Minimizing the effects of wildfire smoke during COVID-19

Wildfire smoke occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic can increase susceptibility to the virus and other infections by causing irritation to the respiratory system, resulting in altered immune function.

For more information on how to reduce risk form wildfire smoke click on the link below – U.S. Fire Administration

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/current_events/062920.html

Activation of Siren

05-27-2020 Brush Fire

At 1833 today, Chelan Fire &Rescue crews were dispatched to a reported brush fire in the area of S. Bradley St. and Prospect St.  Calling parties had reported an approximately 10′ x 10′ had started in medium fuels (grass and brush) near the Butte trail.  Units arrived at 1837 to find that the fire had grown to approximately 20′ x 20′ and was within 100 ‘  of structures.  Crews were able to knock down and contained the fire by 1841, mop up was completed by 1924.  Cause of this fire was determined to have been juveniles playing with matches.  Chelan Fire & Rescue reminds our community that we are expected to see a busy fire season this year and to please be careful when burning or using heat sources near dry grass.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue Welcomes Seasonal Firefighters

Firefighter/EMT Stephanie Preheim and Firefighter/EMT Mitchell Matthews will be joining the Chelan Fire & Rescue Team as seasonal firefighters for the 2020 Fire Season.  The addition of these two seasonal employees will give our community the additional staffing needed to accommodate the seasonal call volume increase during our daily peak operating periods.   Both Stephanie and Mitch are active members within the Chelan Fire & Rescue organization and have been filling available stipend shifts working as a third firefighter over the past several months.  Stephanie and Mitchell also have their IFSAC Firefighter I/II and Hazmat Operations and Wildland Firefighter Type 1 or 2 certifications in addition to being credentialed Washington State Emergency Medical Technicians.  These are nationally recognized certifications which are added benefits to the organization and the community we serve.  The seasonal firefighter positions are being funded within our 2020 budget using funds that were allocated for our current firefighter stipend program.  The seasonal firefighters will start May 1st and complement our daily staffing working alongside our career and volunteer members in providing service to the community. Welcome Aboard Firefighters Preheim and Matthews!

Grant Funded Breathing Apparatus

SCBA’s are the lifeline for Firefighters in harmful atmospheres. Tonight is the inservice for Chelan Fire and Rescues grant awarded SCBA’s. These 49 new airpacks have the latest safety features and a higher capacity of air to allow us longer time inside a burning home to search for possible victims and attack the fire. Entiat and Orondo also received new airpacks in this cooperative grant. This is part of over $2.5 million in federal dollars Chelan Fire and Rescue has worked hard to get to protect our growing community over the last four years saving you the taxpayer money.