We, the retired officers and firefighters with 25 years of service with Fall City Fire District 27 have a message for the community.
The District was formed in 1946 with a vision to serve the community. Fall City grew, and the Fire Department grew along with it. In 1973, the Community bought its first aid car with donations, bake sales, and various fundraisers. (It was a source of pride for the community of Fall City). Twelve volunteer firefighters became EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians).
The wolf is at the door. The union of District 10/Eastside Fire & Rescue wants to merge and take over. They tried this 30 years ago, but our community said No. This time again, the vocal voice is coming by the union pushing the merger.
We believe the service and personnel we have is outstanding without this merger. We and all fire departments around us have Mutual Aid Agreements, so service will not change.
If this merger passes, the community would lose local control. Three Fire District 27 Commissioners will be added to five District 10 Commissioners until their terms expire and District 10 Commissioners return to five and have full control on what happens in our community. District 10 partners with Eastside Fire and Rescue for fire/medical service, consisting of two District 10, two Sammamish, one Issaquah, one North Bend, one District 38 and one Carnation Commissioners as Board of Directors.
District 27 would lose its cash reserves of $1,700,000.00, nearly paid-off station and equipment. All that we know of Fire District 27 will vanish.
We, the retired volunteer firefighters of District 27 do not believe this passes the smell test. Please vote NO on April 23rd and keep local control.
Dave Schiesser, Assistant Chief
Stan Kropi, Assistant Chief
Dave Hart, Assistant Chief
Eric Soderman, Captain
Gene Stevens, Lieutenant
Kevin Little, Lieutenant
Tom Brice, Captain/Past Commissioner
Kevin Hauglie, Firefighter/Past Commissioner