Fire District 1 board seeks nominees for fire commission vacancy

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is seeking nominees to fill an expected vacancy on its Board of Fire Commissioners. The board is responsible for defining the fire district’s long-term vision and for adopting policies to be implemented by administrative staff.

Nominees must be registered voters who live within the boundaries of Fire District 1 (unincorporated areas south of Everett and north of Lynnwood and Edmonds including Eastmont, Hilton Lake, Pioneer Trails, Silver Firs north of 148th, Martha Lake, Lake Stickney, Lake Serene, Picnic Point, Norma Beach, Esperance, Hilltop and Mariner).

Interested candidates will need to submit an application (available at and a letter of interest by Aug. 31 to Marsha Moore, executive assistant to the Board of Commissioners, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave., Everett WA 98208. For more information, contact Moore at (425) 551-1200 or

The vacancy is expected because Commissioner Brian McMahan has announced his plans to resign Sept. 30. At a meeting earlier this month, he told his fellow board members that he anticipates moving to a house outside the boundaries of Fire District 1, which would make him ineligible to continue to serve as an elected commissioner. McMahan has served as a commissioner for more than 12 years. Any candidate appointed to replace McMahan would have to stand for election in the fall 2011 to retain the seat and serve the four years that will remain in McMahan’s six-year term.

Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical service in Snohomish County, with 12 fire stations staffed around the clock to serve a population of more than 225,000. In addition to serving unincorporated communities within Fire District 1’s boundaries, the department also has long-term contracts to provide service to the cities of Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

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