Last week, Rep. Joan McBride, D-Kirkland, a freshman legislator had her first bill, House Bill 1222, signed into law. It was fitting that McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland and 30 year local government veteran would champion a bill for local fire departments.
“Fire fighters need to be able to focus on the tough job at hand. They shouldn’t need worry about whether their vehicles weigh a few too many pounds,” said McBride. “This bill will remove weight limits on fire trucks so departments are able to use the most up-to-date, appropriate equipment to do their jobs.”
The signing of House Bill 1222 was a community and family affair. Chief Risen of the Bellevue fire department attended along with Rep. McBride’s son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
“After months of work, what a reward it was to see this bill signed into law,” said McBride. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with members from across the aisle and our local governments to enhance public safety. I look forward to many more fruitful partnerships with our local governments in sessions to come.”