Federal Way Fire Department's
Effie Mae Parker Award

The Effie Mae Parker Award is presented each year to a citizen or community group that supports and assists the Federal Way community and it's fire department.  Effie Mae Parker was the wife of one of the fire department's only training officer many years ago. The Parkers lived in the Fire Station 1 quarters off South 360th Street. She answered the emergency calls, opened the apparatus doors, brought food and coffee to the crews at the emergency scene, and was always available to help any and all who needed it.  She was the ‘mother’ figure to a lot of the younger up and coming volunteer firefighters back then.  She later became very active in a group called the “Flames” who were the wives of the volunteer fire fighters, and supported the volunteer fire fighters at all hours of the day and night to make sure they had hot coffee and food to sustain their efforts. When Effie Mae passed away several years back the fire department felt it was necessary to remember her spirit and selfless contributions by naming an award after her.

The 2002 Effie Mae Parker Award

he Federal Way Amateur Radio Club received the Effie Mae Parker Award in 2002 for their outstanding support and selfless contributions to the Federal Way Fire Department and the Community of Federal Way. Federal Way Fire Department wanted to recognize the club’s diligent work in Emergency Management, Disaster Preparedness, and their desire to help the community at all times; not only during disasters. The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club always displays an eagerness to help people in the direst of emergent conditions, and to help train and educate the community in disaster preparedness and emergency management. Their efforts to support emergency operations during catastrophic events by manning radios for emergency calls and directing relief efforts is to be commended as it is a vital link in helping our community.