FHNA raises questions concerning closure of Fire Station 24

 

FHNA has sent a letter to Kirkland Fire Chief Kevin Nalder ; it asks the City to answer several questions concerning the closure of Fire Station 24 on 84th Avenue and 141st Street. (Click here to see FHNA’s letter: FHNA letter re Fire Station 24 (Jan 13, 2012, signed)

The City announced on December 29th that Fire Station 24 would close at the beginning of the year and that the fire fighter reserves, who staffed the station in the evenings, would transition to the Fire Corps, a volunteer program focused on preventing fires and medical emergencies through community education. (The City’s December 29 press release
is here: http://www.kirklandwa.gov/depart/Fire_and_Building/Fire___Medical_Services/Volunteers.htm.)

While the reserves at Station 24 were not equipped to respond to fires, they did provide emergency medical aid
in conjunction with professional fire fighters from Stations 25 (at Juanita and Holmes Point Drives) and Station 27 (on132nd near the 405 freeway). It appears that in many cases, the reserves at Station 24 were able to respond
to emergency calls in the evening on Finn Hill more quickly than personnel from other stations.

The FHNA letter asks that the City explain the decision to close Station 24 and to discontinue the reserves
program, and to explain why reserves shouldn’t continue to staff the station on a part-time basis pending the construction of a new station for Finn Hill. Fire Chief Nalder has received the letter and confirms that FHNA’s questions will be addressed. Kirkland City Council members have also been contacted by FHNA and
have indicated that the community should receive more information about the matter.

 

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