Station remodel breaks ground

FALL CITY - Officials with King County Fire Protection District No. 27 in Fall City broke ground this week on a fire station remodel that has been a long time coming.

"We are going to be uncomfortable for a little while," said Chief Chris Connor. "But now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

The light started to show when a $2.41-million bond was passed in 2001 to remodel the district's fire station on 334th Place Southeast in Fall City. The 6,200-square-foot station was built in 1976 for an all-volunteer firefighter crew and at the time was considered enormous for the size of the force and its existing call load.

As the district's population grew, however, the call load started to increase and since the station opened in 1976, that number has more than quadrupled. To deal with more calls, the district hired full-time staff, but the station has only one small office and no space for firefighters to stay overnight. The six, full-time firefighters at the station work 12-hour shifts, with two to three on at a time, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the remaining 12 hours of the day the district relies on volunteers who are called in from their homes.

"We will continue to rely a lot on our volunteers," Connor said.

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