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Fire District 7 to have new station at Fales Road operational by 2018




Ground broke Sept. 12 on the new fire station.

SNOHOMISH — Fire District 7’s future station off of Fales Road will position firetrucks closer to Echo Lake and the surrounding area.
Fire Chief Gary Meek of Snohomish County Fire District 7, several fire commissioners and others, ceremonially broke ground on the new $5.4 million fire station on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
The 11,000 square foot future station at 19424 Fales Road near state Route 522 will “provide improved response times and accessibility to the Echo Lake and Lost Lake communities,” according to a statement issued by the district. The station could be open by late summer 2018.
“We are very excited to be breaking ground on Station 33,” said Chief Meek. The new station will replace the former Lost Lake station, which closed in 2012, and the current Maltby station off of Paradise Lake Road, which will be “repurposed for training needs,” according to fire district spokeswoman Heather Chadwick.
Chadwick said the Fales Road station will be giving the best service to the area and saving money. She said response times were studied before they chose the Fales Road site and “no citizen should receive a longer response time” because of the move.
Fire District 7 received 11,000 emergency calls in 2016 and is on track to receive even more this year, Meek
said. The district provides fire and life safety services to 110,000 people over 98.5 square miles in central and east Snohomish County, including Monroe, Maltby, Clearview and Mill Creek.
Meek said the 4.9-acre vacant site was purchased in a bank foreclosure for about $205,000. The station will be on the front two acres of the site and feature three apparatus bays, office and training areas, and dorms.
“We’ve been meeting with (neighbors) regularly throughout the project,” Meek said. During his remarks to about 20 people assembled for the groundbreaking ceremony, he thanked the surrounding community for its patience. “(We’ve) been at this process for quite a while,” he said.
The chief said the site became available in late 2015 and the district has had the money for the project for two years, but the process of getting a conditional use permit took eight months.
Several neighbors were present for the groundbreaking ceremony.
“Love it!” said Mark Stenberg, who lives close by.
“I’m very supportive,” said David Edgar. “That’s why we’re here—to support the chief.” Both men like the idea of having emergency services close to their homes.
Allied Construction of Everett will be building the station. 
Allied’s project manager, Keith Bjella, said he hopes the structure will go “vertical” by November after they complete earth work. Excluding suppliers, about 100 people will be employed over the course of the project, Bjella said, with five to 10 on site at a time, depending on the season and the scope of the work.
Bjella said he’s worked on a lot of public buildings, including a “handful of fire stations.” He expects the new station to be completed sometime between July and September of next year.

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