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Funding for a new station will come from the sale of voter-approved bonds expected to be on the August 2024 ballot. If the bond passes, design work would begin immediately with construction to follow.
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Washougal needs a new station to ensure our residents continue to receive adequate fire and emergency medical services as we continue to grow. The current Fire Station 43 facility has outlived its useful life and cannot be modified to accommodate the needs required of a modern fire station. Ongoing maintenance costs in the long-term will exceed the short-term costs of a new building.
More specifically, the current building:
The building also doesn’t meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for public access and lacks a public restroom.
In the November 7, 2023, General Election Ballot, Washougal voters approved Proposition 11 to renew the expiring EMS Levy. An EMS levy is a property tax levy specifically designed and used for the provision of emergency medical services in communities. The Camas-Washougal Fire Department has provided emergency medical services and ambulance transport services for decades. EMS levy funds are restricted to providing EMS services and will be used to continue the provision of these services in our community. The EMS levy supports the operational costs of providing these EMS services.
The EMS levy is a dedicated source of funding used for the provision of emergency medical services in Washougal. It supports EMS operational costs and does NOT cover replacing or updating the critical facilities that the EMS services are housed in.
The police station houses staff workspaces, office spaces for animal control and bodycam staff, but lacks training classrooms, conference rooms, fitness facilities, and break room. The new fire station would be located adjacent to and adjoining the existing police station to allow for shared use of break rooms, fitness facilities and a training/community room.
We’ll use what we have as best we can — but eventually:
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