Stayton Fire District is a small combination department served by approximately 60 volunteers and 6 paid staff. The Districtís paid staff works 8 to 5 Monday through Friday to augment day time response and perform administrative duties, while the 40 volunteer firefighters and 15 support staff are attending their regular jobs. We deliver emergency services to the City of Stayton and the unincorporated communities of Marion, Mehama, and Elkhorn which all have stations located in the community.
The District provides service to approximately 14,500 permanent residents as well as hundreds of thousands of visitors that pass through our District or come to enjoy the many recreational areas within our boundaries. The District covers 107 square miles including 3 square miles in the city limits of Stayton and 104 square miles of rural farmlands, forestlands and recreational areas with an assessed value of more than $500 million.
We are an independent "Special Service District" that is not part of municipal or county government. We are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of five members of the community elected by the citizens of the District. The Board holds regular Board meetings on the second Monday of each month, primarily at the Stayton Station; members of the public are always welcome to attend those meetings.
The District operates on a $1,560,000 budget with its main revenue source generated by the collection of property tax from the residents of the District. The District is also very aggressive in the pursuit of state and federal grants to assist in the financial operations of the District and to ease the tax burden on our citizens.