King County Fire District 27
King County Fire District 27 is located in Fall City, Washington, nestled in the Cascade foothills 24 miles east of Seattle. The Fire District serves a population of approximately 6,200 people in and surrounding the unincorporated rural town of Fall City. The Fire District service area is 22 square miles.
The area offers many recreational activities from river rafting, hiking, horseback riding, golfing and much more. Two river systems, the Snoqualmie and the Raging rivers cross through the District. Several lakes dot the landscape and the Snoqualmie Falls is a popular attraction that borders the Fire District. Fall City is comprised mostly of residential properties, agricultural farming and service business operations.
FIRE DISTRICT NEWS
Fire Chief Chris Connor retires after 40 years
of service with the Fall City Fire Department
February 28 marked the retirement of Fire Chief Chris Connor, who had served the Fire District and the Fall City Community faithfully for the past 40 years. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter back in February of 1981 and was hired by the District on February 19, 1990. Chief Connor held the position of Lieutenant and Captain before becoming Fire Chief on January 1, 1991.
The Board of Commissioners, at their February meeting expressed their highest gratitude to Chief Connor for his many contributions to the Fire Department during his tenure. In their resolution, “Recognition of Service”, the Commissioners acknowledged Chief Connor’s leadership, character, dedication to the community, and working tirelessly as the Fire Chief for thirty years to ensure that our emergency response services in the region are among the best in the world. As a legacy to his career, countless firefighters who came through the Fall City Fire Department as a volunteer or career firefighter will continue to serve and protect our communities for decades to come.
Radio dispatch signed out Chief Connor on the morning of his last shift while Firefighters from Fall City, Duvall, Snoqualmie and Eastside sent their congratulations and best wishes for his retirement. Chief Connor stated that he was looking forward to spending time with his wife Betty and doing some traveling.
From all the Members at the Fire District "Congratulations Chris!" "We wish you the very best in your retirement."
Meet Fall City's Incoming Chief Brian Culp
On February 1, Chief Connor passed the baton to Alton “Brian” Culp who officially became the fifth Fire Chief of District 27. Chief Culp started with the fire service 32-years ago as a junior volunteer firefighter with the Los Chavez Fire Department in Valencia County, New Mexico, at the age of thirteen. Throughout the past 32-years, he has served in both volunteer and career positions, giving him first hand understanding of the dynamics of a combination fire department.
Chief Culp served as Fire Chief for Valencia County from 2016 to his retirement from the department in 2020 and prior to that was Assistant Chief of Volunteer Recruitment and Retention of Sandoval County Fire Department. He also served as EMS Chief of Valencia County Fire Department (2007-2012); Deputy Fire Marshal at the Bernalillo County Fire Department (2000-2005); an Adjunct Instructor for both the University of New Mexico, EMS Academy, and New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy; and as the Vice-Chair for the Fire & Emergency Manager's Affiliate through New Mexico Counties.
Chief Culp moved to Washington with his wife, Rachael, and their two dogs. They also have a daughter who is serving as an Officer in the Navy in San Diego, CA.
Chief Culp plans to build on the continued success of the Fire District in providing the best service for the community and visitors to the Fall City area.
Captain Ken Larson retires after more than 32 years of service with the Fall City Fire Department
On December 29 at 08:00 Captain Ken Larson finished his last shift with the department. He started as a Volunteer in March of 1988, and in January of 1991, was hired as a Career Firefighter. He was promoted to Captain in 1995, served as Training Officer, and was a team leader in the District's Swift Water Rescue/Technical Rescue program. He enjoyed working and training with many Career and Volunteer Firefighters in Fall City and in the Region during his tenure at the department.
Captain Larson said that he is looking forward to spending more time at home with his family and enjoying some more fishing, hunting, and camping trips.
From all of the members at the Fire District "Congratulations Ken!"
"We wish you the very best in your retirement."
INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN KING COUNTY
EXPANDING VACCINATION TO OLDER ADULTS
The Governor announced the opening of “Phase 1B1,” more people in our county now have an opportunity to get the vaccine. This group includes adults age 65 and over and people age 50 and older who meet certain risk criteria and live in intergenerational households.
Vaccination is currently open for people who are:
Eligible for Phase 1A: all workers at risk of acquisition or transmission of COVID in healthcare settings; long-term care facility staff and residents; and home health and care aides.
Eligible for Phase 1B1:
age 65 years and over
Age 50 and older if they live in a household where two or more generations live (such as an elder and a grandchild) and meets these qualifications:
Cannot live independently and receives support from a relative or home caregiver, or being cared for by someone who works outside the home
Lives with and cares for a young child, along the lines of a grandparent with a grandchild
This group does not include an older adult who is able to live independently and is taking care of their kin/children.
The Phase Finder tool is designed to help people in Washington find out if they are eligible for a COVID vaccine now or if not, sign up to be notified when they become eligible. It asks a series of questions related to the four phases of vaccine distribution (living situation, age, health conditions, risk factors, work situation and zip code) to inform eligibility. Click on the links below.
See Washington State Department of Health’s guidance for more information.
Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at Washington State Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday — Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday — Sunday. Language assistance is available.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Public Safety Awareness
Steps you can take to prevent the flu and common cold will also help prevent COVID-19. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, and cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your primary provider today or call the Washington State Department of Health hotline at 1-800-525-0127. Avoid calling 911 unless faced with a life-threatening emergency.
COVID-19 is believed to be spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms can appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus, and can include: fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing such symptoms, contact your primary physician or call the Washington State Department of Health hotline at: 1-800-525-0127. Please only call 911 when faced with a life-threatening emergency:
The COVID-19 outbreak in Washington State is evolving every day. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, and to help prevent the virus from spreading, is stay informed. For the latest information and updates: kingcounty.gov/covid Informational Fact Sheet coronavirus.wa.gov