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City of Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department

1. When should I call 9-1-1 (i.e., odors/physical problems/non-emergency)? !!!
2. How do I report suspicious arson activity, or find out about a recent fire investigation?
3. Who is your media contact?
4. How do I contact the Fire Chief?
5. What is your fax number?
6. How do I submit a complaint about fire code or fire permit violations?
7. Who do I contact about a fire hydrant that is broken, leaking, or covered with weeds/brush?
8. Is there a charge for services?
9. How do I make a donation?
10. Did Renton respond to my incident?
11. How do I obtain a copy of a fire incident report or a fire investigation report for my home or business?
12. How do I obtain a copy of a Medical Incident Report Form or MIRF?
13. How do I become a firefighter?
14. Do you have a volunteer firefighter program? If not, who does?
15. How do I volunteer?
16. How do I volunteer to help in a disaster?
17. How do I sign up for a fire station tour?
18. Do you offer CPR and/or First Aid classes? If not, who does?
19. What public education do you offer?
20. Can you help us with our emergency evacuation plan?
21. Who do I talk to about a fire inspection?
22. Where do I pay for my permit? How much will it cost?
23. Can I burn outdoors?
24. Can I put my barbeque on my apartment balcony?
25. How do I find out if a burn ban is in effect?
26. Where can I get my blood pressure/blood sugar checked?
27. Can my club/organization use a meeting room?
28. Can I ride along with a Fire Crew?
29. Are fireworks legal in the City of Renton? How do I obtain a permit for a fireworks show?
30. Can you fill my swimming pool?
31. Can you unlock my car, get my cat out of a tree, fill my oxygen tanks and/or fill my fire extinguishers?

1. When should I call 9-1-1 (i.e., odors/physical problems/non-emergency)?

Call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. For non-emergencies, call your local police or government agency; numbers are located in the front of your telephone directory. When in doubt, call Valley Communications Center at their non-emergency number 253-852-2121 and they will connect you to the appropriate agency.

2. How do I report suspicious arson activity, or find out about a recent fire investigation?

If you have reason to believe that a person is setting a fire or has just set a fire, call 9-1-1 immediately. Be prepared to describe the suspect, including physical features and clothing as well as the location and nature of the suspicious activity. If you have information or questions regarding a fire that has already occurred and is under investigation, please call 425-430-7000, press 2 and then press 4 to reach the Lead Fire Inspector.

3. Who is your media contact?

Call the Media Contact Line at 425-430-7007 for public information updates.

4. How do I contact the Fire Chief?

Your questions and comments are valued and welcomed. Please feel free to contact us at 425-430-7000 or e-mail the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department.

5. What is your fax number?

The Department’s fax number is 425-430-7044. The fax is checked periodically during business hours. The fax is intended for non-emergency matters only; in the event of an emergency call 9-1-1.

6. How do I submit a complaint about fire code or fire permit violations?

Please call 425-430-7000, press 2 and then press 4 to reach the Lead Fire Inspector.

7. Who do I contact about a fire hydrant that is broken, leaking, or covered with weeds/brush?  

Please contact City of Renton Shops at 425-430-7400. If the hydrant is causing a safety issue, please call 9-1-1.

8. Is there a charge for services?

There is currently no fee for RF&ES response and/or transport services. Other service providers who provide transport services within the city may charge for their services. Check with individual service providers for fee schedules.

9. How do I make a donation?

Thank you for your interest in making a donation. Tax deductible donations may be made payable to the Renton Community Foundation and sent to Renton Fire & Emergency Services at 1055 S. Grady Way, 7th Floor, Renton, WA 98057. Secure online donations may also be made by selecting the “Renton Fire & Emergency Services Fund” from the drop down list on the Renton Community Foundation’s website: www.rentonfoundation.org  

10. Did Renton respond to my incident?

To determine if RF&ES responded to your incident, please contact our headquarters at 425-430-7000, press 5, and ask for Incident Records.

11. How do I obtain a copy of a fire incident report or a fire investigation report for my home or business?

An incident report is a short report completed by emergency responders that records the details of our response to an incident/dispatch. A fire investigation report includes the investigative materials associated with the fire and is generally needed for insurance agencies. To get a copy of a fire incident report or fire investigation report, please contact the City Clerk's Office (425-430-6510). The Request for Public Records Form is available here. In completing the request, please specify what type of report you will need and include the address, date and type of the incident (fire, car accident, etc.). Additional reports and information may require completion of a release form - please see the answer to question 12 for more information.

12. How do I obtain a copy of a Medical Incident Report Form or MIRF?

A Medical Incident Report Form (MIRF) is completed for each patient seen by emergency responders. To get a copy of a Medical Incident Report, please contact the City Clerk's Office (425-430-6510). The Request for Public Records Form is available here. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) places restrictions on the information that can be released. Please contact Incident Records for more information. To contact Incident Records call our Headquarters at 425-430-7000, press 5, and ask for Incident Records.

13. How do I become a firefighter?

Visit national publicsafetytesting.com to apply. This website provides information on all of the steps necessary to apply. This will include a written test and a physical agility test. Candidates are then placed on a “hiring list”. When openings become available, selected candidates will be invited to participate in oral boards/interviews. If accepted, the candidate will go through a background check, physical exam and psychological testing. Depending on their level of expertise/training, the cadets will be sent through the recruit academy for training. To view current job openings for firefighters, visit the City’s Human Resource page.

14. Do you have a volunteer firefighter program? If not, who does?

RF&ES does not currently have a volunteer firefighter program. Please refer to the following link for potential volunteer firefighter opportunities offered by neighboring agencies.

 15. How do I volunteer?

To volunteer with the City of Renton contact the City of Renton Volunteer Coordinator at 425-430-6624 for information regarding volunteer opportunities within the city. Volunteer opportunities within our department are generally clerical support.

16. How do I volunteer to help in a disaster?

Please call 425-430-7041. The department has Amateur Radio Operator, Community Emergency Response Teams and other similar opportunities.

17. How do I sign up for a fire station tour?

Tours are offered at all fire stations. In addition, the trucks may be able to do an on-site visit if appropriate. They cannot do an on-site visit at private residences for birthday parties, anniversaries, etc. Due to the enormous amount of requests that are submitted, only one tour per station, per shift, per month can be scheduled. Click here for more information about station tours and to access our online registration form.

18. Do you offer CPR and/or First Aid classes? If not, who does?

Currently RF&ES does not have the resources to provide this service. However, free pedestrian/family CPR/AED classes are held at two of our stations. These classes are not for Level 3 certification, as required for health care workers, daycare, etc. Participants will receive a card of completion at the end of the class. The classes are sponsored by KCFD #25 & KCFD #40 who contract for services through the City. Currently our schedule for classes is:
Station #13 (South Renton) 3rd Tuesday of every month
Station #16 (East Renton) 2nd Tuesday/Quarterly
To sign up for a class please call 425-430-7000. Agencies that provide Level 3 certification for a fee include the American Red Cross, Renton Technical College and Kent Regional Fire Authority.

19. What public education do you offer?

RF&ES offers the Renton Emergency Preparedness Academy (REPA) which presents quarterly courses at Renton Technical College, the Renton Community Center and Fire Station 14, through a partnership with the American Red Cross and Renton Technical College. Classes offered include Certified Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Fire Extinguisher Training and Disaster Preparedness. Click here for more information on classes and the current quarter’s schedule.

20. Can you help us with our emergency evacuation plan?

Currently RF&ES does not have the resources to assist with individual emergency evacuation plans.

21. Who do I talk to about a fire inspection?

Questions regarding inspections of your business should be directed to our Fire Inspectors; please call 425-430-7000, and press 2 for a list of inspectors. Questions regarding construction inspections – the installation or alteration of Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler and other fire suppression systems, Hazardous Material Systems and Storage Tanks - should be directed to our Plan Reviewer; please call 425-430-7000, and press 1.

22. Where do I pay for my permit? How much will it cost?

We have several different types of permits related to the fire department:

International Fire Code Permits
There are many Annual Business Permits available including Public Assembly, Hot Works and Hazardous Materials Storage. The cost per permit is $84/year. Permit requirements are determined by our Fire Inspectors during annual business inspections and are billed through the City of Renton Finance Department. If you have received a bill from our Finance Department, permits may be paid at the City Hall Finance Window (1055 S. Grady Way, 1st Floor) or at Station 13 (18002 108th Ave SE). Please bring your invoice with you. If your current permit is near expiration or has expired and you have not received a bill, please contact the Lead Fire Inspector at 425-430-7000, press 2, and then press 4.

Tent/Canopy Permits and Special Event Permits are issued upon review and approval by the Assistant Fire Marshal. Click here for the application. Please schedule an appointment for your review by calling 425-430-7023. Forms and payments are processed by the Development Services Division at Renton City Hall (1055 S. Grady Way), Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Residential Tank Removal or Abandon Permits are issued upon approval by the Assistant Fire Marshal. Application forms can be found by clicking here. Please schedule an appointment for your review by calling 425-430-7023. Forms and payments are processed by Community Risk Reduction at Station 13 (18002 108th Ave SE) Tuesdays through Fridays, and Mondays by appointment only.

Construction Permits
Installations or alterations to Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler and other fire suppression systems, Hazardous Material Systems and Storage Tanks require a construction permit. These permits involve a plan review prior to issuance, as well as a construction inspection to be finalized. Forms and payments are submitted and processed by the Community Services Division at City Hall (1055 S. Grady Way, 6th Floor). Pricing for plan review is based on the value of construction. For more information on pricing and application forms click here.

23. Can I burn outdoors?

The only outdoor burning allowed are recreational fires on your own private property. A recreational fire is defined as “an outdoor fire burning charcoal, dried firewood or manufactured fire logs for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes.” Fires used for debris disposal purposes are NOT considered recreational fires.

Recreational fires are restricted to a pile no larger than three (3) feet in diameter and two (2) feet in height. They must be at least 25 feet away from combustible materials (dry grass, wooden fences or decks, etc.) The fire must be constantly attended and a portable fire extinguisher or garden hose (or other fire extinguishing device) readily available. Burning is not allowed when a burn ban is in effect. Please note that if your neighbors complain, you are required to put out your fire immediately. You may be fined for causing a nuisance, and you may be held financially liable for any damages caused by your fire and/or the smoke it produces. For further information, please consult the Informational Bulletin on Outdoor Burning.

24. Can I put my barbeque on my apartment balcony?

While not prohibited, we do not recommend the use of barbeques on apartment balconies. We recommend that the use of charcoal and gas barbeques be at least 25 feet away from the building. Please consult with the rules for your apartment complex before using a barbeque on your balcony. Please note that if your neighbors complain, you are required to put out your fire immediately. You may be fined for causing a nuisance, and you may be held financially liable for any damage caused by your fire and/or the smoke it produces. For further information, please consult the Informational Bulletin on Outdoor Burning.

25. How do I find out if a burn ban is in effect?

To find out if there is burn ban in effect you can call the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency at 1-800-323-2876 or visit their website at www.pscleanair.org or the King County Fire Marshal's office.

26. Where can I get my blood pressure/blood sugar checked?

Renton Fire & Emergency Services offers free blood pressure and blood sugar checks at each fire station and at our Training Center. Click here for a link to our locations. Please note: this service is available only when firefighters are in quarters - if they are responding to an emergency and not at the station, please come back at a later time/date. If it is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

27. Can my club/organization use a meeting room?

Meeting rooms are no longer available.

28. Can I ride along with a Fire Crew?

Yes, "ride-alongs" are available on a limited basis. Please contact Safety & Support Services at 425-430-7084 or 425-430-7043 for more information.

29. Are fireworks legal in the City of Renton? How do I obtain a permit for a fireworks show?

Fireworks are not legal within the city limits of Renton. Permits may be issued for controlled fireworks displays on a case by case basis.

To obtain a fireworks permit, please complete a Special Events Permit Application and contact the Assistant Fire Marshal at 425-430-7023 to schedule a review. Forms and payments are processed by Community Risk Reduction at Station 13 (18002 108th Ave SE) Tuesdays through Fridays, and Mondays by appointment only.

30. Can you fill my swimming pool?

Renton Fire & Emergency Services does not offer this service. In order to fill up your pool quickly, you will need to obtain a permit from the city and receive a water meter following an $800 deposit. The city does not provide any hose, hydrant wrenches, or personnel for this procedure and the operator is liable for any damages to the hydrant or surrounding area. The city's water department recommends using a garden hose (one hose will fill a pool with 14,400 gallons of water in a 24 hour period).

31. Can you unlock my car, get my cat out of a tree, fill my oxygen tanks and/or fill my fire extinguishers?

Renton Fire & Emergency Services does not offer these services. Professional resources for these services may be found online or in the yellow pages of your telephone directory. If there is a life safety concern, please contact 9-1-1.