Tukwila Fire Department
Headquarters – Station 51
444 Andover Park East
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: 206 575-4404
Fax: 206 575-4439
Emergencies: Dial 911
The Tukwila Fire Department hosts the Tukwila Fire Explorers Post 51. This program, started in 1986, is a career education program made up of area students ages 14-21. The program is overseen by fire department personnel and has an average participation of 15-20 youth throughout the year. The fire department personnel who oversee the program are a Program Advisor, and four other personnel who serve as associate advisors. These advisors are responsible to oversee the activities, training, and education of the fire explorers, and facilitate the operations of the program’s office, equipment, and explorers.
The Fire Explorer Program is designed to expose students to the career of fire fighting. In addition, the program is a resource for education and training for these students that will benefit them once they begin the fire service testing process. The explorer group meets weekly for scheduled drills and training at city’s headquarters fire station. Advisors and/or firefighters usually instruct these events. Additional events throughout the year include numerous interagency training activities with other fire, police, and medical explorer posts in the region.
The Fire Explorers have an office at Station 51, and are assigned a 1994 Ford Econoline passenger van (Support 51). Support 51 is automatically dispatched to all fire department emergencies 2 alarms or greater and other wide spread emergencies as the department deems necessary. The explorers come to the emergencies and provide firefighter rehabilitation in the form of food and drinks during the alarm. Explorers also serve as additional resources in a support role after the alarm with tasks such as clean up, scene protection, equipment clean up, etc.
After completion of minimum training standards, senior fire explorers are authorized to “Ride-Along” with the fire department crews to actual emergency responses to observe and serve in a support role. These explorers are also eligible for more advanced training such as sponsorship in the King County Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, and admittance to the National Fire Explorer conference held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland.
In addition to emergency call-outs and ride-alongs, the explorers assist the fire department at various events throughout the year. Annually the fire explorers participate in several community events such as Tukwila Days, and the Dare Dash, as well as other Fire Prevention and Public Education activities in surrounding communities.
For more information and meeting times visit the Zone 3 Explorers at www.zone3explorers.com