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Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor announces 11 neighborhood Fire Levy projects in 2009

2/4/2009  2:30:00 PM

Mayor announces 11 neighborhood Fire Levy projects in 2009
Celebrates construction of neighborhood fire station in Rainier Valley

Mayor announces 11 neighborhood Fire Levy projects in 2009, February 4, 2009

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels today announced the kickoff of 11 fire station construction projects across the city, funded by the 2003 Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. This is the most aggressive investment to build and modernize fire stations in 40 years. The work in 2009 will support more than 270 jobs.

Nickels spoke at Fire Station 28 in Rainier Valley, the first of six brand-new neighborhood fire station projects that will begin construction this year. In addition, major renovations will take place in three landmark stations, and two stations will undergo seismic renovations.

"Seattle residents had the foresight to vote for the Fire Levy in 2003, and now they can see their tax dollars at work in their neighborhoods," said Nickels. "By building these projects now, we better protect the public and put people to work in jobs that pay well."

"Our firefighters give their all to make sure we’re safe," said Councilmember Sally Clark. "This new firehouse ensures their safety and relative comfort while serving Hillman City and Rainier Valley day in and day out."

"Through the Fire Levy, neighborhood fire stations will be expanded and upgraded to accommodate modern-day fire fighting," said Seattle Fire Department Chief Gregory Dean. "The improvements will allow firefighters to protect lives and property in the city of Seattle both safely and efficiently."

The six new stations beginning construction this year are: Fire Station 28 in Rainier Valley, Fire Station 30 in Mt. Baker, Fire Station 35 in Crown Hill, Fire Station 37 in West Seattle/High Point, Fire Station 38 in Hawthorne Hills, and Fire Station 39 in Lake City.

Major renovations will take place at Fire Station 17 in the University District, Fire Station 2 in Belltown, and Fire Station 41 in Magnolia.

Fire Station 33 in Rainier Beach and Fire Station 31 in Northgate will undergo seismic upgrades.

Fire Station 28 has one of the busiest engine companies in the city with more than 3,200 emergency responses a year. Built in 1951, the old facility is too small to accommodate the operations required to support modern emergency response. It also required major seismic upgrades.

The new building reflects the city’s commitment to green design practices. The basement of the old fire station will be retained to use as a storm water vault, with the capacity to hold more than 125,000 gallons of storm water runoff.

Storm water will be collected from all of the impervious areas on the site and routed to this storage facility. The water will be filtered and used to wash fire trucks and equipment - dramatically reducing potable water use. Incorporating low-flow fixtures and reusing rainwater will reduce water use by 52 percent. The station will have high efficiency lighting, as well as a high performance mechanical system more efficient than the Seattle Energy Code requirements. The project is on track for LEED Silver certification.

In 2003, Seattle voters approved the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. The $167 million levy is helping Seattle make tremendous progress toward being the best-prepared city in the nation and includes:

  • Rebuilding or upgrading 32 neighborhood fire stations to better withstand earthquakes and ensure that the city’s emergency responders are available to help when they are needed most.
  • In 2008, opening the city’s new state-of-the-art Fire Station 10, Fire Alarm Center, and Emergency Operations Center, located in a 60,333 square foot complex.
  • Adding two new fireboats - the flagship Leschi, delivered last year, and the smaller fire and rescue boat, Engine 1, that went into service in 2006 - as well as renovating the Chief Seattle.
  • Creating a new Joint Training Facility for firefighters that opened in 2007.
  • Providing an emergency water supply for fighting fires. Hardened hydrants at city reservoirs allow firefighters to draw water directly from reservoirs in an emergency.
  • Placing emergency supply caches at four locations around Seattle.
  • Installing emergency generators at six community centers.

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