Northshore Fire’s merger with Woodinville on April 27 ballot

The Board of Fire Commissioners for the Northshore Fire Department recently approved a resolution asking voters to merge with Woodinville Fire and Rescue. The merger request will be on the April 27 Special Election ballot for voters in the communities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park.

Many fire districts are merging with other agencies to be more cost-effective for taxpayers. Northshore and Woodinville Fire currently share training programs for emergency personnel, administrative positions (fire chief, deputy chief, and a chief administrative officer) and finance, human resources and IT departments. Merging would make these cost efficiencies permanent. Costs for future capital items, (such as stations and apparatus) would be less for taxpayers as well because it is shared by more property owners.

Another issue driving this request is improving service. Merging would allow better deployment of emergency personnel, and sharing of specialized apparatus and equipment when responding to emergency calls. It also would provide better training opportunities for firefighters, stronger fire prevention programs in our local schools, and more community engagement.

More information can be found on our website at www.northshorefire.com/merger-updates. We appreciate you considering our request, and welcome your questions.

Dave Maehren, chairperson

Northshore Fire Department

Kenmore

Talk to us

More in Opinion

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Editorial: Keep covid politics out of city’s plea for police

A Mill Creek city official’s call for police applicants was more about anti-vax politics than jobs.

Voting thing
Editorial: A recap of the editorial board’s endorsements

The Herald Editorial Board has made endorsements in select races for the Nov. 2 general election.

Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee
Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Oct. 27

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Election thing
Editorial: Endorsements for Everett, Marysville school boards

Everett voters should reelect Mason and Mitchell; Marysville voters should back Sheldon and Edwards.

Voting thing
Editorial: Edmonds, Mukilteo school board endorsements

For Edmonds, Melissa Stepp is endorsed; for Mukilteo, Judy Schwab and Jayme Lee Vail.

Voting thing
Editorial: Gregerson for Mukilteo; Redmon for Snohomish

Mukilteo voters should return Gregerson as mayor. Redmon should be promoted from the council.

toon
Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Oct. 26

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Snohomish documentary: Is mayor oblivious or disingenuous?

I’m distressed and disturbed by the comments of Snohomish Mayor John Kartak… Continue reading

Mukilteo mayor: Gregerson has accomplished much

Jennifer Gregerson is the sitting mayor of Mukilteo. Although her opponent says… Continue reading

Most Read