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Message from the Fire Chief

Fire Chief Matt Morris

Fire Chief Matt Morris

The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority strives to be a trusted partner with the communities we serve and beyond. Effective and sustainable public safety services are the key to building safe, vibrant, and resilient communities. We seek to exceed the expectations of our residents through our dedicated purpose of professionalism and compassion. The women and men of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority are honored to serve and take care of our communities.

Your RFA is focused on being a leader in the community and the fire service through innovative approaches to services and collaborative efforts to build strong regional partnerships. Our ability to identify new opportunities for improvement to your services and programs comes from recognizing and embracing the diversity in our communities and our employees. Our continual improvement efforts are driven by our shared beliefs and values of integrity, innovation, inclusion and service. Our success is measured in the satisfaction of our community partners, our employees, and the residents we serve.

This past year we faced unprecedented challenges together as the pandemic threatened our way of life and the RFA’s ability to provide services. In this time of uncertainty and confusion, your RFA stepped forward to find innovative solutions to support the needs of our communities.  By partnering with King County Public Health, we established ourselves as the host agency in South King County to provide COVID testing and vaccinations. We provided program administration, logistical solutions, and staffing in the regional effort to overcome the pandemic. Along with our regional fire agency partners, we were able to test and vaccinate thousands of our residents! During this time of challenges, our services to you were always maintained. The men and women of your RFA continued to provide professional and compassionate care. We want to recognize and thank all of our community partners for their dedication and commitment during the pandemic response. Together we can achieve amazing things!

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic and look to the future, we are excited about the incredible things happening in our communities and in the RFA. Through effective strategic planning and budgeting, we are focused on our mission of providing effective and sustainable services that meet the needs of our ever-changing communities. We have received a federal grant that will allow us to increase our firefighter staffing and increase response capacity by adding an additional engine company in our busiest area. We continue to strengthen our support divisions through improved technology and effective business process improvements. We have established new programs to support the health and wellness of our employees at no cost to our residents. The future is full of challenges and opportunities that we are facing with optimism and excitement. We are honored and truly humbled to serve you with the utmost professionalism and compassion.