Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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From Fire Chief Marv Koorn...

 

2014 was the busiest year in the history of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue. Our firefighters responded to 1957 calls for service last year. The officers and firefighters have served our community well and have much to be proud of.

 

Two and a half years ago, we started on a plan to upgrade our apparatus. The initial purchase was a heavy rescue to replace the light rescues. Once purchased, we were able to sell two of the light rescues and replace them with four Toyota Rav4s, which paid of greatly with the rising costs of fuel. Our next step was replacing the 1997 Pierce engines. We were able to accomplish that with the purchase of two 2009 engines in September 2013, followed by a 2010 and 2008 engine in the Fall of 2014. The final step of the plan came in place with the arrival of two 2015 Freightliner pumper tenders. Although we are still trying to sell a 1991 tender and 2004 rescue, we were able to upgrade out fleet to meet the recommendations of the Washington State Rating Bureau and offer our firefighters and community state-of-the-art equipment. 

In November, we went through the rerating with the Washington State Rating Bureau. Through this process we learned some of what we will be implementing over the next 6 months to help improve our insurance rating.

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