Fire Station Plan Meetings Recap

Fire Station Plan Meetings Recap

Finn Hill fire station plan – Public hearing on October 20 and recap of community meeting on October 12: As you may know, the City has been grappling with how to use funds that old Fire District 41 raised for a new fire station to improve response times in the district (which covered Finn Hill, north Juanita, and Kingsgate). The Fire District’s original idea was to shut down both Fire Station 25 (at the corner of Juanita Drive and the southern loop of Holmes Point Drive) and Fire Station 24 (on 84th and now closed) and build a new station to serve all of Finn Hill. But statistics show that no single location on Finn Hill will provide good response times throughout the neighborhood. At a community meeting this week at Finn Hill Middle School, City Manager Kurt Triplett explained the City’s “dual station” plan. The City wants to use the Fire District funds to rehab existing Station 25 and to acquire land at the corner of 100th and 132nd (cater-corner from Juanita Elementary) for a new station that will serve northeastern Finn Hill and north Juanita. The City will have to issue a bond to fund new station construction: the money that Fire District 41 raised isn’t sufficient for both land acquisition and a putting up a new facility. The City Council will hold a hearing on this “dual station” proposal at its October 20 meeting at City Hall. The meeting starts at 7:30pm. You can comment on the proposal then or submit comments to the Council beforehand by emailing citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov. The FHNA board supports the dual station proposal subject to the condition that, until the new station is built, the City continue its efforts to staff existing Station 24 with Kirkland and Northshore fire fighters or, failing that, keep a 4th fire fighter in Station 25. The additional fire fighter in Station 25 enhances the ability of Station 25 to respond to house fires. You can read the FHNA board letter here.

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