Eastside Fire & Rescue promotes several employees

March 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue rolled out the honors for several new supervisors, including a performance by the Eastside Pipes and Drums, a prayer offered by EFR Chaplain Mike Ryan, and the taking of the Oath of Office led by Deputy Chief Greg Tryon.

Three EFR employees were recognized for recent appointments in the agency in what Fire Chief Lee Soptich cited as “a new generation of leaders.”

By Jon Bromberg Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Jon Bromberg
Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

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Lee Soptich to retire after 16 years as EFR chief

February 10, 2015

Although offered a two-year extension of his contract, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich has announced his plans to step down from the leadership of the local fire and rescue squad in January 2016.

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

Soptich, 58, said he made his announcement to the EFR regional board of directors in December and again last month.

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Fire District 10 assures Klahanie residents of continued service

October 8, 2013

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.”

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