The South Kitsap Community has its center in the City of Port Orchard, WA.  Surrounding the county seat lies the 15 stations of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. The settings for these stations include waterfront, suburban, and rural communities. These communities include the City of Port Orchard, Orchard Heights, Retsil, Manchester, Olalla, Burley, Glenwood, Sunnyslope, Navy Yard City, and Gorst. Altogether, these small communities and neighborhoods encompass 118 square miles and set the boundaries for our district.

The district serves an estimated population of 72,046 citizens and is governed by a Board of five elected Fire Commissioners who focus on the needs of the community and progressively set the policy and direction for the district at large.

The Headquarters station, located in the Orchard Heights neighborhood, is the central office for the District’s Administrative Division and Management Team. The Fire Chief and Deputy Chief oversee the three shift Battalion chiefs, two administrative Battalion Chiefs, and office staff. Organizationally, South Kitsap Fire and Rescue is served through the Operations Division and a Support Services Division.

The Operations Division includes the coordination of our paid firefighters and Volunteer Firefighter Program. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue maintains a career staff of 84 and also utilizes over 60 Volunteer Firefighters. These personnel are stationed throughout the district at one of the seven 24-hour staffed stations, or nine volunteer stations.  As South Kitsap Fire and Rescue prepares for its future, our goal is to maintain or improve our current level of service while maintaining current levy rates.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s Support Services Division encompasses Physical Resources, Prevention, Human Resources, and Administrative Services. Physical Resources include equipping, supplying, and maintaining all district facilities; purchasing and maintaining 70 pieces of emergency and staff vehicles and providing tools, equipment, and uniforms for all of our members.

Services include but are not limited to all types of natural and man made emergencies including fire responses, ALS and BLS emergency medical services and transports, rescue events, hazardous conditions, emergent and non-emergent service calls, company inspections, fire investigations, code enforcement, public education and information are just a few of the services SKFR provides to their community.

General Information

15 Stations
8  Staffed
7  Volunteer

118 Square Miles
Population  72,046
Fire Class  #4

Number of Alarms (2012)

8,139 Total Events
5,845  EMS Calls
190  Fire Calls
149  Hazardous Conditions (no fire)
738  Good Intent Calls
800  Service Calls
324  False Alarms & False Call
6  Severe Weather & Natural Disaster
87  Other Calls


5  Commissioners
1  Fire Chief
1  Deputy Chief
5  Battalion Chiefs
1  Fire Prevention Manager
1  Fire Prevention Tech
1  Computer/Elect. Tech
3  Vehicle Maintenance
2  Facilities Maintenance
5  Admin Support Staff
20  Lieutenants
3  Captains
18  Paramedics
37  Career Fire Fighters
1  Volunteer Lead Battalion Chief
2  Volunteer Battalion Chiefs
3  Volunteer Captains
3  Volunteer Lieutenants
22  Volunteer Firefighters
13  Intern Firefighters
5  Chaplains
24  Volunteer Support Personnel

Number of Apparatus

16  Engines
5  Medic Units
2  Brush Trucks
5  Aid Units
9  Tenders
1  Ladder Truck
1  Air Support Unit
2  Command Vehicle
1  MCI Unit
11  Staff Cars
11  Support Vehicles
3  Antique Engines