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About Puget Sound Fire

Our Mission

Puget Sound Fire is a regional, full-service fire department with a mission to provide effective and sustainable services that meet the needs of a changing community with the resources entrusted to us. We do this through integrity, innovation, inclusion, and service.

Our Communities

Puget Sound Fire provides emergency and non-emergency services to more than 120 square miles of property, protecting a population of more than 260,000 residents. 

The communities that we serve are the cities of Covington, Kent, Maple Valley, SeaTac and Tukwila, as well as unincorporated areas of King County Fire District #37 and King County Fire District #43.

Services & Staffing

As an internationally accredited fire department, Puget Sound Fire employs approximately 450 people, with 345 of those being uniformed personnel. Our fire stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by full-time, career firefighters. Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) services are provided through the King County Medic One program. 

The broad range of emergency response services that we provide to our residents from our 17 fire stations throughout our response areas include:

  • Emergency Medical Services 
  • Hazardous Materials 
  • Water Rescue
  • Technical Rescue, and
  • Wildland Urban Interface 

Additionally, Puget Sound Fire also provides non-emergency services to our residents including:

  • Emergency Management 
  • Fire Prevention
  • Public Education
  • FD CARES

Our support divisions include:

  • Community Relations
  • Finance
  • Human Resources 
  • Strategic Resource Management
  • Business and Information Technology Services
  • Logistics
  • Fire Garage, and 
  • Facilities Maintenance

Department Oversight

Puget Sound Fire is governed by the Puget Sound Fire Governance Board and the Maple Valley Fire Commissioners Board. The Governance Board is comprised of six voting members and four non-voting members. Three members of the board are appointed from 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, one non-voting member from the Tukwila City Council, and one non-voting member from the King County Fire District #43 Board of Commissioners.  

The Maple Valley Board of Fire Commissioners is comprised of the five Maple Valley Fire Commissioners. The Board of Fire Commissioners is responsible for oversight of the Contract for Services between Maple Valley and Puget Sound Fire. 

Both the Puget Sound Fire Governance Board and the Maple Valley Board of Fire Commissioners have the responsibility to oversee budget and policy decisions and to ensure that the department is successful in its mission of protecting our communities.

Click here to learn more about the boards and to view meeting schedules.

Funding

Puget Sound Fire uses a voter-approved, two-part funding method comprised of property taxes and a fire benefit charge (FBC) to fund the fire department. The FBC is a fee that is based on the benefit of having emergency services. It is not a per call charge and is not based on property value.  

The property tax/FBC model provides a stable funding method that results in predictable revenues. Adding a FBC alongside property taxes as part of the funding system allows Puget Sound Fire to equitably distribute the cost, meaning that higher risk properties pay more for the benefit of emergency services and lower risk properties pay less.   

Click here to learn more about the Fire Benefit Charge.

Calls for Service

201620172018201920202021
Annual Total23,35625,85626,63629,43828,82333,231
Fire8521,1021,0819441,0711,385
EMS19,88719,86620,45822,63221,89224,715
Service7256776428078261,199
Other3,8924,2814,4125,0555,0345,932