The purpose of this study was to assess the physical and operational aspects of Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue’s facilities, identify how they should be improved, what it will cost to undertake those improvements, and a strategy of accomplishing that.
Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue (CWIFR) serves approximately 8,300 residents over a 50 square mile area of mostly farmland and rural countryside. Within the District boundaries is the town of Coupeville and the unincorporated community of Greenbank.
In addition to providing fire suppression services, the District responds to a wide variety of other emergency incidents, including care for individuals who are sick or injured, rescue from dangerous situations, and response to hazardous materials.
CWIFR serves its community with a combination of volunteer and paid career personnel who respond from three strategically located fire stations.
Fire Station 51 is located on Main Street in Coupeville. Constructed in 2004 this station was jointly constructed and funded by CWIFR and Whidbey General Hospital who continue to share use and maintenance of the building.
Fire Station 53 is located on Race Road and serves as the District’s administrative headquarters and vehicle maintenance facility. Fire Station 54 is located on Day Road in Greenbank and includes a classroom/community meeting room (most commonly used for training), but no overnight living accommodations for firefighters. Located on the same property behind the station are the District’s primary training facilities.
The District also owns and maintains Fire Station 52 on Morris Road. It is the District’s oldest station, is small, antiquated, and is no longer used for emergency response operations.