Woodinville Fire & Rescue & Northshore Fire Department

Many fire departments are partnering with other agencies to improve service and be more cost-efficient for taxpayers. For example, Woodinville Fire & Rescue and the Northshore Fire Department already share training programs for emergency personnel, administrative positions (fire chief, deputy chief, and a chief administrative officer) and joint departments, including finance, human resources, IT, and payroll.

Both agencies are approximately the same size, and fund emergency services with a fire levy and fire benefit charge. We also share the same financial philosophy of maintaining a strong reserve fund to pay cash for capital items to save taxpayers money instead of financing these purchases.

Northshore is considering asking its voters to finalize the partnership by merging with Woodinville Fire & Rescue sometime in 2021. A merger would maintain the same number of personnel, but allow better deployment to provide an improved emergency response for both communities. Each agency also owns specialized apparatus and equipment that the other benefits from when responding to emergency calls.

Notice of Intent to Adopt SEPA Rules & Procedures


Woodinville Fire & Rescue (“WF&R”) is in the process of adopting SEPA procedures pursuant to WAC-197-11, and WAC 197-11-904, and designating its SEPA Responsible Official.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments on the WF&R’s proposed SEPA procedures.

At the regular District commission meeting on October 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at its regular meeting, the District will receive comments on the proposed SEPA Procedures and thereafter may adopt SEPA Procedures at the same meeting by resolution of the District Commission.

Written comments must be received at the address listed below before 5:00 p.m. October 20, 2020.  Please deliver comments to the Woodinville Fire & Rescue, Attn: Chief Ahearn, at 17718 Woodinville Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 or email at: NFrisch@wf-r.org.

The proposed SEPA Procedures can be viewed at: 17718 Woodinville Snohomish Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 or requested at: NFrisch@wf-r.org

Outdoor Fire Safety

The long summer days and warm nights make room for more outdoor activities like running in the sprinkler, evening chats on the patio and lounging in hammocks. Engaging in outdoor activities is how most of us spend the summer months with our families. While we are limiting our interactions to our immediate household, it is still important to be prepared and keep safety in mind and when spending time outdoors, especially when it comes to fires and BBQ’s.

Outdoor campfires are a popular way to celebrate a summer evening. Taking a little extra caution is well worth it with an outdoor fire whether it is in the backyard or the open woods. Have fun while being safe. In Woodinville Fire and Rescue’s District, outdoor burning regulations allow outdoor fires if they are in a designated fire pit, container, or device. These small recreational fires cannot have flames that exceed 3 feet in height and 3 feet in diameter. Make sure you have a hose or a proper way to extinguish the fire close by. It is always a good idea to talk to your neighbors about any recreational fire, they may have medical conditions that are sensitive to smoke. Always keep open flames ten feet away from houses, structures, and vegetation. Never burn green wood, construction waste, plastic, garbage, or yard waste. These materials create more smoke and can be toxic. Lastly, make sure the fire is completely put out before leaving it unattended. Never leave a fire to die out on its own.

July is the peak month for grill fires, which includes barbecues and hibachis. As with recreational fires, keep grills at least ten feet away from siding, decking, and other things that catch fire. Before you start using a gas grill, always make certain the connections on the hose lines are tightly secured, there are no leaks and your grill is on a flat, stable surface. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 10,600 home structure and outdoor fires involving grills per year during 2014–2018. These fires caused an average of 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries, and $149 million in direct property damage annually. Barbeque grills are designed for outdoor use only. Never barbeque in an enclosed area because dangerous carbon monoxide can accumulate and be deadly. Remove grease or fat buildup from both the grill and the tray below the grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to completely cool off before disposing of them in a metal container.

If you are enjoying a family gathering with a grill or a recreational fire, you should never leave a hot surface or open flame unattended. This is especially true if you have young children, they may not realize the danger of fire and get too close. Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of sand close to douse the fire in case it gets out of hand. If you can’t put it out quickly, call 9-1-1. These safety tips can help prevent unmanageable fires, injuries, and more. Together we can have a safe and fun July.