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About Puget Sound Fire

About Puget Sound Fire

About the Department

Since 1892 the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority has existed to maintain and enhance the quality of life within its boundaries by protecting life, property, and the environment. We are an internationally accredited full-service, all risk fire and rescue department that provides services to the citizens of Covington, Hobart, Kent, Maple Valley, Ravensdale, SeaTac, and portions of unincorporated King County. The department covers 108.81 square miles and protects a population of over 226,815.

We are governed by the Regional Fire Authority Governance Board which is comprised of six voting members and three non-voting members. Three members of the board are appointed from the ranks of the Kent City Council, three from the Board of Commissioners for Fire District 37, one non-voting member from the Covington City Council, one non-voting member from the SeaTac City Council, and one non-voting member from the King County Fire District #43 Board of Commissioners. It is the board’s responsibility to oversee budget and policy decisions and to ensure that the department is successful in its mission of protecting our community.

The RFA provides emergency response services including basic life support, fire suppression, hazardous materials, and technical rescue from 13 fire stations. All stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Advanced Life Support services are provided through King County’s Medic One program.

Currently the department employs 315 with 260 of those being uniformed personnel. The 47 civilians are in various roles including administrative staff, mechanics, and public educators.

Internal support divisions include Fire Administration, Administrative Support (Finance, IT, Planning, FDCARES), Community Risk Reduction (Fire Prevention, Fire Investigation, Emergency Management, Public Education), Support Services (Logistics, Vehicle Maintenance, Facilities and Property Management), and Training.

Calls for Service

 20132014201520162017
Emergency Medical Services12,98416,86818,64419,887
19,884
False Alarm & False Call1,1391,4101,4531,547
1,669
Good Intent6921,4641,7661,822
2,034
Service833889786725
725
Fire628833786852
1,012
Hazardous Conditions246352423400460
Special Incident Type2211661159196
Overpressure/Rupture1822263018
Severe Weather12282
Annual Total16,77322,00624,28525,35625,854