|In order to provide the best fire protection, the City of Newcastle contracts with the City of Bellevue. The Bellevue Fire Department can be reached at the link below.
If you have specific questions, or if you belong to a neighborhood group or business group and would like someone to come out and give a presentation about the fire department, please call the Department's Community Liaison Officer at 425.452.6995.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Fire Department allow outdoor burning?
An agency called "Puget Sound Clean Air Agency" (PSCAA) regulates indoor and outdoor burning in the urban areas of King County. The Bellevue Fire Department works closely with PSCAA to help enforce outdoor burning regulations. Outside of a PSCAA regulated burn ban, a small 2 foot by 2 foot "cook fire" is allowed as long as it is 30 feet from any building; however, burning yard debris, construction materials, or trash is not allowed. If you would like to contact someone to find out how debris can be picked up through normal disposal, contact your local city/county agency. For more information on indoor and outdoor burning restrictions, call PSCAA at 206.343.8800.
Does the Fire Department hold birthday parties for kids at the Stations?We don't routinely hold parties at the stations, but you are welcome to schedule a tour at any one of our nine fire stations. Call the Fire Administration Office at 425.452.6995 to help determine which station you would like to tour and they can transfer you to the station for scheduling.
What if I see a fire hydrant leaking? Is that something that I should call the Fire Department for?
Although the Fire Department uses them, they are maintained by the local water department. If you notice a problem during regular business hours, contact your local city/county agency. If it is an emergency (if the hydrant is leaking more than just a trickle), or if it is after regular business hours, call 9-1-1.
My doctor told me that I can go to the Fire Station and get my blood pressure checked, is that true?
Yes, you can stop by any fire station, 7 days a week. The stations have "blood pressure cards" to record your personal information so that you can keep track of how your blood pressure is behaving, and it's also good information to share with your personal physician.
I've been contacted by a group asking for donations to the Washington State Association of Firefighters (WSAFF). I want to know if that money goes directly to the Fire Department?
The money does not directly benefit the municipal fire department. Part of that money is used for lobbying issues in Olympia on behalf of firefighters and their safety issues, and the other part of the money is paid to the company who does the soliciting on behalf of the WSAFF. If you have any complaints, you should contact the WSAFF directly at 1.800.923.3473 OR 1.800.572.5762. If you want to donate directly to the Bellevue Fire Department there is a Ladies Auxiliary group that oversees a non-profit enhancement fund for the Bellevue Fire Department. You can send a donation to:
The Somerset Women for Medic One
766 Bellevue Way SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
How do I find out about signing up for CPR and First Aid classes offered by the Fire Department?
The Bellevue Fire Department has CPR / AED classes available to individuals, groups and businesses. They also offer Basic Life Support classes to health care providers. Please see their below link for further information.
CPR Classes (Official City of Bellevue Website)
To sign up for classes, contact the following numbers:
For individuals call 425.452.6885
For groups/businesses call 425.452.7673
If I need help from someone to change the batteries in my smoke detector, who should I call?
The Bellevue Fire Department has smoke detectors and batteries available for citizens of Bellevue who are unable to afford smoke detectors or are unable to obtain one for any reason. Firefighters will come to your home and install the smoke detector for the individual, and will also provide batteries if the smoke detector is non-functional because of dead batteries.
Remember: Smoke detectors must be maintained to work properly! Batteries should be checked once a month and replaced every year, and smoke detectors should be vacuumed regularly to remove dust and debris, which could cause the smoke detector to false alarm or not go off at all. If you have had your smoke detectors for more than ten years it is time to replace them. Smoke detectors don't last forever! If you have questions about smoke detector maintenance, placement, or are interested in the smoke detector installation program, call Lt. Bruce Kroom at 425.452.6995.
Why is it that when I called 9-1-1 for help when my grandmother was ill, a fire engine showed up?
Most of Bellevue's Fire Stations are staffed with three firefighters; this is the absolute minimum required to perform services for a major city. While there is both an aid unit and a fire engine at these stations, only one unit can be staffed to respond at a time. In order to maximize efficiencies, if there is a basic life support medical call, all members take the aid unit. This offers the ability to maximize the availability of medical equipment and supplies at the scene of the call for service, to transport patients, and reduces operating costs on fire engines. If there is a fire call, all three members take the fire engine. Once one of the units is on a call, the other is unavailable for response, which means that another station would have to be used to handle a second incident. If the crew is out on the fire engine performing other activities when your 9-1-1 call comes into the dispatch center, they will respond immediately to your location. If there is a need for transport to a local hospital facility, another fire department aid unit will generally be requested.
What are the differences between Aid Units, Medic Units, and Ambulances?
Emergency medical services are delivered in a layered or tiered response. The first units to respond are fire engines, ladder trucks, or aid units staffed with firefighter/EMT's from the fire stations.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, the paramedics (Bellevue Fire Department Medic One Unit staffed with firefighter/paramedics) are either requested by the fire apparatus/aid unit, or are dispatched at the same time. Medic Units, with paramedics, perform Advanced Life Support (ALS), in addition to Basic Life Support (BLS) emergency medicine that the firefighters provide. ALS includes physician level procedures such as endotrachial intubation, intravenous fluid and drug therapy, cardiac defibrillation and advanced emergency trauma treatment.
The Bellevue Fire Department facilitates all transportation for the sick and injured to local hospitals on the "Eastside". On some occasions, we utilize private ambulances (American Medical Response - AMR, and Rural Metro) for transporting patients to facilities outside of the City. These are not fire department resources, but private companies. If a BLS patient requests to be transported to a hospital facility outside of the local area, a Seattle hospital for example, then utilizing private ambulances allows for fire department resources to be available for other fire/medical emergencies.