Meet the Fire Chief

Chief Vic Pennington joined South King Fire & Rescue in 2006, when King County Fire District 26 and the legacy Federal Way Fire Department merged, creating the current South King Fire & Rescue.

Chief Pennington has over forty-six years of Fire Service experience, and twenty years as a chief officer with responsibilities in emergency response, personnel management, divisional and administrative management, community involvement, emergency management, and now as fire chief of the department.

Before his appointment to Fire Chief, he served as the Chief of Emergency Operations overseeing 142 combat members and Special Operations programs that include the Marine/Boat team, Technical Rescue team, Haz-Mat team, and the Surface Water Rescue Swimmer program.

Chief Pennington has a Degree in apprenticeship studies and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, focusing on Building and Leading a Diverse Workforce and holds numerous, state and nationally recognized certificates and certifications in fire service and leadership topics.

Chief Vic is a 2010 graduate of the Federal Way Advancing Leadership program, a member of the Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, and a former Rotarian with the Federal Way Sunrise club and the Des Moines/Normandy Park club.

Vic has served in public office as a Water District Commissioner, City Council Member, and Deputy Mayor.

Vic enjoys beekeeping, working in his flower and vegetable gardens, spending time with his family, and especially teaching his grandson about gardening.