King County Fire District 27 is located in Fall City, Washington nestled in the Cascade foothills twenty four miles east of Seattle. The Fire District serves a population of approximately 6,340 people in and surrounding the unincorporated rural town of Fall City. The Fire District service area is 22 square miles.
Citing concerns regarding financial sustainability and service delivery, Fire District 27 commissioners are exploring possible futures for the Fall City Fire Department. The option selected to put on a ballot for community approval/disapproval could have significant impact on the fire staff, local businesses, and residents in Fire District 27, so it is important that community members become familiar with the ramifications of each option for themselves and the community and to seek answers from and make their preferences known to the commissioners early in the process.
More information regarding options, pros and cons, etc. is available in this newsletter article (download PDF).
The Future of the Fall City Fire Department
Stand-alone Fire District
Fall City Fire District will soon be debt free. In 2020, final payment will be made on outstanding equipment purchases and in 2021, the building GO Bond will be paid off. Currently the District has $1,059,361 in cash/operating reserve and $225,000 in apparatus reserve ear marketed for planned replacement of the aid car. Future budget projections for a continued stand-along fire district have not yet been provided.
Hiring one Additional Career Firefighter
The Commissioners of Fall City Fire District instructed district staff to proceed with the process of hiring one additional Career Firefighter. Two Fall City Volunteer Firefighters plan to apply for the position.
Merger with Fire District 10
The petition to merge was filed with the board of District 10 by the Commissioners of the Fall City Fire District, by a vote of two to one. The petition stated the reason for the merger is both districts are within reasonable proximity to each other, have a history of working together and a merger of the Districts will decrease costs and increase efficiency in serving the area within both districts. The board of District 10, by resolution, approved the petition and transmitted the petition, together with a copy of its resolution to Fall City Fire District. The Commissioners of Fall City Fire District took action to submit District 10 merger for review the to the boundary review board by a vote of two to none/absent.
As per RCW 52.06 MERGER, Fall City Fire District board shall adopt a resolution requesting the county auditor to call a special election in Fall City Fire District for the purpose of presenting the question of a District 10 merger to the electors. Election vote to merge with District 10 is anticipated to be February or April.
If the majority of the votes cast at the election favor the merger with District 10, the Commissioners of Fall City Fire District shall adopt concurrent resolutions, declaring the districts merged. Thereupon the districts are merged into one district, under the name of District 10. Fall City Fire District is dissolved, and the boundaries of District 10 are thereby extended to include all the area of Fall City Fire District. The Commissioners of Fall City Fire District shall, upon completion of the merger with District 10, transfer, convey, and deliver to District 10 all property and funds of Fall City Fire District.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Board of Directors and District 10 place responsibility for all administrative and operational functions with the Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Chief. Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Chief stated, Fall City Fire Station will continue to be recognized as Fall City and Fall City Engine continue to be marked as Fall City. Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire Chief stated there is no reason to move the current apparatus but back up/reserve vehicles may not be needed.
Cooperative Partnership with City of Snoqualmie Fire Department
The Fall City Fire Department will hold a Public Meeting September 24th, 10 AM at the Fall City Fire Station with the City of Snoqualmie Fire Department to discuss future cooperative partnership options.