THIS IS A REVISED STORY WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING I-84 RESPONSES. SOME COMMENTS BELOW MAY NO LONGER APPLY.
We have to side up with Boise FD Chief Dennis Doan and the City Attorney when it comes to collecting $15,000 from the owner of a $500,000 house outside the city which caught fire in 2007.
Boise FD responded to the blaze off Table Rock Rock in a subdivision known as Wildhorse, even though it is outside the city and not in any fire district. Owners of the elite homes do not pay for fire service of any kind and Gary Campbell has refused to pay the City for responding to his home. The homes in the area don’t qualify for annexation into either the Whitney District (which Boise covers by contract) or the City due to lack of infrastructure such as street width, water mains, and response times.
Where we part ways with Doan and City officials is the recent agreement to provide fire service to the North Ada County District which includes Bogus Basin Road and Hidden Springs. Those residents previously applied for annexation into the North Ada district which offered a lower level of response and a much lower tax rate than that paid by Boise residents.
They got a sweet deal because the highly rated (by insurance underwriter standards) Boise FD responds to these rural areas under a new contract. Boise provides premium protection and bargain prices for those residents.
Chief Dennis Doan informs us he has another agreement with the State Transportation Dept. to respond at the rate of $153 per hour for an engine and crew of three firefighters along a 13 mile stretch of I-84 east of Boise. Previously the department was responding without compensation.
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