Northwest NEWS

June 15, 1998

Local News

Fire district ready to staff downtown station

   by Andrew Walgamott
   Staff reporter

   WOODINVILLE--By the end of this summer, downtown Woodinville may be served by an aid car based behind City Hall. "Our goal is to have a temporary station staffed in September," said Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District Chief Steve Smith. District officials have hired six new firefighters to meet the goal. Smith said the district may place a modular home for firefighter/EMTs, and a garage for an aid car on three acres the City of Woodinville owns near Brittany Park.
   District and city officials met late last week to discuss the downtown station. Several buildings on the city property must first be demolished and garbage removed, according to Carter Hawley, assistant city manager. The station would be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to the district.
   The bulk of downtown fire calls are medic related, Smith said. He noted that with Brittany Park and TRF developing, more people are in the downtown area. Smith said the station would be occupied until property for a permanent fire station can be found. For several years, it has been a goal of the district to locate downtown. Land the district bought south of town can't be built on. But a state grant the city and Woodinville Historical Society recently applied for mentions the possibility of the district locating on the Sorenson complex.
   The new fire personnel already have fire service experience, have attended a firefighter recruit academy and are Washington State Emergency Medical Technicians, according to the district.