May 01, 2020


    Steve Riggs joins Burlington’s ranks,

    brings three decades of fire service experience

    BURLINGTON, WA—April 30, 2020   The City of Burlington welcomes Steve Riggs as Assistant Fire Chief for the Burlington Fire Department. 
    “With 34 years in fire service, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to the City of Burlington,” says Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton. Burlington Fire Chief Rob Roth says, “He’s an excellent addition to our team of emergency response professionals who provide fire, rescue and emergency services to 16,000 residents and up to 60,000 visitors every day.
    Once the City of Burlington is able to return to regular business activities, a formal swearing-in ceremony will be held; details will be sent out at a later date. 
    Steve Riggs began his career in 1986 with Sedro-Woolley Fire as a resident firefighter. He moved on to Snohomish County Fire Department 7 as a resident/seasonal firefighter in 1987. In 1990, Steve landed at Mount Vernon Fire Department. He worked his way through the ranks of various positions. He served the last 12 years as the City of Mount Vernon fire marshal. 
    A resident of Skagit County for 46 years, Steve graduated from Burlington-Edison High School. He and his wife Chris have two children. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time outdoors: camping, hiking, bicycling and water sports. Steve also coaches numerous youth sports.
    The Burlington Fire Department is a full-service emergency response agency that provides fire, rescue, and emergency medical services for City of Burlington residents and visitors. Responding annually to approximately 3,860 calls for service, the Burlington Fire Department’s service area includes more than 16,000 residents in an area of approximately 32 square miles.

    Incorporated in 1902, built at the crossing of two major railways and a booming timber industry, today’s Burlington booms with more than 800 businesses - including 100 places to shop and 90 places to eat - along with 12 city parks and five hotels to form a city center that attracts 45,000 to 60,000 daily visitors. Burlington’s 80-acre Skagit River Park offers one of the largest grass field complexes in Washington state, and hosts up to 45 tournaments and eight leagues each year, attracting more than 32,000 tournament visitors to the region annually. The city is host to the only festival of its kind on the west coast, the annual Burlington Pumpkin Pitch & Harvest Festival.
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