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Fire Chief

Key Peninsula Fire Department

Salary:  $145,023 - $152,699


The Area: 

Situated in the northwestern corner of Pierce County in western Washington, the Key Peninsula Fire Department serves the unincorporated communities of Home, Longbranch, Lakebay, Glen Cove, Minter, Herron Island, Wauna, and Vaughn – each a distinct and unique community with its own charm on the Key Peninsula. The peninsula is roughly 16 miles long, just under 2 miles wide at its narrowest point, and has more than 70 miles of highly accessible shoreline.

The area offers two wonderful forested state parks, scenic mountain and waterfront views, a wealth of open space, and a rich agricultural and maritime history. Key Peninsula is known for its specialty shops, a vibrant artist community, nurseries, wineries, and many small-scale farms which welcome all visitors. Residents and visitors also enjoy exploring untouched forest and coastline, hiking, camping, biking, paddle boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving, crabbing, boating, tennis, golf, beachcombing, picnicking, and more. Other nearby recreational attractions and activities include sightseeing and hiking at the 369 square-mile Mount Rainier National Park, wildlife encounters, world-class fishing and whale watching in the Puget Sound, and skiing and snowshoeing at both Crystal Mountain Resort and the Snoqualmie Pass Ski area, each under 2 hours away. 

The Department and Position:

The Key Peninsula Fire Department is a combination department consisting of both career and volunteer firefighters, providing first-tier fire protection services and emergency medical transport services to the community on the Key Peninsula. The Department has a service area of approximately 65 square miles, serving a population of approximately 22,000.  Key Peninsula Fire is staffed by 27 firefighters and has two full time staffed fire stations on the Key Peninsula. Each of the two staffed stations has a cross staffed Medic Unit and Fire Engine. As daily staffing allows, the Department staffs an additional third station with a cross staffed Fire Engine and Aid Unit.


The Department responds to an average of 2,000 incidents per year, including roughly 100 fire calls,1260 EMS rescue calls, 40 hazardous condition calls, 200 service calls, 300 good intent calls and 100 false alarm or other calls.  The District is governed by a board of five commissioners elected to serve six-year terms, alternating election periods every two years. The District has a 2018 operating budget of approximately $6.8 million.

Reporting directly to the Board of Fire Commissioners, the Fire Chief provides guidance and direction in the overall management and administration of the Fire Department, while promoting response readiness and supporting the mission of the Fire District through effective and efficient management.

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Posted: Dec 12, 2018,
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