What's New

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.

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  • Firefighters donate Coats for Kids
    12.16.14

    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.

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  • Improved FD1 rating may mean lower insurance costs
    12.10.14

    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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  • Six promoted to rank of captain
    12.03.14

    From left, Ron Schmitt, Kevin Fetter, Rob Gullickson, Keith Sharp, Chris Karg and Todd Wigal have been promoted to the rank of captain by Snohomish County Fire District 1. They were recently sworn-in during a badge-pinning ceremony at a Board of Commissioners meeting at Fire District 1 Headquarters.

    Six firefighters promoted to the rank of captain were sworn-in at the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners meeting last night.

    Captains are responsible for supervising shift personnel at the fire station level – overseeing a crew of three to five firefighters. New captains at Fire District 1 are:

    Kevin Fetter assigned to Edmonds Fire Station 17. Fetter completed his paramedic training at Midland College in Texas and is pursuing a degree in fire administration at Bellevue College. He began his fire service career in 1990 with the Midland Fire Department in Texas. Fetter has been a firefighter/paramedic with Fire District 1 since 1997. Fetter has been a leader in the district's health and wellness program. He is a certified as a health fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine and a peer fitness trainer with the American Council of Exercise.

    Rob Gullickson assigned to Mariner Fire Station 11. Gullickson began his fire service in 1988 as a volunteer and was hired full-time in 1990 by Fire District 11, which merged with Fire District 1 in 2000. In 2002, Gullickson graduated from the paramedic training program at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has worked most of his career at Mariner Fire Station 11 and Lake Serene Fire Station 23. Gullickson was recently elected vice president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1828.

    Chris Karg assigned to Hilltop Fire Station 22. Karg started his career in the fire service in 2005 as a volunteer at King County Fire District 20 in Skyway. He was hired by the Edmonds Fire Department in 2007 and transferred to Fire District 1 in 2010 as part of a department consolidation. Karg is a co-author of the district's ladder truck manual and an instructor for live-fire training and the Snohomish County ASCERT training program.

    Ron Schmitt assigned to Hilton Lake Fire Station 12. Schmitt earned his degree in kinesiology in 1995 and completed his paramedic training at Central Washington University in 1999.  He has been a firefighter/paramedic with Fire District 1 since 2001. Schmitt is also a hazardous materials technician. Prior to joining Fire District 1, Schmitt was a volunteer firefighter in Whatcom County and at Lacey Fire District 1 and worked for ambulance companies in Seattle and Lewis County.

    Keith Sharp assigned to Hilton Lake Fire Station 12. Sharp earned his associate's degree in fire science at Spokane Valley Community College and served five years in the U.S. Army military police. Sharp began his fire service career in 2003 at the Spokane Fire Department. He was hired by Fire District 1 in 2005. Sharp is a hazardous materials technician and a member of the Fire District 1 Honor Guard. He has been an acting captain since 2009.

    Todd Wigal assigned to Fire Station 10 north of Lynnwood. Wigal earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Washington State University and associate's degree in fire officer development at Edmonds Community College. Wigal began his fire service career in 1995 as a volunteer with the Colfax Fire Department. He also worked for the WSU Fire Department and Burlington Fire Department prior to being hired by Fire District 1 in 2005. Wigal is a member of the technical rescue team and the Fire District 1 Honor Guard.

    Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations. The district serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, and Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

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