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Fire Chief Tim Lemon has moved his last day with Chelan Fire and Rescue up to July 31, 2019 with approval of the Board of Fire Commissioners. Chief Lemon has been selected to be the next Fire Chief of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue and is expected to take-up his new position in early August.

Chelan Fire and Rescue is in its final negotiation with Deputy Chief Mark Donnell to take over as the Interim Fire Chief for Chelan Fire and Rescue in August with the expectation that he will be named Chief on January 1, 2020.

Commissioner Jones stated this is right in line with Chelan Fire and Rescue’s succession plan that was put in place back in 2016. It provides for its member to move up and will vacate one Chief Officer position which will provide a cost saving to the fire district. In 2018 Assistant Chief Asher was hired through a FEMA grant as the Chief of Volunteer Services for four years ending in 2021. Chief Lemon was expected to retire within these four years providing funding for the ongoing employment of Assistant Chief Asher after the grant runs out. With Chief Lemon’s early departure, the fire district will see a cost saving in wages and benefits over the next two year period before those revenues are used to retain Assistant Chief Asher.

Commissioner Jones added that Chief Lemon’s experience and leadership has been a tremendous asset to the community and he will be sorely missed.

Chelan County Burn Ban in effect

as of June 1, 2019

NO outdoor burning allowed – High Fire Hazard Restrictions include: Restricted Open Flame Devices and Restricted Outdoor Fires. See below resolutions.

Fire Hazard code chp7.52

Res 2019-68 High Fire Hazard 06-18-2019

Chelan County Burn Ban in effect June 1, 2019.

Fire Hazard code chp7.52

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Okanogan Wenatchee USDA Forest Service

Chelan Fire and Rescue is currently seeking Volunteer Emergency Responders!

Come join our team and serve your community. Positions are available in structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, ems, and support services. Contact Assistant Chief Brandon Asher at (509)682-4476 for more information.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue (Chelan County Fire Protection District 7) has been in existence since 1926. The agency is a Fire Protection District, organized under Title 52 of the Revised Code of Washington. Chelan Fire and Rescue’s jurisdiction is located in Northeast Chelan County, covering 125 square miles around Lake Chelan and surrounding areas. These areas include: The City of Chelan, Chelan Falls, Union Valley, South Lake Shore, 25 Mile Creek, the north side of Lake Chelan from the City of Chelan to Manson, Chelan Airport, and Howard Flats up to the Chelan/Okanogan County line.