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1 Kent Fire Department History

2 1892 The beginning of the Kent Fire Department as an informal Department. The beginning of the Kent Fire Department as an informal Department. S.D Miller is appointed Fire Chief of the informal Department. S.D Miller is appointed Fire Chief of the informal Department. Department Assets consist of one large Seagrave chemical fire extinguisher mounted on wooden wheels and stored in a barn. Department Assets consist of one large Seagrave chemical fire extinguisher mounted on wooden wheels and stored in a barn.

3 1900 Fire hydrants are installed within the city. Fire hydrants are installed within the city. Hand drawn hose cart is added to the Department inventory. Hand drawn hose cart is added to the Department inventory. First major commercial fire in KFD history takes place at Freds saloon. First major commercial fire in KFD history takes place at Freds saloon.

4 1912 The Kent Volunteer Fire Department is officially organized. The Kent Volunteer Fire Department is officially organized. 27 men serve under the appointed Chief J.E. Hayward. 27 men serve under the appointed Chief J.E. Hayward. Horse drawn hook and ladder powered by horses that are provided by department members is added to the inventory. Horse drawn hook and ladder powered by horses that are provided by department members is added to the inventory. Horse owners are paid three dollars per call. Horse owners are paid three dollars per call. The fire department responded to three calls for the year. The fire department responded to three calls for the year.

5 1914 The largest fire in Department history to this date occurs on July 4 th when five commercial structures in the heart of downtown are destroyed. The largest fire in Department history to this date occurs on July 4 th when five commercial structures in the heart of downtown are destroyed. The losses include the hotel, a bakery, a shoe shop, the local second hand store, and the livery stable. The losses include the hotel, a bakery, a shoe shop, the local second hand store, and the livery stable. No injuries were reported. No injuries were reported.

6 1917 First motorized apparatus is purchased by the Department. First motorized apparatus is purchased by the Department. The days of horse drawn apparatus come to an end. The days of horse drawn apparatus come to an end.

7 1920 First arson fire was reported. First arson fire was reported.

8 1924 The Department is reorganized on January 23 and Ben York is named Fire Chief. The Department is reorganized on January 23 and Ben York is named Fire Chief. Personnel consist of an all volunteer staff including the Chief and eleven men. Personnel consist of an all volunteer staff including the Chief and eleven men. This year marks the beginning of the City of Kent Fire Department. This year marks the beginning of the City of Kent Fire Department. A second motorized pump is added to supplement the Departments pumping capabilities. A second motorized pump is added to supplement the Departments pumping capabilities.

9 1925 A $5,000 bond is passed to purchase a new fire engine. A $5,000 bond is passed to purchase a new fire engine. The new 350 gpm engine is placed at Station 1. The new 350 gpm engine is placed at Station 1. This year marks the first night shift firefighters posted duty at the fire station. This year marks the first night shift firefighters posted duty at the fire station. Charles Brick Brdges is appointed Fire Chief. Charles Brick Brdges is appointed Fire Chief.

10 1927 Fire safety inspections of public and commercial buildings begin. Fire safety inspections of public and commercial buildings begin. Department purchases a Lung Motor. Department purchases a Lung Motor. The Department officially begins to respond to first aid calls. The Department officially begins to respond to first aid calls. KFD becomes a member of the Puget Sound Firemens Association. KFD becomes a member of the Puget Sound Firemens Association.

11 1929 May 2, 1929 marks the first recorded aid call handled by the KFD. May 2, 1929 marks the first recorded aid call handled by the KFD. The call involves an electrocution. The call involves an electrocution.

12 1936 The Fire Department purchases a new Ford fire truck. The Fire Department purchases a new Ford fire truck. Residents approve funding to provide rural fire protection as far east as the Benson Road. Residents approve funding to provide rural fire protection as far east as the Benson Road. KFD is one of the first fire departments to provide rural fire protection in the state of Washington. KFD is one of the first fire departments to provide rural fire protection in the state of Washington.

13 1940 A new Seagrave fire engine is purchased and placed into service after a catastrophic fire nearly destroys Washington Frosted Foods. A new Seagrave fire engine is purchased and placed into service after a catastrophic fire nearly destroys Washington Frosted Foods.

14 1948 King County Fire District 37 is formed and the City Fire Chief Charles Brick Bridges is named as the administrator for both agencies. King County Fire District 37 is formed and the City Fire Chief Charles Brick Bridges is named as the administrator for both agencies. The District encompasses the rural areas east of the City. The District encompasses the rural areas east of the City. The District purchases a 500 gallon pumper that is placed in service as the first tender to be used as a source of supplemental water for areas with no hydrants. The District purchases a 500 gallon pumper that is placed in service as the first tender to be used as a source of supplemental water for areas with no hydrants.

15 1949 Two more fire tenders are purchased for the Fire District to supplement water capabilities. Two more fire tenders are purchased for the Fire District to supplement water capabilities. Fire Stations are built at Lake Meridian (adjacent to current Station 72) and at Panther Lake (on SE 216 th Street). Fire Stations are built at Lake Meridian (adjacent to current Station 72) and at Panther Lake (on SE 216 th Street).

16 1952 Donations from members of the community are used to purchase a 1952 Chevrolet Panel truck to operate as a vehicle to provide emergency medical services. Donations from members of the community are used to purchase a 1952 Chevrolet Panel truck to operate as a vehicle to provide emergency medical services.

17 1954 The Departments largest fire pump to date makes its appearance on the streets of Kent in the form of a 1954 Kenworth that would serve the community for the next 25 years. The Departments largest fire pump to date makes its appearance on the streets of Kent in the form of a 1954 Kenworth that would serve the community for the next 25 years. This apparatus would eventually see service for the island of Tonga in the South Pacific. This apparatus would eventually see service for the island of Tonga in the South Pacific.

18 1964 A second bond issue is passed for $200,000. A second bond issue is passed for $200,000. These funds are used to construct two (2) fire stations and purchase two (2) Crown fire engines. These funds are used to construct two (2) fire stations and purchase two (2) Crown fire engines.

19 1965 Most historic year. Most historic year. City Council hires first paid staff, consisting of two (2) chief officers and ten (10) firefighters. City Council hires first paid staff, consisting of two (2) chief officers and ten (10) firefighters. Fire Chief Charles Brick Bridges retires. Fire Chief Charles Brick Bridges retires. Tom Foster is named Fire Chief. Tom Foster is named Fire Chief.

20 1966 The Fire District signs its first mutual-aid contracts with King County Fire District 44 and Renton. The Fire District signs its first mutual-aid contracts with King County Fire District 44 and Renton.

21 1968 On January 22, 1968 eighteen members of the Kent Fire Department were chartered by the International Association of Fire Fighters. On January 22, 1968 eighteen members of the Kent Fire Department were chartered by the International Association of Fire Fighters. The Local became designated as Kent Firefighters IAFF Local The Local became designated as Kent Firefighters IAFF Local 1747.

22 1972 First members of the KFD are trained and certified as EMTs. First members of the KFD are trained and certified as EMTs. City Building department operates under the supervision of the Fire Department. City Building department operates under the supervision of the Fire Department. Fires that destroy Fields Lumber and severely damages the San Juan apartments stretch department resources to the breaking point. Fires that destroy Fields Lumber and severely damages the San Juan apartments stretch department resources to the breaking point.

23 1973 Kents insurance rating is reduced from ISO class 5 to class 4. Kents insurance rating is reduced from ISO class 5 to class 4. The City of Kent annexes areas of King County Fire District #30 along Pacific Highway South. The City of Kent annexes areas of King County Fire District #30 along Pacific Highway South.

24 1974 KFD and Fire District 37 contract together to cut costs and operating expenses. KFD and Fire District 37 contract together to cut costs and operating expenses. Combining the two departments brings the total number of personnel to 39 and increases the area of protection to 53 square miles. Combining the two departments brings the total number of personnel to 39 and increases the area of protection to 53 square miles.

25 1978 Valley paramedics in service and operating out of Valley General Hospital. Valley paramedics in service and operating out of Valley General Hospital. 35 Kent Firefighters became Journeymen Firefighters, the first in the State of Washington. 35 Kent Firefighters became Journeymen Firefighters, the first in the State of Washington.

26 1979 The first firefighter to lose his life in the line of duty occurs in June of this year. Kent volunteer firefighter Ralph Bucklin dies from injuries he receives while battling a house fire. The first firefighter to lose his life in the line of duty occurs in June of this year. Kent volunteer firefighter Ralph Bucklin dies from injuries he receives while battling a house fire.

27 1980 The Fire District passes a $985,000 bond for the purchase of one new station, the remodeling of another, a fire engine and an aid car. The Fire District passes a $985,000 bond for the purchase of one new station, the remodeling of another, a fire engine and an aid car. The same year the City passes a $450,000 bond for the purchase of a new engine and ladder truck. The same year the City passes a $450,000 bond for the purchase of a new engine and ladder truck.

28 1981 Chief Norm Angelo replaces Chief Foster. Chief Norm Angelo replaces Chief Foster. Construction of new station 72 and remodel of existing station 77 begin. Construction of new station 72 and remodel of existing station 77 begin. 2 engines and ladder 71 are also purchased. 2 engines and ladder 71 are also purchased.

29 1984 The KFD Master Plan is developed and adopted. The KFD Master Plan is developed and adopted.

30 1985 The KFD planned and ordered the first of several new concept engine/aid combination apparatus. The KFD planned and ordered the first of several new concept engine/aid combination apparatus. Placed an engine and an aid car out of service to re-deploy firefighters to provide staffing for 3 person engine companies. Placed an engine and an aid car out of service to re-deploy firefighters to provide staffing for 3 person engine companies. The number of calls for service tops 5,000 for the year. The number of calls for service tops 5,000 for the year.

31 1986 The city passes one of the largest bond issues ever voted in by the citizens. The Public Safety Bond Levy was for $12.3 million. The money was earmarked for the construction of 3 new fire stations (one of which is a police/fire training facility), remodel of existing station 71, construction of a vehicle maintenance facility, apparatus and equipment. The city passes one of the largest bond issues ever voted in by the citizens. The Public Safety Bond Levy was for $12.3 million. The money was earmarked for the construction of 3 new fire stations (one of which is a police/fire training facility), remodel of existing station 71, construction of a vehicle maintenance facility, apparatus and equipment. Fire District 37 lifts the lid to build station 75 and purchase new concept engine/aid apparatus. Fire District 37 lifts the lid to build station 75 and purchase new concept engine/aid apparatus.

32 1989 Fire Station 75 is opened. Fire Station 75 is opened. Department personnel expands to include 100 paid firefighters. Department personnel expands to include 100 paid firefighters.

33 1991 KFD headquarters is moved to station 74 on 116 th ave Se from station 71. KFD headquarters is moved to station 74 on 116 th ave Se from station 71. The Building Department is moved from under the supervision of the Fire Department to the Planning Department. The Building Department is moved from under the supervision of the Fire Department to the Planning Department.

34 1992 The calls for service surpass 10,000!!!!! The calls for service surpass 10,000!!!!!

35 1993 On July 23, 1993 the largest dollar loss fire in KFD history occurred at the Village Green Apartments. The dollar loss was estimated at $3,000,000. On July 23, 1993 the largest dollar loss fire in KFD history occurred at the Village Green Apartments. The dollar loss was estimated at $3,000,000. Fire training simulators are installed in the training center burn tower. Fire training simulators are installed in the training center burn tower.

36 1993 Village Green Fire

37 1995 King County Medic One places M11 in service at Station 75. King County Medic One places M11 in service at Station 75. City begins apparatus replacement fund. City begins apparatus replacement fund.

38 1996 The city annexes the Lake Meridian area, which includes station 72 and station 75. The city annexes the Lake Meridian area, which includes station 72 and station 75.

39 1997 The City of Covington incorporates and requests that District 37 continue to provide fire and ems services along the existing district boundaries. The City of Covington incorporates and requests that District 37 continue to provide fire and ems services along the existing district boundaries. The City of Kent annexes the Del Mar area of the west hill which increases the response area of the KFD from 53 to 58 square miles. The City of Kent annexes the Del Mar area of the west hill which increases the response area of the KFD from 53 to 58 square miles.

40 1998 King County Medic One places M7 in service at station 76. King County Medic One places M7 in service at station 76. The KFD signs a contract to provide apparatus maintenance to Fire District #11. The KFD signs a contract to provide apparatus maintenance to Fire District #11.

41 2000 The KFD signs a contract to provide training services for King County Fire District 40. The KFD signs a contract to provide training services for King County Fire District 40. The Department begins operations of the Emergency Coordination Center at station 74. The Department begins operations of the Emergency Coordination Center at station 74.

42 2001 Minimum staffing is increased from 24 to 26 firefighters on shift. Minimum staffing is increased from 24 to 26 firefighters on shift. New station 77 opens. New station 77 opens. The KFD purchases 4 new Quantum fire engines with CAFS. The KFD purchases 4 new Quantum fire engines with CAFS. Second Strategic Plan document is published. Second Strategic Plan document is published.

43 2002 Chief Angelo leaves the Department and is replaced by Chief Jim Schneider. Chief Angelo leaves the Department and is replaced by Chief Jim Schneider. The KFD begins the process towards accreditation. The KFD begins the process towards accreditation.

44 2004 The KFD becomes Nationally Accredited as a Fire Department on August 31. The KFD becomes Nationally Accredited as a Fire Department on August 31.

45 2005 Total calls for service 14,288 for the year. Total calls for service 14,288 for the year. Total population served tops 134,000. Total population served tops 134,000.

46 2006 July 17 th was the ground breaking for station 78 scheduled to open July 17 th was the ground breaking for station 78 scheduled to open The KFD begins providing vehicle maintenance for the City of Auburn Fire Deapartment. The KFD begins providing vehicle maintenance for the City of Auburn Fire Deapartment.


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