Mountain View Fire & Rescue personnel and volunteers gather in front of remodeled Fire Station 97 during an open house Sunday. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Rural Auburn’s fire station shines with makeover

It’s an important outpost in rural Auburn that responds to fire and rescue calls from some of the the hardest-to-reach places.

So critical a station that it’s worth preserving.

Firefighters and staff from Mountain View Fire & Rescue, King County Fire District 44 celebrated the completion of the station’s $300,000 makeover. The volunteer-run, 1,500-square-foot station sits just off Southeast Green Valley Road at 34920 212th Ave. SE, in the middle of the district’s growing service area.

The fire station’s rehabilitation, made possible by the district’s general fund, includes a new roof, siding, windows, electrical, lighting, insulation and flooring. Kitchen cabinets and counters were replaced.

“Everything about it has been remodeled,” said Tim Perciful, Mountain View Fire & Rescue Fire & Life Safety educator and public information officer. “It was long overdue.”

Without fire hydrants along Green Valley Road to hook up to, firefighters pump water from their 2,000-gallon tenders. The fire station also serves as base for the district’s swift water rescue team.

The fire station, one of eight in District 44, was an original part of Fire District 46 that merged into Mountain View Fire & Rescue in 2000. Mountain View purchased the five-acre property from Washington state fisheries.

The station needs volunteers. Those interested, please visit mvfire.org.

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