Santa's Schedule
Monday, December 11:

Begin at Honeymoon Bay Road, Chipshot Way, Antelope Drive, Spinnaker Drive, Sealawn Boulevard, Haines Road, and Harbor Hills Drive. At 6:30 p.m., stop and park at Payless Foods parking lot. Continue to Bayview Road, Delphi Drive, April Drive, Hi Crest Road, Mercer Drive, Lakeview Way, Island Way, Hi Crest Drive. The final stop is at the Goose Grocery Store parking lot at 7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13:

Begin at Bailey Road, Scatchet Head Road, Swede Hill Road, Blakely Avenue, Harper Street, Decatur Avenue, Casey Street, Guemes Avenue, Harper Street, San Juan Avenue, Hat Street, Blakely Avenue. At 7 p.m. stop and park at Baileys Corner Store. Continue to Deer Lake, Wintergreen Drive, Timberline Road, and Wintergreen Drive. Stop and park at Ken’s Corner, Red Apple at 7:50 p.m.

Friday, December 15:

Begin parked at the Clinton Foodmart at 6 pm. Continue onto Cedar Vista Drive, Cedar Cove Lane, Shadowood Drive, Campbell Road, Tartan Way, Heather Drive, Ridenour Street, Hodges Avenue, and Herring Street. Stop and park at the Star Store at 7:50 p.m.

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Our Mission

To Reduce the Risk of Fire, Medical and Other Emergencies that Threaten the South Whidbey Community Through Service, Education, and Excellence.


End of year totals

2016 – 2,600
2015 – 2,380
2014 – 2,274
2013 – 2,062
2012 – 1,867

Number of calls - November 2017

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New Route for Fire Department’s Santa’s Sleigh

New Route for Fire Department’s Santa’s Sleigh

Santa Claus is coming to town, but he's mapped out a new and shorter route. A holiday tradition since 1995, the volunteers at South Whidbey Fire/EMS will be visiting South Whidbey communities on three evenings  December 11, 13 and 15. Listen for the music and sirens...

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Our Story

South Whidbey Fire/EMS was established as Island County Fire Protection District #3 by local community volunteers in 1950. Still relying heavily on our team of volunteers, we proudly serve the citizens of South Whidbey Island. We changed our name to better reflect the service we provide.

We are an active department. We conduct extensive training and educational outreach, while also answering an average of five emergency calls per calendar day. In 2015, we responded to over 2,000 emergency requests: Fire, Medical, Marine, & High Angle Rescue calls.We have six stations located in: Freeland, Bayview, Langley, Saratoga, Clinton and Maxwelton.

Our district covers 57 miles of shoreline and 66 square miles of South Whidbey Island.South Whidbey Fire/EMS is rated by Washington State Rating Bureau as a Class 7 for fire protection, which means better insurance rates for most of our community homeowners.

A message from the Fire Chief:

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website. South Whidbey Fire/EMS has a proud history of serving the citizens and visitors of South Whidbey Island. We began this journey of service in 1952 from humble beginnings with a small group of dedicated volunteers. Many of the family names of those volunteers are present in our organization today. While our organization has changed over the years, the same willingness to serve is inherent in our dedicated volunteer and career members.H.L. Rusty Palmer_Fire Chief

The men and women of South Whidbey Fire/EMS are trained to care for you with excellence and compassion, whether it be a medical emergency, fire, marine emergency, or other type of call. We recognize and appreciate the trust you put in us and we are committed to responding to your emergency needs whenever you call. We are honored to be part of the South Whidbey community and serve you.

Your feedback is very important to us and we encourage you to contact us with your questions, concerns, or suggestions. We hope you find this website helpful and informative.
H.L. “Rusty” Palmer
Fire Chief

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360-321-1533 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Emergencies - Please call 9-1-1
Non -emergency 360-321-4400


Mailing Address:
5535 Cameron Road
Freeland, WA 98249


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