fire truck in front of smoking house fireThe Operations Division is responsible for equipping, staffing and operating 14 fire stations to provide prompt fire and EMS response when you call 9-1-1.

Four platoons of firefighters work on a rotating schedule to provide 24-hour coverage. Battalion chiefs oversee operations in three geographic zones and captains provide supervision at the station level. South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue has a minimum of 56 firefighters on duty during the day and 52 overnight.

Firefighters do much more than fight fires. All firefighters in South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue are trained and certified as either emergency medical technicians (providing basic life support care) or paramedics (providing advanced life support for life-threatening emergencies). Other firefighters have specialized training in rescue, hazardous materials and marine response.

Operations Division at a glance: