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Who provides your fire & rescue service?

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There is often confusion as to who provides fire & rescue service as zip code boundaries and fire district boundaries are not the same. There are three fire districts, a city fire department, and US Navy fire department serving different areas of Whidbey Island. CWIFR serves the 50 square miles between Libbey Road and Mutiny Bay Road.

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.”

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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