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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle Takes a Giant Step for Emergency Preparedness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
1/21/2006  1:00:00 PM
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Seattle Takes a Giant Step for Emergency Preparedness
Mayor Breaks Ground for first new Fire Station in 30 years

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels broke ground today on the first new fire station to be built in Seattle in over 30 years. Fire Station 10 is also the first station to be built under the voter-approved Fire Facility and Emergency Response levy.

“This is another step toward making Seattle the most prepared city in America,” said Nickels. “The last time we built a fire station in Seattle Gerald Ford was president. This new facility will strengthen our ability to respond to a man-made or natural emergency.”

City Council President Jan Drago, Fire Chief Gregory Dean, Fleets and Facilities Director Brenda Bauer, and Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske joined the mayor in lifting their shovels in celebration as they broke ground.

The levy, passed by 69 percent of Seattle voters on Nov. 4, 2003, provides money to renovate, expand, or rebuild 32 neighborhood fire stations; build two new firefighting boats and renovate a third; and purchase equipment and supplies to help people during an emergency.

The new 61,000-square-foot facility will cost approximately $43 million and will be located between Yesler and Washington and 4th and 5th avenues. In addition to a new Fire Station 10, the facility will include:

• A new Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which houses the City’s operations and administrative functions during a declared emergency

• A new Fire Alarm Center, which includes a dispatch area; shift personnel support spaces; and administrative offices.

Visit the mayor’s web site at www.seattle.gov/mayor. Get the mayor’s inside view on initiatives to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and healthy communities by signing up for The Nickels Newsletter at www.seattle.gov/mayor/newsletter_signup.htm

For more information about the fire levy projects, visit this web site: http://www.cityofseattle.net/fleetsfacilities/firelevy/default.htm

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