Area Fire Districts Train Together as One

Published Sunday, 3/6/2022 1915 hours PT

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON — Several fire agencies, Snohomish County Fire Districts 19, 21, 22, and the Oso Fire Department joined forces together with the Darrington Fire District #24 as one big training collaboration.

Saturday’s training objectives included hands-on focused search-and-rescue operations in a structure. It is important when agencies are dispatched to a large incident as mutual aid, they know how their counterparts in other areas operate.

It is key to be able to work together and effectively as a single-minded and focused team. Training together is just as important in order to have all members on the same page.

Training Officers have been working tirelessly to work together to create a new, realistic and safe training program for all firefighters to engage in and be ready for any challenge that comes their way.

All firefighters and personnel are volunteers. Each member is either self-employed or works for others and should be commended for their unwavering dedication, willingness to serve in their communities and spend time with their fellow brothers and sisters so that they all can work collectively as a one-minded and focused team.

Snohomish County Fire District #19

The SCFD19 is located in Silvana, Washington which serves and protects a 22-square mile area between the Cities of Marysville, Arlington, and Stanwood.

They currently have a staffed headquarters Station #94 on Happy Valley Road and a volunteer fire station #95, the Island Cross Station.

The District is governed by three elected Fire Commissioners, a staff of 29 volunteer firefighters, and one full-time Fire Chief 24/7/365. There is always a minimum of two firefighters-EMTs on duty at all times. They respond to 911 emergency calls which include BLS (Basic Life Support) and ALS (Advanced Life Support) calls, residential and commercial structure fires, traffic collisions, water rescue, high angle/low angle rope rescue, and HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) incidents.

Apparatus and equipment consist of two fire engines, two water tenders, three aid cars, one air-compressor unit, a water rescue boat, one staff vehicle, and one command unit.

Arlington Rural Fire | Snohomish County Fire District #21

The Arlington Rural Fire Department and the Snohomish County Fire District 21 are one and the same. They provide fire protection, EMS, rescue services to large areas surrounding the City of Arlington, communities of Trafton, Arlington Heights, Jim Creek, Lake Riley, Cicero, Jordan River Trails, Edgecomb, Sisco Heights, and northern areas of the Jordan Road, Burn Road, and McElroy Road. This entails a service area of 70-square miles for about 8,880 people.

The District itself is governed by three Fire Commissioners and is managed by a Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief. They have a full-time employee during the day and 30 volunteer firefighters at Station 49 in Arlington Heights. Station 50, would be their newest station coming online, would their site states in January 2021. Information on their site has not been updated in the last six-to-twelve months.

Website: https://firedistrict21.com

Getchell Fire Department | Snohomish County Fire District #22

The Getchell Fire Department is also SCFD22, which has a service area of 17-square miles south of the border of 60th Stree, east border of Marysville City Limits (SR9/78th Avenue), N. 140th Street and E. 139th Avenue N.E.

The budget allocates $1,100,000 in tax collection Fire and EMS with additional alternative revenue of $200,000.

Apparatus consists of a fire station, engines (E68, E68A), command vehicle *Chief 69, staff cars, water tender (Tender 68), aid cars (A68, A68A), and brush trucks (Brush 68, Brush 68A, Brush 68B)

Website: http://www.getchellfire.com/

Oso Fire Department | Snohomish County Fire District #25 | Website: None

  • 1 station
  • 40 volunteer firefighters
  • Training Officer, Capt. Joel Johnson shared between OFD and Fire District #16.

Additional Fire Districts in the County:

Snohomish County Fire District 4 | Snohomish FD | Website: https://www.snohomishfire.org

  • 3 stations 24/7/365
  • Serves 60-square mile area in City of Snohomish, surrounding rural areas
  • 32,000 residents
  • HQ, Admin staff – Station 43
  • 3 elected Fire Commissioners
  • 8 Exec staff
  • 4 Admin staff
  • 4 Chaplains
  • 45 Firefighters, including part-time members
  • Currently reviewing a Regional Fire Authority feasibility study to determine if a merger between the Cty of Everett FD and District 4 would be beneficial. *Questions/Comments can be sent to RFA@Snohomishfire.org
Credit: SCFD4

Snohomish County Fire District 5 | Website: http://www.snofire5.org

  • 1 station
  • Serves 72-square mile area, primarily in rural areas of Sultan, Startup in eastern portion of County
  • 10,000 residents
  • 1 Full-time Fire Chief
  • 2 Deputy Chiefs
  • 5 Firefighters
  • 20-30 Part-time/Volunteer Firefighters
  • 1,100 annual calls

Snohomish County Fire District 7 | Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue | Website: https://www.srfr.org

  • 11 stations
  • Service area of 140-square miles in central and eastern portions of the County.
  • Serves about 180,6655 citizens of Cities: Lake Stevens, Mill Creek, Maltby, Clearview and Monroe.
  • Monroe Stations: 31, 32
  • Snohomish Stations: 33, 71, Logistics Facility, 77, 83
  • Bothell Stations: 72, 73
  • Mill Creek Stations: 76 (contract expires 2022)
  • Lake Stevens Stations: 81, 82
  • $1.50 Fire Levy for every $1,000 property value assessed; approvide 2021
  • 17,000 annual calls

Snohomish County Fire District 10 | Bothell Fire Department | Website: https://www.snocofd10.org

  • 1 station, Station 45
  • 3 Fire Commissioners
  • Limited information on their website; not recently updated in the last 24 months.

Snohomish County Fire District 12 | Marysville Fire District, a Regional Fire Authority | Website: https://www.marysvillefiredistrict.org

  • RFA approved by voters in April 2019, merger between City of Marysville and SCFD12
  • 5 stations: 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, Admin Building.
  • Service area is 56-square miles serving the residents of Marysville, Seven Lakes, Quil Ceda Village, a portion of the Tulalip Indian Reservation and unincorporated Snohomish County.
  • Governed by a Board of Directors which include 4 Marysville Ctiy Council, 1 SCFD12 Commissoner and 1 non-voting SCFD12 Commissioner.
  • 14,158 incidents (last updated 2018)
Courtesy: Marysville Fire District
  • Class 3 Fire Rating (with 1 being the best and 10 is the worst).
  • Named as the Best-in-Class employer. First-time recipient of this award.
  • Selected as 1 of 250 fire agencies nationally to participate in the second phase of a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) community risk reduction pilot program.
  • Fire Marshal named Washington State Fire Marshal of the Year by the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals (WSAFM).
  • Awarded along with Granite Falls FD for receiving a $600,000 grant for securing needed tools to protect firefighters.
  • Career Openings: Mechanic and Part-time Firefighter.

Snohomish County Fire District 15 | Tulalip Bay FD | Website: https://www.tulaiptribes-nsn.gov

  • Serves the northern half of the Tulalip Indian Reservation from Priest Point area to Fire Trail Road
  • 1 station
  • 3 Full-time career Captains, 24 volunteer FF-EMTs
  • Provides water rescue, vehicle rescue and HAZMAT responses.
  • Call volume: 1,000 annually, 80% EMS calls

Snohomish County Fire District 16 | Lake Roesiger FD | Website: lakeroesigerfire.org

  • 100% volunteers
  • Fire Levy: $1 per $1,000 assessed property value passed previously. Currently at $0.49 per $1,000. Lowest in all of the 25+ fire districts in the County.
  • Site under construction, no updates since 2020.

Snohomish County Fire District 17 | Granite Falls FD | Website: https://www.gffd17.org

  • 2 stations, 86 (Satellite Station), 87 (HQ)
  • 38.5-square mile service area
  • 13,600 population (last updated in 2019)
  • 26 part-time firefighters
  • 14 full-time employees
  • Call volume: 2,160 incidents. (2019)

Snohomish County Fire District 24 | Darrington Fire District | Website: https://www.darringtonfire.org

  • 2 stations
  • 36-square mile area
  • 3,500 residents in the towns of Darrington, Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, Snohomish County FD24 and Skagit County FD24.
  • 27 volunteer firefighters (14 are only certified EMTs)
  • Employed 16 volunteer and part-time Medics
  • 1 Part-time Fire Chief
  • Career Deputy Chief
  • Career Training Captain
  • Part-time Captain/Medical Service Admin
  • Non-uniformed Admin Asst
  • Governed by 5 Fire Commissioners (6-year term)
  • Call volume: 625 incidents (2017 stats)

Snohomish County Fire District 26 | Sky Valley Fire | Website: https://skyvalleyfire.org

  • 2019, Merger between the City of Gold Bar FD and SCFD26
  • 2018, ALS established of the Medic 54 program under partnership with KCFD50
  • Serves the Cities of Index, Gold Bar and surrounding areas.
  • Provides ALS for Towns of Baring, Skykomish and the Stevens Pass Ski area located in KCFD50’s area
  • Stations 53 and 54 (Gold Bar), 55 (Index)
  • Managed by 6 Fire Commissioners

North County Regional Fire Authority | North County Fire & EMS | Website: https://www.northcountyfireems.com

  • Known as North County Fire & EMS
  • 7 stations in Arlington and Stanwood
  • Arlington Stations: 46, 48, 90, 92,
  • Stanwood Stations: 96, 97, 99
  • 65,000 people in the City of Stanwood
  • 120-square mile service area
  • 70 1st responders
  • Managed by 9 Fire Commissioners
  • Levy lift: $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value, passed in 2019
  • Call volume: 8,900 incidents annually.

South County Fire | Website: https://www.southsnofire.org/

  • August 8, 2017: Voters approved in City of Lynnwood and Fire District 1 approved the creation, funding and management of the South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue Regional Fire Authority.
  • Employs 360 employees
  • Min 62 FFs during day, 56 overnight
  • Serves 250,000 residents
  • 14 stations in areas of Lynnwood, Brier, Everett (stations outside of Everett FD’s area), Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace
  • Lynnwood Stations: 14, 22, 10, 23, 15, 21
  • Brier Fire Stations: 18
  • Everett Fire Stations: 12, 11, 13
  • Edmonds Fire Stations: 17, 20, 16
  • Mountlake Terrace Fire Stations: 19
  • Admin HQ, Training Center in Everett
  • Governed by 7 elected Fire Commissioners, 1 position is vacant and expires 2023
  • 3/1/2022: New 24-hour EMS unit staffed by 2 FFs went into service, based at Edmonds Station 20
  • Levy is $1.50 per $1,000 property value assessed.

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