King County Fire District 27
King County Fire District 27 is located in Fall City, Washington, nestled in the Cascade foothills 24 miles east of Seattle. The Fire District serves a population of approximately 6,200 people in and surrounding the unincorporated rural town of Fall City. The Fire District service area is 22 square miles.
The area offers many recreational activities from river rafting, hiking, horseback riding, golfing and much more. Two river systems, the Snoqualmie and the Raging rivers cross through the District. Several lakes dot the landscape and the Snoqualmie Falls is a popular attraction that borders the Fire District. Fall City is comprised mostly of residential properties, agricultural farming and service business operations.
Fire Danger Phase 1 Burn Ban in Effect
King County Fire Marshal has issued a Stage 1 fire safety burn ban for the unincorporated areas of King County. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.
The Stage 1 fire safety burn ban applies to all outdoor burning, except for barbecues and small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner's permission.
Extreme heat and especially dry conditions have increased the risk of wildfire dramatically, People in both rural and urban unincorporated areas need to use caution.
Recreational fires still pose a risk, so their use shall be limited and respected accordingly.
Recreational fires must:
Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds, and not be used as debris disposal.
Be no larger than three feet in diameter.
Be located in a clear spot, free from any vegetation for at least ten feet in a horizontal direction and at least 25 feet away from any structure, and allow 20 feet of vertical clearance from overhanging branches.
Be attended at all times by an alert individual with equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
River Safety on the Snoqualmie
The Fire Department would like to remind people thinking about floating the river to always wear a life jacket and pay attention to hazards on the river such as down trees, log jams, or other hazards that may cause entrapment. The water is very cold from recent snow melt and the flow can be high and fast in some areas, making it difficult to self-rescue, if the need arises. Hidden undercurrents can pull even the strongest swimmers down. Please wear your life jacket.
Children under 14 are required to wear a life jacket.
This summer the Fire Department, working with the King County Sheriff's Marine Unit, has already had numerous water rescues on the Snoqualmie River.
>> Additional Water Safety Information
FIRE DISTRICT 27
CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF SERVICE
1946 - 2021
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of King County Fire District 27. Prior to the formation of the District two hose carts were deployed to combat fires in the community. It was about 1944 when Fall City grocer Allen Slott began the campaign to establish a Fire District in Fall City. He organized and recruited other citizens to help move the project forward.
The Fire District was formed after the passage of a special election on May 7, 1946. The ballot measure to form the Fire District passed by a vote of 157 yes and 8 no votes. The Board of County Commissioners of King County, Washington, declared the incorporation of King County Fire District 27 on May 27, 1946. Howard Stow, Charles Hanson, and Calvin Kiest served as the first Fire District Commissioners.
Allen Slott who was later appointed Fire Chief pushed to fill the 16-man roster by enlisting the help of his wife who prepared meals for the firefighters on drill night and a game of poker would round out the evening.
On October 2, 1946, the Fire District purchased its first fire truck, at a cost of $1,782, an International, which featured a 300-gallon tank, a mid-ship 500 gallon per minute pump and a high-pressure PTO pump, and it had the capability of pumping water while being driven. In those early years, the calls came over the fire phones, and the first person at the station would put the address and information on a blackboard, and the siren would be activated. You were to have your gear ready, your car filled with gas and the first man there started the fire truck and got to drive.
The Fire District has seen a lot of changes in the past 75 years from hose carts to fire engines, from answering the alarm from home, to 24 hour shifts at the station. What hasn't changed is the devoted individuals who recognize that preserving life and property is a sacred responsibility, and the Firefighters who make that responsibility their own are dedicated, courageous, kind, and share a passion that is unlike any other.
The Fire District's
75th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, July 31 - Open House
11:00 - 3:00
Please Join us to Celebrate the
Fire District's 75th Anniversary
at the Fire Station
Fire Station Tours
Honor Guard Presentation of Colors
Fire Chief's Opening Address
Retired Firefighters with 25 Years of Service
Current Department Members
Fire Chief's Closing Address
Rescue Extrication Demonstration
1:00 - 3:00
Fire Station Tours
Fire Department Historical Display
The celebration will have activities for kids and adults, young and old.
Food and refreshments will be available.
Fall City Fire Department - 4301 334th Place SE, Fall City, Washington
INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET COVID-19
VACCINE IN KING COUNTY
Eligibility is still in phases. At this point, specific high-risk groups are eligible. For more information about eligibility, see “Who can get vaccinated now” on KingCounty.gov/vaccine. The Governor has announced that everyone 16 and over will be eligible for vaccination starting April 15th.
Those who are eligible can use the Vaccine Locator at VaccineLocator.doh.wa.gov. Vaccine Locator shows who is currently eligible for the vaccine and finds available appointments. Vaccine Locator has a drop-down menu (in the upper right-hand corner of the page) in 30 languages.
For those who need help making an appointment: Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center any day between 8 AM – 7 PM at 206-477-3977. Interpreters are available – state the language you need when you are connected.
See Washington State Department of Health’s guidance for more information.
Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state may be found at Washington State Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday — Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday — Sunday. Language assistance is available.
FIRE DISTRICT NEWS
Fire Chief Chris Connor retires after 40 years
of service with the Fall City Fire Department
February 28 marked the retirement of Fire Chief Chris Connor, who had served the Fire District and the Fall City Community faithfully for the past 40 years. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter back in February of 1981 and was hired by the District on February 19, 1990. Chief Connor held the position of Lieutenant and Captain before becoming Fire Chief on January 1, 1991.
The Board of Commissioners, at their February meeting expressed their highest gratitude to Chief Connor for his many contributions to the Fire Department during his tenure. In their resolution, “Recognition of Service”, the Commissioners acknowledged Chief Connor’s leadership, character, dedication to the community, and working tirelessly as the Fire Chief for thirty years to ensure that our emergency response services in the region are among the best in the world. As a legacy to his career, countless firefighters who came through the Fall City Fire Department as a volunteer or career firefighter will continue to serve and protect our communities for decades to come.
Radio dispatch signed out Chief Connor on the morning of his last shift while Firefighters from Fall City, Duvall, Snoqualmie and Eastside sent their congratulations and best wishes for his retirement. Chief Connor stated that he was looking forward to spending time with his wife Betty and doing some traveling.
From all the Members at the Fire District "Congratulations Chris!" "We wish you the very best in your retirement."
Meet Fall City's Incoming Chief Brian Culp
On February 1, Chief Connor passed the baton to Alton “Brian” Culp who officially became the fifth Fire Chief of District 27. Chief Culp started with the fire service 32-years ago as a junior volunteer firefighter with the Los Chavez Fire Department in Valencia County, New Mexico, at the age of thirteen. Throughout the past 32-years, he has served in both volunteer and career positions, giving him first hand understanding of the dynamics of a combination fire department.
Chief Culp served as Fire Chief for Valencia County from 2016 to his retirement from the department in 2020 and prior to that was Assistant Chief of Volunteer Recruitment and Retention of Sandoval County Fire Department. He also served as EMS Chief of Valencia County Fire Department (2007-2012); Deputy Fire Marshal at the Bernalillo County Fire Department (2000-2005); an Adjunct Instructor for both the University of New Mexico, EMS Academy, and New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy; and as the Vice-Chair for the Fire & Emergency Manager's Affiliate through New Mexico Counties.
Chief Culp moved to Washington with his wife, Rachael, and their two dogs. They also have a daughter who is serving as an Officer in the Navy in San Diego, CA.
Chief Culp plans to build on the continued success of the Fire District in providing the best service for the community and visitors to the Fall City area.
Captain Ken Larson retires after more than 32 years of service with the Fall City Fire Department
On December 29 at 08:00 Captain Ken Larson finished his last shift with the department. He started as a Volunteer in March of 1988, and in January of 1991, was hired as a Career Firefighter. He was promoted to Captain in 1995, served as Training Officer, and was a team leader in the District's Swift Water Rescue/Technical Rescue program. He enjoyed working and training with many Career and Volunteer Firefighters in Fall City and in the Region during his tenure at the department.
Captain Larson said that he is looking forward to spending more time at home with his family and enjoying some more fishing, hunting, and camping trips.
From all of the members at the Fire District "Congratulations Ken!"
"We wish you the very best in your retirement."
Fall City Fire District 27 with King County ALERT can keep Fall City Residents and Business Owners informed about Significant Events and EMERGENCY SITUATIONS.
ALERT King County is a regional public information and notification service offered by King County Emergency Management to help keep you informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area.
Fire District 27 recommends being prepared for up to 7 days!
It is not uncommon during a storm or natural disaster to be without power in the rural areas for several days or even more than a week.
1. Have a Plan
2. Build an Emergency Kit
3.Get Involved-Learn CPR/First Aid
PRACTICE YOUR ESCAPE
If a fire occurred in your home tonight, would your family get out safely?
A fast, pre-planned escape is critical to survival.
Waking up to smoke and flames is one of the worst things that can happen to your family and home. Once the smoke alarm sounds, a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a few minutes to escape. That's why it's so important to have a home fire escape plan, that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly.
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Public Safety Awareness
Steps you can take to prevent the flu and common cold will also help prevent COVID-19. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, and cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your primary provider today or call the Washington State Department of Health hotline at 1-800-525-0127. Avoid calling 911 unless faced with a life-threatening emergency.
COVID-19 is believed to be spread by respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms can appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus, and can include: fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing such symptoms, contact your primary physician or call the Washington State Department of Health hotline at: 1-800-525-0127. Please only call 911 when faced with a life-threatening emergency:
The COVID-19 outbreak in Washington State is evolving every day. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, and to help prevent the virus from spreading, is stay informed. For the latest information and updates: kingcounty.gov/covid Informational Fact Sheet coronavirus.wa.gov