To address our community’s unprecedented growth and increasing numbers of emergency calls, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue implemented plans for more staffing and to replace key emergency apparatus. The next step was addressing facility needs to improve community and firefighter safety. Over the past several years, we worked with community members to develop a Capital Facilities plan that would reduce response times, improve firefighter health and safety, and shelter expensive apparatus.
Fire station locations and requirements are different than when we formed in 1942. Many of our stations are nearly 60 years old. None are up to current seismic standards, and could collapse in an earthquake. Several are located significant distances away from populated areas, which increases response times. Cancer is a leading cause of death for firefighters. Stations lack effective diesel exhaust removal systems and decontamination areas to reduce firefighter exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens and infectious diseases. Many facilities also do not have security systems, commercial fire alarms or sprinklers.
Voters passed a facilities bond in 2020 that will provide a safer operating environment for the firefighters who serve our community. The bond will last for 20 years, but these stations would serve our community for the next 60 years. (A full list of station areas and improvements can be found here.)
We’ll report progress on these facility projects here, as well as in our newsletter, local media and social sites.