Quick work by crews, Fire District 1 minimized oil spilled to lake, city says

City of Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams said Friday afternoon that he believes that public works employees were successful in catching much of the diesel oil spilled into a storm drain Friday morning before it made its way into Lake Ballinger. The oil was spilled when an Allied Waste garbage truck hit a pole…

Fire District 1 fire calls, week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 278 calls the week of Jan. 27-Feb.2: 224 emergency medical aid calls, 13 motor vehicle collisions, 12 fires, eight service calls, 17 automatic fire alarms and four natural gas leaks. Jan. 28 ARSON. At 3:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at a condominium in the 15400 block…

Edmonds hosting meeting on Regional Fire Protection Authority Monday night

The mayors of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo and Woodway — plus their respective city councils — are sponsoring  an informational meeting and discussion in Edmonds Monday night, Jan. 31,  to learn how a Regional Fire Protection Service Authority is formed and the possible benefits of such an arrangement. The meeting, which…

South Snohomish County Fire Calls

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 407 calls the week of July 22-28: 316 emergency medical aid calls, 35 fires, 15 motor vehicle collisions, 21 service calls, 17 automatic fire alarms, two natural gas leaks and one water rescue. July 23 BRUSH FIRE. Firefighters responded to a report of bushes on fire at a…

Teens able to put out small fire in Meadowdale Beach Park area home

A small fire in a home near Meadowdale Beach Park could have been much worse if not for some alert teenagers and a little luck. The fire started about 4 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of 152nd Street Southwest “Two teenagers were in the home at the time. They noticed smoke and ran down…

Edmonds woman dies in house fire Sunday

A woman died in a fire in her Edmonds home Sunday morning. A neighbor called 9-1-1 just before 10 a.m. to report smoke coming from a house in the 19300 block of 84th Avenue W. “Edmonds Fire Station 16 is just a couple of blocks away so we had a very quick response. The house…

Scuba diver rescued at Edmond beach

A scuba diver was taken by paramedics to Stevens Hospital after fellow divers responded to his calls for help and pulled him to shore in Edmonds Sunday afternoon. Firefighters and police responded at 12:16 p.m. to a report of a diver in distress at the Brackett’s Landing Underwater Park just north of the Edmonds Ferry…

Starting Jan. 1, Fire District 1 to provide Edmonds fire service

In less than two months,  Snohomish County Fire District 1 will be providing fire service to City of Edmonds residents, following a 6-1 Edmonds City Council vote last night to approve a 20-year contract with the regional fire authority. Councilmember Steve Bernheim was the single dissenting vote. As of Jan. 1, 2010, all city fire…

Vote on fire service likely tonight

The Edmonds City Council will hold what is likely to be its last public hearing on whether Edmonds should contract with Snohomish County Fire District 1 for fire service, selling all apparatus (engines, aid cars and equipment) while keeping the city’s fire stations and land and all emergency medical services transport fees. The meeting, held…

Contract signaling a move toward regional fire service?

In the end, the Edmonds City Council debate over whether to pay Snohomish County Fire District 1 to provide fire service to Edmonds residents — at the cost of $6.2 million — focuses on two things: saving money in the short run and moving the city closer to what many officials think is inevitable anyway…

City Council set to make fire service decision next Monday

The Edmonds City Council at its meeting last night decided that it will hold one more public hearing next Monday, Nov. 2 on a 20-year contract with Snohomish County Fire District. The council is likely to take a final vote on the preferred option, Option 4, on that date. Under Option 4, the city would…

City Council moves closer to fire decision; votes to allow chickens

The Edmonds City Council moved closer Tuesday night to deciding whether to approve the sale of City of Edmonds fire services to Snohomish County Fire District 1, agreeing to narrow the choice to two scenarios: 1) contracting for fire service, which would include selling fire apparatus and equipment to District 1, but retaining ownership of…

Edmonds, FD 1 officials meet face-to-face about fire service merger

 Here’s a more detailed summary of last night’s meeting between the Edmonds City Council and Snohomish Fire District 1 Commissioners, which included a wide-ranging discussion about merging fire services. Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis started the meeting with a presentation on the district’s organizational structure and staffing.  Fire District 1 is based in Everett…

Courtship between Edmonds, Fire District 1 continues

The courtship between the Edmonds City Council and Snohomish County Fire District 1 continued in the City Council chambers last night, as Fire District 1 commissioners joined the council members and Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson for coffee, cookies and a roundtable discussion about the pros and cons of the agreement. The City Council scheduled last…

Special City Council meeting tonight with Fire District 1 officials

The Edmonds City Council will hold a special meeting tonight, Oct. 13, starting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, to discuss the contract offer that Snohomish County Fire District 1 has made to provide fire services to the City of Edmonds. While the next Council meeting would normally be on the third Tuesday —…

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…