Kirkland Fire is the lead agency in the region on Technical Rescue Operations. Kirkland continues to shape the response, training and equipment policies of the response partners in Northeast King County, known as Zone One. Every year, firefighters from across the Northwest are trained in Technical Rescue in programs coordinated and facilitated by Kirkland firefighters.
There are 28 Kirkland firefighters that are trained as Rescue Technicians. All other firefighters are trained to the Operations (support) level in specialized rescue. The technicians are assigned to Kirkland’s Ladder Company and respond from Fire Station 27 in the Totem Lake area. Kirkland Fire resources are trained to handle a variety of rescue capabilities including:
Rope Rescue, high and low angle
Confined Space Rescue
Structural Collapse Rescue
Vehicle & Machinery Rescue
Near Shore Water Rescue
Rapid Rescue Diver
Surface Water Rescue
The Kirkland Fire Department operates two Water Rescue Craft for rescue operations on Lake Washington. The water craft are stored year-round on the lake in partnership with Anthony's Restaurant.