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.
May 12, 2015
NEW — 1:15 p.m. May 12, 2015
Residents are invited to explore the vehicles that keep the city of Sammamish moving at a special festival this Saturday.
Rig-A-Palooza will allow attendees to get up close and personal with vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and garbage trucks, while interacting with the community helpers that keep the city safe, clean and functioning.
City partners schedule to attend with their vehicles include Republic Service, Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District, Eastside Fire & Rescue, Sammamish Police, King County Sheriff’s Department, United States Postal Service, city of Sammamish, YMCA and Ruby’s Towing.
Food will be available for purchase from 314 Pie and Movin’ 92.5 will provide entertainment.
Rig-A-Palooza goes from noon to 3 p.m. May 16 on the Commons Plaza, 801 228th Ave. S.E.
May 5, 2015
Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.
“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.
April 28, 2015
NEW — 1:43 p.m. April, 28, 2015
One lane of East Lake Sammamish Parkway is open after the roadway was closed for several hours this morning following a natural gas leak in the area of Northeast 49th Place and the parkway.
Puget Sound Energy crews had sealed the leak by about noon, Tim Larson, Sammamish communications coordinator, said in a press release.
The parkway had been completely closed north of Inglewood Hill Road. By noon, traffic was getting through in both directions as north and southbound drivers took turns using the one open lane with the help of flaggers.
April 28, 2015
NEW — 10:34 a.m. April 28, 2015
A natural gas leak in the area of Northeast 49th Place and East Lake Sammamish Parkway has caused the evacuation of an unknown number of homes and the closure of East Lake Sammamish Parkway north of Inglewood Hill Road.
A private contractor working on a new home accidently punctured a gas main, according to the city of Sammamish.
Sammamish Police tweeted at about 10:20 a.m. that the street would reopen in about an hour.
The first emergency unit was sent to the area at 9:03 a.m., Eastside Fire & Rescue headquarters administration assistant Jay Hart said.
March 31, 2015
While Klahanie-area residents said, “No thanks,” to annexation to Issaquah, annexation to Sammamish seems to be a more popular idea.
By all accounts, there is no organized opposition to the annexation question on the April 28 ballot. When Sammamish went hunting for persons to write the “con” side for the King County Voters’ Pamphlet, they got no takers. Michael Foss is one of three Klahanie-area residents chosen by the city to write the “pro” side for the pamphlet.
March 10, 2015
Amid an inspiring Eastside Pipes and Drums opening, followed by a prayer offered by EFR Chaplain Mike Ryan, and the taking of the Oath of Office led by Deputy Chief Greg Tryon, well-wishers honored several new supervisors.
In what Fire Chief Lee Soptich cited as “a new generation of leaders” three EFR employees were recognized for recent appointments in the agency.
February 17, 2015
State auditors made a finding of significant deficiency after completing a study of the record-keeping of Eastside Fire & Rescue.
Released by the state Feb. 2, the audit covered the timeframe between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.
Fire Chief Lee Soptich said auditors took exception to how the fire district kept track of major purchases, such as emergency fire vehicles.
February 10, 2015
Although offered a two-year extension of his contract, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich has announced his plans to step down from the leadership of the local fire and rescue squad in January 2016.
Soptich, 58, said he made his announcement to the EFR regional board of directors in December and again last month.
Soptich has been EFR chief since 1995.
January 20, 2015
Science is generally a small part of the curriculum at most elementary schools, so Blackwell Elementary School students took an outside-the-box approach to keep science in their lives. Read more