Woodinville Fire and Rescue has been serving the Woodinville area since 1947. Today, the department covers approximately 30 square miles and 36,000 residents. Their mission is summed up with the three pillars of Prepare, Prevent, and Perform. With a vision of serving the community with compassion through the leadership of progressive professionals, the department has maintained its primary value of trust. Woodinville now has over 60 uniformed fire fighters in addition to commissioners and administrative personel. A position on the former had recently just become available.
On Tuesday, July 31, the Board of Fire Commissioners for Woodinville Fire & Rescue held a special meeting at Station 31 (17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE, Woodinville, WA 98072).
The special meeting was held to interview two candidates for the Board of Fire Commissioners, Position 4, which was vacated by Kevin Coughlin due to a move out of the District. Coughlin had been a Fire Commissioner since 2008. Coughlin’s LinkedIn profile described some of his duties as, “…. managing a $14 million annual budget. Protecting 44 sq. miles of N.E. King County and 35k people.”
The board reviewed the qualifications of both Fred Shanafelt and Mike Millman during an open meeting and then moved into an Executive Session to make their decision. The board reconvened the open public meeting and appointed Mike Millman to Position 4.
“Millman will be sworn in at the September Board of Fire Commissions meeting and will serve until the November 2019 election,” stated Woodinville Fire and Rescue Community Services Officer David Weed in a press release.
Millman recently retired as a Station Captain from the City of Everett Fire Department. He served for over 28 years with the department. Millman has been a resident of Woodinville since 1992. He is married and has two sons.
The Board of Fire Commissioners meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00pm. All residents and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
Woodinville Fire and Rescue also offers the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills. They will have two classes in September: a CPR course on Wednesday, September 12 and a First Aid course on Wednesday, September 26. Both classes are from 6:30pm-9:30pm and are held at Station 31 (17718 Woodinville Snohomish Road NE, Woodinville, WA 98072). The department also offers an Emergency Care Awareness course for children’s groups. The course covers splinting, bandaging and other skills. There is no fee for the class which typically last one hour. For more information and scheduling, please call David Weed at 425-483-4481.