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).

2016 Annual Report

Northshore Fire Department's 2016 Annual Report is now available! We are pleased to share the activities and accomplishments of the last year with you and hope you enjoy the recap.

Fire Commissioner Election Filing Period Opening Soon

Interested in becoming a Fire Commissioner? The filing period for King County Fire Protection District No. 16, Position 1 is May 15-19, 2017.  Click here for more information.

Fire Sprinklers Make New Homes Safer

The fire problem in America is in our homes. Between 2010 and 2014 there was an average of 358,000 residential structure fires each year. More than 90 percent of civilian fire deaths and 40 percent of firefighter fire ground deaths occurred at single family residential structure fires. During this five year span, an average of seven people died every day in residential fires.

Information provided in the March 2017 newsletter published by the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office, indicated there were 55 fire related deaths in Washington State in 2016. Twelve of the 55 deaths occurred here in King County.Read more

Check Out Our New Website!

Northshore Fire Department is excited to announce the launch of our new website designed by Galactic Ideas!

This updated site has a fresh new look and was designed to provide user-friendly access to as much information as possible about our department and the services we provide. Featuring frequently updated content that includes, NewsCPR class sign ups, Permit ApplicationsSocial Media interfaces, and more.

Please take a few minutes to check out the exciting additions and follow us on Instagram and Facebook, or stay in touch by joining our e-mail Newsletter.

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