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.



  • Firefighters help neighbors rescue 11 ducklings

    Firefighter Jim Bailey holds ducklings rescued from a storm drain in a Martha Lake neighborhood this morning. (Amy Shieff photo)

    Firefighters at Snohomish County Fire District 1’s Martha Lake Fire Station 21 responded to a rescue call this morning that was anything but routine: freeing 11 ducklings trapped in a storm drain.

    The firefighters responded to 170th Place SE and 2nd Avenue SE just west of Mill Creek after Amy Shieff called Fire District 1 Headquarters asking for help. She had been walking in the neighborhood when she noticed a duck circling around the grate on a storm drain in an unusual way. Shieff said she stopped to investigate and that’s when she heard the ducklings in the drain.

    Shieff said she made several phone calls to other agencies before her neighbor, Leilani Miller, suggested she try the fire department.

    When firefighters arrived the ducklings had moved away from the drain where Shieff first heard them and were now beyond reach in the drainage pipe between two storm drains. Firefighters put a fire hose in the first drain and used a gentle stream of water to float the ducklings down to the next drain where they worked with neighbors to safely retrieve them as they came through. “Firefighters described it as a water slide for ducks,” said Leslie Hynes, Fire District 1 public information officer.

    “The rescue was a group effort. The neighbors played a key role,” she said. “We are glad we could work with them to reunite the ducklings with their mother.”

    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 department serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

  • Teenager with lighter sparks 4-acre brush fire in Silver Firs

    Crews from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and 7 extinguish hot spots after a brush fire scorched about 4 acres in a power line right-of-way in the Silver Firs neighborhood east of Mill Creek.

    A teenager playing with a lighter sparked a brush fire that burned over 4 acres in a power line right-of-way in the Silver Firs neighborhood east of Mill Creek this afternoon.

    No one was injured and the fire was contained to vegetation in a power line right-of-way extending south from the Whistle Stop mini-mart in the 5600 block of 134th Pl. SE to about 137th Street SE. “Dispatchers received multiple calls around 2:35 p.m. from residents on 51st Avenue SE, 54th Avenue SE and 56th Avenue SE reporting flames up to 20 feet tall in the right-of-way behind their homes,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

    Fire District 7 crews also responded. Firefighters had the flames under control within about 30 minutes. “The wind was coming from the south and pushing the fire north. We had firefighters attacking the flames from neighborhoods on the east and west side of the right-of-way and on the north from an access road behind the Whistle Stop,” Hynes said. “This kept the fire from reaching homes along the right-of-way.”

    An investigator from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office interviewed a teenage boy who admitted he had been playing with a lighter in the right-of-way.

    The power poles and lines were not damaged by the fire.