The Washington State Auditor's Office recently completed an audit of Klickitat County Fire Protection District No. 3 that found the district's books in good order. The state agency's role is to advocate for government accountability and transparency, and to promote positive change.
The auditor examined those areas representing the highest risk of noncompliance, misappropriation or misuse. The in-depth review specifically examined the Fire District's handling of payroll, cash receipting, disbursements and maintaining compliance with bid law procedures and requirements with respect to purchases.
The final report, received by the Fire District in early January, indicated that Fire District No. 3 had adequate internal controls in place to safeguard public assets. The audit also determined the fire district was in compliance with all state laws and regulations, as well as the district's own policies and procedures.
Fire Protection District No. 3 was formed in November 1952, and serves the unincorporated areas of Husum, BZ Corner, Snowden and the urban growth area of White Salmon. The district operates three fire stations to serve 4,500 residents in a 50-square-mile area. Services provided include basic emergency medical care and fire protection. A three-member board of commissioners appoints a fire chief to oversee the district's daily operations as well as its two employees and 26 volunteer firefighters.
All previous audits were conducted through an assessment survey. This audit was conducted on-site in late 2011 and will be repeated in a triennial audit cycle.