Fire Department CARES is dedicated to transforming fire department healthcare services to meet the needs of communities and partnering healthcare organizations. Fire Department CARES was established in 2010 by a team of firefighters, healthcare providers, and technology professionals at the Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority in Washington State. The work of Fire Department CARES is made possible by strategic partnerships with the International Association of Firefighters Fire Fighters, Washington State Council of Firefighters, Washington State Nurses Association, King County EMS, Tri-Med Ambulance, Premera, Mulitcare, and UW Valley Medical Center. Fire Department CARES was created to help fire departments and partnering healthcare organizations improve the health of communities and adapt to the demands of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: expand access to care, improve the quality of care, and control the costs of care.