The mission of Orcas Island Fire & Rescue is to provide the highest level of protection to life and property, and promote community safety through the extension of fire prevention and suppression, medical rescue, and public education services consistent with the prudent utilization of public funds.


OIFR was chartered in 1948 under Title 52 of the Revised Code of Washington. As San Juan County’s second fire district, its role expanded from an all-volunteer service in the early 1970s to include emergency medical services and a staff of Firefighter Paramedics, Firefighter EMTs, an EMT Administrative Assistant, and the Chief, together with 60+ Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs, and First Responders. The district established 24-hour staffing in 2005.

Public Education and Training

Each year, OIFR trains hundreds of adults and children through our classes and programs, including CPR and First Aid Certification, and School Safety.

Services, Service Area, and Population

  • San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 provides emergency medical services (advanced life support), fire prevention and suppression, and public education services to all of Orcas Island.
  • At approximately 55 square miles, with elevations ranging from sea level to 2,400 feet, the topography of Orcas Island is the most diverse of the San Juan Islands.
  • OIFR serves a permanent population of about 5,000 and a summer population of approximately 12,000.
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