What's New

Job Openings:  Lateral Firefighter/EMT and Lateral Firefighter/Paramedic. Both positions close at 4 p.m. on April 6, 2015.
Board Meetings LIVE online: You can now watch the Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners regular meeting live online at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Facility Use Application:  Apply online or download form to request use of Fire District 1 meeting rooms.
National EMS Award: Capt. Maxwell wins top-10 innovator award for EMS checklist program. VIEW VIDEO: Capt. Shaughn Maxwell talks about how Fire District 1 is using innovative EMS checklists to improve patient care.


  • Kenny elected chair, McGaughey vice chair of FD1 Board

    Snohomish County Fire District 1 Commissioners elected Jim Kenny to serve as board chair and Jim McGaughey to serve as vice chair for 2015.
    Kenny, an attorney employed by the City of Seattle, has been a commissioner for more than 11 years and has served five one-year terms as chair of the board. During his tenure, Kenny has been actively involved in fire service regionalization efforts. He is a past president of the Sno-Isle Fire Commissioners and serves on the board of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association.

    “I look forward to leading the board this year,” Kenny said. “We want to innovate and improve the service for Fire District 1.”
    Vice Chair McGaughey took office as a commissioner in December 2013. He is a retired deputy fire chief with 27 years of fire service experience. He teaches a fire service technology class for high school students in the Edmonds School District.
    Commissioners are elected by the public to serve six-year terms. The Board of Commissioners is responsible for defining the fire district’s long-term vision, approving the budget and adopting policies to be implemented by administrative staff.

    The board meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Fire District 1 Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave. S, Everett. Work sessions take place at 6 p.m. on the second and third Tuesday of each month. All board meetings are open to the public. Agendas, minutes and meeting videos are available online at www.firedistrict1.org.

    Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in the county. With 12 fire stations staffed around the clock, Fire District 1 serves nearly 200,000 residents of unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

  • Firefighters donate Coats for Kids

    Kindergartners from Discovery Elementary show off the coats they received from Snohomish County Fire District 1 firefighters Micah Gaston, Capt. Rob Gullickson and Melissa Beard as part of the IAFF Firefighters Coats for Kids campaign. IAFF Local 1828 in Fire District 1 has provided coats for more than 150 children this year.

    Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 donated 54 coats to local children last week as part of the national Firefighters Coats for Kids campaign sponsored by the International Association of Fire Firefighters (IAFF).

    Members of IAFF Local 1828 in Fire District 1 delivered to coats to the entire kindergarten class at Discovery Elementary School south of Everett. All coats were purchased using funds donated by members of Local 1828.

    Throughout this year, members of IAFF Local 1828 have provided coats to more than 150 local children.


  • Improved FD1 rating may mean lower insurance costs

    Property owners served by Snohomish County Fire District 1 may be eligible for a reduction in fire insurance premiums next year.

    The Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) recently upgraded the district's fire protection classification. Most insurance companies use this classification to set rates for property owners and risks.

    The WSRB evaluates fire protection capabilities of all Washington communities and rates them on a scale of 1 to 10. Fire District 1’s rating upgraded from a Class 4 to Class 3. This places Fire District 1 in the top 6.2 percent for the state. No department in the state has a Class 1 rating and just four have a Class 2 rating.

    “This is quite an achievement. I congratulate our firefighters and all who made this possible through their hard work and excellent service,” said Fire Chief Ed Widdis. “The improved rating applies throughout our service area in unincorporated Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. This underscores the benefit of regionalization – we have the resources to do more working together than we can separately.”

    The WSRB spent about a month collecting and analyzing data from Fire District 1. Other factors include water supplies available to fight fires, capabilities of the 911 emergency dispatch center and community fire prevention activities.

     WSRB recommends property owners contact their insurance agents about how the new rating will affect insurance premiums. The new rating becomes effective Feb. 1, 2015.

    Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations to serve nearly 200,000 residents.

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