Should the Edmonds Fire Department be sold?

While it’s easy to dismiss this topic with a clever headline — Fire Sale, anyone? — this is serious business for the City of Edmonds.  After all, the Edmonds Fire Department has been providing firefighting and emergency medical service to our community since 1904.

But now the Edmonds City Council is considering the sale of all fire department assets to Fire District 1, which already serves the unincorporated areas between Mukilteo and Everett to the north, and Edmonds and Lynnwood to the south, as well as the City of Mountlake Terrace and Brier, through a contractual arrangement. Under the deal being considered, the Fire District would provide the City of Edmonds with contracted fire service for the next 20 years.

Given budgetary challenges facing the city, the Edmonds City Council has been talking about this proposal during the past few meetings. Tomorrow night, Oct. 6, the discussion continues as officials from the two cities already being served by Fire District 1 —  Mountlake Terrace Mayor Jerry Smith and Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore and Brier Mayor Bob Colinas — will attend to offer their perspective on this contract.

A full council vote is likely to be taken on this issue later this month, so if you want to learn more — and weigh in with your opinion — plan on attending the Edmonds Council meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers, located in the Public Safety Complex at 250 5th Ave. N. The entire agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting is here.

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