Update: Nov. 1, 2013
On October 7, 2013 the Fire Department provided the community an opportunity to review and discuss the current status of the Finn Hill Fire Station site selection process at the Finn Hill Neighborhood Association meeting.
In an open house format, group presentation and question and answer session, the City and consultant team provided a project overview and discussed the on-going study process. During the public meeting, the City’s goal was to listen to the community and obtain feedback on four distinct GIS based response options which were presented as follows:
- Status Quo - maintain existing response and upgrade Fire Station 25 only. (View Response Map)
- Dual Station - maintain Fire Station 25 at its current location and locate a new fire station in the northwest area of the city. (View Response Map)
- Single Station - relocate Fire Station 25 and provide a single fire station in the northwest are of the city. (View Response Map)
- Single Station with New Emergency Access Drive- relocate fire station 25 and provide a single fire station in the northwest are of the city. Add a new emergency access drive to the Holmes Point neighborhood. (View Response Map)
During the community discussion (View various response time maps PDF 4,591 KB) , the City posed several questions (View Questionnaire PDF 97 KB) and listened to feedback as to what issues were most important to the community when locating a fire station. (View Most Important Issues PDF 60 KB) (View questionnaire results PDF 97 KB)
The Fire Department is now collaborating with a citizen advisory committee and consultant (TCA Architecture Planning and New Ventures Group) to scope a site. Send you thoughts and opinions on what you feel will be best for your community to Fire Chief Kevin Nalder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-587-3650.
Fire Strategic Plan
On September 4, 2012, Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI) presented its draft report to the City Council. ESCI conducted an extensive study to the department’s current organizational conditions, analysis of future service demand, and an assessment of future opportunities for cooperative service delivery. One of the recommendations was that the City should jointly staff a new station in the North Finn Hill/South Kenmore area with its neighboring fire agency (Northshore Fire District) rather than relocate Station 25 as originally planned. For more information, visit the Fire Strategic Plan webpage.
In early 2012, the City hosted community stakeholder meetings to hear from residents on the process that would lead to the siting of a new fire station in the Finn Hill Neighborhood. Currently, the Holmes Point Fire Station (#25), a fully staffed station, and the Finn Hill Fire Station (#24), a station staffed on a limited basis by volunteer EMTs, are located in the Finn Hill Neighborhood. During the City’s outreach efforts, plans to initiate a strategic analysis of the Kirkland Fire Department began to evolve and the City agreed to postpone the siting of a new fire station until the Strategic Plan was completed. During its outreach, the City heard from residents about the siting process.
Prior to the City of Kirkland annexing the Finn Hill, North Juanita and Kingsgate (now Evergreen Hill) areas, fire and emergency medical services were the responsibility of the King County Fire Protection District #41 (FD #41). The District contracted with the City to provide these services.
As early as 2004, FD #41 began a process to find a site to build a new fire station. Property owned by Lake Washington School District was considered early in the process but was deemed unsuitable. Later in the siting process, a portion of Big Finn Park was considered.
After annexation took effect on June 1, 2011, the governance of fire protection and emergency medical services was transferred from the District to the City. Additionally, the City assumed responsibility for the siting process. Fire District #41 has since dissolved.
Page updated: November 1, 2013