Fire Commissioner Position 2 Opening: Filled
We are Happy to announce that Dave Safford has been chosen as the interim Fire Commissioner for position 2. Dave is a long time volunteer and resident of Arlington Heights and is a retired FF/Paramedic from Lake Stevens Fire.
Welcome the new Fire Chief Chad Schmidt
Chief Schmidt is a longtime resident of Arlington and has been in the fire Service for 16 years. He started as a volunteer for the City of Arlington and is currently a Lieutenant Paramedic with Camano Island Fire and Rescue. Chief Schmidt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to District 21 and looks forward to bringing the community back into the fire station and the fire department back into the community. Feel free to stop in and say hi to him as he looks forward to speaking with members of the public.
Burn Ban Status:
There is currently NO Burn Ban in effect.
Burn bans for air quality concerns are set by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. For a current status please visit their site at pscleanair.org.
Burn bans for dangerous conditions and wildfire concerns are set by the County Fire Marshal’s office. For a current status check their website (click link) or call the Burning Information Line at 425-388-3508.
As a courtesy to residents near Station 49, we also update our reader board sign with the current burn ban status.
If you need to report a fire that is a risk to heath, life, or property, please dial 911.
Potential Insurance Premium Savings:
Periodically, every fire department in the State of Washington is audited by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau to determine their community’s Protection Class rating. This rating allows a fire department to see how they match up with other comparable agencies. The lower the Protection Class rating, the better the fire protection, resulting in potential discounts for property owners and renters with insurance policies on their homes.
During the process of this audit, evaluators look at almost every aspect of how a fire department operates, from both an operational standpoint and administratively. Everything from evaluating the maintenance records on our emergency vehicles, to observing our training and operating standards, it all is considered when determining a Protection Class Rating.
Historically, Fire District No. 21 has been rated a Protection Class rating of 8A in most areas and a 9A in areas more than five miles from a fire station. We are pleased to announce that the WSRB has significantly improved our Protection Class ratings to the following:
- If you live within five miles from a fire station and within 1000 feet from a fire hydrant, you have improved from PC 8A to Protection Class Rating 5
- If you live within five miles from a fire station and exceed 1000 feet from a fire hydrant, you have improved from PC 8A to Protection Class Rating 6
- If you live more than five, but less than seven miles from a fire station, you have improved from PC 9A to Protection Class Rating 9
These vast improvements are due to the hard work and effort that our dedicated firefighters and staff have put forth to ensure consistent outstanding levels of service.
First Aid/CPR Classes Available:
We believe that an educated public is a safer public. Not only is it our most requested education program, CPR/First Aid is likely the most important one.
Upcoming classes include the following dates:
All classes are held at the Arlington Heights Fire Station.
Classes are available to first come, first serve with preference going to students residing or working within Fire Districts 21. Please contact the Arlington Heights Fire Station, or email email@example.com to sign up. The cost for this class is $25.00 per student.
Burn Permit Info:
Fire District No. 21 contracts with the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office to provide outdoor burning permits. To find out what is allowable without a permit or how to obtain a permit, click on the following link to access their web page.
Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Burn Info: