Notice of Special Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of King County Fire Protection District No. 16, will be held at the headquarters station located at 7220 NE 181st Street, Kenmore WA 98028, on Wednesday, the 11th day of September 2019, at 5:00PM. Meeting agenda to follow and will be posted on the District's website.

9/11 Memorial at Northshore Fire

Wednesday, September 11th will mark the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings.  Northshore Fire Department has a 9/11 Memorial honoring the nearly 3,000 civilian and 343 firefighter fatalities, located in the lobby of our headquarters station in Kenmore. The memorial includes an original artifact from one of the World Trade Center towers. Our lobby will be open to the public from 7:00am-4:30pm for anyone wishing to stop and visit the memorial on the 9/11 Anniversary.

Communication Regarding Partnership Between Northshore, Shoreline & Woodinville Fire Departments

Consolidation among area fire departments has been accelerating over the last decade and offers the promise of cost savings and performance improvements. During 2015 and 2016 Northshore Fire, Bothell Fire, and Woodinville Fire & Rescue explored consolidation but were unable to gain a consensus for an agreement. Since that time, North King County fire agencies have cooperated to standardize best practices, and collaborate on training and other areas. Recently, joint fire commissioner meetings between Shoreline, Northshore, and Woodinville departments have begun new discussions to evaluate the opportunities and options for improved service delivery.

Announcement of Fire Commissioner Vacancy and Request for Applications

Application deadline and Interview Schedule updated August 21, 2019. Term of service corrected August 23, 2019.

The Northshore Fire Department, serving the cities of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, has a vacancy in Commissioner Position #4.

The vacancy will be filled by appointment with term lasting through certification of the November 2019 General Election. The position is scheduled for election in the November 2019 General Election.

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Northshore Fire Department Refinances Bonds, Saves Money

King County Fire Protection District No. 16 (Northshore Fire Department) is in the process of issuing Unlimited Tax General Obligation Refunding Bonds to refinance the 2009 Unlimited Tax General Obligation Bonds (which were issued for constructing and equipping the headquarters Fire Station 51) for interest cost savings. The District received the highest rating of AAA. The average annual reduction in the voted bond payment is $166,272 for the years 2020 through 2027. The District achieved a total net savings of $1,333,980 for taxpayers.

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Request for Proposal: Facility Condition Assessment and Capital Funding Plan

Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be accepted by the Northshore Fire Department (NSFD) for a Facility Condition Assessment and Capital Funding Plan.

Sealed proposals will be accepted at the District Headquarters located at 7220 NE 181st Street, Kenmore WA 98028 up until:

Date: June 17, 2019

Time: 4:00pm

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Fire Chief Retires

Fire Chief Jim Torpin

Fire Chief Jim Torpin and the Board of Fire Commissioners have recently entered into a mutually beneficial severance agreement allowing the Chief to retire early from the District.

Chief Torpin served the communities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park for over 26 years, starting as a Firefighter in 1993 and promoting up through the ranks.

The District appreciates the many accomplishments Chief Torpin achieved during his tenure with the District, and wishes the Chief well in his retirement.

Over the coming weeks, the Board of Fire Commissioners will begin discussions regarding the District’s next steps.

Northshore Fire Receives ‘AAA’ Bond Rating

We are very pleased to announce that S&P Global Ratings raised Northshore Fire Department’s long-term bond rating to ‘AAA’ from ‘AA+’.

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2018 Annual Report

Northshore Fire is excited to share our 2018 Annual Report, highlighting events and accomplishments of the last year. Click below to meet our newest hires, learn about our latest equipment upgrades, and see some of the things we do when we're not fighting fires!


Thank You for Your Support

On February 12th, the Northshore Fire Department asked its citizens for approval to continue the use of the fire benefit charge method of funding emergency services. The voters have once again shown overwhelming support for their fire department by renewing the benefit charge with 90.6% of those voting in favor of the measure.

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