We are a Volunteer Fire Department Proudly Serving South Whidbey Island.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS’s Mission
To protect and prepare the South Whidbey community through service and education.

November 12, 2012

Dear Editor,

On behalf of South Whidbey Fire/EMS, thank you to our community for supporting the levy lid lift for our volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. We worked hard to educate the community about the levy lid lift over the past year – but we also received an education along the way.

We learned that we need to communicate with you on a regular basis – not just when we have a special need like the ballot question. During this public education effort, we learned to work better as a team to respond to questions and deliver information (in addition to emergency services) to the people we serve. Finally, we learned about the deep-rooted caring and support the community has for this organization and the 75 men and women who volunteer to provide you with fire and emergency medical service.

Regardless of how you voted, we appreciate your involvement and participation because it comes from the heart. We will continue to report back on the progress we are making through regular communications with the public. Thank you again for your support.


H.L. “Rusty” Palmer, Fire Chief
South Whidbey Fire/EMS
5535 Cameron Road
Freeland, WA. 98249

South Whidbey Fire/EMS was established as Island County Fire Protection District #3 by local community volunteers in 1950. Still relying heavily on our team of volunteers, we proudly serve the citizens of South Whidbey Island.

We recently changed our name to better reflect the service we provide.  We are an active department. We conduct extensive training and educational outreach, while also answering an average of five emergency calls per calendar day. In 2011, we responded to 1,867 emergency requests: Fire, Medical, Marine, & High Angle Rescue calls.
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We have six stations located in: Freeland, Bayview, Langley, Saratoga, Clinton and Maxwelton. Our district covers 57 miles of shoreline and 66 square miles of South Whidbey Island.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS is rated by Washington State Rating Bureau as a Class 7 for fire protection, which means better insurance rates for most of our community homeowners.

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South Whidbey Fire/EMS continues to be guided by our Strategic Plan. The plan was officially adopted by the Fire Commissioners and put into action on February 8, 2007. More than just a document, this plan serves as a dynamic road map to help guide the critical planning decisions we make on behalf of the local community. The plan drives the decision making so that we can continue to provide a high level of service at a minimal taxpayer cost. We are updating the plan this year to help guide us into the future.

The District operates on one of the lowest tax rates in the state and with good planning we will continue to provide the best service possible with the tax dollars we receive. We encourage you to read the current Strategic Plan and invite you to learn more about how to participate in the activities of South Whidbey Fire and Rescue.
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Download: Our Strategic Plan Timeline & Progress Report