The Beaver Lake Fire Department is a combination volunteer/paid organization which will answer over 1,000 calls for service this year. We currently operate two fire stations one at 8944 Grimes Dr. which houses our live-in firefighter program and our staffed fire station at 16035 Cypress Ln. The Beaver Lake Fire Department has eight pieces of fire apparatus we utilize to serve you. Our oldest piece of firefighting apparatus is a 1999 fire engine, and our newest firefighting apparatus is a 2022 water tender, which was supplied by Benton County.
We currently have thirty uniformed personnel of which three are volunteer, seventeen are part-time, and ten are fulltime. Together these personnel staff a co-operated ALS ambulance with Mercy EMS 24 hours daily and provide two certified and trained personnel on the fire engine 24 hours daily along with a fulltime fire chief.
This service level improvement of two fulltime personnel on the fire engine began in January 2022 and is funded through our current $150 annual fire dues which was approved in 2017.
Last August after many months of committee research, our fire board voted to pursue a Fire Protection District. Our aim is to provide sustainable funding so that our fire department may continue to meet the growing needs of the community and at the same time provide the most equitable way in which to collect revenue from our community. We are seeking signatures from 10% of the registered voters within our response area who see the value of the services we provide and support our change to a Fire Protection District, so that an ordinance may be adopted by the Quorum Court. Our current fire dues model will not continue to sustain the growing demand for services in our community. Should this initiative be successful with your support, this transition would be January 2023, so you would not see any change in fees until your 2023 tax bill at the earliest.
The maximum assessed benefits that may be levied against a parcel within the district for the support of the district shall be 0.325% of the Benton County Assessor’s appraised property value. For example, the maximum assessed benefit that may be levied against a parcel with a Benton County Assessor’s appraised property value of $100,000 would be $325. Note, the Benton County Assessor’s appraised property value may change over time.