About Us

Administration | Board of Fire Commissioners | Service Division | History

Camano Island Fire and Rescue will be a premiere agency and industry-leading role model for combination fire departments, which include full time, part time, and volunteer personnel. We will focus on providing high-quality, cost-effective, and cohesive service that will exceed community expectations. We will accomplish this vision by utilizing a physically fit, healthy, and diverse workforce that is well trained and empowered with a high level of involvement in our success. We will emphasize proactive communication at all levels, and ongoing transparency to our community. Camano Island Fire & Rescue will be a positive and valued part of the community.

Camano Fire serves its more than 17,000 residents out of four fire stations strategically located around the island. All our firefighters are trained to the EMT Basic level; our Paramedics provide Advanced Life Support. Firefighters are assigned to work on one of 3 shifts. Each shift is overseen by a Battalion Chief and Captain. Each shift works 48 hours consecutively followed by 96 hours off.

Our Vision

The safest rural community in the state; a model of excellence in service.

Our Mission

We work as a team to serve, protecting you and your property. We fulfill this mission through high quality:

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Protection
  • Technical Rope & Marine Rescue
  • Fire Prevention & Public Education

Our Values

Selfless Service

  • We put others first
  • We always act with compassion and empathy
  • We act with courage, choosing action over personal comfort


  • We encourage
  • We recognize strengths and work at improving weaknesses
  • We are genuinely curious; we ask questions so we can learn
  • We get better every shift


  • We take care of it better than if we owned it
  • We always leave it better than we found it


  • We work at being reliable
  • We communicate directly regardless of rank
  • We go to the source
  • We approach one another with genuine, respectful curiosity


  • We recognize the inherent value in those we serve
  • We always act professionally
  • We always put our best foot forward
  • We are constantly improving ourselves


  • We live up to the values of CIFR
  • We are honest and have no hidden agendas
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We fulfill our promises
An organizational chart showing camano residents at the top, then board of commissioners, district fire chief, and associated administrative positions