South King Fire and Rescue proudly serves the community members of Federal Way, Des Moines and a portion of unincorporated King County, Washington. The fire district covers nearly 41 square miles and protects nearly 150,000 citizens. The district is made up of what used to be five former fire districts and is governed by five elected Board of Fire Commissioners.  The District is led by Fire Chief Victor L. Pennington who was appointed effective January 1, 2020.

South King Fire offers a wide variety of on the job training and career advancement opportunities to employees that benefit the community. After completing JATC training, Firefighters can test to become Driver Engineers or serve on Special Teams that focus on Technical Rescue, Marine Rescue and responding to Hazardous Material related incidents. Firefighters may also qualify to become acting officers which help prepare them for testing opportunities to become permanent grade Lieutenants and Captains. Other career paths are available in Fire Prevention, Community Affairs, Training and Logistics.

Newly hired Firefighters become Union represented members of the South King County Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local #2024.

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Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Age to Apply EMT Certification
21 years of age Not required to apply.

We equip our personnel with the skills and equipment needed to protect lives and property in the community.

We provide professional fire department services to safeguard the community and enhance quality of life.

We set the standard for quality fire and emergency services by applying strategic thinking, leadership development, and innovation to maintain financial responsibility and public trust.

  • Be honest
  • Be respectful
  • Help others succeed
  • Serve with pride
  • Support the mission, vision and guiding principles
  • Embrace change
  • Assume good intent
  • Do the right thing
  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Pride in equipment, appearance, conduct
  • Take ownership
  • Empower each other
  • Never walk past a mistake

South King Fire & Rescue offers a wide variety of skills and benefits to their members.

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