We have interviewed candidates for the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District Board. The City of Edgewater is part of the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District. The election deadline is coming up on May 6, 2014. This election is all mail-in. For a full list of the board candidates and Ballot Issue A, click here.
Today we are interviewing James “Jim” Johnson, who is a candidate for the Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District Board.
Why are you running for the WRFPD Board?
I am a retired Wheat Ridge firefighter of 15 years. I do not want to give up being a part of this department and want this department to become something bigger and better as time goes on.
In your opinion, what caused the financial crisis the WRFPD is currently facing?
All the increase of expenses the department has had with the hiring of personnel we never had in the past years. And the decrease in the property taxes. The grant money that WRFPD was awarded have run out. Our trucks have become old and maintenance has become more costly. Our income has dropped with expiration of grants and lower taxes coming in.
What options does the Fire District have if the mill levy is not passed?
Personnel reduction and/or possibly merging with a neighboring fire district.
What are the immediate changes, if any, would you like to see in the how the District functions?
I feel we as a board have made some correct movements with hiring of the new chief and financial services.
Where do you see the WRFPD in five years, and how will it get there?
With this mill levy passing, we will still be offering excellent fire & EMS services to the citizens of the district And we hope to have a new fire station as promised to the Edgewater residents.