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South County Fire is dedicated to protecting life, property and the environment for more than 250,000 residents of southwest Snohomish County. We serve unincorporated areas and the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.

Annual Report data 2019

2019 Annual Report cover of aerial ladder at a fire

Each spring we publish an annual report based on the previous year's statistics. The annual report includes data on:

  • Call volume - 78 calls per day on average
  • Call type - 85% of calls are for medical emergencies
  • Response times - 74% of calls met our goal of 8 minutes from 911 dispatch to department arrival
  • Prevention - such as the 578 people in our Community Paramedic Program, and 8,000 people trained in first aid
  • Funding - 71% of our revenue is from property taxes


Emergency response

We provide full-time staffing at 14 fire stations strategically located to provide prompt emergency response across the 50-square-mile area of southwest Snohomish County. All firefighters are certified as either emergency medical technicians or paramedics. Most of the 911 calls we receive are medical emergencies.

Firefighters specializing in hazardous material response and technical rescue are also on duty daily.

Prevention and education

In addition to standing ready to respond to a wide range of emergency situations, we’re also here to help you prevent those emergencies from happening in the first place. Your firefighters work with full-time staff to provide fire and injury prevention services, public education and innovative services such as our community paramedic program.

Organization and partnerships

South County Fire was created by voters in August 2017. We are a Regional Fire Authority (RFA). An RFA is a special purpose district – like a school district - formed by the merger of Fire District 1 and the City of Lynnwood Fire Department.

We also serve the cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. Those cities have long-term contracts with us to provide fire and emergency medical services.

As stewards of your tax dollars, our elected commissioners and staff continue to implement regional partnerships and innovative solutions to improve efficiency and service delivery.

Purpose & Values

As a new regional fire authority, we’re taking the best from what came before to build a new culture and a world-class fire department.

We solicited input from the entire agency to define our purpose and values to guide us in all we do.

Purpose statement:  Enhance the lives of our community.

Core Values: All employees of South County Fire are expected to hold themselves accountable for upholding and demonstrating our core values at all times:

  • Integrity
  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Family
  • Trust