Station 36 Project overview
The new Bayview Station project relocates the administrative offices, creates a training center for volunteers and replaces an aging facility. Its location in Bayview is centrally located within the boundaries of the fire district. This will contribute to improved response time of first responders to emergency calls. The current Freeland station where the administrative offices are now housed, will be converted back into sleeping quarters as it was originally designed, allowing for more out of district volunteers and better, full time coverage. The old Bayview station will be repurposed to serve as a much needed maintenance facility. Both the old Freeland and Bayview stations will continue to serve the community.
Follow the project’s progress from the start.
How can I get more information?
H.L. “Rusty” Palmer, Fire Chief, EFO
South Whidbey Fire/EMS
5535 Cameron Road
Freeland, WA. 98249
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Need to Know
- The department was awarded the building permit from Island County in April 2018.
- Ground breaking is planned for Fall 2018, with construction anticipated to be completed by Fall 2019.
- The building’s location is on Bayview Road between the old Bayview High School and Good Cheer Food Bank.
- During the one year of construction, there will be minimal impact to traffic on Highway 525.
Why is South Whidbey Fire/EMS building the new Bayview Station?
The number of calls that South Whidbey Fire/EMS responds to continues to rise. In 2016 volunteers and staff responded to 2,600 calls. We are seeing continued growth in our community and with that, we are experiencing an increasing demand put on our current volunteers, equipment and facilities.
The new Bayview Station Project will improve operations, efficiency and safety of the entire South Whidbey Fire/EMS department
The End Result
The new Bayview Station replaces an aging facility, relocates the department’s administrative offices from Freeland to a central location within the district, and eventually creates a new training center.
All of the funds needed for the $5.8 million building were secured through bonds sold last year, including the additional 10% contingency funds and $500,000 anticipated sales tax. The final total cost is expected to be $6.2 million.
- 2007 – New Station Included in Strategic Plan
- Spring 2017 – Funding is secured through the sale of bonds
- Spring 2018 – Building Permit Awarded
- Summer 2018 – Final Design Approved
- Summer 2018 – Groundbreaking
- Fall 2018 – Construction Underway
- Winter 2018 – Construction Continues
- Spring 2019 – Construction Wrapping Up
- Summer 2019 – Construction Completed
- Fall 2019 – Ribbon Cutting