KFD Crew Makes History

Published on August 01, 2022


One for the books! On Sunday, July 31, for the first time in Kirkland Fire Department history, the engine crew at Fire Station 24 was all women: Acting Officer Megan Keyes, Driver/Operator Keelin Pattillo and Probationary Firefighter Sabi Avcu.

Acting Officer Keyes has been a firefighter for 13 years, operator Pattillo for 5 years, and probationary firefighter Avcu is 7 months in.

It’s not the first time an all-female engine crew has worked together at a fire department in Washington, but it’s the first time at KFD and we are proud to say it won’t be the last time in our region.


Photo (left to right): Driver Keelin Pattillo, probationary firefighter Sabi Avcu and Acting Officer Megan Keyes at Station 24.

Kirkland Fire Department currently has 108 firefighters, 6 of whom are women. 

Interested in becoming a firefighter? Check out Kirkland Fire Department.

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