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Mountain View Fire and Rescue was formed January 6, 1953. Today, The District protects a population of over 32,000 and an area of 70 square miles. Our current operating budget is approximately 4 million dollars. In April of 2006, the City of Black Diamond and Mountain View entered into a contract under which the district provides fire and emergency services to the City.
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 International Raceways, 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 has mutual aid agreements and borders with the following agencies: Auburn (Valley Regional Fire Authority), Kent, Enumclaw, and Maple Valley. King County Medic One provides advanced life support services and operates Medic 12 out of our Fire Station 94. Fire District 44 is dispatched by Valley Communications. We respond to approximately 2,000 alarms each year (60-70% are medical related call).
The District serves under the direction of an elected, five member Board of Commissioners. Each Commissioner serves a six-year term.
The district Fire Chief is Greg Smith, Deputy Chief Mike Barlow and Assistant Chief Robert Young. Fire District 44 is a combination career/volunteer district. The district has 18 career personnel including 4 Captains, 6 Lieutenants, 1 Training Officer Assistant, and 8 Line Fire Fighters. All career personnel are members of IAFF Local 3186. There is 1 full time secretary, 1 Public Information Officer and 1 full time mechanic. The district maintains approximately 125 volunteer firefighters.
The district operates out of eight (8) fire stations, deploying 10 structure fire apparatus, 3 wild land brush trucks, three 2000-gallon pumper/tenders, 1 medium and 2 light rescue vehicle, 6 aid vehicles, , 14 person transport van, and a variety of command, training/safety officer and maintenance vehicles.
The district owns and operates 2 thermal imager devices, 11 Physio Life Pac 12's Defibrillators, 4 Hurst hydraulic and complement of vehicle extrication tools.
The district has 3 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), Low Angle Rescue, and the South Puget Sound Regional Hand Team (Wild Land Fire Fighting).
Information Regarding Our Volunteers
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.
All volunteers are trained in the essentials of fire fighting and first aid. Our volunteers 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 Volunteers are required to attend and complete a rigorous nine week academy consisting of two week nights and all day on Saturdays. Volunteers are tested to and receive Washington State Fire Service Firefighter I certification.
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 three 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 2012: