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Mountain View Fire & Rescue was formed on January 6, 1953 and was formally known as King County Fire District 44. The district has grown over the years to what it is today with a population of over 32,000 people and an area of 70 square miles to include our South Battalion including much of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and Black Diamond. Click here to see a map of our district.
The service area is comprised of urban/rural residential property with numerous schools and a few commercial businesses. Prominent landmarks include the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation, Pacific Raceways, Flaming Geyser State Park, White River Amphitheater and the Washington National Golf Course. The district protects a major stretch of the Green River as it traverses the district east to west.
Mountain View Fire & Rescue has mutual aid agreements with various agencies including our direct neighbors including Valley Regional Fire Authority, Kent Fire Authority, Maple Valley Fire Department, and Enumclaw Fire Department. King County Medic One provides advanced life support services for the district and Medic 12 operates out of Mountain View Fire & Rescue Station 94. Our 911 calls are dispatched through Valley Communications based in Kent. We respond to approximately 2, 000 alarms each year, most are medical related. Click here to see our latest call volume.
The District serves under the direction of an elected, five member Board of Commissioners. Each Commissioner serves a six-year term. We welcome the public to attend board meetings which are generally the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Mountain View Fire & Rescue Station 95 at 6:30pm. Click here to see agendas and minutes from the past few Board of Commissioner Meetings.
Mountain View Fire & Rescue has three chief officers; Fire Chief Greg Smith, Deputy Chief Mike Barlow, and Assistant Chief Robert Young. The district is a combination career/volunteer firefighter district. Our 18 career firefighters belong to IAFF Local 3186. The volunteer program has approximately 100 volunteers that include firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, wildland firefighters, and swiftwater rescue technicians.
The district operates out of eight fire stations, deploying ten structure fire apparatus, three wild land brush trucks, three 2000-gallon pumper/tenders, one medium and two light rescue vehicle, six aid vehicles, , fourteen person transport van, and a variety of command, training/safety officer and maintenance vehicles.
The district has two specialized teams capable of handling incidents that require specific training. Swift Water Rescue Team (the district has several incidents a year involving the rivers in our jurisdiction), and the South Puget Sound Regional Hand Team (Wild Land Fire Fighting).
Through the combination of career and volunteer personnel, Mountain View strives to provide the citizens of the community with timely responses from well-trained individuals and proper equipment, within the limits of our operating budget.
A combination of volunteer and career staff provide Fire and Basic Life Support (BLS) service to the community. Currently, all career firefighters and most volunteers are certified EMT's with defibrillator certification.
Information Regarding Our Volunteers
All structural volunteers are trained in the essentials of firefighting and first aid. Our volunteer firefighters are expected to participate in no less than three of the four regular Thursday night drills. Essential skills are honed and new skills are introduced at these weekly drills. All volunteer firefighters are required to attend and complete a rigorous nine week academy consisting of two week nights and all day on Saturdays.
Some volunteers live in the district, and others live outside district boundaries. Those volunteers living outside the boundaries participate in the "Out of District Responder Program." Out of district volunteers are held to the same rigorous training standards and are required to pull four shifts each month, staffing a fire station. Mountain View also utilizes "resident volunteers" who are assigned living quarters in a fire station in return for three shifts each week.
Volunteer Fire Fighters receive on duty injury medical coverage, monetary reimbursement or stipends for staffing and training participation, life insurance, and the opportunity for additional training. Volunteering is an excellent first step for those interested in the fire service as a career.
Applications are accepted throughout the year for the spring and fall volunteer academies. An applicant for the academy must be 18 years of age and have a valid Washington State Driver's License. He/She must have the physical strength, health and endurance to perform fire suppression and rescue. Passage of an application review, physical agility test, written test and background check are required to enter the volunteer academy. A drivers extract record from Washing State Department of Licensing is required as part of the application process.
KCFD 44 voluntarily has a audit on an annual basis. Below are the financial audits for 2006 to 2013: