Fire District 10 assures Klahanie residents of continued service

October 8, 2013

By Peter Clark

Fire District 10 wants the Klahanie area to know it will have continued service in an uncertain future.

In a quickly planned meeting announced just the day before, administrators of Eastside Fire & Rescue and board members from Fire District 10 met Oct. 3 to pass a resolution seeking the first right to purchase Fire Station 83 should Sammamish decide to leave EFR and close the site. In short work, the leadership discussed the rationale behind the resolution and adopted it unanimously.

“There was a lot of speculation of what was going to happen to the fire protection there should Issaquah annex Klahanie or Sammamish choose to close Fire Station 83,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said. “We have these different scenarios floating out there. And paramount in my mind is that I think it’s important to let them know that District 10 has a responsibility to continue fire service in that area.”

Sammamish currently owns Fire Station 83; it was part of an asset transfer when the young city consolidated. In considering leaving EFR, Sammamish has also discussed closing the station, particularly should Issaquah annex Klahanie. If annexation occurs, Fire Station 83 would primarily serve locations in Issaquah city territory with a Sammamish-owned building and equipment.

“We’re just saying that we’re not abandoning you,” Fire District 10 Commissioner Michael Fisette said about the resolution to the people of Klahanie. “If I read behind the lines here it sounds like Sammamish is trying to put a little scare in the citizens that they wouldn’t be protected if Issaquah annexes.”

“We want to quell some fears,” Fire District Board Chairman Rick Gaines said.

Officials also wanted to ensure residents knew that the passed resolution did not commit EFR to anything.

“This isn’t saying that we are going to buy it, just that we are requesting the first right to buy it,” Commissioner Mike Mitchell said.

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