A few questions for South King Fire’s Gordy Goodsell

Fire Marshal and Assistant Chief Gordy Goodsell was recently voted best firefighter by Federal Way residents.

First responders are one of the most important factors in a safe and healthy city. Fire Marshal and Assistant Chief Gordy Goodsell was recently voted best firefighter by Federal Way residents.

He began his career with the Federal Way Fire Department in 1983 as a volunteer firefighter while attending the fire training academy at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. His first full-time firefighting role was at the Navy Submarine Base Bangor on the Hood Canal, returning to the Federal Way department in 1985. Goodsell is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Federal Way.

The Mirror asked Chief Goodsell a few questions about his career and what it means to serve the community.

Why did you choose a career in the fire service?

I was blessed to discover the opportunity to serve as a volunteer firefighter while I was still in high school. That experience came at a time when I was searching for a career that was challenging and rewarding, and I found that in the fire service. The best part of the career is being prepared and equipped to help others in their time of need and having such great firefighters as teammates.

The last few years have been a major challenge for many frontline workers. What are some of your favorite moments from the last 1-2 years with South King Fire & Rescue?

The pandemic has been very challenging for everyone in our community, and it’s been no different at SKFR. These two years have presented new difficulties, but what hasn’t changed is the commitment, innovation, and readiness of our firefighters. They continued to respond into the unknown in the early pandemic, and while tired of the PPE like everyone else, they are still responding with courage and compassion.

What does serving the community mean to you?

Working to understand our community’s needs and being prepared and willing to help.

As you near retirement this summer from the fire department, what is your proudest accomplishment with South King Fire & Rescue?

I’m grateful for the leaders that helped me through difficult times and prepared me for opportunities to serve and lead. With help and encouragement, I completed the education and qualifications to become certified as a fire marshal. That work helped position me to serve the community alongside our Prevention teams. I’m proud of the culture we have developed in our teams, and I’m proud of the way our teams provide professional, helpful and friendly service.