Glide Fire looking for community support

GLIDE, Ore. -- Glide Fire Department officials say their facilities are in desperate need of repair, and they're turning to the public for funding.

Glide Fire Chief Dan Tilson says their facilities just don't cut it. So, the board is asking voters for two and a half million dollars.

Part of the money will go to a new station. "This building is at the end of its useful life," Tilson said. "Most of the systems in the building have problems, the building is too small for the operation we have today."

Tilson says that they'll also use the money to build a sub-station near the Whistler's Mercantile area.

All together, the construction will cost $2.8 million, but the department has saved several hundred thousand dollars for the project.

It will add $57 dollars per $100,000 of assessed property value for residents in the fire district.

If voters shoot down the bond, Tilson says they'll use the money they've saved to make a few repairs. But he adds those will only last about five years. "Then in five years, citizens of Glide are going to see another bond come out with a station that is going to be the same size," said Tilson.

The department is holding a barbecue this weekend at the community center from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and Tilson invites everyone to stop by then for more information.