December 9, 2014
Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters took up residence last week in the new May Valley fire station.
The new station means the end of the Coalfield Station, on state Route 900 east of Renton, which opened about 25 years ago.
The new Station 78 (the same number as the one being vacated) came in approximately $200,000 under budget and about a month later than expected. Delays were attributed to connecting to services and obtaining county permits.
November 11, 2014
Five firefighters have been hired by Eastside Fire & Rescue to fill vacancies that exist or will happen by year’s end.
“This bunch is quite diverse, very talented and certainly motivated, so we could not be happier,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release.
August 20, 2013
Come late September, the Eastside Fire & Rescue board will be right back where it was in June — having to decide on a funding model that meets the needs of all members.
The difference will be that in eight weeks the group will have agreed on two things: what value they need to offer to retain members and how they maintain a stable organization. The process won’t be easy, said facilitator Neville Wallace, with Online Business Systems of Portland.
“Whether you like it or not, you will be collaborating,” Wallace said. “We will be accessing what works well, what doesn’t and what can be fixed easily.”
March 26, 2013
The Eastside Fire & Rescue board set seven goals for Fire Chief Lee Soptich to fulfill in 2013 at its March 14 board meeting.
Top on the list is to prepare for the 2014 collective bargaining agreement with the firefighters’ union, which also includes hiring an attorney to provide comparison data.
The second goal is to explore expanding the EFR partnership, which currently includes Issaquah, North Bend, Sammamish, and fire districts 10 and 38.