The Marysville Fire District

The Marysville Fire District was formed in 1992 as the result of a contractual agreement between the City of Marysville and Snohomish County Fire District 12 as a means of reducing duplication of efforts and expanding services to the community. Our organization once again expanded in 1998 to include the consolidation of Snohomish County Fire District 20 into Fire District 12. In 2002, Fire District 20 formally merged into Fire District 12. The responsibility of overseeing the operations of the Marysville Fire District falls to a six member Board of Directors, three of which are Fire District 12 Commissioners, with the other three designated by the Mayor of the City of Marysville to serve on the Board.

Our Fire District protects approximately 55 square miles including the City of Marysville, Seven Lakes, Quilceda Village, the East side of Tulalip Indian Reservation, as well as a diverse expanse of un-incorporated Snohomish County.


The population of the Marysville Fire District is estimated to be 61,000 residents. Approximately 28,500 citizens live in the City of Marysville, 21,500 in urbanized, un-incorporated Urban Growth Area, and approximately 11,000 residents reside outside the Urban Growth Boundary (the rural area). The Marysville Fire District responds to approximately 10,000 calls annually. Of these calls, approximately 70% are EMS based incidents, 25% are non-fire/non EMS based incidents, and 5% are fire based incidents.


The Marysville Fire District employs 60+ full-time personnel, who operate the Fire Districts' five fire stations (Station 61, 62, 63, 65, 66). These dedicated professionals staff 4 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company, 3 Aid Cars, and 2 Medic Units on a 24/7 basis. Full-time personnel are supplemented by 45 part-time Firefighters. There are three emergency response shifts, with each of the shifts under the command of a Battalion Chief.


The Administration office staff includes the Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief of Support Services, Human Resources Manager, Finance Director, Public Information Officer/Public Education Specialist,  Fire Inspector, and three office employees.


Marysville Fire District also participates in two countywide special operations response groups. Our Hazardous Materials Team works in conjunction with, and as a part of, the county wide response team. The Fire District also has a Technical Rescue Team that responds throughout the county on various rescue responses as part of a county Technical Rescue Team.



Beginnings of City of Marysville Fire Department

January 29, 1906 - Marysville Globe Newspaper


Condensed County News
Steamship Valenica Founders at Cape Beal
The Last Round
Round About News Items
Call to Organize Fire Department
Forester Installation
Advertised Letters
Prof. Daggy Lectures
City Council



February 02 1906 - Marysville Globe Newspaper


Volunteer Fire Department Organized
The preliminary meeting held for the purpose of organizing a volunteer fire department, at the call of H. Harrington, met in Bartlett's store last Friday evening. As a result of that meeting another was called for Tuesday evening in the Town Hall, and the following names submitted to the Council at the last meeting as the prospective members of the company. J. J. Comford, E. E. Colvin, Archie Mapes, C. H. Schaefer, Lewis Swanson, Bert Brown, William Marden, Charles Raymond, E. H. Blair and D. C. Myers.
Mayor called the Tuesday evening meeting to order after which C. H. Schaefer was chosen chairman and D. C. Myers secretary. Committees were appointed to correspond with the five chiefs in Seattle and Everett in regard to constitution and bylaws, and to look up the condition of the apparatus. Another meeting was called for Friday night, when officers will be elected.



February 09 1906 - Marysville Globe Newspaper

Marysville Now Has Fully Organized Fire Department
The Marysville Volunteer Fire Department was fully organized at a meeting held last Friday evening, and C. H. Schaefer is foreman or chief of the company, Chas. Raymond, second foreman; E. H. Blair, Treasurer; Archie Mapes, secretary. The old constitution and bye-laws (sic) governing the former company organized under the old fire ordinance, were adopted. The department will meet the second Tuesday evening of every month.
At present the department consists of only ten members. That number will be increased later, and a hook and ladder company formed.
The company held its first practice Wednesday afternoon. Three taps on the fire bell has been adopted as the signal to call the fire department together for any purpose whatever except fire. To increase the efficiency of the department in reaching the scene of a fire quickly, the Council has been asked to give a liberal reward to any one having a horse, who first responds at the Town Hall after an alarm to haul the hose cart to the fire.



Beginnings of Snohomish County Fire Protection District 20

On February 27, 1960, Snohomish County Fire Protection District #20 was formed. Eighty-three votes were cast, all were "YES". Also approved were the Districts first Fire Commissioners; Lyle Jewett, Lloyd Clark, Harry Sanderson.

By 1961 the District had a roster of firefighters; a fire department was coming to fruition. Granted, they had to meet in the local real estate office, and fire equipment was being purchased, but it was a fire department. Earl Naylor was the first Fire Chief, followed by Virgil Bolton in June of 1961. Al Freestad, Lloyd Clark, and John Sedy Jr. were the Commissioners in 1961.


In 1963, the Lake Goodwin Fire Station was constructed using volunteer labor. A 2 truck-bay building with a meeting room and two bathrooms; cinder block walls and a hot tar roof. The first vehicles it housed were civil defense hand-me-downs.


By the time the 70's had ended, the Lake Goodwin station had another 2 truck-bays added, as well as a second floor community meeting room. The Lake Loma station had been constructed; a small 2 truck bay fire station with a small kitchenette area, two bathrooms, and an office. During this time, the district hired its first full time employee.


In the late 80's the fire district hired a second full time employee to provide firefighting duties as well as maintenance and repair of the vehicles and facilities, and transformed the full time firefighter position into a full time fire chief position.


The early 90's saw the addition of a large single opening truck bay to the Lake Goodwin Station, allowing for the equivalent of 3 more truck-bays. In addition, a third full time position was added for firefighting and clerical duties.


1997 was the last year Fire District 20 operated its own fire department; after January 01, 1998, the district was a partner in the consolidated agency known as the Marysville Fire District. Four years later, Fire District 20 merged into Fire District 12.