At RF&ES, our operations division is staffed with 55 firefighters who work the 48 / 96 schedule, which consists of two consecutive 24-hour shifts on duty, followed by four consecutive days off. Each of our four stations across the city is staffed by three separate shifts, maintaining a minimum of a 3-person crew.
All members of RF&ES are required to be licensed through the Washington State Department of Health as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). At a minimum, firefighters are required to maintain an EMT license. Our EMTs provide patient care and treatment under the supervision of the Regional Medical Program Director, Dr. Kevin Hodges.
As of August 2019, the RF&ES operations division has 3 Battalion Chiefs, 12 Captains, 6 Lieutenants, and 34 Firefighters. An additional two Battalion Chiefs, 3 Captains, and one Firefighter oversee the internal and external risk divisions. All firefighters employed by RF&ES are members of International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 1052.
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Platform 1714 assisting with a commercial structure fire, summer 2019.