Mason County Fire District #11 (FD 11) is a rural combination fire department with two full-time paid employees, (Fire Chief & Assistant Chief) and 10 well trained volunteer firefighters that do paid on call/stipend's, that provides fire protection to approximately nine square miles of unincorporated area in Washington State’s South Puget Sound. FD 11 is located on the northern border of the City of Shelton in Mason County. Our firefighters are trained to Firefighter 1 or greater and work exceptionally hard to remain current with the latest techniques for providing safe and efficient fire-fighting and emergency medical services (EMS) to the citizens of our district. Nine of our responders are certified emergency medical technicians. The department operates from one station on E Island Lake Rd.
FD 11 provides fire and EMS services for a district with a permanent population of 4,500 residents. The district straddles U.S. Highway 101, a main North/South Highway providing access to the Olympic Peninsula and the U.S. Port of Entry at Port Angeles with access to Victoria British Columbia.
The department has a large number of high risk areas including lumber mills, light industrial facilities and commercial buildings. Many of these facilities and commercial buildings are located at the Port of Shelton airport complex (Sanderson Field). Over 1100 acres situated on a former Naval Air Base, house over thirty light industrial manufacturing businesses, commercial businesses, fuel storage facilities, lumber mills, outdoor skydiving, the Washington State Patrol Academy, the county’s public works building and the Mason County Fair Grounds, as well as a Fixed Base Operator airport. There are four-hundred people employed at the businesses located at the Sanderson Field Airport complex.
FD 11 ran a total of 944 emergency calls in 2019 and is relied upon heavily for mutual aid to neighboring fire districts. The department strives to maintain a high level of interoperability with its neighboring departments to include compatible procedures, accountability systems, training and equipment. This is accomplished through the development of a strong working relationship with our neighboring fire districts, law enforcement agencies and other emergency service providers.