Clallam County Fire District 3
Clallam County Fire District 3 serves a 142 square mile service area that extends approximately 3 miles east of the Clallam County line into what was formerly a portion of Jefferson County Fire District 5. The District provides and receives mutual-aid from District 5 upon request. This portion of Jefferson District 5 was annexed into Fire District 3 in 2008. The District’s service area extends approximately 24 miles west to the Deer Park area. The District is bordered on the west by Clallam County Fire District 2, who is also an active mutual-aid partner.
Fire Chief's Message
I have the extreme pleasure to lead an organization that is comprised of the most talented, dedicated and servant minded members that I have experienced in my 29 years in the fire service. From the newest volunteer or full-time firefighter to the most senior fire commissioner, everyone’s focus is to provide the best service we are capable of; recognizing that many times we are assisting people when they are in crisis or simply do not have anyone else to turn to for help. The District’s motto of “Serve – Respect – Prevent – Protect” guides us as an organization in both emergency and non-emergency actions.
We are fortunate to serve a community that is both supportive and understanding. Every time I have the opportunity to speak with members of our community I am reminded of the compassion, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the individuals we serve. This support is evident through the frequent thank you notes, personal phone calls, station visits, and continued support of the tax levies that fund our operations.
The Fire District has a long and proud history beginning with the Sequim Volunteer Fire Company in 1914. We have since grown with the greater Sequim-Dungeness Valley community into a modern combination fire district utilizing both full-time and volunteers who provide a wide variety of services. The demand for our services continues to increase every year. In addition, the variety of services we are requested to provide increases as new threats or needs develop. In the 1970’s the fire service took on emergency medical response. In the 1980’s it was hazardous material response, the 1990’s technical rescue, and in the 2000’s terrorism response. In this decade we are seeing a new demand for disaster preparedness, opioid overdose, and non-emergency medical care services. The Fire District is striving to meet these new challenges with the limited resources available. We are only able to do this through the dedication and resolve of our members.
I thank you on behalf of everyone associated with the Fire District for the support, respect, and honor we are afforded every time the alarm bell rings and we roll out the doors to serve our neighbors in need. I am not only proud to serve with the finest firefighters and emergency responders in the region, but I am just as proud of the community we are allowed to serve.
Ben Andrews, Fire Chief