Snohomish County Fire District #26 has been serving the community since 1968. The primary response area includes the city of Gold Bar and approximately 36 square miles of rural area. From 1968 until 1980 the City of Gold Bar contracted with the district for fire protection. In 1980 the City founded it's own department and built Station 53 with a HUD grant. This lasted until 1991 when the City of Gold Bar and Fire District 26 merged to form the current department. As Gold Bar grew so did the department. The 1990's brought about new apparatus and day time staffing at Station 53. In 2003 Station 54 was remodeled with the addition of the current apparatus bay and sleeping quarters. 24 hour staffing followed shortly with the start of the resident program, firefighters who are looking for career positions that live at the station. Also in 2004 the district started a paramedic program, providing advanced life support to the people of the Skykomish Valley.


    In 2007 two engines were purchased from a department in Georgia, which allowed both stations to have apparatus that operated and were stocked the exact same. Two paramedic units were purchased from Redmond one primary unit and one back up unit when multiple calls happened. In 2008 the district started training all firefighters to the national professional standard, triple the amount of training than the state basic firefighting class.


   As of 2014, Fire District 26 has a class 5 insurance rating from the WSRB.


   In 2017, Fire District 28 and District 26 joined together to merge operations.