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The Poulsbo Fire Department is a combination fire department providing fire and life safety services to the 28,000 citizens of Kitsap County Fire District #18. The Fire District covers 55 square miles of the Kitsap Peninsula, and includes the City of Poulsbo and the communities of Keyport and Port Gamble. The Kitsap Peninsula, on the west side of Puget Sound, is ideally located between the urban areas of Seattle, Tacoma, and Bremerton and the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula. The District is nearly surrounded by water, including; Hood Canal, Gamble Bay, and Liberty Bay.
The City of Poulsbo, located on Liberty Bay, is a diverse and rapidly growing community. The community continues to celebrate a rich Scandinavian heritage, with Poulsbo being referred to as the “Viking City” and “Little Norway on the Fjord”. The Department provides ‘all hazard’ response to fires, technical rescue, service, and emergency medical incidents which includes the care and transport of both ALS and BLS patients. In addition to emergency responses and training, our personnel are regularly engaged in the community performing fire prevention, public education, and community service related activities. The Poulsbo Fire Department operates under the leadership of Chief James Gillard and Deputy Chief Bruce Peterson, and is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners.
The Department responds to an average of 9.5 emergency calls per day out of four fire stations, three of which are regularly staffed. The stations are staffed with 39 line personnel, assigned to one of three shifts working a ’24 on – 48 off’ work schedule. Each shift is assigned; 1-Battalion Chief, 1-Captain, 2-Lieutenants, 4 FF/EMT-Ps, 5 FF/EMT-Bs.
The line personnel are supported by 9 administrative and support personnel, as well as 7 volunteer EMT-Bs, 5 volunteer FF/EMT-Bs, and 2 Administrative Volunteers.
Salary and Benefit Information:
All line positions are represented by I.A.F.F. Local #2819, with all salary and benefits detailed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.