King County Int'l Airport Police & Firefighters
Emergency dispatch: 9-1-1
Non-Emergency dispatch: (206) 296-3311
King County International Airport
P.O. Box 80245
7277 Perimeter Road South
Seattle, WA 98108-0245
Business Phone: (206) 296-7392
Chief Nate Elledge
In 1999, the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and the King County Department of Transportation entered into a partnership to provide a unique combination of services to the King County International Airport (KCIA). The KCIA, also referred to as “Boeing Field," wanted the dual roles of policing and fire fighting at the airport to be combined. In a unique agreement, and in departure from traditional policing roles, the KCSO agreed to provide both police and fire fighting services.
Today, KCIA police officers maintain their certification and training as commissioned officers, and also complete aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) basic training, Washington State Fire Fighter I and II certifications, as well as Emergency Medical Technician certification. At the airport, they perform aircraft rescue and fire fighting, law enforcement, and airport safety inspections. Aircraft rescue and fire fighting involves responding to aircraft emergencies and also includes hazardous fuel spills and structure fires. This duty requires specialized equipment and significant ongoing fire rescue training for all personnel.
To perform the necessary tasks on the airport and access the runways and taxiways, officers have to know Part 139 of the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, and be well versed with airport operations and aircraft nomenclature. In addition to providing general airport security and ensuring that only authorized persons have access to restricted areas, officers also perform arrests and enforce the law within and around the airport for various criminal offenses and traffic violations.
With all the duties and responsibilities that airport officers are tasked with, they serve as part of the safety and security network which keeps aviation one of the safest modes of travel today.
"The Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Unit assignment is one of the most unique assignments that the Sheriff's Office has to offer. Deputies at the King County Airport have dual roles as law enforcement officers and as firefighters/first responders to aircraft emergencies. The training and continuing education is demanding, but there are numerous rewards and benefits as well. ARFF deputies experience the many different facets of public safety and expand their skill set in this very unique mission."
- Don Davis, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Police Chief