NKF&R looking at election, numerous community events

North Kitsap Fire & Rescue is asking the community to replace funding from an expiring special levy by restoring the district’s fire levy rate to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation at the Nov. 8 general election.

In addition to providing resources necessary to maintain current levels of service, the measure will also finance replacement of NKF&R’s Suquamish fire station as well as the district’s apparatus replacement plan.

Station 84 in Suquamish is the oldest of the district’s four staffed facilities. It was built more than 60 years ago, and doesn’t meet current earthquake standards.

Due to the expiring special levy, the projected net cost to the owner of a median home is 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Find out more at NKF&R’s website (www.nkfr.org) or call us at 360-297-3619.

It’s the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week. The nation’s oldest safety/public health observance is focused on fire escape planning this year with the theme, “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.”

Take a moment to make sure your family’s fire escape plan includes at least two ways out of every room and one meeting place outside. Practice the plan so everyone knows what to do and where to go if a fire strikes.

Join us for a CPR/AED class from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12 at our headquarters station near Kingston. There is no charge but if an American Heart Association course completion card is needed, those cost $20.75 each.

Advance registration is also required. To sign-up, call 360-297-3619 or send an email to laboda@nkfr.org.

We’re looking forward to inviting the public to our stations again for our traditional Fire Prevention Month open houses. Join us to meet your firefighters, enjoy tasty snacks, see fire engines and ambulances, win prizes with your fire safety knowledge, get safety tips and ask questions about the district’s upcoming ballot measure.

Open houses are Oct. 5 from 4-7 p.m. at 18533 Augusta Ave. NE in Suquamish; Oct. 8 from 2-5 p.m. at 23260 South Kingston Road NE near Kingston; Oct. 13 from 4-7 p.m. at 4911 NE Twin Spits Road in Hansville; and Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 26642 Miller Bay Road NE near Kingston.

Michele Laboda writes a monthly column on North Kitsap Fire & Rescue for this newspaper.