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City of Seattle
Seattle City Council
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Compton To Tour Fire Station, Emergency Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
6/18/2003  3:21:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Linda Robson, 206 684-8802


Compton To Tour Fire Station, Emergency Center

Council faces decision on whether Fire Facilities proposal will go to ballot

WHAT: Seattle City Councilmember Jim Compton will tour the Seattle Emergency Operations Center and Fire Station No. 2, two facilities that are due for new construction and major renovation in a proposed Fire Facilities package being considered by the Council.

"The state of our fire facilities is, frankly, embarrassing," said Compton, who chairs the Council’s Police, Fire, Courts & Technology Committee. "In the post-9/11 era, we must be focused on emergency preparedness."

The Council has scheduled a Committee of the Whole meeting for Monday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. to consider legislation that would put fire station construction and renovation on the ballot this November.

Compton says that Fire Station No. 2, Seattle’s oldest fire station at 85 years old, is a good example of an existing emergency response facility that does not fit with the technology of the times. The City’s Emergency Operations Center, which is Seattle’s communications lifeline during a citywide emergency, is housed adjacent to the fire station. Compton would like to see a new operations center constructed elsewhere.

WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 2003

Noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Fire Station No. 2

2334 4th Avenue
Belltown

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