Message from the Fire Chief

A Word From Chief Gear 
Thank you for visiting our web site.  The Pasco Fire Department welcomes your interest and we encourage you to contact us should you have any questions.  We are honored to provide the citizens of Pasco and the visitors to our city with emergency fire, rescue, hazardous materials and medical services.  We recognize the trust you place in us and the responsibility we have in doing the right thing on every incident every day.

The Pasco Fire Department was established by council action on July 16, 1908 after a series of fires destroyed portions of the town.  Our current responsibilities have expanded from the initial mission of fire suppression to include the efficient delivery of many varied types of emergency services encountered today.  We embrace the challenges and opportunities that are a part of a thriving community and strive to meet your needs within the financial capabilities of the City.  The efforts of the Pasco Fire Department combined with the diligence of the citizenship have made Pasco a safe and prosperous community.

The mission of the Pasco Fire Department is to "Make the best use of department resources to provide the Pasco community with effective mitigation of fire, rescue, hazardous materials, and medical emergencies with compassion, integrity, and respect for its citizens".  We carry out this mission from three fire stations and with 48 line personnel on three rotating 24 hour shifts and 4 support staff on day shift.  Additionally, we provide Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting services to the Port of Pasco, Tri-Cities Airport, and hazardous materials and technical rescue capabilities within a collaborative framework with neighboring fire agencies.  We respond to approximately 4,000 calls for service a year and our goal is to arrive within 6 minutes of notification of the alarm.

The fire department is undergoing many changes to improve our services, promote efficiency, and increase community and firefighter safety.  We are accomplishing these goals at a time when it is imperative to capitalize on every expenditure and opportunity.  We have entered into collaborative efforts with neighboring fire agencies to facilitate and promote cost savings and improve effectiveness.  We will continue to increase the commitment to collaboration as an avenue of fiscal efficiency, employee safety, and community service.  We are confident that we can improve our services and are committed to community safety, firefighter safety, and financial responsibility.

The next five years will be busy, exciting times for the Pasco Fire Department and we appreciate your willingness to be a partner by watching our progress through this website!

Chief Gear