About South Bay Fire District 8
The District is celebrating its 70th anniversary!
Thurston County Fire Protection District 8, (also known as the South Bay Fire Department) is a political subdivision under the laws of the State of Washington authorized and responsible for the delivery of fire protection and emergency medical services, including fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency rescue and basic life support response.
We are staffed by a combination of volunteers and career responders. We serve the areas of North Olympia, Boston Harbor, Fishtrap, Gull Harbor, Hawks Prairie, Johnson Point, Puget Beach, South Bay and Woodard Bay in the unincorporated areas north of Olympia and Lacey.
The South Bay Volunteer Fire Department (Fire District 8) 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.
That same year voters also approved the creation of the North Olympia Volunteer Fire Department (Fire District 7),
to provide fire protection for the rural community in the Boston Harbor area. The first fire station was located near the Gull Harbor Mercantile with a leased fire engine and two dozen volunteers.
On January 1, 2015, Fire District 7 merged into Fire District 8. This was a momentous event that culminated after a long-term effort to consolidate the two fire districts. Today the South Bay Fire Department is made up of over 35 volunteers and twenty-two career staff, administered by a Board of five Fire Commissioners. We also have two District Chaplains.
Our District serves over 13,000 residents within its 33 square mile area and our call volume exceeds 1300 calls per year. We have two staffed fire stations in the district, each housing a pumper, water tender and rescue unit. Crews respond from our South Bay Station 8-1 and North Olympia Station 8-3. There is also an un-staffed fire station on Johnson Point.
To better keep our community better informed, we send out a Community Newsletter on a quarterly basis. We also strive to keep our website current and informative. We encourage attendance at our monthly Board of Fire Commissioner Meetings that are held monthly on the first Tuesdays of the month. Most meetings are held at South Bay Station 8-1 at 5:30 pm.
OUR MISSION, VISION and VALUES
We are committed to serve our community with prompt, consistent and professional fire suppression, basic life support, rescue and prevention/ preparedness services.
We will strive to meet adopted Target Levels of Service to our community through deployment based on three strategically located firestations, staffed round-the-clock with competent responders and equipped with all necessary apparatus and equipment to provide Mission and Value driven services.
Our priority is to provide a consistent & professional emergency response throughout our District. We are committed to deploy our resources to ensure a response that meets our Target Levels of Service regardless of the incident location within our District.
We are a team oriented organization and support each member’s achievement toward providing excellent service to our community. We commit to recruit and retain our members through programs that make effective use of their time, prepare them for their assigned duties, create synergy between organizational health & community service and build an environment that is safe, stimulating, respectful and fun.
We will provide a consistent level of leadership and support for all of our members. Our commitment is to maintain and provide round-the-clock direction and mentorship. We will provide management and other resources as necessary to ensure the success consistent with our Mission, Vision and Values.
We will identify, evaluate and offer appropriate proactive risk management programs to mitigate anticipated community hazards.
We value an actively involved and well-informed community of residents, and believe citizens should have a fair and democratic opportunity to influence outcomes, participate in activities and share the pride of ownership of their fire department.
Adopted July 11, 2017