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Changes to the Burn Permit Process: All burn permits must be obtained on-line only!
Beginning October 16, 2014, the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), has changed their policy on burn permits. PERMITS MUST NOW BE COMPLETED ON-LINE. To do so, please visit burnpermitonline
Please note that a copy of the computer-generated burn permit must be posted at the site while burning. For questions, please call ORCAA at 360-539-7610 or 800-422-5623
Residents who have yard waste to dispose of should look into clean alternatives to burning. Alternatives such as chipping and composting help keep our air clean and healthful. Those alternatives can also be used all summer, unlike burning. Read here for more information on burning.
On November 4th, the voters of North Olympia Fire District 7 approved Proposition 1 (proposal to merge with South Bay Fire District 8) by a majority of 76%, and approved Proposition 2 (proposal to raise the 2015 tax levy rate to $1.50 per $1k of assessed valuation) by 63%. The approval by voters culminates a long-term effort to consolidate the two fire districts. With both Boards of Fire Commissioners working together to combine governance, and staff working together to integrate administrative and operational functions, it is expected that the merged district will function as one in 2015.
During the process of planning for merger, the Boards of both fire districts jointly adopted an Emergency Services Integration Plan (“ESIP”) which outlined the various areas in which both districts would need to work to come together. Since February 2014, the Boards, fire chiefs and staff of both districts have been doing this, so, the actual voting on November 4th while critical, was not the beginning of the process by any measure.
The next steps for both Boards will be to adopt concurrent Resolutions recognizing the approval by voters and setting the date to begin actual merged district operation, planned to be January 1st.
In the meantime, a myriad of details including business accounts, staffing assignments, procedures and operational protocols will be addressed according to the ESIP and pre-determined agreements and policy. As far as the public is concerned, don’t expect to see any big changes to department names, logos, or local tradition for a while as the new organization sorts through improving on what worked in both pre-merger organizations and creating synergy within the new organization. For information regarding Joint efforts with the North Olympia Fire District 7, read here:
Board of Fire Commissioners’ Meetings
Regular Board meetings will be held once a month on Thursdays and will begin at 5:30 pm. All meetings are held at Station 8-1.
2014 Schedule: November 20; December 18
Joint Meeting, December 8, 2014 beginning at 9 am. Location: Station 8-1
Note: Meetings are subject to change. Notice of change will be posted on this site and at the meeting location.
Free CPR Classes
The South Bay Fire Department is pleased to offer free CPR classes at our main station 81 located at 3506 Shincke Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506 Classes are held on Wednesdays, 7 pm – 10 pm and are taught by instructor Ron Wertz.
Current CPR Schedule: Dec.10 & Dec. 17; Jan 7 & Jan 21; Feb 11 & Feb 25; March 11 & March 25 (Note: no classes are held at our location during the summer.)
Call Medic One at (360) 704-2780 to register for classes or for further information. (Note: If you would like information on FIRST AID classes, contact Medic One)
Citizens Advisory Group Next Meeting February 13, 2015 6:00-7:00 pm Meetings are held at Station 8-1.
Members of the South Bay community are welcome to attend our Citizens Advisory Group. Read more here.
We hope the information provided on this site will help you learn more about our Department and our members. Please contact us if there are any questions concerning the Department or its activities.