Fire stations not for political bargaining | Letter to the Editor

Firefighters like me, who serve the communities of Sammamish and Issaquah, also live here or have strong ties to the area. Our top priority is to save lives, and we don’t like a fire station being used as a bargaining chip in a political war.

Firefighters like me, who serve the communities of Sammamish and Issaquah, also live here or have strong ties to the area. Our top priority is to save lives, and we don’t like a fire station being used as a bargaining chip in a political war.

The fact is that Station 83 is strategically located to provide fast response times for residents in both Sammamish and Issaquah. Regardless of who “owns” the station (and the correct answer should be “the taxpayers”) firefighters would continue to respond to emergencies in both communities. This is called mutual aid, and it means that whoever is closest when the call comes in is the one to go.

If Sammamish leaves Eastside Fire and Rescue, a Joint Operating Agreement can and should be reached by both cities to keep Station 83 open considering its strategic location and the rapid response times that it provides to residents in both areas. To close the station would be irresponsible, considering the investment that taxpayers from both communities have made in emergency personnel, the facility and apparatus.

There are many issues that residents in Klahanie should consider when voting to annex to Issaquah in February, and public safety is just one of them. I encourage you to ask your local firefighters how we think your family and friends will best be served.

Jon Wiseman, Issaquah