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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 6,400 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.

District receives Assessed Valuation Certification from the Assessor's Office

The District received its Certified Assessment from the Assessor's Office. The 2024 Assessed Value of the District is $1,938,004,444 which decreased 14.26% from last year's amount of $2,260,534,996.

With the approval of the ballot measure at the November election the Fire District’s 2024 regular levy rate was increased to the statutory maximum of $1.50/$1,000 of assessed value. The total regular tax levy for 2024 is $2,907,007. 


The final year of the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy was not requested in 2024 due to the increase of the regular levy rate. 

78 Years of Service
To the Fall City Community 

1946 - 2024

This May will mark the 78th anniversary of the Fire District. 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. Prior to the formation of the District two hose carts were deployed to combat fires in the community.

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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 78 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.

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Circa 1951

75th Anniversary Celebration


Lf-Rt- Scott Fleming, Mike Larson, Greg Lussier, Noah Fleming, Parker Dumas, Aaron Hansen, Jake Conroy, Dane Brookshear, Parker McKinnon, Daniel Meredith, Lilly Hansen, Eric Hollis, Melinda Wall, Patrick LeDoux, Amy Juliano, Kyra Bruce, Steve Bandy, Dylan Lindberg, Marcus Noble, Jon McKinnon, Rob Stevens, Kyle Patterson, Brian Culp.  Not pictured - Kris Belfield, Nikki Eaton, Rena Echols, Parker Griffin, Pete Montefusco, Joseph Navarro, Cian Portugal, Mitchell Ruth, Joe Springer


Honorary Retired Firefighters with 25 years of Service

Front Lf-Rt-Eric Soderman, Ken Larson, Dave Hart, Tommie Brice, Vern Winter, Gene Stevens, Kevin Little  
Back Lf-Rt- Stan Kropi, Chris Connor, Kevin Hauglie


Former Fire District Firefighters

Front Lf-Rt - Tony Roat, Jay Bluher, Carol Brock, Dave Hart, Tommie Brice, Vern Winter, Gene Stevens, Rich Tobian, 

Back Lf-Rt - Eric Soderman, Matt Brock, Ken Larson, Stan Kropi, Chris Connor, Kevin Hauglie, Kevin Little

Meet Chief Brian Culp

On February 1, 2021 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. 



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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.


Hand completing Emergency Preparation Li

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


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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.

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