South Thurston Fire & EMS is a combination fire district in western Washington, centrally located between Seattle and Portland, OR. The district protects residents in rural communities and the City of Tenino. Our area is mostly rural residential with a mixture of farmland and forest.
The district's geographical location is a major thoroughfare for critical infrastructure, such as major freight and passenger rail lines, petroleum pipelines, and Bonneville Power Administration regional high voltage distributions systems. We also protect a 11,000-acre water reservoir for the nearby power plant, which our district also provides mutual aid for large incidents.
South Thurston has 6 full time firefighter/EMTs and are supported by 28 volunteers that come together to help keep our community safe.
Our coverage area includes the city of Tenino, unincorporated Tenino, Skookumchuck, Gibson Valley, and Violet Prairie.
Coverage Area: 76 square miles
Population Served: 8,883
Call Volume - 2018: 1,161
Full-time Staff: 6
Volunteer Staff: 28
Stations: 1-staffed 24/7, 3-volunteer