Burn Ban in Effect - The Snohomish County Fire Marshal has modified the outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County. "Recreational Fires" are now permitted. Please check rules for recreational fires. More Information Here
COVID19-Fire District facilities are closed to all non Fire District personnel. - Fire Commissioners Public Meeting at held on Zoom on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm. More Information Here


We proudly serve approximately 10,000 people living in the Sultan & Startup areas. We operate out of one station that protects 72 square miles of primarily rural area in east Snohomish County.

The department employs a Fire Chief, two Deputy Chiefs, five full-time firefighters, and 20-30 part-time and volunteers who respond to approximately 1100 alarms per year.

Mission Statment

We, the members of Snohomish County Fire District 5 are dedicated in our efforts to provide for the safety and welfare of the public through the preservation of life, health, property and the environment.

Our Goals

  • Continue efforts to foster a culture of public service that meets the public expectation of professionalism, compassion and kindness.
  • Develop a plan to lower the insurance ratings in the District.
  • Develop a public safety education program that fosters community resilency in times of disaster.
  • Develop an organizational structure that integrates fulltime, part-time and volunteer personnel.
  • Find alternatives to apparatus replacement that recognize the increasing costs of initial purchase, maintenance, and fuel costs.
  • Invest in technology that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the District.
  • Maintain a fiscally responsible financial plan that will support existing levels of service.
  • Pursue a management structure designed to safely manage and supervise 50 personnel.
  • Resolve the need for a headquarters fire station.
Covid-19 Resources and Information
Outdoor Burning Indicator