Training & Preparedness · All Risk Mobilization
In 1991, a wildland fire in Spokane destroyed hundreds of residential structures and thousands of acres of forest. In the wake of that firestorm, the 1992 Washington State Legislature passed into law a bill directing the creation of the State Fire Service Mobilization Plan in RCW 43.43.961.
This RCW names the Chief of the Washington State Patrol as the authority to authorize a state-declared mobilization.
Under RCW 43.43.961, the Fire Service Resource Mobilization Plan is implemented to provide personnel, equipment, and other logistical resources from around the state when a wildland fire or other emergency exceeds the firefighting capacity of local jurisdictions.
In accordance with this plan, the Washington State Patrol Fire Protection Bureau Office of the State Fire Marshal coordinates statewide fire service resources to support local firefighting efforts.
Declaring A Mobilization
Only the Fire Chief of the local fire protection jurisdiction or fire chief's authorized representative has the authority to request state fire services resource Mobilization.
A request for State Mobilization may occur when the Fire Chief has expended or will expend all available:
When attempting to manage fires, disasters or other events that jeopardize the ability to provide for the protection of life and property. Provided that:
Declaring a State Mobilization requires the following process:
The Resource Coordinator will contact the requestor, be briefed on the situation and verify the types of resources requested.
Mobilization Plan, Reports & Forms
To make the Plan available to everyone who has internet access, all files have been kept under one (1) megabyte. Sections have been combined for downloading and viewing. The entire document is in Adobe Acrobat format. You will need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader if you do not have it.
2009 Mobilization Plan
To assist local jurisdictions, officials, clients, and the general public, all information pertaining to Emergency Mobilization have been compiled into a single location. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Deputy State Fire Marshal Barbie Maier at (360) 596-3925, Deputy State Fire Marshal Esther Hernandez at (360) 596-3926 or Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson at (360) 596-3928.
Wildland Fire Mobilization Statistics
The Wildland Fire Mobilization Statistics provides annual data on wildland fires in Washington from 1994 to 2008. The data includes the name of the mobilization or complex; the county that the fire originated or requesting fire agency location; The date the mobilization was approved; the number of acres burned (total or acres burned during the mobilization period); what attributed to the cause of the fire; and the number of homes and other structures lost.
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