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We are committed to serve our community with prompt, consistent and professional fire suppression, basic life support and rescue services.
Welcome to the South Bay Fire Department or Thurston County Fire Protection District 8. We are a volunteer based department serving the areas of Johnson Point and South Bay in northern Thurston County.
What is now known as the South Bay Volunteer Fire Department was formed by a group of neighbors in April of 1953. The concerned volunteers began with 35 members and a loaned 1939 Ford pick-up truck with a pressurized water tank in the back. The school bus barn at the old South Bay School served as the first fire station and volunteers responded to a grand total of 15 fire calls that year.
Today the South Bay Fire Department is made up of over 60 volunteers and five paid staff, administered by a Board of Fire Commissioners. Our district serves over 7,500 residents within its 23 square mile area and our call volume exceeds 700 calls per year.