I would like to take a moment to recognize and thank, Fire Chief David Baker for his 32+ years of visionary leadership in our region and the Washington State Fire Service. Chief Baker had served the City of Wenatchee and Douglas County Fire District #2 during his fire service career and has been instrumental in the growth of where our Fire District’s path leads to this very day. We all wish him the very best in retirement and promise the continued, positive growth and delivery of emergency services to our community that we have always provided!
Speaking of continued growth, the construction of Fire Station #4, located at 240 35th Street NW is at the point where the building will be “dried in”, prior to the end of the month. What this means is the building is on track to be completed this coming summer and at that time, we will staff the station with firefighters, 24 hours a day. In addition, we are continuing our design and engineering of plans for the construction of Fire Station #3 in Rock Island which we hope to start, following the completion of Fire Station #4. These two new fire stations are a key part of our ability to provide emergency response capabilities, while keeping with the commercial and residential growth our community is experiencing.
In addition to new stations, we recently received delivery of our two new fire engines from Pierce Manufacturing. These two fire engines along with the Fire District’s first aerial platform (ladder truck) are an integral part of replacing an aging fleet of apparatus and adding to the response capability within our fire district. Within a couple of months after training on and outfitting the fire engines with all the necessary tools and equipment, they’ll both be response-ready and placed in service! And delivery of the aerial platform will take place shortly after the first of the year. Unlike the new fire engines, the ladder truck will take additional time to train our members on, being it has numerous additional operating systems, however, our timelines for placing it in service are commensurate with the opening of Fire Station #4.
With continued community growth, comes increased demand for services and we are striving to meet that need with a proactive planning approach and execution of our community-based delivery model. We continue to accomplish this by means of our dedicated members within the organization and the continued support from our amazing community. My thanks go out to you all and please be safe!
Yours in service,
John H. Glenn