The Operations Division

The Operations Division carries out the primary functions of the Northshore Fire Department, responding to a wide array of emergencies such as: fire suppression, emergency medical, vehicular extrication, and technical rescue. The Operations Division also provides a host of non-emergency support services when other public or private agencies are unavailable to assist.

Operations Division Firefighters inspect commercial and multi-family residential buildings on an annual basis. In addition to emergency work, Operations Division members provide a wide range of services to the community including blood-pressure screening, tours of fire stations and apparatus, and fire and life safety presentations within the community.

The Operations Division is comprised of four platoons operating from two stations, one in Kenmore and one in Lake Forest Park, who work an alternating schedule of 24-hour shifts. Each platoon is supervised by a Battalion Chief who is responsible for the emergency and administrative activities of all members assigned to that platoon.

Firefighters do much more than just fight fires.

They provide a wide variety of services such as:

  • Annual inspection of commercial and multi-family residential buildings for fire or life safety violations.
  • Provide emergency medical services.
  • Perform non-emergency service calls such as assisting with flooded buildings and homes.
  • Assist with investigations of suspicious fires.
  • Work within the community to educate and raise general awareness on issues of safety.
  • Provide “walk-in” blood pressure screening at fire stations.
  • Give free fire station and apparatus tours upon request.