Northwest NEWS

July 6, 1998

Local News

From the Fire Chief

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Fire Chief Smith

As Fire Chief of Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District, it is with great honor that I announce the celebration of the department's 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 11th from 1-4 p.m. I would like to personally invite the citizens to our open house to commemorate 50 years of serving the Woodinville community.
  
   The department was organized 40 years prior to my becoming a member. Many dedicated men and women have made Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District the department it is today.
  
   We at Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District are fortunate to have the support of our community, modern fire equipment, stations and an extremely dedicated staff of firefighters, officers and support personnel. I know by looking at pictures in our historical file, the department has not always been blessed with modern equipment and stations, but its dedicated people have brought the department a long way over the past 50 years.
  
   Many changes have taken place within the fire service during this time and we will be faced with many more changes yet to come.
  
   Each year over 40,000 people, mostly the young and elderly, lose their lives in residential fires. Lives and property are lost in older buildings, such as multi-family and assisted living facilities. The fire service must continue to strive to educate citizens in fire safety and in the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors. The fire service must also participate in enacting legislation to provide fire supression and detection systems in older buildings where a fire could result in significant loss of life.
  
   The onset of medical managed care will affect the emergency medical services we provide and we, the fire service, must be prepared and willing to meet the challanges and changes managed care will present to us.
  
   Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District's staff looks forward to serving the community and citizens in both non-emergency and emergency situations. We remain dedicated to our 'mission statement' and strive to improve our services to the citizens of the community.