April 8, 2014
Two of our awesome Eastside Fire & Rescue workers each have just spent more than a week helping others responders from Snohomish County at the disastrous Oso mudslide.
Capt. Steve Westlake, Station 72, worked as the command staff chief of operations. Josie Williams, public information officer and education officer, managed the Joint Information Center. These are some of their reflections. — Greg Farrar
“Spending nine full days working 16-hour shifts makes you appreciate the term teamwork, the only way you are able to accomplish goals, work through situations and problems, and support each other each day.
November 19, 2013
After 18 months of chess-like moves among its players, the Eastside Fire & Rescue board may have averted a checkmate by the city of Sammamish. It unanimously approved a new funding model at its Nov. 14 meeting.
The group agreed to shift to an 85-15 split.
That means 85 percent of EFR money would come from taxes on assessed property value and 15 percent from call volume. The change will be effective beginning with the 2015 budget. The change was recommended and presented by an ad hoc committee appointed last month to see if it could move negotiations along.