Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Public Safety Committee

HB 1126

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Brief Description: Concerning state fire service mobilization.

Sponsors: Representatives Goodman, Klippert, Hurst, Van De Wege, Warnick, Ryu and Smith.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Redefines and expands the definition of mobilization to include "all risk resources" regularly provided by firefighting authorities that are needed to respond to various incidents, including: wildland fires, earthquakes, floods, contagious diseases, and other technical rescues.

Hearing Date: 1/24/13

Staff: Yvonne Walker (786-7841).


The State Fire Marshal serves as the state fire resources coordinator when a Washington fire services mobilization plan is mobilized.

State fire mobilization plans are needed:

A fire service "mobilization" is defined as those resources requested beyond those available through existing agreements and when available, those resources are sent in response to an emergency or disaster situation that has exceeded the capabilities of available local resources. During a large scale emergency, mobilization includes the redistribution of regional or statewide firefighting resources to either direct emergency incident assignments or to assignments in communities where firefighting resources are needed.

Summary of Bill:

Mobilization is redefined and expanded to include "all risk resources" regularly provided by fire departments, fire districts and regional fire protection authorities.

"All risk resources" includes those resources, regularly provided by fire departments and other entities that are required to respond to incidents, including: wildland fires, earthquakes, floods, contagious diseases, and other technical rescues that have aspects of saving life or property and employ the use of tools and skills that exceed those normally reserved for firefighting and medical emergency. These disciplines include rope rescue, swift water rescue, confined space rescue, ski rescue, cave rescue, trench or excavation rescue, and building collapse rescue.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.