South Whidbey fire district recoups $14K on old cars

South Whidbey Fire/EMS got a lot more than expected for four old vehicles, after bids totaled about $14,000 on Thursday.

The commissioners approved the bids, sending a pickup truck and Wave Runner to one South Whidbey resident and a several decades-old fire engine to another, Chief Rusty Palmer said. A flatbed truck was awarded to a Mount Vernon man.

“That’s more than I expected,” he said.

At the fire district meeting, Palmer told the commissioners about how the proposed new Bayview fire station could be funded. The commissioners are looking for a low-interest loan from banks and possibly a state program through the treasurer’s office.

Fire training will continue to occur at the Washington State Patrol facility in North Bend for at least the next five years, thanks to an approved agreement for use of the facility. Palmer said the cost varies depending on what kind of training the district engages in and is charged per use, but added that the district usually makes a visit once a year.

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