The Northshore Fire Department provides its employees with a comprehensive benefit package. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, an employee assistance program and a retirement plan.

Insurance Plans

Employees receive medical and vision coverage from the Northwest Firefighter’s Trust and dental coverage from a choice between Delta Dental of Washington and Willamette Dental. Employees are also provided life, long-term disability, and AD&D insurance plans.

Represented suppression personnel are also provided with a Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan offered through the Washington State Council of Firefighters.

In addition, employees are provided a generous VEBA Health Reimbursement Account to offset out of pocket medical expenses.


Paid Time Off

Employees are provided paid time off for vacation and sick leave on an accrual basis. 11 paid holidays are provided throughout the year. Leave is also provided for Jury Duty and Bereavement.


Deferred Compensation

A voluntary tax-sheltered deferred compensation plan with State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) is offered in which employees may invest certain amounts of their pre-taxed earnings.


Retirement Plans

Employees are required to participate in retirement plans provided by the State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems. Fire Suppression personnel are enrolled in the LEOFF II plan and eligible non-represented administrative personnel are enrolled in the PERS plan. More information on the retirement plans are available at the Washington State DRS website.


Employee Assistance Program

All employees have access to a free employee assistance plan.