mayor post,
Gordon said he felt driven
to give back to what he be-
lieves is his family’s “forever
“I really feel compelled to
serve the community that
has been so good to us,”
Gordon said. “I’ve never ex-
perienced community like
This is the first public of-
fice Gordon has held.
“There will be a learning
curve,” he said. “This is my
first attempt at serving in
local government.”
Gordon was one of three
candidates seeking the job.
City Councilor Jenn Drill
and resident Shane Curry
Jr. were the other two, but
only Gordon and Drill were
present for the council in-
terview Monday.
Gordon is a project man-
ager and state authoriza-
tion administrator at the
University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee and is on the
Polk Community Develop-
ment Corporation Board.
He works from home in
the full-time job with the
university and consulted
with his boss about
whether he could perform
in both roles.
“She is incredibly open to
adjusting my hours in real
time in any way that needs
to happen,” Gordon said.
“I’ll be busy, no doubt, but
in a way that I think I will
find compelling and excit-
ing and as an opportunity
to be creative.”
When asked what his
goal would be if selected to
finish former mayor Terry
Ungricht’s term, he said he
wouldn’t take office expect-
ing to make wholesale
“Making changes for the
sake of change doesn’t al-
ways benefit everybody,” he
said. “I don’t think I have
that kind of umbrella stamp
that I would bring or want
to change. I think I would
rather want to enhance the
capacity and the positive
things about the city, and
help solve problems that
have been lingering for a
Among those issues, in
his opinion are: Infrastruc-
ture, affordable housing a
potential levy to support
fire services, and the con-
tract with Southwest Polk
Rural Fire Protection Dis-
The council asked Gor-
don and Drill questions for
about 35 minutes before
taking a vote.
“I think we got pretty
lucky,” said Council Presi-
dent Tony Meier before ask-
ing for councilors to fill out
their ballots. “I think we got
two excellent candidates.”
Councilors Lori Jean
Sickles, Charlie Flynn and
Dennis Sickles voted for
Gordon. Cliff Lauder and
Tony Meier voted for Drill.
Gordon was sworn in im-
mediately after the vote.
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tire family from newborns to adults with annual
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