Hundreds of people turned out to help Snohomish County Fire District 1 celebrate the grand opening of a new fire station in Brier on Dec. 11th.
In place of a ribbon cutting, fire officials invited attendees to join them in uncoupling a fire hose to mark the opening of the new Fire Station18 at 21206 Poplar Way in Brier. The station was built to replace the old Fire Station 18 at 3900 228th Street SW in Mountlake Terrace. Firefighters and apparatus based at the old station are expected to begin responding to calls from the new station later this month.
The new station is designed to accommodate today’s full-time fire and emergency medical service. The building it replaces was built in 1964 for a volunteer fire service staffed by firefighters who responded to the station from their homes to pick up the fire engine when a call came in. Today, three firefighters are on-duty around the clock to respond to fires as well as medical aid calls.
The new 9,900-square-foot neighborhood station includes crew quarters, two apparatus bays, a training room and a fitness room. The location was selected to provide a more rapid response to a greater number of calls after fire officials conducted an extensive study of call loads and patterns as well as travel times.
Costs, including building, design work and land purchase, are expected to total nearly $7 million. By setting aside money each year for capital improvements, Fire District 1 was able to pay for the new station out of its regular property levy without going to the voters for a bond issue.
Fire District 1 now provides full-time staffing at 12 fire stations. As the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in the county, Fire District 1 serves more than 200,000 residents in unincorporated communities; the cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace; and the town of Woodway.