Another WA Fire Agency to Merge

KENMORE, WASHINGTON

MERGER INFORMATION

Special Election

Northshore Fire Department will be asking voters in Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Woodinville to approve a merger between them and the Woodinville Fire and Rescue agency on the Special Voter Election on April 27, 2021.

Sharing Same Resources

Fire Chief Greg Ahearn is the acting Chief for Woodinville Fire and Rescue for the last eight years and the Interim Fire Chief Northshore Fire Department. The two have been partnering together for quite some time, including sharing of the same Fire Chief, Administrative staff and other resources.

In addition to fire suppression and EMS calls, these highly-skilled and trained firefighters and Officers personnel respond to technical rescue calls, Community Risk Reduction and Emergency Management and Community Events. They are working to better their combined services into one that will streamline all of their resources together.

As many of us here know, many smaller agencies have been merging into larger and much more streamlined agencies all across Washington State.

Lower Costs For Tax Payers

Based upon the Combined Agency 2021 Projected Agency Costs on their financials, it states that the tax rate will actually be reduced from Northshore and Woodinville’s separately listed rates.

Learn About These Two Great Fire Departments

NORTHSHORE FIRE DEPARTMENT

About

Northshore Fire Department has a service area of about 10-square miles and about 37,000 people that provides fire and EMS services. They respond to about 3,600 emergency calls annually.

All fire images are the Credit of Northshore Fire Department.

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Hiring More Firefighters

They are currently looking for Entry Level Firefighters and EMTs to fill their 2021 Fire Academy in August.

Go to the National Testing Network’s website and apply online: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com.

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New Fire Apparatus

A newly acquired E157 is put into operation in February 2021. (confusion on their Facebook page about E151 and E157.)

Community Events

On February 23rd, Northshore Firefighters supported their fellow Lake Forest Police Department Chief Harden and Lt. Zanela with the UW Police Officers and Cadets at a Polar Plunge to raise funds benefiting the Special Olympics and athletes.

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Photo Credit: NFD

COVID in the Community

Northshore Fireifghters teamed up with the Shoreline Fire Department on February 17, 2021, to provide vaccinations to several Adult Family homes in their service area of Kenmore.

Northshore Firefighters giving residents their vaccinations and helping stop the spread of COVID in their communities.
Photo Credit: Shoreline FD

Community Emergency Response Team or CERT

On March 8, 2021, the Northshore Emergency Management Coalition (NEMCo) started up their training of local citizens for their CERT Academy, an eight-week hybrid course that meets weekly and later includes a three-hour hands-on training that will occur on April 24th. “Students” will earl basic disaster response skills such as how to pare your home for emergtency and disaster medical treatment.

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CERT team on the rear of Engine 151

Newest Probationary Firefighters

It is great to see new staffing being added to Fire Agencies often as these have been to the Northshore Fire Department. These six Probationary Firefighters had graduated in January 2021 from the South King County Fire Academy. Their long journey in the Fire Academy shows their dedication, service and achievements!

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WOODINVILLE FIRE & RESCUE

About

Woodinville Fire & Rescue has a response area of 30-square miles service approximately the same as the Northshore area and responds to about 4,000 emergency calls per year. In 2018 alone, sixty-five-percent of the calls were medical emergency responses.

They provide Fire and EMS Services to about 36,000 people via three manned fire stations.

Hiring New Firefighters

Woodinville Fire & Rescue is also hiring new Firefighters and here’s your chance to join a great agency. If the merger is approved, you will be joining a single fire agency along with the Northshore Fire Department, which is also hiring. Check out their website today.

Careers | Woodinville Fire & Rescue

Taking Care of Vulnerable Community Residents

WFR and Redmond Paramedics teamed up on February 16th to help vaccinate vulnerable residents in Adult Family Homes in their area.

Responding 24/7

Firefighters work 24/7 and 365 days a year in any kind of weather, so that those in their service area are taken care of no matter what type of situation. If you ever have an emergency, call 9-1-1 and these guys and gals will show up!

Be In the Know – Be an Educated Voter

Have more questions? Check out this presentation that released by the Fire Agency in December 2020 here: Considering (netdna-ssl.com)

NOTE: Woodinville Fire and Northshore Fire resources will have to drive through Bothell Fire’s service areas to gain access to each other’s own areas – if they are going to be doing station move-ups or going in as mutual aid.

Bothell Fire is its own separate entity and is not part of this merger.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog | 3/7/2021 1450 PT