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Bainbridge Island Fire Department gets glowing review from state

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department has once again received a perfect audit from the state.

The Washington State Auditor's Office recently released its audit of the fire department, and the review included accountability and financial audits that spanned the time frame of Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2012.

Auditors found no problems.

"In the areas we examined, the district’s internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets. The district also complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in the areas we examined," the audit said.

The fire department received more than $7.9 million in revenue for 2011 and $7.4 million for 2012 and had a workforce of 39 full-time employees during the audit period.

The audits examined the fire department’s financial condition with an emphasis on the accuracy of the financial statements and other issues such as cash receipting, payments and expenditures, vehicles, credit cards, pharmaceutical inventories and ambulance billing.

The state conducts an audit of the Bainbridge department every two years, and state officials noted that the agency has had problem-free audits for more than two decades.

“The department is proud to have over 20 years of state audits without any significant findings. We strive hard to diligently manage the public’s money and it is encouraging to have this affirmation from the State Auditor,” said Fire Chief Hank Teran.

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