Firefighter Shortage Could Send Insurance Rates Up

LAKE JOY, Wash. -- Residents who live around Lake Joy, a quiet community above Carnation in east King County have a firehouse. They have a fire engine. They just don’t have any firefighters. If volunteers don’t step forward to train to become first responders, the area could see insurance rates jump. Eastside Fire and Rescue issued a news release outlining the problem, “Recently, the Washington State Survey & Rating Bureau (WSRB) evaluated the Agency's fire department capabilities.  The WSRB is the entity that provides information to insurance companies and capability ratings for fire departments in the State. It was noted that the Lake Joy Fire Station was lacking in volunteer recruits and has been without volunteers serving that area for several years,” the release said. There are 3 new recruits going through training, enough to get the engine back on the road. But the ratings agency requires 6 volunteers to keep the fire rating where it is... READ MORE
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