Congratualtions to Samantha Peterman and Taylor Rains in obtaining their Emergency Medical Technician certification.

Samantha Peterman                               Taylor Rains                                ____________________________________________

Chelan Fire & Rescue

Chelan County Fire District 1

Douglas County Fire District 2

Position Announcement: 

Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician


Chelan Fire and Rescue, Chelan County Fire District 1 and Douglas County Fire District 2 will be establishing an eligibility list for the purpose of hiring Career Staff Firefighter/EMT positions. Application packets are available at the following Fire District Administrative Offices, electronically or by calling:  

Chelan Fire & Rescue 509-682-4476 

Chelan County Fire District 1 509-662-4734 

Douglas County Fire District 2 509-884-6671 

APPLICATION  (click here)

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the employment application forms; however, resumes may be submitted in addition to the employment application.


A complete application packet must be received at one of the participating Fire District Administration Offices no later than 1700 hours on

September 30, 2016 for consideration.



Position Description:

Firefighter/EMT work includes responding to and dealing with emergency situations, natural conditions that pose a threat to life and property, and incidents of service to the citizens. Employees in this position are responsible for the protection of life and property through firefighting activities, emergency medical services, fire inspection activities, public education and other like duties. They perform a full range of emergency work under adverse and strenuous physical conditions.  Firefighter/EMTs have a high risk of exposure to hazardous conditions, toxic chemicals and infectious diseases encountered during firefighting or emergency medical incidents. Firefighter/EMTs perform duties in the following areas: emergency firefighting operations (structural, wild land, vehicles), emergency medical operations, special rescue operations, company level fire & life safety building inspections, other fire prevention programs, public education, public relations,  maintenance of apparatus, equipment and facilities, testing of fire hydrants, hose, ladders, pumps, instructing fire service and medical aid training session and other duties as directed by the Fire Chief.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • 18 years old at time of employment
  • Graduation from a high school, GED or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Must currently reside or work in Chelan or Douglas County.
  • Must be able to pass the Fire District’s written test, physical agility test, background check, and medical evaluation/drug screen.
  • Firefighter I & II, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazmat Awareness/Operations and EVIP certification required within one (1) year of employment.
  • For Chelan Fire & Rescue: Must possess a valid WA State EMT-B certification by hire date and pass the rescue swim test as outlined in the application packet.


Selection Process:

September 1st  Job Announcement Posted Application Period Opens  

September 30th Application Period Closing (1700 hours)     

October 1st-15th Application Review Period 

October 21st  Written Exam 

October 24th-28th Panel Interviews 

November 3rd-4th Physical Agility Testing 

November 7th-8th Chelan Fire & Rescue Swim Test 

November 10th-18th Chief Interviews           

November 21st-23rd Conditional Employment Offers 

December  Medical Evaluations/Drug Screens/Uniform and PPE Fittings 

January 2017 Firefighter Recruit Training Begins


*Campfires are allowed state wide in campground fire pits.  Current  WA DNR burn ban information "click"

08-17-2016: With the arrival this week of the most dangerous fire weather of the year, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is expanding the statewide burn ban effective noon today, Aug. 17 to prohibit all campfires on DNR-protected lands through Sept. 30, 2016.

“After a relatively mild summer, we are entering a period of critical fire weather on both sides of the Cascades,” said Goldmark. “The greatest fire danger right now comes from carelessness. It’s essential that people understand the risks involved and do not spark any fires.”
Goldmark sees special wildfire risk over the coming days throughout the state, as high-pressure weather patterns will keep away the marine moisture that normally limits the spread of wildfire. The ability of Washington’s forests and grasslands to resist wildfire remains weakened after last year’s record drought.
The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR firefighters. It prohibits all outdoor burning, including campfires in fire pits and the use of charcoal briquettes. Liquid gas or propane camp stoves that do not use solid briquettes and have on/off controls are permitted.
The statewide ban does not include federally-owned lands such as national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges or other areas administered by federal agencies.
This fire season to date, there have been 527 fires on 3,372 acres. By comparison, at this point in 2015, there had been 803 fires burning 319,551 acres. In 2014 by this date, there were 590 fires burning 190,742 acres.
In 2015, a record drought, low snowpack and weeks of hot, dry weather brought Washington’s worst-ever wildfire season, burning more than a million acres across the state.
“Our fire crews have been effective so far this season in keeping fires small and getting them out quickly,” said Goldmark. “I ask all Washingtonians to give them a hand by being careful and responsible when working or playing on our iconic landscapes.”


Fire Regulations
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
This is a link to the latest fire regulations that take effect 09-19-2016.

You let Sparky go into the big city alone, you just never know who he might end up hanging out with at the game....


Windermere Lake Chelan Donates AED to Chelan Fire and Rescue

Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to thank the members of Windermere Lake Chelan for their generous donation of an AED (automatic external defibrillator).  Pictured below are: Morgan Picton, Kim Johnson, Rosemary Easley, Keith Wells, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Donnell, Robin Becker, Tim Flood, Vickie McKenney, Craig Stimson, Lieutenant Dale Rodman and Firefighter Adam Jones.  


6/1/2016 through 9/30/16

Congratulations to Firefighter Forrest Hale in obtaining his Emergency Medical Technician certification (EMT) 



Congratulations to Firefighter/EMT Jake Hepper for passing his Firefighter II Certification. Jake's Firefighter II certification was issued on 4/14/16 according to NFPA 1001, in compliance with requirements established by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.



Chelan Fire and Rescue hired three Summer Seasonal Wildland Firefighters. This crew will focus their time conducting home/property wildland assessments, providing chipping services and conducting limited fuel reduction work. They will also be responding to emergency calls in their immediate area of work and as needed throughout the district. Welcome aboard (left to right) FF. Forrest Hale, Crew Leader Justin Thorpe and FF/EMT John Steiner




Interagency Group Command Level Simulation Lab

Saturday April 30, Chelan Fire and Rescue, Chelan County Fire Districts 5 & 8, Washington State DNR, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, CWICC, RiverCom, Chelan County Sherriff’s Department, PUD/Public Works conducted an Interagency Group Command Level Simulation Lab. Well over 40 members from the represented agencies participated in the seven hour training session. This event was designed to maintain and improve lines of communication, better understand the roles and responsibilities of each agency, obtain agency pre-fire season up-dates  and look for avenues to better support one another during emergency situations. The partner agencies are continuing to focus on working together to improve interagency response efficiency and communication. Simulation activities, like this one, provide opportunities to improve and strengthen our skills and relationships within our partner agencies.

Big thanks and job well done to Lt. Woods for helping coordinate, develop and make this happen.



South Shore Fire Station 75 New Sign


Congratualtions to Eric Craw for successfully completing the EMT Certificate!!



Congratulation to Lieutenant Dale Rodman, Dale
has served 
as a long term acting lieutenant and
has now been promoted 
to permanent Fire
Lieutenant on B-Shift.

Congratulation to Firefighter/EMT Jake Hepper,
he has passed 
his probationary year and is
now a 3rd Class Firefighter.

Congratulation to Firefighter/EMT Justin Thorpe,
he has 
received his Firefighter II Certification.



2016 “Lightening Becomes Fire” Calendar, a pictorial 12-month calendar which recaps the fire events of this past August 2015 and pays tribute to all those who lived through, helped the community, and fought so hard during the Chelan Complex Fires. $18 each

ON SALE NOW $10.00 each 

All proceeds go to the Chelan District 7 Firefighters Association, a 501c3 


Quick Response by Chelan Fire and Rescue keeps semi-truck fire from spreading to structures.

01/21/2106 about 0345 hours Chelan Fire and Rescue, Command 702, Engine 71 responded to a report of a semi-truck fire in the area of 100 SR150. First unit on scene reported a semi-truck cab fully involved with structure exposures within 20 and 40 feet of the fire. Engine 71’s crew had the fire contained and knocked down 13 minutes after receiving the 911 call. Their quick actions kept the fire from spreading to the trailer and its load, as well as a small out building and a larger warehouse structure.




Chelan Fire and Rescue Welcomes New Commissioner

The members of Chelan Fire and Rescue welcomed their new Commissioner, Russ Jones at their regularly scheduled meeting on 1/13/2016. District Secretary Carol Kibler provided the swearing in process and Russ begins his new adventure as Fire Commissioner.



Welcome our two new apparatus to the fleet. The left one is USFS Engine 321 with a 900 gallon tank from Chelan Ranger District. The right one is from the Entiat Ranger District and has a 600 gallon tank. Both of them already know the area and should be able to hit the ground running. Both apparatus will need to go through a safety check, mechanics review and an annual maintenance before they will be able to be placed in service. They will also be outfitted and equipped with the necessary tools and gear carried on this type of apparatus. 


Chelan Fire and Rescue’s, Station 73 members who proudly serve the Union Valley neighborhoods: (left to right) FF/PM Mark Donnell, FF Eric Craw, FF Jim Littlefield; FF Clayton Kimsey, FF Lance Stark, Lt. Johnny Synder. Not shown are FF Dan Wright, FF. Tony Palazzo and FF David Emery.


Chelan Fire and Rescue invites you to participate in our Smoke Alarm program by calling 509-682-4476 and schedule an appointment to inspect and or install smoke alarms in your home.


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