04-03-2019 Brush Fire

Yesterday (April 4th) at 2:55pm Chelan Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported brush fire in the area of Chelan Ranch Road and Purtteman Gulch Road.  Arriving crews found a fully engulfed chicken coop threatening adjacent structures with fire that had spread into approximately 2 acres of grass and brush behind the residence on Whitetail Lane.  Chelan Fire & Rescue called for a second alarm with notification to CWICC due to the rapid fire spread that was driven by 10 mph winds.  A third alarm was called when the fire threatened nearby structures and the eastern fire spread had moved towards Union Valley. 

This early season fire was eventually brought under control by Chelan Fire & Rescue with mutual aid assistance from Chelan County Fire District 5 (Manson), Chelan County Fire District 8 (Entiat), Douglas County Fire District 4 (Orondo), US Forestry Service, Department of Natural Resources, and Chelan County Sheriff.  Total size for this fire was estimated at 7.5 acres with the only structure loss being the chicken coop.  Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Chelan Fire & Rescue would like to remind all Fire District residents that the 2019 fire season has started early and we expect a busier than normal fire season due to the low moisture snow pack and the drier than normal grass and shrubs.

2018 Awards Banquet

Welcome Administrative Assistant Karla Mendoza

I have two boys aged: 11 and 8

We live in Manson.

I love people, and getting to interact with them as much as possible.

I am excited to be a part of CFR7 family. I have very BIG shoes to fill, so please bear with me as I learn all the ins and outs. So, thank you CFR7 for this amazing opportunity, as I promise to do my very best and then some.

Professional Experience:

  • 11 years of Healthcare related office experience

Education: 

  • Working on AA, Wenatchee Valley College

Outside Interests: 

  • Spending time with her children
  • Volunteer at the school
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Grilling in the fire pit
  • Traveling

Personal Information: 

  • Karla was born in Los Angeles, California
  • Went to Manson Elementary School
  • Graduated from Manson High School

02-09-2019 Structure Fire

Structure Fire: Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire off Henderson Road that was reported around 05:53:28 hours Saturday morning. Engine 71 and Brush 71 were the first to arrive and report that a 20 foot x 30 foot, two story barn was fully involved. Two Chelan County Deputies had arrived before the fire department.

Additional units included: Battalion 7, Engine 79, Engine 52 (Manson Fire), Tender 71, Tender 74 and Medical 3171, responded and stood by.

This was a defensive fire operation supported by a water shuttle operation due to no fire hydrants in the area. Personnel had to overhaul 300 feet of fire hose through heavy snow to engage the fire. There were reports of chickens and goats in the barn, all the animals perished in the fire. The cause of the fire in under investigation.

The temperature outside was 9 degrees, the initial on duty responding crew were timely for the weather and road conditions they were faced with,” said Fire Chief Tim Lemon. “We also had a good response from our home volunteers, two personnel from Manson Fire and three of our off duty career staff reported back to work,” said Lemon.

02-05-2019 Automatic Fire Alarm – Broken Water Pipe

Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to an Automatic Fire Alarm this morning around 0614 hours at 510 North Cedar Street. Upon arrival, Rescue 71 and Engine 71 found the alarm system going off, a number of the residents from the complex were outside in the cold, but no fire. A broken water pipe in the ceiling was found to have set off the system. There was two to three inches of standing water throughout the first floor of the building. Crews worked quickly to shut down the water and get the residents back inside out of the cold. Further actions were taken to protect the electrical service room that had water pouring out of the ceiling. Chelan Fire and Rescue crews assisted the complex management with removing water from the first floor until private vendors can arrive.

2017 Annual State Audit

Management Excellence Award

Chelan Fire and Rescue Received 2nd 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 26, 2018. 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 2nd 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.

$829,011 Grant Funds for Breathing Apparatus

Chelan Fire and Rescue, in conjunction with Chelan County Fire Protection District 8 (Entiat) and Douglas County Fire Protection District 4 (Orondo) were notified this week that we have been awarded a third FEMA grant in the amount of $829,011. The purpose of this grant is to replace all the Self Contain Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and spare air bottles in all three departments. This specialized piece of equipment provides firefighters with breathing air when working in an IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health)  environment such as a house fire filled with smoke or a chemical spill. “This is a huge benefit to the local fire departments that have been using aging SCBAs with an increasing maintenance cost,” said Chief Lemon. Replacing all of the old SCBAs provides improved safety for all of our members and a decrease in maintenance costs. Additionally each district will see a cost savings by not having to replace out of service SCBAs.

Chelan Fire and Rescue has received three FEMA grants in the last three years:

  • FEMA SAFER Grant for six firefighters fully funded for two years in the amount of $895,434.00
  • FEMA Regional SAFER Grant for a Volunteer Recruit and Retention Coordinator fully funded for four years in the amount of $947,534.00
  • FEMA Regional AFG for new SCBAs in the amount of $829,011.00

Total grant funds in the last three years $2,671.979.00