Congratulation to Firefighter/EMT Taylor Rain on successfully completing this probationary year with Chelan Fire and Rescue.
Help us welcome new Assistant Fire Chief of Volunteer Services Brandon Asher to the teams of Chelan Fire and Rescue(Chelan), Chelan County Fire Protection District 8 (Entiat) and Douglas County Fire Protection District 4 (Orondo). Assistant Chief Asher will be working with the three departments in the areas of Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment, Volunteer Firefighter Training and Volunteer Firefighter Retention. The three departments’ in 2016 applied for a four year regional FEMA SAFER Grant in the amount of $947,534.00 to hire this position and enhance our volunteer programs and volunteer recruitment efforts. Assistant Chief Asher started his career as a volunteer with Chelan County Fire Protection District 8 (Entiat) back in 1993 where his father serves as the Fire Chief. Assistant Chief Asher was first hired by Moses Lake Fire Department in 1998 where he spent five years as a Firefighter/EMT before moving on to the Arlington Fire department where he served 15 years working his way up the ranks to Fire Captain. We are happy to have Assistant Chief Asher join our team(s) and we are happy to bring some of our Federal Tax funds back into our communities to fund this program for the next four year said Fire Chief Tim Lemon.
On December 26, 2017 Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to Wheatland Lane in Union Valley for a residential structure fire. The reporting party was trapped in a back bedroom with his dog and was unable to self-exit the structure due to physical limitations. Chief 701, Rescue 71, Engines 73, 79, Tenders 71, 73, 74 with a total of 16 personnel responded along with two Chelan County Sheriff Deputies, an Ambulance for Lake Chelan EMS and a Chelan PUD unit.
The first units arrived in under 12 minutes and reported a working fire with flames visible. The two Chelan County Deputies rescued the occupant through a bedroom window as fire units were arriving and initiated a transitional fire attack, knocking down the outside fire then moving to the interior fire. The fire was brought under control within 24 minutes of arrival of the first fire engine. Damage was limited to a utility room, void space on the second floor behind a stub wall/attic space, the front of the structure and smoke heat and damage in the hallway and kitchen. Crews spent another 30 minutes overhauling the fire area to ensure all hot spots had been extinguished. Engine 79’s crew provided fire watch for the next two hours after fire operations had been completed.
“This could have had a very bad out come if the home occupant had not smelled the smoke as he was getting ready to go to bed. The home occupant reported smelling smoke and when he opened his bedroom door the house was filled with smoke and the door felt hot. He closed his door and called 911 telling the dispatchers his location in the house and that he could not get out,” said Chief Lemon.
“The fire and rescue operation went very well,” said Chief Lemon. We had a strong response with everyone in the right spot, at the right time, doing the right thing. We had two of our Chelan County Deputies available in the area and able to respond and assist. Our initial response on-duty crew of four personnel were responding within minutes of being dispatched and our volunteer personnel from Satellite Station 73 in Union Valley had a strong response. “We had the best outcome we could have hoped for.” said Chief Lemon. The occupant and his dog were saved and the house can be repaired.
Quick Response by Chelan Fire and Rescue Firefighters stops what could have been a disastrous fire in the Grandview.
Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a report of smoke in a 3rd floor room of the Grandview by the Lake at around 6:47 p.m. The first units were on scene within 5 minutes of the 911 call and two and half minutes of being notified by the dispatch center. The engine connected into the Fire Department Connection (FDC) that supports the stand pipe and fire sprinkler system while other members of the crew accessed the 3rd floor room which they found to be charged with smoke and heat. The crew located a working fire in the void space around the bath tub and reported fire coming from the ceiling area in the unit below them. A second crew was sent in to the 2nd floor unit and found fire in the ceiling area above the bathroom. Both crews were able to knock the fire down and then check for extension. No fire sprinklers were activated due to the fire being in the void spaces and not in the living space of the rooms. The fire was confined to the two units, but a 4th floor unit suffered smoke damage and the 1st floor unit had some water damage. Guests in Building C and D were displaced for about an hour during fire operations.
“The fire could have been much worse if we had not had a strong initial response from our on-duty crew followed by aggressive firefighting,” said Fire Chief Lemon. “I credit them with keeping this fire from causing any further damage. During the initial fire operations we were using all available resources that were on the scene to include our EMS folks and the Grandview staff to help ensure the buildings were completely evacuated,” said Fire Chief Lemon. The fire is under investigation.
Please join Chelan Fire and Rescue in welcoming Firefighter/EMT Austin Murdock to our team. Austin will be filling a vacated SAFER Grant Firefighter position from earlier this year.
Austin grew up in Leavenworth and graduated from high school there in 2015. He started his Fire Service journey with Chelan County Fire District #3 as a volunteer, and worked the summer of 2015 in the Wenatchee River Ranger District. In the fall of 2015 he started attending Everett Community College where he obtained his AA in Fire Science. Austin is a certified EMT and completed his Firefighter I & II and HazMat Awareness and Operations at the State Fire Academy. Before joining the Chelan Fire and Rescue team, Austin worked as a part-time Firefighter/EMT with Mukilteo and Lake Stevens Fire Departments. Austin lives in Chelan with his significant other. When time allows, he enjoys being an outdoor enthusiast. Welcome to Chelan Fire and Rescue Austin.
Good job to all involved (CF&R, CCFPD 5, DCFPD 4), strong response (23 personnel) and firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to other structures and brush. This fire was in Chelan County Fire District 5 jurisdiction, but due to the seamless operation of the two districts and assistance from Orondo Fire Department the loss were limited to the building of origin.
Structure Fire, 11/08/2017, around 0939 hours, Chelan Fire and Rescue and Chelan County Fire District 5 were toned out to a shop building fire at 350 Boyd Loop Road. First Alarm resources included: Chief 702(1), Command 5(1), Engine 71(2), Engine 51(2), Tender 74(1), Tender 52(1) and Medic 3171(2). This fire put out a large black smoke column that was visible from across the lake. First unit to arrive reported a large 60’ x 100’ shop building with orchard tractors, boats and vehicles in it that was 80% involved with fire. A 2nd Alarm was requested around 0946 hours that brought Brush 71(2), Engine 52(2), Engine 79(2), Engine 73(3)( to moved up to Station 71 cover the district), Tender 75(1), Tender 242(1) and Support 71(2). Chelan County Sheriff Deputies, Chelan PUD and the Chelan County Fire Marshal also responded and assisted with this fire.
Chief 702 established command and set up for a defensive operation and exposure protection for the apartments to the west after affirming no one was inside the building. Fire was contained to the building of origin and was a total loss to include all of its contents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Chelan Fire and Rescue Received 1st place in the Washington State Fire Commissioners Association “Management Excellence Award Program” for Category B Class fire departments.
Chelan Fire and Rescue’s Leadership/Management team and fire department were recognized by the Washington State Fire Commissioner Association at their Fall Conference in Spokane October 28, 2017. Chelan Fire and Rescue participated in the “Management Excellence Award Program” in the Category B Class, against fire departments with budgets between $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 and received 1st place in the State of Washington. The purpose of the Management Excellence Award Program is to provide a means of sharing information, innovative ideas and the variety of activities taking place throughout the state of Washington; to give recognition to those in the fire service that have demonstrated progressive achievement; to benefit all fire districts, regardless of size, location, budget, or number of personnel.
Representing Chelan Fire and Rescue at the 2017 911 Memorial in Cashmere, WA from left to right. FF. Chrys Fine, FF James Parks, FF Greg Girvin, SS. Marci Holmdahl, BC. Karl Jonasson.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office
On 6/20/17 at approximately 3:22 pm Chelan County Marine Deputies responded to calls of a possible drowning in the area known as “Three Fingers” on Lake Chelan, within the Chelan City limits. Upon further investigation it was learned that a group had rented a boat and were swimming off the back of the boat towards the middle of the lake in approximately 30-40 feet of water.
While swimming one individual from the group started experiencing difficulties. Others from the group attempted to throw him a personal flotation device but were unsuccessful before the he sank beneath the surface. The group of friends was unable to locate the distressed swimmer.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office responded with multiple vessels along with the aid of rescue swimmers from Chelan Fire, but were unable to locate the missing swimmer who has been identified as 23 year old Donghoon Lee of Seattle. Donghoon was on break from attending the University of Washington on a Student Visa from South Korea. Rescue workers continued to work into the evening but were unsuccessful in locating Donghoon who is presumed to have drowned.
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office staff were able to work with staff from the South Korean Consulate and make the emergency notification to Donghoon’ s family.
Search and recovery efforts are scheduled to continue at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 21. Equipment and personnel include three vessels from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, two divers from Chelan County, and seven to eight volunteer divers from Steven’s County along with underwater camera equipment from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office would use this time as a reminder to stay educated on water safety in order for everyone to have a safe and healthy summer while visiting Chelan County.
Updated media information will be sent out in a timely manner as pertinent information is received.
Please contact Sheriff Brian Burnett for questions at 509-630-7599.
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