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Community Meeting on Alternative Fire Service Delivery Options

 6:00pm on Wednesday, October 14, at the Lynnwood Senior Center, the Lynnwood City Council will be hosting an informational community meeting to discuss Alternative Fire Service Delivery Options.

The City of Lynnwood’s Fire Department (LFD) provides a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency services to the citizens and visitors of Lynnwood. These services include fire prevention, fire suppression, public education, emergency medical, hazardous materials and specialized rescue responses. The department consists of 50 full-time career Firefighters/EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors, staffing two full-time stations and responding to an average of over 7,000 alarms annually, approximately 75% of which are emergency medical calls. The Department consistently provides exemplary emergency services and is among the top rated city fire departments in Washington State. Currently, the Lynnwood Fire Department has a two-year operating budget of $19.1 million.

The LFD maximizes the resources they have available however, there are insufficient resources to fund the required level of service. Service levels will continue to increase as the City embarks upon its vision for a City Center; and accommodates projected growth in population and employment. The annual cost of the current level of service is expected to increase by $6.2 million by 2020. The City of Lynnwood is preparing now to fund current fire service levels and accommodate future growth. The City Council is exploring options for alternative fire service delivery. Several options have been identified which will be discussed with the community and deliberated by City Council over the next several months. The four options currently under consideration are:

1) City Provides Services
2) Contract with Fire District #1
3) Annex into Fire District #1 or
4) Create a Regional Fire Authority.

For more information, visit www.lynnwoodwa.gov/FireServiceOpportunities
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by contacting 425-670-5023 by October 10, 2015. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

El lugar de la reunión es accesible para las personas con discapacidades. Los individuos que requieran acomodación razonable pueden solicitar materiales impresos en formatos alternos, intérpretes de lenguaje de señas, acomodación de accesibilidad física, y otras acomodaciones razonables, informando al patrocinador 425-670-5023, hasta el October 10, 2015. Las personas que son sordas o tienen impedimentos del oído pueden informar al patrocinador del evento por medio del Servicio de Relé de Washington, llamando al 7-1-1.