Open House this Saturday, June 16th!

Don't forget that this Saturday, June 16th, is Northshore Fire's annual Open House & Pancake Breakfast at Station 51 in Kenmore. We have kid firefighter challenge courses, informational booths, firefighter demonstrations, a pancake breakfast, and more.  Bring your family, friends, and come join the fun!

Open House: 9:00-12:00

Pancake Breakfast: 9:00-11:00

Firefighter Demonstrations: 10:00-10:30


Notice of Intent to Award – Air Compressor

On December 20, 2018, the District advertised a request for sealed bids for the following:

One (1) 10 HP SCBA Compressor, One (1) Breathing Apparatus Cylinder Fill Station and Four (4) ASME Storage Cylinders

The opportunity to submit a bid closed at 5:00 PM on January 16th. Three bids were received and opened at the regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners at 5:15 PM on that same day.

The District has completed an evaluation of the bids received for the aforementioned breathing air compressor. Based on the results of the evaluation the District intends to award a contract to Municipal Emergency Services, Inc., who was determined to be the most responsive and responsible, lowest price bidder.

The bid submitted by Municipal Emergency Services was for the Scott Safety HushAir Connect 7,500 SCBA Compressor System with their “RevolveAir” fill station.

This memorandum does not constitute acceptance of the bid or any agreement with the District. No agreement will be formed until the District executes a purchase contract with Municipal Emergency Services, Inc.


Advertisement for Bid – Air Compressor

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be accepted by King County Fire Protection District No. 16 (AKA the Northshore Fire Department) for:

One (1) 10 HP SCBA Compressor, One (1) Breathing Apparatus Cylinder Fill Station and Four (4) ASME Storage Cylinders

Bids will be accepted at the District Headquarters located at 7220 NE 181st Street, Kenmore, WA 98028 up until:

Date: January 16, 2018 

Time: 5:00 pm

All bids received will be opened at the regular meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners on January 16, 2018.

All bids received will be evaluated after the opening and the award, if any, will be announced by the Fire Chief at the most appropriate time after the conclusion of the evaluation. All bidders will be notified in writing of the outcome of the bidding process.

Bids received after the above referenced time and date will NOT be considered and will be returned to the bidder unopened. Each bidder is solely responsible for the delivery of their bid by the set time and date.

King County Fire District No. 16 reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive irregularities and informalities in the bidding process. The District further reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and/or accept any bid which meets or exceeds the minimum specifications which has been determined to best meet the needs of the District. The District is not necessarily bound to accept the lowest bid.

No bidder may withdraw his/her bid for a period of sixty (60) days after the date and time set for bid opening.

Any bids submitted must be clearly marked:

King County Fire Protection District No. 16


Bid documents may be obtained through the links below, or at District Headquarters: 7220 NE 181st Street Kenmore, WA 98028.

Dated this 20th day of December, 2017


Firefighters and Police Train for Active Shooter Scenario

Our department trains every day in order to effectively serve our community. Recently, we teamed up with the Lake Forest Park Police Department, neighboring agencies, and volunteers, to conduct an active shooter training at the Town Center in Lake Forest Park. Q13 Fox came out to cover the event and share our efforts with you in this news piece:

Notice of 2018 Budget Hearing

To all residents and owners of personal property and improvements to real property located within the geographical boundaries of King County Fire Protection District No. 16 (City of Lake Forest Park, and the City of Kenmore);

NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of King County Fire Protection District No. 16 will hold a public hearing at the date, time and place specified below to:

  1. Review the proposed 2018 budget and revenue sources including revenue from property taxes and possible increases in property tax revenues, if any, as required by RCW 84.55.120; and
  2. Review and establish the Fire District’s benefit charges to be imposed in year 2018 for the support of its legally authorized activities, which will maintain or improve the services afforded in the District, as provided in RCW 52.18.060.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017



5:00 pm



Headquarters Station 51

7220 NE 181st Street

Kenmore, Washington 98028


DATED this 26th day of September 2017.



Board of Commissioners

KCFPD No. 16


Click here to view a PDF version of the Public Notice


Fire Marshal LaFlam Talks Spontaneous Combustion Risks

Getting ready to begin your wood finishing project - and you wonder if you should be concerned about the stories you've heard about spontaneous combustion involving oily rags?

You should be. More than 3,000 structure fires are caused by spontaneous combustion each year.

Read our Fire Marshal Jeff LaFlam's recent Shoreline Area News Article for simple steps you can take to keep your family and home safe.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations: A Message from NEMCo

In response to numerous inquiries from our community Northshore Emergency Management Coalition is providing the following recommendations for relief donations for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Red Cross: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help provide immediate relief. Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit or call 1- 800-RED CROSS
  • United Way: text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
  • Salvation Army: Donations to support The Salvation Army's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Donate cash, not supplies:

Most charities prefer monetary donations instead of supplies. These are more flexible and cause less of a strain on the charity, allowing them to help more.

USAID explains, "Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods."

Thank you for your generosity.


Carl Lunak

Emergency Manager, NEMCo

Northshore Fire Earns Improved Fire Protection Class Rating

The Northshore Fire Department was recently notified by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) that the fire protection class rating for the communities of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore has been upgraded from a Class 4 to a Class 3. The new rating will take effect December 1, 2017. Many insurance companies use the WSRB protection class rating to assess insurance premium rates for homeowners and commercial properties.

The WSRB evaluates fire protection capabilities of all Washington communities and rates them on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 indicates exemplary fire protection capabilities, and 10 indicates very poor or no capabilities. This upgrade places the Northshore Fire Department’s rating in the top ten percent for the state.

Protection Class rating is determined by WSRB’s assessment of the fire department’s ability to suppress fires. Categories include:

  • Fire Department – distribution of fire stations, engine and ladder companies, pumping capacity, apparatus maintenance, department personnel staffing and training
  • Water Supply – adequacy of firefighting water supply including water flow, hydrant locations and system maintenance
  • Emergency Communications – evaluation of the community 911 system’s ability to receive and handle calls for emergency services
  • Fire Safety Control – fire prevention, public education and building code enforcement

The Northshore Fire Department is very pleased with the results of the recent WSRB rating process. The upgraded rating provides validation of a number of improvements made in the last ten years to enhance operations, training, and fire prevention programs.

The full report from WSRB for each community can be found here: Kenmore - Lake Forest Park

Senate Bill 5454 Eases Merger Restrictions for Fire Districts

Commissioner David Maehren recently had the honor of being present for Governor Inslee’s signing of Senate Bill 5454. This bill changes state law by allowing mergers and/or annexations of Fire Districts within a reasonable proximity, rather than requiring adjacency.

The adjacency requirement was identified as too restrictive during previous consolidation discussions with The City of Bothell, Woodinville Fire Department, and Northshore Fire Department. Commissioner Maehren worked with sponsors of the bill; Senator David Frockt (46th District), Representative Jessyn Farrell (46th District), and Representative Roger Goodman (45th District).

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