For April, I am proud to be highlighting our very own Fire District 40, Station #17!
Our Neighborhood Fire Station
We are so lucky here in Fairwood for so many reasons – and one BIG one is that the crew at Station #17 is here for us 24 hours a day. Did you know that our contract with District 40 gives us extra personnel on shift here in Fairwood? That’s right – the rest of the City of Renton will typically staff a station with 3 fire fighters on an engine. At Station #17 we have 6 fire fighters on shift – 3 on an engine and 2 on an aid car – all the time.
Recently, I spoke with station Lieutenant Chuck DeSmith about all of the ways that the Station 17 crew is involved with our community and found out about some exciting new programs. For example, coming up this month:
April 14th – the Station 17 crew is hosting a Firefighter Challenge for 8th graders at Meeker Middle School (this will be a modified fire service obstacle course challenge, created to inspire and educate local kids about fire service career opportunities)
April 26th – the Station 17 crew is hosting “Chief For A Day” for 3rd graders at Carriage Crest Elementary
May 5th – Nelson Middle School 8th graders will participate in the Firefighter Challenge
May 24th – 150 kids at Ridgewood Elementary will participate in an Egg Drop physics experiment from the ladder truck
May 26th – 8th graders at Northwood Middle School will participate in the Firefighter Challenge
In addition, Lieutenant DeSmith shared that his crew also pairs with the Apogee and LA Fitness for community outreach events as well. He wanted me to remind everyone that the public is WELCOME at Station 17. Please come by for a station tour, or free blood pressure/ blood sugar test. The department also hosts free basic CPR. If anyone is interested in CPR, please call 425. 430. 7000.
THANK YOU Station #17!! You make our neighborhood better!