Mark Thompson was originally elected in November 1999, re-elected in 2005, 2011 and 2017, his current term expires December 31, 2023. He became a fire commissioner for Federal Way Fire Department on January 1, 2000, and filled the position held by retiring Commissioner Bill Martin. His reason for running was to provide input into the system which bestows quality emergency services and to ensure that the organization attains a Class 2 Insurance Rating Classification for our community; something that had been a district goal since the 1970’s. Interaction with our public partners is of paramount concern in order to make sure the citizens in the communities that South King Fire & Rescue serves have uninterrupted service during natural and manmade disasters or incidents; and that we inform our citizens what they can do to help themselves during disasters of all types.
Mark was a Class of 1967 Eagle Scout in Troop 19 in Everett, WA, and a member of Explorer Post 19, Fire Explorer Program, which was sponsored by Snohomish County Fire District 11, (Silver Lake).
Mark has been involved with the Washington State Fire Commissioners Association Board of Directors and served for seven years as the Regional Director representing Region Six, which encompasses all Fire Districts and Regional Fire Authorities (RFA's) in King County. He is also involved with the King County Fire Commissioners Association, currently serving as the President. He was instrumental in developing and teaching Fire Commissioner 101 classes for all newly elected or appointed fire commissioners in King and surrounding counties.
Mark attended and graduated from the Bates Technical College Fire Service Training Program and served as a resident volunteer firefighter with Fire District 32, Redondo-Mirror Lake, at the fire station located at 1405 SW 312th Street, Federal Way, WA, he attained the rank of Captain. While volunteering he was recognized with the Al Church Sr. Firefighter of the Year Award and a few years later he was recognized as the Officer of the Year in District 32.
He also worked as a firefighter and as a Lieutenant at Seattle Fire Department; served in the Fire Alarm Center, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, West Seattle, SODO Industrial area, and downtown. Mark was also assigned for 5 years on the Fireboats Duwamish, Alki, and Chief Seattle. Mark was also a charter member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and the City Fire Explorer Program as the Post Committee Chair and as the Post Advisor. Mark served on the first FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team, WA Task Force 1, as a Rescue Squad Team leader. He was an active member of Seattle Fire Department for 25 1/2 years.
Mark also served as the Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Chief for the Edgewood Fire Department, Pierce County Fire District 8 until 1996. During that time he was actively involved with the Pierce County Fire Chief's Association and served as the Zone 6, Fire Service/Emergency Management Coordinator. He was also a charter member of the Pierce County Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and served as the CISM Team Manager for many years.
Mark has been active with the Federal Way/Puyallup Elks since 1971.
Mark has lived in the Federal Way community since July of 1969, he currently lives in the 5 Mile Lake area, and has been married to Bonnie since 1974. Mark and his wife Bonnie love to camp, hunt, and travel whenever possible.