Mason County Fire District 4 Celebrates 70 Years of Community and Service


Mason County Fire District 4 Celebrates 70 Years of Community and Service

Shelton, WA, January 27, 2020 – What began as the Southside Volunteer Fire Department in 1945, expanded its service area seventy years ago and was chartered on February 4, 1950 as the Arcadia Loop Fire District. The department continued to grow to meet the needs of its surrounding communities, partnering with the Kamilche fire auxiliary in 1970 to become Mason County Fire District 4.

This once small local volunteer fire department has grown over the years to become a full service, modern fire district that serves and protects an area of 52 square miles of rural-wildland interface with a permanent population of 7900 which increases to 15,000 over the summer months. The fast, focused, flexible and friendly crew from Fire District 4 answered the call for help 1,278 times last year alone.

“Our legacy is our ongoing commitment and dedication to our high level of service to our communities. It is important to us all at Fire District 4 that we meet the needs of service.” says Bob Burbridge, Fire Chief

Due to the decline of available volunteers over the years, the department was required to transition from being an all-volunteer department in order to be able to meet the safety needs of the communities served. With careful planning, smart growth and community support the department has been able to create an effective staffing model of part-time and full-time paid with a few volunteer firefighters that allows them to continue to work within the Vision of the Board of Fire Commissioners.

“Though we have had a decline in volunteers over the years, we have been able to create a staffing model that honors our heritage while simultaneously secures the future.” said Chief Burbridge, who went on to say, “Our vision is to stop fire at the room of origin, save more lives and do so effectively and efficiently with a long-term sustainable financial model.”

Chief Burbridge and the team at Fire District 4 invite the community to come meet their firefighters and celebrate their 70-year anniversary while enjoying cake and refreshments on February 4th from 5-7:00 PM at the Fire District 4 headquarters located at 2970 SE Arcadia Rd in Shelton.

For more information on Mason County Fire District 4 and how you can be a potential volunteer or support the crew call the office at 360-426-7222 or visit the website at

About Mason County Fire District 4: Mason County Fire District 4 serves 52 square miles, with a varying population of 8000 to 12,000 depending on season and Little Creek Casino events. The district provides structural, wildland and wildland urban interface fire suppression, operates a basic life support ambulance transport service, provides hazardous materials response, high angle rope rescue and fire prevention education to our citizens. The protection area includes the Squaxin Island Tribe, and areas up to Thurston and Grays Harbor County lines. District #4 serves 52 square miles, with a varying population of 7900 to 15,000 depending on seasonal and Little Creek Casino events.

Bob Burbridge