Drowning Incident

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office

Immediate Release:

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.

Chelan Falls Brush Fire

Brush Fire East of Chelan Airport

Commercial fire – 60 SR150

03/21/2017 at 0824 hours, Chelan Fire and Rescue’s (CFR) Engine 71, 79, Rescue 71, Medic 3171, Tender 71 and Chief 702 responded to a commercial fire at 60 SR150, Zippy Disposal Service, for a fire in one of their shops. First unit arrived within two minutes from time of dispatch to find smoke coming from the building and the remains of a fire that had been knocked down by employees using portable fire extinguishers. CFR crews finished extinguishing the fire and checked for possible extension. Damage was limited to a garbage container with minor heat and smoke damage to a wall and work bench area. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Value of the building is estimated at about $138,000.00. There was no structural damage and minimal damage to the contents. CFR gives Zippy Disposal Service a big at-a-boy for having their extinguishers available and employees taking appropriate, safe action, to limit fire spread by knocking the main body of the fire down. This is a great example of why everyone should have fire extinguishers and have them serviced annually to make sure they are in good working order.

Good Job to Zippy Disposal Service employees.

Chelan Fire and Rescue Hires New Firefighters

Chelan Fire and Rescue welcomes six new Firefighter/EMT’s to our team. These positions are funded by a two year FEMA SAFER Grant to provide for safe staffing levels. The six new members will spend the next six weeks on days going through orientation and recruit training before being assigned to shift work. That will bring our staffing levels to four personnel on each of the three shifts. Four firefighters is the minimum number of personnel required to be on scene before they can engage in interior firefighting operations, according to Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 305-296. We will share more information about each of the new firefighters in the weeks to come, please helps us welcome them aboard. Left to right; Steven Saugen, Taylor Rains, Tyee Zacher, Marco Aurilio, Justin Thorpe and Joseph Cox.

DONATION TO VFW

Firefighter Jake Hepper, presented VFW Commander Serafini a check for $582. from the donations that were raised at the Veterans Day luncheon that was held at Station 71 on November 11, 2016.

Congratulations are in order

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

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.

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

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

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.