COUPEVILLE, WASH. – The Board of Fire Commissioners for Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue unanimously passed a resolution asking voters to approve a bond during the November General Election. Funding would be used to renovate a fire station to improve emergency response times, improve firefighter health and safety, and replace three fire engines that are approaching the end of their usable lives. 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.
Call volumes for the agency are up 14.43% from January to June of 2017 when compared to the same time last year. In the past seven years, call volumes have increased almost 31%. The plan is to use bond funding to increase the size of Station 53 from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.
“Our call volumes have increased to the point where we need more space for daily operations,” said Fire Chief Ed Hartin. “Adding space to the station will ensure it’s adequate to meet the growing demand for service by our community.”