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Washington Fire Department Personnel

Personnel (fire department membership) numbers vary by region, by state and even by county. Recruiting is critical to fire department success, see National Volunteer Fire Council’s Make Me a Firefighter and National Volunteer Fire Council’s Recruiting Resources. Check out how your department’s numbers compare to those around you, to see how your recruitment and retention investments are fairing.

This information is based solely upon fire departments that have registered with the National Fire Service Registry. If you have not registered your fire department, please do so, it is free and contributes to a complete picture of the fire services. Check out some Quick Facts from the registry.

Volunteer Departments of Washington

Here are the average numbers of volunteer firefighters for each county within Washington, as well as the maximum and minimum numbers for that county.

County # Volunteer Departments Average Firefighters Highest # Lowest #
Adams 5 24 30 8
Asotin 3 36 61 15
Benton 5 49 76 28
Chelan 5 36 80 11
Clallam 5 46 103 12
Clark 10 32 67
Columbia 2 57 84 30
Cowlitz 8 49 106 17
Douglas 4 41 62 30
Ferry 3 29 35 23
Franklin 4 34 60 17
Grant 14 40 113 18
Grays Harbor 17 34 73 8
Island 4 68 100 40
Jefferson 4 30 68 15
King 11 42 129 9
Kitsap 2 43 47 39
Kittitas 6 40 96 9
Klickitat 15 30 132 13
Lewis 10 31 70 15
Lincoln 9 34 61 18
Mason 13 33 74 12
Okanogan 12 30 85 15
Pacific 8 25 44 6
Pend Oreille 4 26 52 11
Pierce 17 35 121 1
San Juan 4 35 56 14
Skagit 12 38 110 15
Skamania 5 19 41
Snohomish 8 33 60 17
Spokane 13 64 165 14
Stevens 12 31 73 8
Thurston 10 36 78 10
Wahkiakum 3 23 28 20
Walla Walla 4 56 84 30
Whatcom 11 51 126 18
Whitman 15 25 51 13
Yakima 15 44 203 12

Career Departments of Washington

Here are the average numbers of career firefighters for each county within Washington, as well as the maximum and minimum numbers for that county.

County # Career Departments Average Firefighters Highest # Lowest #
Benton 2 75 95 55
Chelan 1 71
Clallam 1 49
Clark 5 92 178 60
Cowlitz 1 54
Franklin 1 55
Grant 2 18 31 5
Grays Harbor 2 29 36 21
Island 1 54
Jefferson 1 20
King 24 136 1013 2
Kitsap 5 75 118 46
Kittitas 1 39
Lewis 1 27
Pierce 11 108 315 15
Skagit 3 35 40 31
Snohomish 15 93 294 23
Spokane 4 144 331 22
Thurston 5 72 112 47
Walla Walla 1 47
Whatcom 1 138
Whitman 1 62
Yakima 1 77

Looking for NFIRS FDIDs?

Here are the fire department identifiers (FDIDs) for agencies within Washington. NFIRS FDIDs are required for submitting NFIRS reports with mutual aid or automatic aid with those departments.

Need more NFIRS help?

Here are some useful ressources to learn more about NFIRS.

NFIRS Codes Cheat SheetNFIRS CodingNFIRS ExamplesFDIDsPOCsNFIRS TransactionsNFIRS ModulesNFIRS ElementsNFIRS RulesNFIRS ReferenceNFIRS Compliant ?

You can also read this NFIRS 5.0 Complete Reference Guide, and NFIRS 5.0 Design documentation in order to have a deeper understanding of NFIRS 5.0. Here are also NFIRS 5.0 Forms ready for you to download and use.

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Last Updated on July 1, 2023