APRIL 21, 1997
More candidates interviewed for Fire District committee
by Al Hooper
On April 15, the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District Commissioners interviewed two more candidates for the newly-forming Citizens Advisory Council. Dave Shipway and Jim McNerney each answered the questions "Why do you want to be a councillor," and "What can you contribute to the council?"
Shipway, currently president of the Northshore Youth Soccer Association, brings business and socio-technical problem-solving skills to the table. He has been a resident of the area since 1950 and said he wants to find other ways to return to the community a measure of the benefits he has gotten out of it in the last 47 years. Shipway said he hopes to help keep the council from becoming "a front for those with their own personal or political agendas."
A resident of the area for the past nine years, McNerney said he will come to the new council with an open mind, but will also provide some continuity between the old Citizens Advisory Committee and the new council, as he was a member of the previous CAC. McNerney has five years of fire service experience and has helped present seminars on disaster preparedness and other topics relating to community needs in that time.
Six other members of the community who were scheduled to appear before the commissioners were not present: Geoff Clayton, Mary Baum, Elizabeth Seymour, Joseph Rees, Leslie Hartman, and Dan Farrar.
Gary Thomaier feted
Multiple-retiree Gary Thomaier will once again "try to take it easy for awhile," but not without leaving a legacy of constantly setting higher standards for himself and others in performing his duties. Chief Steve Smith was joined by Battalion Chief Mark Emery in presenting a plaque to Thomaier for "achieving the highest standards of excellence" in training, instruction, and testing of department personnel.
Thomaier, who sustained on-the-job injuries while on duty with the Bellevue Fire Department several years ago, is stepping down from his position in the Training Department due to recent flare-ups from those old injuries. He was responsible for planning and starting an innovative training program that has been copied wholesale by fire departments of all sizes, including Seattle, Whatcom County, and others. Additionally, he was instrumental in organizing and conducting the semi-annual training event in North Bend, held for fire companies from all over the state.
"An old saying goes that 'anybody can be replaced.' Gary's invaluable contributions will sure put that saying to the test. We've got our work cut out for us in finding a replacement," Emery said.
In other Fire District business:
The Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District Board of Commissioners normally meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the District Headquarters, located at 19900 144th Ave. NE.
- Chief Smith reminded those commissioners who will be up for election in the fall that they must have their submissions for the Voter's Pamphlet ready for print soon.
- The board removed one vehicle from the surplus list at Smith's request, so it could be used to reduce the manpower requirements of driving vehicles to Monroe for maintenance.
- Smith also asked the board for permission to purchase a vehicle for Deputy Chief Marzano, reasoning that the Backup Command Post vehicle would not last very long if it was assigned to Marzano. The board granted the request.
- The commissioners discussed furthering the talks with Redmond about combining departments. Don Leggett suggested the board first determine a strategic plan covering exactly what benefits are to be expected, before actually sitting down with their counterparts from Redmond.
- Dave Callon suggested that during an upcoming commissioners work session, they address the current overtime situation.