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Fire District 1 seeks nominees for Fire Commissioner vacancy

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy on its Board of Fire Commissioners.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is seeking nominees to fill a vacancy on its Board of Fire Commissioners.

The application deadline is January 18, 2013.

Commissioner Millie Judge left the Board at the end of last year to take office in January as Snohomish County Superior Court Judge. The Board of Commissioners will select and appoint someone to fill the vacancy. The appointee will have to stand election in the fall of 2013 to retain the seat and serve the two years remaining in Judge's six-year term.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 donates gifts to 15 local families

Firefighters and staff at Snohomish County Fire District 7 helped support fifteen local families this holiday season.

Firefighters and staff at Snohomish County Fire District 7 helped support fifteen local families this holiday season. Each of Fire District 7’s fire stations adopted two to three families in need; buying them holiday gifts they wouldn’t otherwise be able to give their children.

Firefighters and their families came together to wrap the gifts and took a quick break for a photo with just a few of the presents. Left to right: Lieutenant Jeff Larsen, Firefighter Erik Emerson, Firefighter Matt Ball, Fire Chief Gary Meek and Lieutenant Joe Basta.

Mill Creek withdraws from Regional Fire Authority

The Mill Creek City Council voted 7-0 to withdraw from the South Snohomish County Regional Fire Authority planning committee at the December 11, 2012 City Council meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council voted 7-0 to withdraw from the South Snohomish County Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee at the December 11, 2012 City Council meeting.

The City Council made this decision because as a member of the proposed Regional Fire Authority, Mill Creek would end up paying approximately $500,000 more per year for the same amount of service the City is now receiving from Fire District 7 according to the South Snohomish County Regional Fire Authority Planning Committee’s most recent financial analysis.

Beware of Amber Alert donation scam

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received reports from a number of citizens who received calls soliciting donations to support “AMBER Alerts.” These calls appear to be a scam.

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has received reports from a number of citizens who received calls soliciting donations to support “AMBER Alerts.”  In part of the solicitation, the callers report the money being raised goes to support the AMBER Alert program, including that 30% of the funds are for overhead costs associated with the program.  At least one solicitation indicated they were calling on behalf of WSP.  This information is inaccurate; WSP does not rely on public donations for the administration of the AMBER Alert system.

These calls appear to be a scam.  WSP oversees the AMBER Alert system in Washington State.  Most local agencies across the state have their own approved plans, which are implemented when a child is abducted or goes missing under suspicious circumstances. 

Fire District 1 retirement ceremony to honor Firefighters Tipp and Hood

Firefighters Gary Hood and Mike Tipp will be honored for their years of service to the citizens of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at a retirement ceremony at Martha Lake Fire Station.

Firefighters Gary Hood and Mike Tipp will be honored for their years of service to the citizens of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at a retirement ceremony at Martha Lake Fire Station 21 on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

Parking will be available in the north and east parking lots of the neighboring Christ the Rock Church.

Fire 1 Foundation helps families in need this holiday season

Fire 1 Foundation donates $10,000 to Volunteers of America food bank programs.

County-wide food bank programs will benefit from a $10,000 donation from the Fire 1 Foundation, a nonprofit community service organization founded by the employees of Snohomish County Fire District 1.

“Supporting food bank programs is a tradition for Fire District 1 that started more than 20 years ago when a group of firefighters passed the hat to collect money to sponsor a family for the holidays. It grew from there,” said Jim Grieco, president of the Fire 1 Foundation and a captain at Fire Station 10 north of Lynnwood.

New Washington State Patrol badge commemorates 100th Trooper Basic Training Class

Washington State Troopers have been authorized to wear a specially designed badge to commemorate the historic graduation of the 100th Trooper Basic Training Class.

Troopers of the Washington State Patrol will likely look different to you.  Starting today, December 14, 2012, troopers have been authorized to wear a specially designed badge to commemorate the historic graduation of the 100th Trooper Basic Training Class.

The thirty-seven trooper cadets graduating today at the Washington State Capitol Rotunda will also be wearing the new badge.

These graduates completed of 1,000 hours of training in order to graduate. Historically, only about four to six percent of applicants make the grade to become a Washington State Patrol Trooper.

Mill Creek City Council approves police dog unit

The Mill Creek City Council approved the necessary funds to implement Mill Creek’s new police dog unit at the December 4, 2012, City Council meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council approved Mill Creek’s 2013-2014 budget at the December 4th City Council meeting. Included in this budget are the necessary funds to implement Mill Creek’s new K-9 unit.

During the October 9th City Council meeting Mill Creek Police Chief Bob Crannell said that although adding a police dog to his department has come up over the past few years it hasn’t been justified until now. Chief Crannell said that the need for a K-9 unit has increased to 62 calls in the last 14 months.

Mill Creek makes progress in reducing the projected 2013-2014 budget deficit

In the last month, Mill Creek residents and the Mill Creek City Council passed two separate measures to reduce the City’s projected 2013-2014 budget deficit by increasing tax revenue.

In the last month, Mill Creek residents and the Mill Creek City Council passed two separate measures to reduce the City’s projected 2013-2014 budget deficit by increasing tax revenue.

By passing Mill Creek Resolution 1 by 67% “approved” votes in November 6th’s General Election, Mill Creek residents increased the sales tax in the City by 0.1%. This should provide $260,000 in increased sales tax revenue for the City over the next two years. This tax revenue can only be spent on police and/or fire protection services.

Just Between Friends Toy Sale and Holiday Bazaar - Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek.

The Just Between Friends organization is holding a toy sale and holiday bazaar at Gold Creek Community Church on December 7th and 8th, 2012.

Just Between Friends Toy Sale and Holiday Bazaar is happening this weekend at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek.

Just Between Friends is not a retail store, but rather a savings extravaganza shopping event that happens a few times a year in Snohomish County.

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