Lake Stevens Fire District responds to over 4,000 calls a year and covers over 41 square miles servicing 43,000 residents.
Through a levy which was passed by voters in 2006, the fire district was able to purchase an administration building that will not only fill the needs of the current fire district but also for years to come.
“The new building provides a facility for the administration to be able to perform the administrative duties of the fire service and the community,” Lake Stevens Fire Chief Gary Faucett said.
Last fall the fire district was able to purchase three buildings on the corner of South Lake Road and 20th Street SE after having been housed within Fire Station 82.
“The offices that were previously being used by the administration were at Station 82. The space was needed for crews quarters and operational needs at the station,” Fire Commissioner Vern Foster said. “Both, administration and firefighters needed more space than could be accommodated without a new location.”
The levy also included the purchase of a future Emergency Operations Center and public meeting room.
The public meeting room is available to taxpayers at a modest fee and can be set-up in different ways to accommodate almost any type of meeting or conference.
“The community conference center is set-up for multi-media with a projection screen and audio,” Faucett said. “The room can be set in theater style, seminar style with thin tables and chairs or banquet style using round tables. We are trying to accommodate the community in many ways.”
In preparation for future emergency needs within the community, the buildings have been integrated with fiber optics and the ability to work in tandem with other government offices in case an emergency arises.
“We have been communicating with the city to work on that,” Faucett said. “As we have brought the buildings up to condition we have made sure we have kept the Emergency Operations Center in mind.
Citizens were able to tour the new facility last night at a ribbon cutting ceremony. While the original plan included building onto Fire Station 82, near Target, dropping real estate prices provided a unique opportunity.
“The original plan was to build a facility across the street from Station 82, but the availability of the South Lake Center allowed us to spend a lot less, and gain much more facility, than we had hoped for,” Foster said. “The greatest benefit the community received was the stretching of their dollars through responsible management of their funds. They got everything they asked for, and more.”