Fire Protection District No. 1
Commissioner, Position 2

  • Description of Office
  • Phil Nelson

Fire Protection Districts

Yakima County is divided into 12 fire protection districts. Each district is managed by a three-member board of commissioners.

Fire protection districts are formed for the provision of fire prevention services, fire suppression, emergency medical services and for the protection of life and property in areas outside of cities (in the unincorporated areas of the county). Because fire districts are political subdivisions of the state and municipal corporations, the only authority for administrative operations are decisions made by the elected board of fire commissioners.

The board has authority to hire and appoint employees (e.g. chief, secretary, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, etc.) but has full responsibility and authority of all aspects of the district. The board is required to hold regular monthly meetings and must comply with the Open Public Meeting Act and the public records statutes.

The county treasurer serves as the financial agent for a district. The treasurer collects taxes and assessments that are levied under the authority of the fire commissioners. The district, being a special purpose district, levies regular property taxes to provide services to the public; additionally, with voter approval, the board may issue bonds and make excess levies for specific purposes.

The voters elect commissioners to staggered six-year terms. These commissioners are subject to and must comply with all laws pertaining to fire districts, public officials and other applicable Washington State and federal statutes.

Phil Nelson

My name is Phil Nelson.  My wife and I have always lived in this community and raised 3 sons here.  In seeking another term as fire commissioner, I would like to see a building project approved by the voters completed to the satisfaction of the Highland community.  Soon groundbreaking will begin with the construction of a new station to be located on Cowiche City Rd. Highland Fire District has always appreciated the support given by the families and businesses in our area.  It is my goal to continue to be fiscally responsible to the voters and provide excellent emergency services.