Community Risk Reduction
Our Public Education team provides fire and life safety classes, mentoring and tools to the residents and businesses in our communities. The resources that the Public Educators provide include business community education; CPR, AED and First Aid classes; juvenile fire setting interventions; residential education; and education programs for our local schools and senior communities.
Additionally, our Public Educators are active at local community events, job fairs, and coordinate with our citizens on individual group and business events.
The Fire Prevention Division is tasked with the implementation of the community risk reduction strategies of enforcement, engineering, and education. We accomplish the following strategies by:
Engineering – Performs development plan review, attends permit process meetings with applicants and performs inspections of construction sites.
Enforcement – Business inspections of new, existing, and high-risk occupancies,
performing code enforcement, ensure confidence testing and maintenance of all fire protection systems.
Education – Performs development plan review, attends permit process meetings with applicants, performs inspections of construction sites, business inspections of new, existing and high-risk occupancies, performs code enforcement, and ensures confidence testing and maintenance of all fire protection systems
The goal of fire prevention is to be a trusted community partner and to build safe communities with collaboration of our contract agencies and our communities.
Office of Emergency Management
Through an Interlocal Agreement, Puget Sound Fire provides Emergency Management services to the cities of Kent, SeaTac, and Covington. With a variety of programs, the Emergency Management team works to minimize the impacts of emergencies and disasters to people, property, environment, and economy guided by the 4 phased of emergency management: Preparedness, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery.
Preparedness – Conducts disaster preparedness education, including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Citywide planning including the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP).
Mitigation – Coordinated with King County Emergency Management to develop the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan
Response – Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Emergency Coordination Center. The ECC is activated to coordinate department operations and resources during disasters, emergencies, or significant events.
Recovery – Returning the community to ‘normal.’ And working with Federal partners for cost recovery and reimbursement.