Burien/Normandy Park Fire Chief Marrs Takes Over As N. Highline Fire Chief

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by Ralph Nichols

An emergency services contract between the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Department and the North Highline Fire Department was signed by an April 1 deadline, Fire Chief Mike Marrs reported to the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council last week.

Marrs, who is chief of the Burien/Normandy Park department, now serves as North Highline chief as well.

The new contract “is a win-win for both Fire Districts 2 (Burien/Normandy Park) and 11 (North Highline),” he said. “It provides a seamless delivery of services back and forth” between the two departments.

“That’s the way it will be for another two years at least,” Marrs said.

A separate professional services contract, which includes training, is still being negotiated. But, he added, “we’re trying to work it out … [and] expect it will be signed later this year.”

Marrs stressed the most important factor is “that we deliver really good service” throughout the two fire districts.

While “40 percent of old North Highline is now in the city of Burien … I have a vested interest that things are going well up here,” he said.

He told unincorporated area council members that “I meet with them [Fire District 11 battalion chiefs] at least once a week. I’m here because I care.”

While there is “no chief in name, in function that duty is spread between the three battalion chiefs,” Marrs added.

Declining property tax revenues, a shrinking service area due to the annexation by Burien of southern North Highline, and the retirement in February of Fire District 11 Chief Scott LaVielle have left the North Highline department in a state of flux.

Yet the department still provides essential fire and aid services to North Burien and the remaining unincorporated area. The two contracts will ensure a continued cooperative relationship, including mutual response, between them, with Marrs having overall supervision of department functions as chief.

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3 Responses to “Burien/Normandy Park Fire Chief Marrs Takes Over As N. Highline Fire Chief”
  1. Nati says:

    At least spell LaVielle’s name right.

  2. Coverofnight says:

    Does anybody know what his new salary will be running both Districts? I’m sure I’m not the only citizen watchdog that would like to know. Thanks in advance.

  3. John says:

    Congrats Mike. Good to hear this.

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