Friday, July 19, 2013

Fire in the Park

Tomorrow is Fire in the Park! Friends of Fire Station 6 is very excited to be in the Chili Cook-Off this year. It will be our first year competing and we really think we've got a shot at taking the People's Choice Award. Our chili isn't too spicy and has many "special" ingredients that we will post online after the competition.

We hope you can come to Esther Short Park tomorrow from 11 - 5 and check out all the fun activities that Fire in the Park has to offer. Chili tasting starts at 11am and will run to at least 3 pm. It's $1 a taste and all proceeds go to SHARE.

 For more information check out their website:

Thanks to the IAFF Local 452 for putting this event on! This will be the 5th year and it just gets better every year.

We will be posting pictures and our recipe after the competition, so check back!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Endorsement: Anne McEnerny-Ogle

July 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

Friends of Fire Station 6 is proud to announce its endorsement of Anne McEnerny-Ogle for Vancouver City Council. Anne has a long history of working with citizens in our neighborhoods and supporting public safety issues in the City of Vancouver. Anne is the only candidate in this election that has a proven record of voicing protest when our local government contemplates eliminating firefighters or police from our streets.  Friends of Fire Station 6 and Anne share the vision of making our city a place where citizen’s voices are heard and protecting our community is a priority.

We are proud to add our endorsement to the growing list of those supporting Anne’s campaign and her vision for our community. Along with our local firefighters, we believe Anne is the best person to lead us into the future.  


Mary Elkin
Friends of Fire Station 6

Friends of Fire Station 6, a non-profit political action committee
(FEIN 27-3361360), was formed by citizens, workers, business owners and visitors to the City of Vancouver, WA. Our mission is to protect the fire and police services provided to citizens and to promote public awareness of what staffing and equipment police and fire departments need to accomplish the task of keeping citizens and our first responders safe.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How We Got to Today...In Pictures

November 2011 -The residents of Creekside Mobile Estates, a 55+ community, host a potluck dinner Thanksgiving Dinner to celebrate Fire Station 6's return to service
11/6/13 - Engine 6 rolls out on its first call for service

11/6/13 -The City of Vancouver and the neighborhoods hold a re-opening ceremony. Local business, Simply Sweets donates a fire helmet cake and Mayor Tim Leavitt declares the station open as Engine 6 rolls through the tape. Fire Department staff Station 6 with an Engine instead of a Truck this time around.
Summer 2011 - The "SAFER 13" get sworn into duty
The "SAFER 13" T-Shirt logo with the symbolic phoenix rising from the ashes

8/30/11 - The Vancouver City Council votes to approve accepting the SAFER grant that will hire 13 firefighters for 2 years. The 13 recruits, called the "SAFER 13" make shirts for the class.
Summer 2011 - The City begins painting and working on repairs to Station 6 - even though the station remains closed and the City Council has yet to accept the SAFER grant awarded in March.

Fall 2010 - Sign in front of Fire Station 6 telling residents that the station will no longer be in service
February 2011 - "Advertisement" placed on milk carton and delivered to the City Council retreat. Along with the milk, doughnut holes are sent to symbolize the "doughnut hole" of response time created by the closure of station 6.
12/30/2010 - Friends of Fire Station 6 President Mary Elkin stands in front of crowd on a very cold night at the Farewell Candlelight Tribute - photo by Steven Lane
City Council Member, Bart Hansen, addresses a crowd rallied in front of the station to oppose its closing. Councilman Hansen would be the only member of the Council to vote "No" on the budget that closed the station
Friends of Fire Station 6 President, Mary Elkin, speaks with the media at the rally to keep the station open


9/18/2010 - A rally to protest the closure of Fire Station 6 is held in front of the station.