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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, September 28th, 2020 at 6:00 PM via teleconfrerence
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Our headquarter station is located at 1243 SW 112th Street, Seattle, WA 98146. The public is always invited and encouraged to attend, but that this time, social distancing is requiring us to conduct our meetings virtually..
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.
We Are In This Together! The King County Fire Chiefs came together to bring this fantastic message to all of our communities and to remind us to stay home, stay healthy, and let's finish strong! King County Strong!
Chiefs Video - Click Here
Make A Wish and North Highline Fire District - Special Event
What a special day we were able to be a part of! Lots of parade fun, a visit from Santa, a galloping unicorn, and special deliveries were all fantastic; but being a part of this amazing community is what we are most thankful for.
NEWS: King County Applies for Phase 2 of Safe Start Recovery Plan
King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci submitted an application to the state Department of Health to move King County to Phase 2 of the Safe Start recovery plan following approval of the plan by the King County Board of Health.
“After two weeks in what has been called Phase 1.5, our case counts, health care system capacity and other metrics are holding steady, and we are ready to move to Phase 2,” said Executive Constantine. “But make no mistake – successful economic recovery will depend on everyone in King County carefully following the recommendations of our Public Health experts, including wearing face coverings and avoiding unnecessary contacts, so together we can keep re-opening our community while holding the line on the pandemic.”
Under Phase 2, businesses can operate at twice the indoor capacity permitted in the modified Phase 1, provided they meet all re-opening requirements set out by the state’s guidance. Businesses with questions about their operation can also call the Public Health Business Compliance Line at 206-296-1608.
Every face-to-face interaction is an opportunity for COVID-19 to spread. That’s why everyone, even the young and healthy, needs to stay home. If you must go out, like to the grocery store or gas station, limit your trips and stay 6 feet apart — about the length of two shopping carts. What you do impacts the health of our entire community. Stand Together. Stay Apart.
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.
COVID-19 Update, September 14, 2020
The state Department of Health (http://www.doh.wa.gov/) wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding COVID-19 as well as guidance and resources you can share with employees, clients, or customers.
Using Computer Models to Learn About COVID-19 Transmission
We are staying apart from our loved ones and covering our faces in public so fewer people will die of COVID-19. So is it working? Is our curve flattening? How do we know if fewer people are dying or getting sick?
We’re a lot better at forecasting the weather than we are at predicting novel coronaviruses or human behavior. But, because we keep learning more about COVID-19 and how it is spread, the COVID-19 models are getting better all the time.
Here’s How They Work:
• The modelers tell the computer program how many people have been tested, how many people were positive for COVID-19, and how many people have died of the disease in Washington.
• The modelers assume that all people either:
o Are susceptible to catching COVID-19. (This is, by far, most of us.)
o Have COVID-19, but don’t have symptoms and are not contagious yet.
o Have COVID-19, and are contagious, whether they have symptoms or not.
o Have recovered from COVID-19 and are not contagious.
• Then, they ask the computer to account for the fact that fewer people get tested over the weekends, sometimes it takes a few days to get test results, and testing is not easily available everywhere in the state.
• They make sure the model describes the data we have for the recent past reasonably well. If it describes the past reasonably well, we’re more confident in what it tells us about the future.
• And then they ask the models to make some predictions about what is happening now and into the near future.
In their most recent weekly report, the modelers described an overall flattening in the curve describing transmission of COVID-19 in Washington, with some hints of a trend towards decreasing transmission. Different counties had different patterns of transmission. In some counties transmission is sharply decreasing, and in others it is increasing. In some counties (like King County) transmission was stable or flat.
The models also predicted that this year, between 3,000 and 3,600 Washingtonians will die from COVID-19.
Still, sometimes forecasts are wrong. We have already lost more than 2,000 Washingtonians to COVID-19. We do not have to lose 1,600 more people in the next several months. We can wear our cloth face coverings. We can keep our get-togethers very small and outdoors. We can stay six feet apart. We can save hundreds of lives.
The latest numbers are on our webpage. As of 11:59 p.m. on September 13, 80,138 people in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 7,098 people had to be hospitalized, and 2,006 people (or 2.5%) have died of the disease. More COVID-19 data can be found on the DOH website and in the state’s risk assessment dashboard.
Practice compassion. Check in with your loved ones—how are they breathing in this smoky air? Remind them to stay inside and be still until the smoke clears. Keep watching the Washington Smoke Information blog for smoke and air quality forecasts. Remember, forecasts change all the time.
I'm proud of you. We can do this.
Please Stay safe and Remind the Kids to Wash Their Hands Stay Well & Emerge Stronger!
Modelers at the Institute for Disease Modeling, Microsoft AI for Health, the University of Washington, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are using public health data and computer models to help us answer these questions.
You are familiar with computer models in your daily life, and what you already know about them is that they are often wrong. If the weather report tells you on a Monday that there will be no rain on the weekend, you will probably keep checking the weather report, because you know the forecast changes. Why does the forecast change?
Because the weather changes, and we put this updated information into the forecasting models, and then the predictions change.
Update - Governor Inslee issues Safe Start Proclamation for County Approach to Re-Opening
The Proclamation is Effective June 1, 2020
The governor announced Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening plan on Friday during a press conference where he detailed the county-by-county approach.
“Thanks to Washingtonians pulling together, we can transition fully to our county-by-county approach to safely reopen,” Inslee said. “If we remain diligent and committed to more effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to save lives and open up more businesses while protecting our friends and neighbors.”
Washington will move through the phased reopening county-by-county allowing for flexibility and local control to address COVID-19 activity geographically.
Effective June 1, counties may apply to John Wiesman, secretary of Washington State Department of Health, to advance phases. Applications will be evaluated by a county’s ability to meet target metrics and will be considered holistically in their readiness and ability to respond.
Under the plan, the secretary may approve a county’s request to move completely to the next phase, or may only approve certain activities in the next phase.
“We can’t think this means the virus has been defeated. It has not gone away,” Inslee said. “But while we prepare to take the next step forward toward a new normal, we need to continue to trust the science and maintain the same level of care today as we did three months ago.”
To read the full plan, please go to the Washington Governor Jay Inslee's website at https://www.governor.wa.gov/
June 17, 2020
With food insecurity on the rise, Public Health highlights critical new and existing resources
Exacerbated by COVID-19, a growing number of people in King County are seeking food assistance. To help address this urgent need, Public Health – Seattle & King County, the City of Seattle and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are launching new efforts to connect families in need to food resources.
New resources available to address food insecurity
With the unexpected spread of COVID-19, food insecurity is rising in King County. Public Health – Seattle & King County along with the City of Seattle and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have launched new resources and programs to help connect families in need with food resources.
Data from the 211 Crisis Connections hotline from April to early May indicates that food is the second most common social service requested during the COVID-19 crisis, after housing. Additionally, 14,800 more households in King County received Basic Food (SNAP) benefits in May 2020 compared to January 2020 (representing a 15% increase). Enrollments in the WIC program, a supplemental program for women, infants and children, also increased.
COVID-19 Emergency Food Resource Map
With food insecurity on the rise, emergency food services such as food banks and meal programs are more urgent than ever before. Public Health and the City of Seattle maintain a map of free food resources across King County that provide emergency food during COVID-19. The food resource map is updated every two weeks and will soon include updated listings of summer meal locations.
Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program
Due to COVID-19 school closures, families may be eligible for food benefits they previously received through schools through the new Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program or P-EBT. Any family with a child in grades K-12 who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals – including any children who go to school where meals are free for all students – can get P-EBT. P-EBT is available to all students regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
If your family already receives Basic Food through DSHS, you do not need to apply for P-EBT. You will automatically receive this benefit on your EBT card automatically.
Families who are not currently enrolled in either free or reduced lunch programs or Basic Food will first need to reach out to their school district to complete an application for free or reduced-priced school meals before June 30, 2020. Once families become eligible, they can apply for P-EBT. Eligible families not currently receiving Basic Food can apply for P-EBT online at washingtonconnections.org. The application will be available starting June 28, 2020.
For more information and to apply, visit washingtonconnection.org or call the WA Department of Social and Health Services at (877-501-2233). The Community Health Access Program is also available to assist families with the enrollment process (1-800-756-5437).
• You can read more about the food resource map and evolving food needs amidst COVID-19 in this article on our Public Health Insider.
• More information on P-EBT, including an infographic on eligibility, is available through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
• Public Health is monitoring changes in key economic, social, and other health indicators resulting from strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19. This data can be viewed on our COVID-19 resource website.
Daily totals for new COVID-19 cases and deaths are available on Public Health's Data Dashboard webpage, which updates as soon as data are available, between 1-3 p.m.
Isolation and Quarantine Facilities Update
Forty people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.
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• Public Health publishes new information frequently through the Public Health Insider blog. Please consider becoming a subscriber by choosing the option to "Follow Blog Via Email."
NOTE FOR MEDIA: Public Health will no longer distribute updates through Media Releases on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays but rather as news develops and on an as-needed basis. We highly recommend following our social media channels and blog for the latest updates.
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
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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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Unified Appreciation Event
Saying Thank You to all of our Heroes at Highline Medical Center was Just What the Doctor Ordered!
Throughout King County, first responders took a few moments to salute our healthcare workers on the front line who are caring for and managing patients admidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Thi
North Highline Fire District KING COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 11
s has no doubt, been a challenging time for everyone, but for those working in hospitals everywhere, we want you to know that your work is noticed each and every day! You ARE appreciated, you ARE honored, and you ARE loved!
If Your CO Alarm Chirps Every 30 seconds, It’s Not an Emergency, but you Should
Replace the CO Alarm A.S.A.P.
CO alarms need to be replaced every 7 years
The North Highline Fire District has received multiple 9-1-1 calls this year from concerned residents because of chirping carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. While it’s important to call 9-1-1 if your CO alarm is sounding continuously without stopping, a CO alarm that chirps every 30 seconds is not an emergency. It probably means your CO alarm has reached its end of life and should be replaced.
CO alarm life span
CO alarms have a life expectancy of around seven years. All CO alarms produced after August 1, 2009, have an end-of-life warning notification that alerts the resident that the alarm should be replaced. The CO alarm will beep every 30 seconds or display ERR or END. If a CO alarm is at its end-of-life, replacing the battery will not stop the beep. Some CO alarms have a feature that will silence the signal for 30 days, but this will not solve the issue as the CO alarm will continue to beep after the 30 day period ends.
What People Should Know
In January of 2013, Washington State law (RCW 19.27.530) required CO alarms to be installed in new residences and in existing rental properties. Owner-occupied single-family residences, legally occupied before July 26, 2009, are not required to have CO alarms until they are sold or when a building permit application for interior remodeling is submitted.
Homeowners should consider replacing all CO alarms that were installed in or before 2013. A CO alarm that signals that it’s at the end of its life should be replaced as well.
Renters should notify property managers or landlords immediately if their CO alarm is beeping every 30 seconds indicating its end-of-life. They should also know that intermittent beeping CO alarm is not reason to call 9-1-1.
A CO alarm that beeps continuously without stopping could indicate that carbon monoxide is present. If you your CO alarm is sounding continuously and you have signs of CO poisoning such as dizziness, headache, vomiting or flu like symptoms, find fresh air and call 9-1-1 immediately.
More information on carbon monoxide alarm requirements, please go to:
State Building Code Council’s Carbon Monoxide Alarm page.
A special thank you to the Seattle Fire Department and William Mace for coordinating and sharing this information with us for use on our website.
So Proud of Our Crew - Stay Strong / Stay Safe
Thank you to all of our staff and crew who continually and dilifently work hard at all of our stations to provide a clean, safe, and healthy environment. A special thank you to Commissioner Julie Hiatt for making face masks in the effort to keep everyone on the front lines and healthy. Stay the course and we truly appreciate all the extra effort and care that goes into our ability to support the North Highline Fire District Community! We are here for you and thank you for honoring the Washington state "Stay Home - Stay Healthy" initiative. It takes all of us!
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.”