Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District timeline and accomplishments of Chief Jim Davis
by Mary Baum
As Chairperson for the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District Citizen's Advisory Committee since 1984, I have been concerned about the recent actions of the newly-elected Woodinville Fire Commissioners.
Chief Jim Davis is reportedly leaving our district as of September 15, 1996. I see this as a direct result of a series of actions taken by our elected fire commissioners.
For the record, I would like to provide a timeline of the actions and accomplishments of the district as I know them, and encourage those citizens who share my concern to attend the Fire Commissioner's meeting on Tuesday, September 3, at district headquarters, 19900 144th Ave. NE.
Whatever the outcome, I want to personally thank Chief Jim Davis for the outstanding contribution he has made to our community, not only as a fire chief bringing our fire department to be considered one of the best in the state, but also as an active citizen in the Woodinville community.
- Chief Dave Martin: Sept. 1982 to March 16, 1988.
- Assistant Chief Jim Davis: April 16, 1982 to March 16, 1988.
- Chief Jim Davis: March 16, 1988 to present.
- Board of Fire Commissioners: Richard George, Wayne Ouellette, Robert Wright.
- Board of Fire Commissioners: Wayne Ouellette, Robert Wright, Robert Corbin.
- Citizens Advisory Committee formed at request of Board of Commissioners.
- Since 1984, added 1 ladder truck, 5 engines, 1 rescue truck, 5 aid units.
- Passed bond issue of $4.8 million.
- Chaplain's Program begun.
- Board of Fire Commissioners: Robert Wright, Robert Corbin, James O'Dell.
- Station 34, Kingsgate remodeled and 24-hour service started.
- Added 24-hour command officer.
- Added Station 31, headquarters.
- Added Station 35, Avondale.
- Board of Fire Commissioners: James O'Dell, Robert Corbin, Robert Miller.
- Added Station 33, Bear Creek.
- Achieved numerous functional consolidations.
- Board of Fire Commissioners: James O'Dell, Robert Miller, Tyler Gottschalk.
- Passed Benefit Charge.
- Received State Fire Commissioners Excellence of Management Award.
- Board of Fire Commissioners (Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District merged with Fire District 42): James O'Dell, Robert Miller, Tyler Gottschalk, Richard Baranzini, Donald Leggett, Susan Dickson.
- Board of Fire Commissioners: James O'Dell, Tyler Gottschalk, Ben May, Susan Dickson, Donald Leggett.
- Assisted in setting up City of Woodinville.
- Commissioner Miller resigns to run for City Council for Woodinville.
- National Fire Fighters Combat Challenge 1993 & 1994.
- Assisted in 800 MHZ program.
- Merged City of Woodinville into Fire District.
- Began disaster seminars.
- Began exploring mergers and consolidations.
- Passed bond issue of $3.9 million.
- Finished 3rd in State Fire Commissioners Excellence of Management Award.
- Received Northshore School District Business Excellence Award.
- National recognition from Public Education Council for skits with Woodinville High School Drama Club.
- Fireworks Display began organizing at Chief Davis's request.
- Finished 4th in State Fire Commissioners Excellence of Management Award.
- Reduced fire rating from class 5 to class 3.
- Reduced paramedic response time by half.
- Added EMTP unit.
- Responded to Chelan Wild Land fires.
- No fatality fires in the fire district since 1982.
- Passed Benefit Charge.
- From 1991 to 1995, reduced fire loss to under $600,000 per year while protecting $3.2 billion in property values.
- Call volume in 1982, 465 calls; in 1995, in excess of 2,900 calls.
- Provided emergency management for City of Woodinville, which was tested three times during an earthquake and 2 major storms.
- Reserve fund for purpose of never having to go to the voters again for a bond issue is now in excess of $4.2 million, drawing interest to add apparatus and stations as needed (in the first four months of 1982, the District borrowed money to pay its bills).
- Lead agency for Woodinville, Bothell, Kirkland, and Redmond for regionalized training, saving thousands of dollars in overtime.
Personal Achievements of Chief Jim Davis:
- Board of Fire Commissioners (January): Susan Dickson, James O'Dell, Ben May, Donald Leggett, David Callon.
- Actions Since January:
- Citizen's Advisory Committee challenged by Commissioner David Callon in January.
- Property purchased by Fire Commissioners in downtown Woodinville challenged due to discovery it is in the Agricultural Production District.
- Commissioner O'Dell resigns, June 3, 1996.
- Don Eddy sworn in as commissioner, June 3, 1996.
- Susan Dickson replaced as chair, June 3, 1996, by board action without her knowledge.
- Commissioner Dickson resigns.
- Formation of Citizen's Council in August, 1996.
- Frank Peep sworn in as Commissioner on August 19, 1996.
- 1982-1995: Put up holiday decorations.
- 1983-1986: 4th through 6th grade Northshore Girls Slowpitch Softball.
- 1987-1990: Lions Club member.
- 1987-1991: 7th through 9th grade Northshore Girls Slowpitch Softball.
- 1989: U-9 soccer team.
- 1990-1992: Woodinville Chamber Board Member.
- Member of Rotary.
- Asst. Coach, Woodinville High School girl's softball.
- Asst. Coach, Woodinville Jr. High School football midget's Blue.
- First in State for Chiefs.
- Mgr., Woodinville West Major Giants boy's team.
- Coach, Woodinville Jr. Football Club Blue.
- First in State for Chiefs.
- Nominated as Sammamish Valley Grange Citizen of the Year for work with youth and community.
- Woodinville Cemetery Clean Up.
- Field of Dreams Chair.
- Fundraising captain for Northshore YMCA's Partnership with Youth Campaign.
- Northshore Youth Basketball Assn. 13 yr. old boys team.
- Woodinville West Little League Asst. Coach, Farm level (average 8 years old).
- Fundraiser, Columbia Tower Climb, 61 floors in 18 minutes.
- Northshore Youth Basketball Assn. 14 yr. old boy's team.
- Woodinville West Minors boy's team.
- Woodinville Baseball Club, Babe Ruth, 14 & 15 yr. old boy's team, Asst. Coach.
- Woodinville Baseball Club Board Member.
- NYBA team coach.
- Appointed YMCA Board member.
- King County Fire Chiefs representative to State Fire Defense Board.
- Past President of King County Fire Chiefs.
- Board Member of King County Fire Chiefs for 8 years.
- Graduate of National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officers Program.
- Numerous National Fire Academy courses graduate.
- 4-year degree from City University in Business.
- National Recognition for saving lives during the Gettysburg Hotel fire.