Established in 1950, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue provides fire services for North Whidbey Island, outside the city limits, from Deception Pass Bridge to Libby Road. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue has grown to include 7 fire stations, an administrative headquarters, 15 pieces of apparatus, 2 basic life support ambulances and 3 command vehicles, to cover 55 square miles and a population of over 15,000.
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue provides services to the community, by organizing, coordinating, and directing available resources to respond to the event and bring the emergency under control. The goal of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is to protect public health by minimizing the impact of the event on the community and environment. NWFR provides these services through the following departments:
Emergency Medical Service
Marine Search and Rescue
Techincal Rope Rescue
Wildland Fire Fighting
The primary goal of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is to protect life, property and the environment. Most of our fire suppression personnel are certified to the Washington State Firefighter I level. They are consistently trained throughout their membership to ensure all skills are maintained at the highest level possible.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division, in concert with other local EMS divisions, participates in shaping pre-hospital care through collaboration with Whidbey General Hospital. These relationships have allowed the division to meet the needs of the community. The District operates 2 fully equipped Basic Life Support (BLS) fire apparatus daily staffed with a minimum of two Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Marine Search & Rescue
The Marine Search and Rescue Team provides emergency response and mitigation to incidents that occur within Island County. The Marine Team expertise includes search, rescue and recovery operations and providing assistance to citizens and/or vessels in distress.
Techincal Rope Rescue
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue includes a Technical Rope Rescue unit. This capability allows for highly trained personnel and associated equipment to address emergencies involving high and low angle rescue. Our technical rope rescue unit can be utilizied for many different rescue scenarios including both humans and animals.
Wildfires will burn anywhere that dry fuels are present, so our wildland firefighters are often sent to very remote areas of the state. Wildland Fire crews specialize in creating fireline, so their training consist of digging line with specialized tools, operating chainsaws, conducting burn operations, and moving debris and vegetation away from the fire line.