Message from the Fire Chief

Photo of the Fire Chief Mark Risen

I have often thought that the true test of any organization and the people within it is how they manage change. The last year has certainly provided that test for our organization on many fronts. Once again, we were faced with numerous retirements, promotions, new faces and the transfer of personnel between assignments. At that same time, we were also challenged with a significant increase in structure fires and an overall increase in our general workload in all areas; prevention inspections, administrative tasks, budgeting and levy development.

All of these changes are the result of working in a city that is undergoing massive change before our very eyes. With a booming downtown, light rail implementation and the Spring District revitalization underway (to name just a few projects) there is substantial growth outside our windows at City Hall.

The good news is that, once again, the extremely talented men and women of this organization met every challenge in the best possible manner. It was extremely gratifying to watch our staff tackle new challenges or promote into new positions and perform magnificently at all levels of the organization.

It was also very rewarding to have our citizens show their support with the much needed Fire Facilities Levy. This levy will produce over $6 million dollars annually for construction and renovation of fire facilities for the next 20 years. This stable funding source, along with an increase in our general Capital Investment Program, will allow us to start land acquisition, design and construction of Fire Station 10 in the next few years.

No amount of success is achieved in a vacuum and that is especially true for the Bellevue Fire Department.  Without support from our City Council, the City Manager's Office and other departments within the city, the achievement of our mission would simply be impossible.  Our success and accomplishments are shared with them, and the supportive public that we serve.

With sincere thanks,
Signature of Mark Risen, Fire Chief
Mark Risen
Fire Chief 


450 110th AVE NEPO Box 90012Bellevue, WA 98009


425-452-6892 (General)

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