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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:

  • Local resources
  • Mutual aid resources
  • If a special resource is needed (trench rescue unit) and is not available through existing mutual aid agreements, this may be an extenuating circumstance where mutual aid has been exhausted without having a response. This would be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • And agrees to comply with provisions of the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan

When attempting to manage fires, disasters or other events that jeopardize the ability to provide for the protection of life and property, provided that:

  • The fires, disaster or other event is within a local jurisdiction boundary, or
  • Imminently threatening the jurisdiction, and
  • Identified trigger points (see definitions section) are established and reached

Declaring a State Mobilization requires the following process:

  1. When the conditions above have been met, the local fire chief or designee will complete the:
  2. The request can be faxed or phoned into the Duty Officer at the State Emergency Operations Center.

  3. The Duty Officer will forward the Mobilization Request to the State Fire Marshal’s Office Resource Coordinator. The Resource Coordinator will contact the requestor, be briefed on the situation and verify the types of resources requested.

  4. After the Resource Coordinator verifies the conditions for a Mobilization exist, will forward the request to the Chief of the Washington State Patrol for approval.

  5. Once approved, the Emergency Mobilization Section will be notified. Deputy State Fire Marshal’s assigned to the Mobilization Section will report to the State Emergency Operations Center and to the incident.

    The requested resources and an Incident Management Team will be located and requested to respond from around the state.

    The Deputy State Fire Marshal assigned to the incident works as a liaison with the local fire chief, fire commissioners, incident commander and incident management team.

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 can download the Adobe Acrobat Reader if you do not have it.

Mobilization Plan v12.0

Appendix M - Forms

Related Mobilization Forms

Mobilization Training & Videos

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.

Mobilization Contact

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 Esther Hernandez -- 360) 596-3926
  • Deputy State Fire Marshal Babara Maier -- 360) 596-3925
  • Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Bill Slosson -- (360) 596-3928
  • Program E-mail:
  • Reimbursement E-mail:

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