Responsive. Courageous. Compassionate.
Since 1942, the Northshore Fire Department has been providing comprehensive fire prevention, education, and emergency fire suppression services to the residents of the cities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park. All Northshore firefighters are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT); 13 of our firefighters are trained in Technical Rescue (TRT).
We operate in four shifts, providing 24/7 coverage from the following two stations:
Headquarters Station #51:
7220 NE 181st Street in Kenmore
Staffed by 5 Firefighters, 1 Battalion Chief, and 1 Lieutenant during each shift
Lake Forest Park Station #57:
17020 Brookside Blvd. in Lake Forest Park
Staffed by 2 Firefighters and 1 Lieutenant during each shift
Mission, Vision, and Values
We are dedicated to protecting the health, life, and property of the community with professionalism, respect, and integrity.
Our Core Values:
Our core values are honesty, integrity, trust, compassion, and courage. We believe these principles provide the foundation for our success. We embrace a positive atmosphere where teamwork, competence, pride, and mutual respect provide an opportunity for all employees to succeed.
Our Vision for our Organization:
We are an organization that continues to be innovative in meeting our mission in a changing environment. We accomplish our mission by providing superior services in partnership with our community.
2015 Operations Report Highlights
(to see the full report with graphs CLICK HERE)
The Northshore Fire Department operates out of 2 Fire Stations with a daily minimum staffing of 9 personnel on duty each day. Station 51 is located in Kenmore and is staffed with one Engine Company, one Aid/Rescue and one Command Vehicle. Station 57 is located in Lake Forest Park and is staffed with one Engine Company and a Shoreline Fire Department Paramedic Unit.
Medical and Other Emergencies
In 2015 the Northshore Fire Department responded to 3,607 incidents. 3,089 of these incidents were emergency responses where life and or property were at risk.
The largest single type of incident were requests for emergency medical aid, accounting for 2,611 (72.4%) of the total call volume. Most EMS responses were requests for service related to medical illnesses; the rest were primarily related to injuries caused by accidents or other causes.
In addition to emergency work, firefighters assigned to Operations work closely with the Prevention Division performing commercial, and multi-family residential occupancy inspections on an annual basis. Firefighters also provide a wide range of services to the community including blood-pressure screening, tours of fire stations and apparatus, and fire and life safety presentations.
Fires represented only 2.7% of the 2015 call volume, however, preparation and training for these types of events takes the greatest amount of time due to the inherent danger and risk fires pose to both the community and responders.
For the purpose of statistical analysis the District is divided into two response areas, Kenmore (Station 51) and Lake Forest Park (Station 57). In addition to the two response areas, units are frequently requested to respond outside of the jurisdiction to assist neighboring communities.
Response Time Goals
The Northshore Fire Department has established response time standards that provide a benchmark for performance goals. For all emergency responses, our standard is a two-minute turnout time and a four-minute travel time for a total response time of six minutes from dispatch to arrival. We are striving to achieve this goal 90 percent of the time for all emergency responses. In 2015 our compliance percentage with this goal was 82% for fire responses and 84% for basic life support emergency medical responses.