Skip to main content


May contain: computer keyboard, computer, hardware, keyboard, computer hardware, electronics, and calculator

FREELAND, Wash. – Earlier this month, South Whidbey Fire/EMS successfully passed an audit of its 2015 and 2016 financial records by the State Auditor’s Office. The state routinely audits fire departments throughout Washington State every two years. The audit included more than three weeks of scrutiny over financial statements and accountability functions to ensure that local, state and federal funds were managed appropriately.

The State Auditor’s Office provided recommendations to the department during the exit interview meant to improve and clarify financial policies, which the department will put in place in the next two months.

“We hold ourselves to the highest possible standards in everything we do, which is why we take our tagline very seriously: Integrity, Service, Trust,” said Chief H.L. Rusty Palmer. “We are proud of our impeccable track record and have once more proven, through our accountability, that our department manages all local, state and federal funds correctly.”

To learn more contact Chief Palmer at or visit website or on Facebook.

Join our mailing list