South Whidbey fire to review volunteer policy, present Bayview update

South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioners will hear about the financing options for the proposed Bayview fire station and look at consolidating and refining the district’s volunteer participation policy at Thursday’s meeting.

The agenda forecasts a short meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with few items of business. South Whidbey Fire/EMS Chief Rusty Palmer will update the commissioners on financing options to build the new $5.4 million Bayview fire station located on Bayview Road near Bayview School.

Awarding bids on surplus vehicles - old trucks - owned by the district is on the agenda. Palmer said the closed bidding would end at 3 p.m. April 10, just before the start of the commissioners meeting. He did not expect to see a large amount of cash from the surplus sale.

“They’re pretty old vehicles,” Palmer said. “A few thousand [dollars], maybe. I’m not anticipating very much. The reason we’re surplussing them is they’re very old.”

One vehicle the district hopes to get rid of may have to wait until a future meeting. The fire district is working with the American Red Cross to transfer an old ambulance truck. But because South Whidbey Fire/EMS is a publicly-funded agency, it can’t give away the vehicle as long as it has value. The deal includes a clause to keep the truck on South Whidbey so it can continue to be of service to the taxpayer base. Palmer said he was waiting to hear back from the American Red Cross if it agreed to the deal.

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