The Lynnwood Fire Department and Snohomish County Fire District 1 will combine administrative staffs beginning July 11, 2016.
An agreement to blend the management teams of the two fire agencies into a single administration to oversee fire service operations in south Snohomish County was unanimously approved by the Lynnwood City Council last night and the Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners on June 21.
“This blended management agreement will strengthen the partnership between the city and Fire District 1,” stated Lynnwood’s Fire Chief Scott Cockrum. “Ultimately it will maximize efficiencies between the two organizations, which in turn will benefit the residents of South Snohomish County by providing them with enhanced services.”
Fire District 1 has 241 employees and provides staffing at 12 fire stations to serve nearly 200,000 residents in the unincorporated communities of South Snohomish County and the cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. The Lynnwood Fire Department operates two fire stations with 56 employees to serve over 36,000 residents.
The departments will share administrative duties and responsibilities, but fire and emergency medical response and station staffing will remain unchanged by the agreement. “Citizens in all jurisdictions will continue to receive the service and quick response to fire and emergency medical calls provided by the same firefighters and paramedics,” Fire District 1 Board Chair Jim McGaughey said. “And in the long term, they will gain the benefits of enhanced service and efficiency that come with regionalization.”