Notice for a Special Board meeting to be held on Monday, October 19, 2020, beginning at 10:00 am.
The approximate duration is two hours. The meeting will be held remotely using Zoom.  Zoom link:    

The purpose of the meeting will be to:

1. Review and discuss draft operation budget 2021

2. Cell tower proposal

Also, the next REGULAR Board meeting will be November 10th at 5:30 pm and will use the same link we've previously used for regular Board meetings.

October 13, 2020 Board Agenda

   Other Important Board Information 

  Please join us for our next virtual Board Meeting.

 To attend the meeting, simply click this link:


 Alternately, you can call in and listen to the meeting by dialing:  253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)

( Meeting ID: 812 9684 5898)

 The meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. 

 We apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks for your understanding.

​All regular meetings will be held at the Main South Bay Station unless otherwise noted. Most meetings last between one to three hours. All regular and special Board meetings are open to the public.

​Note: Meetings are subject to change. Notice of change will be posted on this site and at the meeting location.

Click here for a printer-friendly list of 2020 Board Meetings

2020 Board of Fire Commissioners’ Meetings

Regular Board meetings will be held once a month

on  the second Tuesday of the month beginning at

5:30 pm unless noted otherwise.

Tuesday     01/14/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     02/11/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     03/10/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     04/14/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     05/12/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     06/09/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     07/14/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     08/11/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm

Tuesday     09/08/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     10/13/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     11/10/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm
Tuesday     12/08/2020    Regular Meeting   5:30 pm


There will be a Special Board meeting on Monday, July 27, beginning at 1:00 pm for the purpose of reviewing and discussing District finances and future direction options.

The estimated duration is two hours. 

SBFD Thurston 8 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting to begin on July 27 at 1:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 812 9684 5898

Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)



Duties of the Fire Commissioners


The Board of Fire Commissioners has full responsibility for managing all affairs of the District, including comprehensive  planning, budgeting, organizational design and general policies for guiding the delivery of services. The Board appoints a District Secretary and a Fire Chief and delegates them certain authorities for managing the operational function of the District.

Fire Protection Districts

South Bay Fire District 8 is a political subdivision under the laws of the State of Washington authorized and responsible for the delivery of services for the protection of life and property, including fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency rescue and emergency medical response.

Chairman of the Board

The Chair is directly responsible to assure that meetings are conducted according to the State Open Public Meetings Act and District policy.

How the Board Operates

Regular meetings of the Board are held once a month on a Thursday. Occasionally a meeting will be moved due to a conflict. Meetings begin at 5:30 pm and are held at Station 8-1 located at 3506 Shincke Road NE, Olympia. Most meetings last between one to three hours. All regular and special Board meetings are open to the public and all actions authorized or required by law are taken at these meetings. A schedule of all regular meetings is available on the District web site

A draft agenda for each regular Board meeting is prepared in advance by the District Secretary in coordination with the Fire Chief and Board Chair. Meetings are then conducted by the Chair following the prescribed agenda. The Board draft agenda is available for public viewing on-line  prior to the meeting. Click here for current draft agenda.

As the Board meeting progresses, you may notice that there is quick action on some items. This is because the Board generally considers an issue for several meetings before taking action and also because background materials on the various items are sent to them for their careful study prior to the meetings. You will be able to follow the meeting actions more closely if you pick up a copy of the agenda that is available at the meeting.

About Executive Session
During some meetings, the Board may go into “executive session,” meaning that the public and the media are not allowed in attendance. The Board Chair will estimate the time the session will require. In these closed meetings, the Board may discuss litigation, personnel selection or evaluation, negotiations, complaints against an employee, or real estate transactions where public disclosure could be damaging to the individuals or the District. However, while the Board will only discuss these issues in executive session, Board action must be done in an open public meeting.

Addressing the Board
The agenda of each Board meeting reserves time near the beginning of the meeting for citizens to speak on questions, observations, or requests. A signup sheet is available near the entrance before meetings for this purpose.

Visitors bringing concerns to the Board are asked to:

  • Keep comments concise and to the point.  The Chair will establish a time limit for individual public comments which will generally be no more than 3 minutes.

  • Speak to a current agenda item or request a future agenda item.

  • Speak to a present, in-progress issue.

  • Not reflect adversely on the political or economic view, ethnic background, character or motives of any individual, especially by name.

  • Visitors need to be respectful of the Commissioners’ meeting and will not speak out during the remainder of the agenda.

Staff or Board members may provide an immediate response, if not, topics will be reviewed and responded to at a later date.

Many times a concern can be more quickly resolved outside of a Board meeting by contacting the Fire Chief or a Board member directly. If, however, a citizen has already met with a District representative and still feels the issue is unresolved, the Board Chair may admit the comments into the minutes of the meeting.

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