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Fire District offers guided tour of proposed station renovations

Bond funding would be used to improve response times and firefighter health and safety

COUPEVILLE, WASH. – Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue Chief Ed Hartin wants to take you on a tour of Station 53 on Race Road in Coupeville. The fire district is considering asking voters to approve a bond on the November General Election ballot to fund station renovations and replace three aging fire engines. The purpose of the tour is to show what renovations would happen to improve response times and firefighter health and safety inside the facility. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the fire district office at (360) 678-3602 to schedule a time to visit. The guided tours take approximately 30 minutes, and are offered: Wednesday, June 21 – 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Thursday, June 22 – 6:00 p.m. - 9:00p.m. Saturday, June 24 – 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Board of Fire Commissioners to meet on bond resolution

Public invited to attend and comment

COUPEVILLE, WASH. – The Board of Fire Commissioners for Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue will meet to consider a resolution asking voters to approve a bond on the November General Election ballot to remodel a fire station and replace three fire engines. The meetings will take place on June 8 and July 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Station 53, 1164 Race Road in Coupeville (98239).

The bond would cost $0.22 per $1,000 of assessed property value, or approximately $5.50 per month ($66 per year) for the owner of a $300,000 home. Community members are invited to attend and comment on the proposal.

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Goal for station renovations

Improve response times and firefighter health and safety

COUPEVILLE, WASH. – Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue is considering asking voters to approve a bond this fall to renovate a fire station and replace three engines. Fire Chief Ed Hartin says the goal for the station renovation project is to improve response times as well as firefighter health and safety inside the facility.

Station 53 on Race Road in Coupeville was built 25 years ago when the fire district was a largely volunteer fire department serving 6,700 people and responding to 408 calls that year. Today Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue still has volunteer firefighters, but also full-time and part-time emergency personnel. The agency provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to 10,000 people and responded to 1,312 calls in 2016. (Emergency call volumes have increased 30.68% in the past seven years alone.)

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Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue Reduces Bond Amount

COUPEVILLE, WASH. – The Board of Fire Commissioners for Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue have reduced the size and scope of a potential bond measure to renovate facilities and replace apparatus. The proposed bond was originally presented in the fire district’s long-range financial plan and 2017 budget. Fire Chief Ed Hartin says that the Board of Fire Commissioners wanted to reduce the impact on the taxpayers while addressing the emergency needs of the community.

“We still need the three engines to protect our insurance rating,” said Chief Ed Hartin. “However, we’re planning on renovating just one station at this time.”

The fire district has completed both a Capital Projects and a Facilities Plans available on its website at http://www.cwfire.org/bond. The documents identify aging apparatus that needs replacement, as well as renovations to the four fire stations serving the district.

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Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue reduces bond amount

COUPEVILLE, WASH. – The Board of Fire Commissioners for Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue have reduced the size and scope of a potential bond measure to renovate facilities and replace apparatus. The proposed bond was originally presented in the fire district’s long range financial plan and 2017 budget. Fire Chief Ed Hartin says that the Board of Fire Commissioners wanted to reduce the impact on the taxpayers while addressing the emergency needs of the community. “We still need the three engines to protect our insurance rating,” said Chief Ed Hartin. “However, we’re planning on renovating just one station at this time.”

Fire Chief Ed Hartin says that the Board of Fire Commissioners wanted to reduce the impact on the taxpayers while addressing the emergency needs of the community. “We still need the three engines to protect our insurance rating,” said Chief Ed Hartin. “However, we’re planning on renovating just one station at this time.”

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