Volunteer firefighters needed in Wilderness Rim
July 24, 2012
Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking for volunteers to service its Wilderness Rim Fire Station.
The Washington State Survey and Rating Bureau (www.wsrb.com) evaluated EFR’s capabilities and determined that the Wilderness Rim Fire Station is lacking in volunteer recruits, according to an EFR press release.
Chief Lee Soptich said in a July 2 phone interview that the Wilderness Rim station currently has five volunteers, but needs a minimum of six, or else the fire district’s rating could go down, which might cause insurance rates to go up.
The bureau provides information to insurance companies and capability ratings for fire departments in the state. A re-evaluation of the area is expected by the end of the year, and could mean increased costs to local property owners without more volunteers for that specific fire station, according to the press release.
EFR is actively looking for residents willing to assist with the delivery of emergency services there. Applicants must be at least 18, have a good driving records and live within five miles of the Wilderness Rim Fire Station.
Pick up an application weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Headquarters Station, 175 Newport Way N.W., in Issaquah or get one online at www.eastsidefire-rescue.org.
EFR covers 193 square miles which includes the North Bend, Preston, Sammamish, Issaquah, South Cove, Tiger Mountain, Coalfield, Carnation, Lake Joy and Wilderness Rim areas. Of the 15 stations EFR manages, 10 are staffed with volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services responders who carry pagers and respond when there is an emergency in their neighborhood.