The Renton City Council on Monday approved accepting a quit-claim deed with King County Fire District 25, transferring ownership to the city of Fire Station 16 at 12923 156th Ave. S.E.
King County Fire District 25 and the city entered into an interlocal service agreement in 1995 for the city to provide fire and emergency medical services to District 25, which serves residents east of Renton (Maplewood, Briarwood, May Creek, Cedar River basin and Liberty High neighborhoods).
The agreement was effective Jan. 1, 1996, for a 10-year period, and was later extended. With the acceptance of the quit-claim deed, the city now owns all assets and interests at the station.
Fire District 25 began after the area "got up in arms after losing several residences, plus the leading church and parsonage of the area," in 1943, according to the Fire District's website. On Nov. 9, 1944, a mass meeting was held at the Kennydale School building to discuss fire protection and elect officers to start a volunteer fire department.