Fire Marshal LaFlam profiled in the
National Fire Protection Association Journal
In recognition of his home fire sprinkler advocacy work, our Fire Marshal, Jeff LaFlam, was profiled in the current issue of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Journal!
Check out his story here.
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.
Operations Report 2013
Medical and Other Emergencies
During 2013, out of a total of 3,474 requests for service, the majority of calls we received were medical emergencies—including motor vehicle accidents with or without injury and extrication (2,614 calls = 75%).
Another 443 calls (13.5%) pertained to other types of emergency issues, including someone smelling smoke, carbon monoxide incidents, gasoline spills, downed power lines and other hazards (including a few calls for service that were cancelled once we arrived on the scene).
Did you know we also respond to non-emergency requests for assistance? In 2013 we responded to 100 incidents (3%) in which we helped citizens with lock-outs, assisted with patient care, and even addressed minor flooding issues.
Fighting Fires (and False Alarms)
Crews responded to 229 false alarms (6.5%) in contrast to 88 responses where fire was present (2.5%). False alarms occur 2.5 times more frequently than actual fires; we can’t stress enough the importance of proper alarm system maintenance and testing.
Out of those 88 fire responses (involving structures, automotive vehicles, public utilities and outside areas), at 23 of these incidents there was some form of loss incurred. The grand total of loss resulting from these fires in 2013 was $413,140. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries or fatalities caused by any of these fires.
Neighborhood Service Frequency
Kenmore (population 21,280) was the more active area for responses, with 65% occurring in or originated by units assigned to Station 51 in Kenmore. The remaining 35% occurred in Station 57’s response area in Lake Forest Park (population 12,972). Under a mutual aid agreement, we provided assistance to neighboring jurisdictions 525 times, and received assistance 250 times.
In 2013, our busiest day always seemed to fall on a Monday; during the hours of 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. This does not seem to be a random occurrence as our response data indicates Monday has been the busiest day of each of the last ten years. Thursdays and Fridays are the second busiest days.