3 run for CCFR fire district board seat

first_imgRichard BritschgiAge: 57.Occupation: Operations manager at an auto manufacturer.Notable endorsements: International Association of Firefighters local chapter No. 3674.David TownAge: 59.Occupation: International union representative.Notable endorsements: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades local chapter No. 10.W. “Frank” ManzaAge: 46.Occupation: Captain at Vancouver Fire Department.Notable endorsements: Firefighters with Clark County Fire & Rescue.Three candidates are vying for Position 1 on the Clark County Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners. The board, which meets twice a month, runs the fire protection district that serves more than 120 square miles in Ridgefield, La Center, Battle Ground and Woodland. Commissioners earn $114 for every meeting they attend, including additional committees, up to $10,944 annually during their six-year term.• Richard Britschgi holds the seat now; he was appointed in 2010 and elected in 2011. Previously, the La Center resident served as treasurer of the Washington State Firefighters Association Board of Trustees, vice president and president of the Clark County Firefighters Association, and, for 10 years, a volunteer firefighter with the fire district. He has received several community service awards.Although the district has lost more than $5.5 million in revenue since 2009, the board “managed to keep the district afloat,” he said. A contract with Woodland saved taxpayers money, and the district added five firefighters. Last week, the board voted not to pursue an EMS levy that would have increased property taxes.Britschgi wants to consolidate services by integrating Woodland and Battle Ground into the fire district, as La Center and Ridgefield were brought in in recent years.• David Town was a Fire District 12 commissioner from 1986 through 2000; around that time, he was also a volunteer firefighter. Town has more than 20 years of experience as a union representative.last_img

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