EFR may seek nonprofit status

May 12, 2015

Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.

“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.

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Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Issaquah Relay For Life is May 9-10

May 5, 2015

More than 750 people will descend on Issaquah High School this weekend to take up arms against a nasty, unforgiving foe.

The fight against cancer comes to Issaquah on May 9-10 in the form of Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that backs the nonprofit’s mission to create a world without the disease.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue closes volunteer fire station

April 28, 2015

Resident David Johnson said the area around his home on 182nd Avenue Southeast already was plagued by some of the slowest emergency response times in the city.

And that was before Eastside Fire & Rescue closed Station 75, a small all-volunteer station at 4225 180th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, which had served the area of Interstate 90 and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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Fire station hosts open house May 2

April 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2015

Go behind the scenes at a fire station, explore the inside of a fire truck cab and learn how to protect your home and family at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s free community open house May 2.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 72, 1575 N.W. Maple Street.

Members of EFR, the Issaquah Police Department and other agencies will answer your questions. In addition, there will be giveaways and tips.

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Voters to decide on county levy to replace emergency radio system

April 21, 2015

Ballots went into the mail April 8 for the upcoming April 28 special election.

In Issaquah, voters have only one issue before them: Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communications system.

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Help hungry children through firefighters’ School Nutrition Program

April 10, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 10, 2015

The Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund kicked off its School Nutrition Program recently at Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

On-duty and off-duty firefighters joined to deliver three months’ worth of breakfast for 40 kids in need.

“We are hopeful that through partnerships with local business and citizens, we can make sure children get enough to eat, because children can’t learn when they’re hungry,” fund president Dave McDaniel said in a news release.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue is taking applications for volunteer firefighters

April 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 7, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are seeking qualified applicants to serve as volunteer firefighters.

The application period closes June 15.

Those who live within the EFR boundaries or within five miles of an EFR fire station, and meet other minimum qualifications, are eligible to apply for consideration.

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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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