Eastside Fire & Rescue hosts fire station open houses

October 9, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue invites the public to tour fire stations Oct. 20 as part of Fire Prevention Month.

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Artist spruces up Issaquah Highlands’ Miracle Grow sculpture

September 25, 2012

Seattle artist Leon White stands in the middle of Miracle Grow, his public art sculpture in the Issaquah Highlands. Last week, White spent 30 hours refurbishing the sculpture that was installed in 2005. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Issaquah drivers who frequent Northeast Park Drive may have noticed a colorful change to the public art structure that sits on the median across from the fire station.

Last week, the sculpture’s artist, Leon White, spent about 30 hours over a four-day period sprucing up the sculpture that was installed in 2005.

Miracle Grow consists of a grouping of individual steel sculptures with colored flowers accenting the top of each one.

White said the piece was inspired by the flowers in the garden of his Seattle home.

“When I was doing this series, I just happened to be looking at my garden, which has irises, and looking at the long, thin blades of irises and the green leaves, I thought how cool it would be if I took what is on an inch-scale and made it a foot-scale,” he said.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue establishes rooftop beehive at Issaquah station

May 8, 2012

Brian Gilomen, Eastside Fire & Rescue support services technician, checks on one of the frames in which his honeybees have built a honeycomb to incubate eggs and store honey. By Greg Farrar

The buzz at a downtown Issaquah fire station is all about honeybees.

Eastside Fire & Rescue established a beehive on the roof at Station 71 next to City Hall. Station 71 is perhaps the only fire station in the state, and maybe beyond, to host a rooftop beehive.

Honeybees use assembly-line efficiency to gather pollen, and produce beeswax and honey — prizes for amateur apiarists, or beekeepers.

The focus at the Station 71 beehive is conservation, although the agency could someday sell honey from the beehive. The experiment in rooftop beekeeping is meant to lend a hand to the strained honeybee population.

EFR Chief Lee Soptich proposed the idea after reading about tenants in rooftop beehives established on Seattle skyscrapers. Intrigued, Soptich turned to Brian Gilomen, support services technician for the agency and a backyard beekeeper, to establish a rooftop beehive at Station 71.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 mixes red and ‘green’

October 11, 2011

Solar panels line the rooftop of Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72. Contributed

Station 72 is designed to lessen impact on environment

The red accents on Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 offer a traditional package for the “green” features embedded throughout the building.

Station 72 is the most energy efficient fire station on the planet. The city and EFR spearheaded a project to create a next-generation facility as a showcase for “green” innovations in Issaquah and a model for other fire departments.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue holds open houses Oct. 15

October 11, 2011

Eastside Fire & Rescue is opening fire stations in Issaquah and the surrounding area to the public for Fire Prevention Week.

Citizens can stop for tours, snacks and information about fire safety, flood safety and emergency preparedness, as well as a chance to sit on a fire truck.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue cuts could mean slower responses

November 9, 2010

Agency shields Issaquah Highlands station from reductions

Eastside Fire & Rescue has announced plans to reduce staffing at stations in Issaquah, Sammamish and other communities — and the cuts could mean slower response times for emergency crews.

In order to confront a budget shortfall, EFR plans to keep fewer responders on duty at fire stations. The result: Crews could take a longer time to reach emergencies, because help could come from more distant stations.

The agency has a policy to maintain three responders on duty at all times at nine stations throughout the EFR coverage area. Under the plan announced Nov. 5, the agency plans to drop a station per day from three responders on duty to two.

In extreme situations, EFR plans to reduce staffing by two responders and close a station for a day. The agency said the station is to be selected after considering workload, overall operation and location.

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Issaquah, Sammamish fire stations to host open houses

October 5, 2010

Issaquah fire stations 71 and 73, and Sammamish fire stations 81, 82 and 83 will host open houses from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 9.

The event is part of Eastside Fire & Rescue’s support of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 3-9.

Residents are encouraged to drop by to meet firefighters, tour the stations, sit in a fire truck and pick up information about fire, flood and emergency preparedness.

The following EFR stations will host open houses:

  • Station 71: 190 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah
  • Station 73: 1280 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah Highlands
  • Station 81: 2030 212th Ave. S.E., Sammamish
  • Station 82: 1852 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish
  • Station 83: 3425 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road, Sammamish

Work will begin next month on Fire Station 72

May 25, 2010

Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 will be built on the undeveloped northeast corner of the Issaquah Transit Center property near state Route 900. TCA Architecture Planning

Construction should start by late June on eco-friendly Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72, the replacement for a threadbare fire station near state Route 900.

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Investigators smell something foul in portable toilet fires

May 18, 2010

Something stinks in the Issaquah Highlands.

Fires set within about 24 hours of each other destroyed three portable toilets last week. Officials suspect foul play in the Grand Ridge Elementary School and Central Park blazes.

Firefighters responded to the first fire at about 10:30 p.m. May 11. Crews contained the fire to a toilet set up near a portable classroom.

Firefighters responded to another fire in nearby Central Park at about 11 p.m. May 12. Responders discovered a pair of portable toilets ablaze. Read more

Investigators smell something foul in portable toilet fires

May 13, 2010

UPDATED — 2:05 p.m. May 13, 2010

Something stinks in the Issaquah Highlands.

Fires set within about 24 hours of each other destroyed three portable toilets Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Officials suspect foul play in the Grand Ridge Elementary School and Central Park blazes.

Firefighters responded to the first fire at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Crews contained the fire to a toilet set up near a portable classroom.

Firefighters responded to another fire in nearby Central Park at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Responders discovered a pair of portable toilets ablaze.

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