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North Highline Fire District
1243 SW 112th Street
Seattle, WA 98146
The Commissioners are always interested in what you have to say, so please feel free to attend the meetings. There is an opportunity at each meeting to ask questions or share your ideas and concerns.
The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 6:00 PM at our headquarters station located at 1243 SW 112th Street, Seattle, WA 98146. The public is always invited and encouraged to attend.
North Highline Fire District (originally named King County Fire District #11) was founded in 1942.
The District is a combination department with 24 career personnel and approximately 12 volunteer personnel operating out of two stations serving about 19,000 citizens in a three-and-a-half square mile unincorporated area located just south of the Seattle city limits. Our fire district rating is a 4.
North Highline Fire District is governed by a three-member Board of Commissioners who oversee finances, equipment, capital improvements, and general fire department operations.
NO BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in King County, Blood Pressure Checks will not be offered at any of our stations, until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
OLYMPIA, WA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order Monday evening, requiring all residents to further reduce public activity and physical contact to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Inslee said his new directive would be in place for at least two weeks.
Watch the governor's full remarks below:
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) March 24, 2020
Urgent need for people to limit contact, and other COVID-19 updates from Public Health - Seattle & King County for March 23, 2020
Staying home is vitally important to King County’s ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 illnesses. Public Health announced 130 new cases today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1170. In addition, twelve new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 87. A new local system launched to learn how COVID-19 virus is spreading.
Story: Avoid all non-essential contact
Staying home is vitally important to King County’s ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 illnesses. Individual actions to limit the spread of the new coronavirus will benefit the health of our entire community
“Young and old, sick or well, we all need to work together now to slow the spread of COVID-19 in King County and decrease the number of illnesses, hospitalizations and strain on our healthcare system,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health—Seattle & King County. “With no treatment or vaccine, the single most important thing all of us must do is to stay home and avoid all non-essential contact with others.”
While staying home is challenging, we all can assume that we might be carrying the virus, and we could be spreading the infection any time we have close contact with someone. Everyone should:
- Stay at home as much as you can.
- Limit trips for groceries, gas, and other essentials.
- If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times.
New local system launched to learn how COVID-19 virus is spreading
Today, Public Health—Seattle & King County officially partners with the team behind the Seattle Flu Study to launch the greater Seattle Community Assessment Network—or SCAN for short. SCAN is an innovative disease surveillance platform that will allow Public Health to gain a clearer picture of how the COVID-19 virus is spreading through our community. By conducting focused, representative testing from a sample of people across greater Seattle and King County—ensuring we have participation from people in a cross-section of neighborhoods, including adults and children, whether they are showing symptoms or not—we will gain important information that allows us to better respond to the epidemic.
SCAN can’t test every individual. However, by using innovative research methods and data modeling, SCAN can help us better predict the number of people who may be infected but unrecognized. Understanding how COVID-19 is being transmitted, even among those who have not yet sought medical care and would not otherwise be tested, will help us determine if community measures such as social distancing are working, and whether we need to adapt our guidance. Interested community members may visit scanpublichealth.org to sign up.
Public Health—Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 3/22/20.
- 1170 confirmed cases (up 130 from yesterday)
- 87 confirmed deaths (up 12 from yesterday)
These additional deaths include:
- A woman in his 70s, who died on 3/21
- A man in his 70s, who died on 3/21 at EvergreenHealth
- A man in his 80s who died on 3/22 at EvergreenHealth
- A man in his 80s, who died on 3/22 at Swedish Issaquah
- A woman in her 70s, who died on 3/22
- A woman in her 90s. who died on 3/22
- A man in his 70s, who died on 3/22
- A woman in her 90s, who died on 3/22
- A woman in her 60s, who died on 3/22 at Swedish Cherry Hill
- A man in his 60s, who died on 3/21 at Swedish Cherry Hill
- A man in his 60s who died on 3/22 at University of Washington Medical Center
- A man in his 60s who died on 3/22 at Virginia Mason
Of the 87 deaths reported, 37 are confirmed to be associated with Life Care Center of Kirkland.
Isolation and quarantine facilities update
Isolation and quarantine is a proven public health practice for reducing the spread of disease. Examples of people who may need this assistance include people who cannot safely isolate from a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, or people experiencing homelessness. Individuals can only be placed into the King County sites after a health professional with Public Health—Seattle & King County has determined that they need isolation or quarantine.
Four people are currently staying in a King County isolation and quarantine facility.
The number of people in King County's isolation and quarantine sites are included in regular updates provided by Public Health—Seattle & King County. No other identifying or personal information will be provided.
Note to media:
Public Health provides confirmed numbers of cases reported to us, including numbers of deaths, each day that are official through 11:59 p.m. the night before. No other details about cases can be provided at this time.
Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for more than two million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health – Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day. More at www.kingcounty.gov/health
Keep up with the latest Public Health news in King County by subscribing to the department’s blog, Public Health Insider.
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Contact: Lauren Jenks, Department of Health Assistant Secretary, 360-236-0374
Department of Health call center: 1-800-525-0127, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week
Sprinkler Save at Burien, Washington
Auto Repair Shop
On January 11th, with the aid of the fire sprinkler system, Burien, Washington firefighters were able to rescue a man from a fire at an auto repair shop.
“Looks like we had a car fire inside of a paint booth inside the repair shop,” said Chief Mike Marrs of King County Fire District #2.
Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke coming from the building. Fortunately, the building had a working sprinkler system. Marrs said it not only kept the fire from spreading; it was a lifesaver.
“The activation of the sprinkler system probably saved this building, as well as saving the occupant's life,” Marrs stated. more
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MAKE A PLAN TODAY
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect you. Know how you'll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find.
Below are some links to information that can help:
Congratulations Newly Promoted Captain Ryan Anderson
A big thank you to Captain Cissell and FF Lee for their hard work in repairing the Jason Richards Memorial sign on S. 128th St. This sign serves as a great reminder to slow down, be aware of your surroundings, and drive responsibly. Nice work!
Fire Department Expands to Include
By: Emily Inlow-Hood, Communications Officer
After extensive contract negotiations and a vote from two separate fire commissions, the North Highline Fire District has undergone a contractual consolidation into King County Fire District #2. While North Highline Fire District still exists and maintains their own board of fire commissioners, all of their firefighters have been hired by the King County Fire District #2. The new consolidated district will provide streamlined response and chain of command for fire and emergency medical service (EMS) to areas of unincorporated King County, Burien, and Normandy Park.
When the City of Burien incorporated in 1993, the city limits spanned across two fire districts, North Highline Fire District and Burien/Normandy Park Fire District. The two fire districts worked closely together to provide the best possible fire and EMS service. Over the past two decades, contracts were established between the two entities. Each new contract improved some aspect of service. The newly consolidated districts will improve cost sharing, increase efficiencies and resources, and increase firefighter training.
“Residents of Burien, Normandy Park, and the area of unincorporated North Highline will continue to receive first-rate fire, EMS, and other emergency services as well as fire prevention services including inspections and investigations,” says Chief Mike Marrs. “Both districts have an outstanding group of talented, dedicated, and hardworking public servants who have embraced the opportunity to work together to serve our communities.”