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 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.
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.
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)
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
PO Box 1317 / 232 E Wapato Ave
Chelan, WA 98816