The Tukwila Fire Department excels in serving the needs of our diverse community. We strive to provide Caring, Professional, and Responsive service to anyone in our community who requests services. Tukwila Firefighters are sensitive to the diversity of cultures and backgrounds in our community. The Tukwila Fire Department is staffed with 67 uniformed personnel, and 5 civilian support staff. All Tukwila Firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians including Defibrillation.
Fire Suppression personnel respond to fires, emergency medical incidents, technical rescue, hazardous material incidents, and calls for public assistance of varying nature. Crews are available 24 hours every day of the year, and average over 5,000 calls for service each year. We have a minimum daily staffing of 13, including one Battalion Chief, and 4 crews of Firefighters on 3 Engines and 1 Ladder Truck.
Fire Prevention and Investigations are conducted by one Fire Marshal and assisted by 2 Deputy Fire Marshals. One Fire Marshal is on call 24 hours every day of the year to investigate fires that happen in Tukwila. During normal business hours, Fire Marshals conduct business inspections, new construction inspections, and are responsible to ensure all buildings and businesses in Tukwila are fire safe for citizens to use.
Training is delivered through a partnership with the South King County Training Consortium. Tukwila Fire Department contributes two Captains to the consortium who assist in the delivery of required training to fire departments throughout South King County. Overall, the training consortium serves over 1,000 fire personnel for Tukwila Fire, Renton RFA, Puget Sound RFA, VRFA, South King Fire, Maple Valley Fire, and Enumclaw Fire, Eastside Fire, and Mountain View Fire. SKCFTC oversees all required training for fire personnel throughout the region.
Emergency Management maintains and coordinates the City of Tukwila’s emergency plans and interdepartmental coordination in the event of a large-scale emergency. The Emergency Management office also provides CERT training to community members who want to be prepared to help the community in the event of an incident that exceeds the availability of emergency responders.
Technical Rescue – Tukwila Fire has specially trained Rescue Team members certified in rope, trench, confined space, swift water, and structural collapse incidents. Some members also serve on the Washington Task Force One which has sent members to emergency disasters across the country.
Advanced Life Support is provided to the City of Tukwila by King County Medic One. Medic One has strategically placed ALS units throughout South King County and are supervised by one Medical Services Officer. Tukwila Firefighters receive ongoing training from a Paramedic, so they are always prepared to call for higher levels of medical care when the situation requires.
911 Calls and Dispatching is provided to the Tukwila Fire Department by Valley Communications Center. Valley Comm as it is known, dispatches all requests for services both emergency and non-emergency throughout South King County.