From its incorporation in 1905 with a population of 400, Kirkland has grown to a population of 80,505 and 18 square miles. The terrain varies from waterfront property and parks to wooded areas and residences; with elevations ranging from sea level to 500 ft.
Kirkland Fire and Building Department employs approximately 121 employees who are involved in a diverse range of activities. The department provides 24-hour coverage for fire suppression, technical rescue, and emergency medical and also provides fire prevention and education, fire investigations, inspections, and code compliance to the population.
Emergency Response Services provide response to fires, trauma, disaster, and hazardous materials incidents.
Permit and Plan Review is conducted to ensure code compliance with the International Fire, Building, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical Codes and other codes associated with energy, electrical, fuel and other construction and development codes as adopted in the Kirkland Municipal Code .
Inspections are conducted by Building and Fire Inspectors to ensure compliance with plans, approved permits and code requirements.
Fire Prevention Bureau personnel facilitate the International Fire Code and local ordinances, investigate fire scenes, conduct annual commercial building and multi-family building inspections, and provide fire safety education.
Emergency Management personnel coordinate preparedness and response planning for the City.