September 28, 2015
NEW — 7 p.m. Sept. 28, 2015
Eastside Fire & Rescue began advertising Sept. 21 for a replacement for Fire Chief Lee Soptich who will step down at the end of January after roughly 10 years on the job.
The EFR board of directors hired a California consultant company, The Mercer Group Inc., to help with the search, said Ingrid Anderson-Boyle, EFR human resources manager.
According to a timetable provided by Anderson-Boyle, Mercer will advertise the position and accept résumés until Oct. 19. The company plans to come up with about six to eight semifinalists, said Clark Wuzberger, a project manager for The Mercer Group.
August 25, 2015
July 31, 2015
NEW — 5:50 p.m. July 31, 2015
Our state is now experiencing the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple fires.
Recent wildfires in the Issaquah area offer a vivid reminder of the risk.
A blaze in the Klahanie neighborhood came within 100 feet of homes July 28. Two days later, Eastside Fire & Rescue battled another wildfire just east of Issaquah along Interstate 90.
And today there was a brush fire near I-90 in Preston.
July 20, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. July 20, 2015
The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2878 recently awarded scholarships in its 16th annual program for high school seniors based on their community service/volunteer activities.
Local 2878 represents the firefighters and other staff of Eastside Fire & Rescue, Duvall Fire District 45, Fall City Fire District 27 and the city of Snoqualmie fire departments. These agencies provide fire protection, emergency medical and rescue services to East King County areas including Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Fall City, Duvall, Snoqualmie and surrounding areas.
Local winners were:
July 2, 2015
Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.
Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract a lot of recreationalists, especially this time of year.
June 23, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2015
Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual burn moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities.
The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.
For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a free burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.
June 17, 2015
June 10, 2015
Though one councilman insists the city promised it would happen this summer, the Klahanie annexation area almost certainly will not become part of Sammamish this year.
While the Sammamish City Council will pass an ordinance formalizing the annexation before the end of July, the annexation date likely will be Jan. 1, 2016. An earlier annexation just is not possible, City Manger Ben Yazici said.
Officials had been looking at an annexation date of Aug. 1.
June 6, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2015
Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are wrapping up their annual recruitment effort, with volunteer firefighter applications due by June 15.
Volunteer firefighters are being sought for every community served by the agency.
EFR operates 14 stations in and around Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Wilderness Rim, May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Preston and Issaquah. To maintain a capable force to supplement and compliment the career staff efforts, EFR needs to bring in about 30 volunteers a year.
May 13, 2015
The story “Eastside Fire & Rescue may seek status as a nonprofit,” in the May 6 edition of Sammamish Review, incorrectly stated with whom EFR is negotiating its collective bargaining agreement. EFR’s union is negotiating with EFR leadership.