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