It only took two months after a November public safety levy passed for the Snoqualmie Fire Department to hire a new firefighter, a position paid for by additional property tax funds approved by that levy.
In mid January Theresa Tozier joined the Snoqualmie Fire Department as a lateral-firefighter/EMT, becoming the first female career-firefighter hired by the department.
SFD Lt. Kelly Gall said Tozier just started her the second month of her intensive, year-long probationary firefighter training that includes everything from car fires, house fires, auto extrications, emergency medical service, driving/pumping the fire engine – and just knowing the area of Snoqualmie, as well as Fall City and North Bend.
On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, PFF Tozier was part of a response that some local residents may have witnessed at the I-90/SR 18 interchange area.
Around 4:30PM, the Snoqualmie Fire Department responded to a car fire in the westbound I-90 off-ramp to SR 18/Snoqualmie Parkway. This was the second accident in this westbound I-90 exit ramp area in just two days.
The car fire was triggered by a rear-end accident, when a car collided with the back of a pickup truck. The car’s female driver was able to safely exit her vehicle before a fire ignited in the engine compartment. The male driver of the pickup truck also did not suffer any injuries.
Lt. Gall said this was Tozier’s first car fire response since being hired. She and fellow firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. He wanted citizens to know their tax money is “making a difference” – is “doing some good.”
According to the City of Snoqualmie, public safety levy funds enabled the Snoqualmie Fire Department to reach the nationally-recognized service standard of having three firefighters on duty 24 hours a day – and now also allows SFD to respond to more than one fire or emergency medical call at a time. [The levy also provides funds for two additional police officers. Those positions are in the process of being filled.]
Probationary Firefighter Tozier is graduate of the Everett Community College Fire Academy. Before being hired by SFD, she worked as a part-time firefighter with Lake Stevens Fire and Granite Falls Fire. Tozier also has experience mentoring other firefighter recruits at the academy, a degree in athletic training, and experience in personal athletic training.
“Snoqualmie Tax money, Making a Difference”