New Deputy Chief Takes Command at Northshore Fire Department

New Deputy Chief Takes Command at Northshore Fire Department
Doug McDonald brings extensive career experience and education to the Department

KENMORE, Wash., Sept. 11, 2020 – The Northshore Fire Department announced the selection of Doug McDonald, a 29-year veteran of the fire service, as the Department’s new Deputy Chief of Operations. The announcement follows an extensive national search to fill the position. The application and selection process involved members of the Department’s administration, Northshore’s Local 2459 Union, and outside community partners from across the state.

Deputy Chief Doug McDonald

“Deputy Chief McDonald is an effective administrator with the ability to bring innovation to the Northshore Fire Department,” said Interim Fire Chief Greg Ahearn. “His proven track record of passion and performance will be an asset to our leadership team.”

Deputy Chief McDonald has been serving as Operations Deputy Chief for the City of Bothell since June 2018. During this time, his position has been part of an Interlocal Agreement with the Northshore Fire Department for shared Deputy Chief services. Prior to his employment at the City of Bothell, Deputy Chief McDonald served 26 years with the City of Renton and Renton Regional Fire Authority. There he was promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, and Operations Battalion Chief for the North Battalion.

“I look forward to working with the dedicated members of Northshore Fire Department and the community it serves,” said Deputy Chief McDonald. “I have spent time over the last few months engaging with the Northshore employees, I have been impressed with the professionalism and talent within its ranks.”

Deputy Chief McDonald has his Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science and graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Planning Course. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Washington Foster Business School - Seattle Fire Department’s Executive Leadership Academy.

Northshore Fire Department
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. Northshore Fire Department has two fire stations and provides service to an estimated 36,000 people.


2019 Annual Report

Northshore Fire is excited to share our 2019 Annual Report, highlighting events and accomplishments of the last year. Click below to learn about some of the happenings at our Department over the last year.

We’re Hiring! Deputy Chief of Operations Opening

Northshore Fire Department is currently hiring for a Deputy Chief of Operations. This essential role will be responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the daily activities of the fire department’s operational functions. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing and administering the operational budget, coordination of safety related issues, the planning and organization of the division in alignment with department goals, and assuming command at major incidents as needed. The person in this role must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships between the District and other Departments, committees, the community and outside agencies. Currently, the District is working towards consolidation; The Deputy Chief would be a critical stakeholder in support of this work. Review the Deputy Chief job description for additional details, including education and experience requirements.

For more information and instructions regarding how to apply, visit our Careers page! Application deadline for first round of review is May 13. Position will remain open until filled.

Questions? Contact Shannon Moore, HR Manager.

Administrative Offices Closed

Our Administrative office will be closed during Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Proclamation. During this time, the following services are unavailable:

  • Station and engine tours
  • Helmet fittings
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Public meeting room reservations
  • CPR and First Aid Classes

If your concern cannot wait until our Administrative office is open again, please call 425-354-1780 or email and someone will respond to your inquiry as soon as they are able. As always, please call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency.


Acting Fire Chief Magnuson Announces Retirement

Acting Fire Chief Eric Magnuson Announces Retirement from Northshore Fire Department After Two Decades of Dedicated Service

The Department signed an interlocal agreement with Woodinville Fire & Rescue for Fire Chief Services  

Acting Fire Chief Eric Magnuson

KENMORE, Wash., March 3, 2020 – After more than 21 years of service at Northshore Fire Department, Acting Fire Chief Magnuson has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2020. Acting Chief Magnuson joined Northshore Fire Department in 1998. His dedication to the profession was quickly noticed and he was selected to join the Department’s leadership through growth challenges and organizational change. Chief Magnuson was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in 2016 and was selected as Acting Fire Chief in May 2019.

“It has been an honor to lead this department and serve the communities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park,” said Acting Chief Magnuson. “The personnel have a commitment to our residents and a dedication to service that is steadfast; I am confident of their continued success.”

The Northshore Fire Department is committed to exploring partnerships and service improvement opportunities in the region. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Northshore Board of Fire Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an interlocal agreement between the Department and Woodinville Fire & Rescue to contract for Fire Chief services.

“Northshore and Woodinville Fire have a long-standing, collaborative relationship,” said Northshore Board Chair David Maehren. “This partnership is fitting because both organizations have a shared focus on community and a commitment to providing cost-effective, reliable services.”

The interlocal agreement with Woodinville Fire & Rescue’s Fire Chief Gregory Ahearn is designed to provide the Department with a high-level liaison to key stakeholders and the elected Board while both organizations develop a clear vision for the future.

Northshore and Woodinville Fire & Rescue are open to exploring the potential of combining or consolidating services where it creates efficiencies in services. Both organizations are committed to their respective communities by utilizing existing personnel and resources to find ways to better serve their residents.

Request for Proposal: Fire Department Legal Counsel

Northshore Fire Department (King County Fire District #16) invites proposals for contracted Fire District Legal Counsel services. Proposals are due to the Fire District Headquarters Office by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019.

The Fire Department seeks services encompassing the traditional scope of work including legal counsel, opinions, litigation, consultation and coordination with special counsel. Attendance at a variety of meetings may be required, including staff meetings and Board of Fire Commissioner meetings as specified.

Please carefully read the attached request for proposal (RFP) for full information. If you have further questions, you may contact Acting Fire Chief Eric Magnuson at 425-354-1755 or e-mail


Free Workshop: Stop the Bleed. Hands Only CPR. AED Use.

On December 8th, Northshore Fire and NEMCo will be hosting a FREE 2-hour workshop that teaches community members the life-saving techniques of Stop the Bleed, Hands Only CPR, and how to use an AED.  Click on the flier below for more details.

Notice of 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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.



Wednesday, October 16, 2019






Headquarters Station 51

7220 NE 181st Street

Kenmore, Washington 98028


DATED this 24th day of September 2019.

Dave Maehren,

Vice Chair

Board of Commissioners

KCFPD No. 16

Call for Bids: 1500 GPM Single Stage Pumper

Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be accepted by the Northshore Fire Department (NSFD) for the furnishing of at least two 1500 GPM Pumpers (“Fire Pumper Fire Apparatus”).

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

Date: October 11, 2019

Time: 3:00pm

Any bids submitted must be clearly marked:

Bidders must demonstrate their Fire Pumper Apparatus complies with the Northshore Fire District - Fire Pumper Apparatus specification dated 9-11-2019 (“Specifications”) attached and incorporated herein and the National Fire Protection Association standard #1901 (as revised) (“NFPA”).

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

The Board of Fire Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive irregularities and informalities in the bidding process. The Board of Commissioners reserves the right to use the best value criteria as outlined in the Bid Requirements.

For additional details and bid specifications please click on the links below to review the following documents:

Announcement of Fire Commissioner Vacancy and Request for Applications

The Northshore Fire Department, serving the cities of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, has a vacancy in Commissioner Position #2.

The vacancy will be filled by appointment with term lasting through certification of the November 2019 General Election. The position is scheduled for election in the November 2019 General Election.

Commissioners act as the board of directors for the fire department. If you are interested in serving your community as Fire Commissioner, please submit a letter of interest and statement of qualifications to the District’s Acting Fire Chief no later than 5:00 pm on September 17th 2019.

Eric Magnuson, Acting Fire Chief

7220 NE 181st Street, Kenmore, WA 98028

Phone: (425) 354-1780

Fax: (425) 354-1781

All qualified candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Fire Commissioners. Candidate interviews are scheduled for September 18th at 5:00pm. Applicants will be notified if any changes are made to the schedule. Candidates will be interviewed in the order received.

Requirements: Applicants must be a registered voter residing within the fire district. The fire district boundary is consistent with the city boundaries of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore.

Additional information about the role of a fire commissioner can be found in the Washington State Fire Commissioners ‘Commissioner Handbook’ or by contacting one of the current Northshore Fire Commissioners.

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