About South Bay Fire Department
We are a volunteer based department serving the areas of Johnson Point and South
Bay in northern Thurston County.
What is now known as the South Bay Volunteer Fire Department was formed by a group
of neighbors in April of 1953. The concerned volunteers began with 35 members and
a loaned 1939 Ford pick-up truck with a pressurized water tank in the back. The
school bus barn at the old South Bay School served as the first fire station and
volunteers responded to a grand total of 15 fire calls that year.
Today the South Bay Fire Department is made up of over 35 volunteers and four paid
staff, administered by a Board of Fire Commissioners. Our district serves over 7,500
residents within its 23 square mile area and our call volume exceeds 600 calls per
year. Volunteers respond from three fire stations in the district, each housing
a pumper, water tender and rescue unit.
In Memory Of Greg Thompson
Public Meetings: Please provide community input!
Over the years, there have been sporadic efforts to consider joint operations or consolidation between South Bay and North Olympia fire districts. While the districts have ongoing joint programs such as training, they have continued to operate separately in their operations and administration. As revenues diminish, costs increase and administrative responsibilities expanded, benefits of joint operation or some form of consolidation have become more attractive. The Boards have been working toward a joint-district consolidation of operations and administration.
The Joint Fire Commissioner Boards of Thurston County Fire Districts 7 & 8, (North Olympia and South Bay Fire Departments) invite community members to participate in a 2013 North Olympia-South Bay Interim Consolidation Advisory Group.
We will hold two very important meetings for community members to review and provide input on a proposal to adopt an intergovernmental agreement (IGA). The purpose of the IGA is to organize, implement and evaluate operating as a single response agency.
The Fire Commissioners consider your opinions extremely valuable. The final comments, input and recommendations of the ICAG will be presented to Board members for their consideration on this important issue.
The meetings will be held on Thursdays: June 6th and 13th, 2013 from 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
Please RSVP to let us know of your intention to participate.
Call coordinator Heidi Stumpf at (360) 491-5320
or emails us at:
Location of meetings:
June 6th North Olympia FD Station 7-1
5046 Boston Harbor Rd. N.E.
Olympia, WA 98506
June 13th South Bay FD Station 8-1
3506 Shincke Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(Both meetings 6 pm-8:30 pm)
Here is the most recent document being used to plan for the IGA. Emergency Services Integration Plan
Board of Fire Commissioners' Meetings
Regular Board meetings will be held once a month on Thursdays and will begin at 5:30 pm. All meetings are held at Station 8-1.
Thursday, May 23rd
Thursday, June 20th
Thursday, July 18th
Thursday, August 15th
Thursday, September 19th
Thursday October 17th
Thursday, November 21st
Thursday, December 19th
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: There will be a special meeting of the Board on Friday, May 17th at 10 am. The purpose of the meeting is to review a proposed staffing plan. The meeting will be held at Station 8-1.
For agenda click here:
For more info on our meetings, click here:
Note: Meetings are subject to change. Notice of change will be posted on this site and at the meeting location.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL JOINT MEETING: We will meet with FD7 to further discuss a possible IGA on Tuesday, May 14th at 6 pm. The meeting will be held at Station 7-1, 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE click here for agenda
SBFD Association Members - Get Fit for Summer
The South Bay Fire Fighters' Association will host a GET FIT FOR SUMMER event from March - May in order to motivate members to get fit. Prizes will be awarded for most weight lost; largest change in % of body fat and largest change to body mass index.
Read more here:
FREE CPR CLASSES
The South Bay Fire Department is pleased to offer free CPR classes at our main station 81 located at 3506 Shincke Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506
Classes are held on Wednesdays, 7 pm – 10 pm and are taught by instructor Ron Wertz.
April 24; May 8; May 15; June 12; June 26
Call Medic One at (360) 704-2780 to register for classes or for further information.
(Note: If you would like information on FIRST AID classes, contact Medic One)
2012 Operations Report
At the February 21st Board meeting, Assistant Chief McBride presented a power point presentation reviewing numbers from service calls for 2012. This report is posted for viewing; however, much of the report was spoken verbally, which is not included. If you have questions, please contact us.Note: This report is a power point file.
Click here for 2012 report:
FREE Car Seat Inspections
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will inspect your car seat, check for recalls,
assist in installations, answer your safety questions, and make sure your child is safe and
secure in your vehicle!
• 2nd Saturday of EVERY month* 10:00am - 4:00pm
All Star Ford – 3121 Pacifice Ave, Olympia
*(No inspections in May or December)
• 1st Tuesday of EVERY month 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Tumwater Fire Station - 311 Israel Rd SW, Tumwater
• 3rd Tuesday of EVERY month 11:00am - 1:00pm
Lacey Fire Station - 1231 Franz St. SE, Lacey
For more info click here:
2009-2011 Audit Results
Recently the District was audited by the State Auditor on Financial Statement and Accountability. The results of the audit were that the Department was in compliance and no findings were made. To view the report you can visit the State Auditor’s web site.Visit here:
Does Your Family Have an Emergency Plan?
Prepare Your Home and Family.click here for to be red cross ready:
CATF 2012 Final Report
With the failure of the November 2011 bond levy ballot issue for a new north-end fire station, the Board of Fire Commissioners and District Staff asked for community volunteers and then convened a Citizen Advisory Task Force (CATF) to review options and solicit advice regarding service delivery in the District’s north-end. The purpose of the Task Force was to “review alternative choices and options regarding the provision of response services to Johnson Point and Marvin Road areas and to seek input and recommendations regarding a preferred solution.”
Desired outcomes for the process were:
CATF members will have a good understanding of business options available to the District and the financial and service impacts on the community.
CATF members will gain consensus as to the preferred option/strategy for Johnson Point and Marvin Road response service provision.
Thirty-eight citizens and three District volunteers agreed to serve on the task force. Four workshops were held on April 10th, 17th, 24th and June 5th.
As a result of the workshops, there was super majority support for eventually constructing a new fire station on the site at 78th Avenue, with timing the project to a more favorable economic environment. After reviewing the significant costs to staff three stations and costs to upgrade the two sub-stations, the Task Force decision was made. After placing the new fire station in service, the two existing sub-stations (Johnson Point Road and Marvin Road) would both be closed, surplused and sold. A minority opinion held that the District continue to operate from the South Bay Road fire station only. Another minority opinion was that one or both current sub-stations could be modified to house on-duty responders.
To read the final report, click here:
We hope the information provided on this site will help you learn more about
our Department and our members. Please contact us if there are any questions concerning
the Department or its activities.
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