KING COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 27



Fire Danger
Stage 1
Burn Ban
in Effect
thru
Sept 30th


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RIVER SAFETY
Please don't become a statistic!
In King County an average of 24 people drown
each year - don't let this be you. Wear a Life Jacket if you plan on floating on the rivers this summer.
Who is most at risk?  ►►

Extreme Fire Danger Continues          

Fire Chiefs throughout the state of Washington are greatly concerned that our dry winter and even drier spring have created dangerous conditions for the wildfire season this year. The threat of wildfire is real and although Western Washington forests are green and the landscape is beautiful, it can also be deadly. The potential for extreme fire danger exists when homes are built in and around woodland areas creating what is termed the “wildland-urban interface.” The early arrival of the wildfire season has local firefighters battling three times more fires involving brush, bark, or wildland as compared to last year. With no rain in sight, we are expecting dry conditions to worsen, increasing the risk of more fires here in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Tinder-dry conditions increase the likelihood of wildfires. These fires -- with or without wind -- can spread rapidly and cause great devastation in a short period of time.  Emergency Managers and Fire Chiefs in King County are working together to get the word out about the dangerous conditions. 

Things You Can Do Today to Maintain a Survivable Space:

• Create a 30 foot zone of fire-resistant space around your home to prevent fires from starting near or spreading to your home. Remove dry vegetation, leaves and debris from around your home.
• Remove or thin overcrowded or small diameter trees. Prune low hanging branches from the ground to eliminate “ladder fuels." Keep grass and weeds cut low to prevent rapid spread of fire and high flames.
• Replace flammable plants like Juniper and Bitterbrush with fire-resistant shrubs like Vine Maple and Lilac.
• Store firewood piles and combustible materials at least 20 feet away from your home and outbuildings.
• Store gasoline and combustible fuels in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.
• Keep your yard and roof clean, clear pine needles, leaves and debris from your yard, roof and gutters to eliminate ignition sources. Remove limbs that hang over your roof.
• Choose fire-resistant roofing materials, like composition shingles, metal or tile roofing. Install spark arrestors on chimneys to prevent sparks from igniting your roof or surrounding vegetation.

• Prevent combustible materials and debris from accumulating beneath patio decks or elevated porches.
• Campfires should never be left unattended. Put out the fire by soaking the embers with lots of water; stir them, and soak again. Do not bury a fire as the fire will continue to smolder and may ignite nearby roots.
• Dispose of charcoal briquettes and fireplace ash only after soaking them with water.
• Post easy-to-read address signs and trim vegetation away from driveways so firefighters can find and access your home quickly.


Firewise Brochure ► More Information

Fire District 27 has FIREWISE literature and check-out videos available to residents who would like more information on protecting their home against wildfires or log on to www.firewise.org.

 

 

 

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The Fire Department has joined the campaign with King County EMS to promote Fall and Injury Prevention for Senior Citizens.
 
We are offering free home assessments to Senior Citizens who live in the community independently. The assessment includes recommended practices for reducing the risks of falls, and in some cases, the installation of fall prevention devices such as grab bars, shower chairs and more. If you or someone you know could benefit from a home assessment call the Fire Department at 425-222-5841 to request one .
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WELCOME TO FIRE DISTRICT 27


Contact
Physical Address
4301-334th PL SE
Fall City, WA 98024

Mailing Address
PO Box 609
Fall City, WA  98024

Phone - 425-222-5841
Fax - 425 -222-4566
E-mail - king27@nwlink.com

Business Hours
8am - 5pm

King County Fire District 27 is located in Fall City, Washington nestled in the Cascade foothills twenty four miles east of Seattle. The Fire District serves
a population of approximately 7,100 people in and surrounding the unincorporated rural town of Fall City. The Fire District service area is 22 square miles. The area offers many recreational activities from river rafting, hiking, horseback riding, golfing and much more. Two river systems, the Snoqualmie and the Raging rivers cross through the District. Several lakes dot the landscape and the Snoqualmie Falls is a popular attraction that borders the Fire District. Fall City is comprised mostly of residential properties, agricultural farming and service business operations.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS – IT’S AS SIMPLE AS 1-2-3 

#1 - Have a Plan
   Get together with your family discuss these important elements to include in your plan:

#2 - Build an Emergency Kit
   Assemble a 7-day Emergency Supply Kit It’s not unusual for the rural areas of the County to be without power for up to a week or more.  Have a disaster kit at work, one in each of your cars, and at your child’s school.

#3 - Get Involved - LEARN CPR / FIRST AID
During emergencies First Responders may become overwhelmed with numerous events and not be able to assist individuals right away. Learn CPR and First Aid to be more prepared to help your family and your neighbors. Neighbors will most likely offer each other assistance first, get together and develop a neighborhood plan.

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Service

The District is a combination department providing 24 hour service with ten Career Firefighter/EMT's, sixteen Volunteer Firefighter/EMT's, the Fire Chief and Administrative Assistant. The District provides a variety of services including fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS), technical and water rescue and public safety education. The regionalized King County Medic One System provides advanced life services to the District.

Fire District's Insurance Rating Improves

The Fire District was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) as part of their Community Update Program. Residents and Property Owners will be pleased to know that the Fire District rating has improved from class 5 to class 4, effective February 1, 2015. This rating applies to buildings that are within 1,000 feet of a hydrant with an adequate water supply, and the building is located within five miles from the fire station.

Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities. The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications. Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating.

This improvement in the rating may have an impact on insurance premiums. The WSRB recommends that residents and property and business owners of Fire District 27 contact their insurance carriers to check for possible savings as a result of this change.

Assessed Value / Levy Rate

The District's 2014 assessed value is $989,083,468 against which taxes are levied for the year 2015 to support operations at $1.47 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The Maintenance and Operations levy for 2015 is $0.33164 per $1,000 of assessed value. This three year levy was approved by the voters in November, 2013 and is for years 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The District refinanced the 2001 GO Bonds and achieved an annual reduction in the bond payments of approximately $22,363 per year for a total savings of $201,266.

The 2015 bond levy rate is $0.0897 per $1,000 of assessed value.

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