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. Funding for the Fire District is derived from property taxes, which are collected at a rate, up to, $1.50 per $1000.00 of assessed value for all taxable properties throughout the Fire District’s jurisdiction. 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.
The municipal services provided by Chelan Fire and Rescue, in accordance with the mission and statutes that govern fire protection districts and fire departments, are: Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Basic Life Support (BLS) first response; Fire Prevention/Public Education; Fire Investigation; Fire Suppression (vehicle, residential and commercial); Wildland Fire Fighting; Hazardous Materials Response-Operations; and Technical Rescue/Special Operations (high/low angle, surface water, ice rescue). The Fire District responded to 929 calls for emergency assistance in 2020.
These services are delivered from five fire stations, one staffed with career personnel 24 hours a day and four staffed with volunteer personnel. The district employs 1 Fire Chief, 1 Assistant Fire Chief, 1 Administrative Office Manager, 1 Administrative Assistant, 1 Fleet Mechanic, 7 Firefighters/EMT’s and 40 plus volunteers who operate six engines, four water tenders, six wildland fire engines, one ladder truck, one medium support vehicle (air/lighting), two command vehicles, a rescue boat and one support vehicle.