Station 35 Open House
An Open House will be held on Saturday, June 29th from 1 to 4 pm in celebration of the re-staffing of Station 35 on Willamette Drive NE. Stop by and meet your firefighters, staff, and Commissioners. Tours and fun for the whole family!
Construction Bids Sought
Lacey Fire District is announcing a sealed bid process for 2 projects at Station 34 at 8407 Steilacoom. Free-of-charge access to project bid documents (plans, specifications, addenda, and Bidders List) is provided to Prime Bidders, Subcontractors, and Vendors by going to www.bxwa.com and clicking on “Posted Projects”, “Public Works”, and “Lacey Fire District 3″. This online plan room provides Bidders with fully usable online documents with the ability to: download, view, print, order full/partial plan sets from numerous reprographic sources, and a free online digitizer/take-off tool. It is recommended that Bidders “Register” in order to receive automatic e-mail notification of future addenda and to place themselves on the “Self-Registered Bidders List”. Bidders that do not register will not be automatically notified of addenda and will need to periodically check the on-line plan room for addenda issued on this project. Contact Builders Exchange of Washington at (425) 258-1303 should you require assistance with access or registration.
April 22, 2013 – Lacey Fire District joins the Nation in honoring and recognizing our volunteers. LFD has a rich history of volunteerism, beginning with the very formation of the District by a group of concerned citizens in 1948. Since that time, the District has always utilized the services of volunteers in a variety of capacities.
Thank you to our Volunteers – your service is valued by the District and the Community.
April 18, 2013 — Lacey Firefighters responded to a fire in a home this evening in the 400 block of Wildcat St SE, in Lacey. The fire, which was reported by the homeowner, was extinguished within 15 minutes of arrival. Lacey Fire District Three responded with three Engine companies, two Medic Units, Truck Company and a Battalion unit. Olympia Fire Department and East Olympia Fire District 6 also responded with an Engine company.
The fire was first reported by the daughter of the homeowner and occupants of the home attempted to put out the fire with fire extinguishers before calling 911. Fire crews arrived to find the 2nd story of the home with heavy fire involvement. The occupants of the home had evacuated but reported the family dog still inside. Lacey Fire personnel rescued the dog and administered oxygen before transporting him to a local emergency veterinarian clinic. The dog is expected to be fine. The fire was contained to the kitchen and living areas of the home, and initial damages to the home and its contents are estimated at $100,000.00. Unattended cooking caused the blaze.
Lacey Fire District wants to remind our citizens that a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the one item in your home that can alert you and your family or neighbors to a fire 24 hours a day. Whether you are awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is always on alert. Firefighters also remind citizens to never leave candles or other open flames unattended.
March 26, 2013 — Lacey Fire District Three recently welcomed 12 new firefighters to the emergency response team. These positions are funded by a two-year federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to enable the re-staffing of Station 35 on Willamette Drive. The recruits will undergo 12 weeks of training and Station 35 is scheduled to be re-staffed by mid-year. Stay tuned for details of an Open House to celebrate the occasion!
January 31, 2013 — This year’s winner of the Fire Prevention Month Ice Cream Feed was Mrs. Thies’ 2nd Grade class from Chambers Prairie Elementary School. The entire class completed a Fire Escape Plan with their families and returned them to their teacher, earning them this reward with the firefighters. Way to go 2nd Graders!
January 18, 2013 –There will be a Special Meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners to conduct an annual Performance Review of the Fire Chief on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm, at District Headquarters Station 31.
January 18, 2013 — Lacey Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners has accepted a $2.4 million grant to fund additional firefighter positions that will allow re-staffing of Station 35 on Willamette Drive. There was a full-room audience present when the Commissioners voted to approve acceptance of the grant during a second special open forum meeting Monday night at the District’s Headquarters Station 31.
The Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover salary and benefits for twelve firefighters. The grant expires in March 2015.
The newly hired firefighters will go through an 8 – 12 week training academy beginning as early as April. The District is working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office to determine whether it can do most of the training locally. “We would use our facility as the classroom piece and the Regional Training Center for practical pieces,” said Lacey Fire Chief Steve Brooks. “Our strategy is to keep the cost as low as we can to provide the training that is required.”
The station will likely be re-staffed in July or August after the new firefighters have been hired and trained, Chief Brooks said.
The Fire District held an open forum on Thursday evening where about 20 residents and other community and city leaders learned about the details and challenges associated with the grant intended to re-staff the Willamette Drive NE station. Fire Commissioners and staff provided a summary of the grant provisions and limitations and then took comments from several in attendance.The two year grant would fund the salary and benefits for 12 firefighter positions, the number needed to fully re-staff the station with an engine company to provide both fire and emergency medical service responses.
The primary concern for the Board is the limited term of the grant and the unfunded liabilities that could exist if no new revenue is available once the grant expires in March of 2015. Those in attendance on Thursday spoke almost exclusively in favor of accepting the grant, but also acknowledged the difficult decision facing the Board due to the future uncertainties.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting. Additional information is available by clicking here, and the public is welcome to contact Fire Chief Brooks at 360-528-2318 or email email@example.com with any questions.
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