Firefighter Shortages Stress Skagit County’s City Departments

When it comes to staffing, fire departments in Skagit County are stretched thin. Some of those involved in municipal departments say the problem is twofold — there are not enough budgeted positions to meet demand, and it is increasingly difficult to fill the positions that do exist.

n 1996, the Mount Vernon Fire Department had a staff of 26 and received 1,863 calls for service — about 72 calls per firefighter position.

In 2021, the department had a staff of 48 and received 7,251 calls for service — or 151 calls per firefighter.

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