Brain Tracer Joins Department from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
In a Board of Commissioners meeting Mon. evening, Brian Tracer was selected as the new Assistant Chief of East Jefferson Fire Rescue. Tracer is replacing Bob Low, who is retiring effective Jan. 31.
Mr. Tracer will be leaving his current position as Chief Civil Deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office.
He was selected from four candidates who initially applied for the position.
As Assistant Chief, Tracer will take charge of the EJFR fire inspection and investigation programs, as well as act as chief of facilities and apparatus maintenance. He will also become a member of the duty chief rotation, assuming a leadership role on active incidents.
In addition to his fifteen years of service as a deputy, Mr. Tracer has six years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and more than fifteen years of fire investigation experience. He has also attended three National Fire Academy leadership courses.
Mr. Tracer is currently the president of the regional Fire Investigation Task Force, which investigates the cause of fires in Jefferson County.
A certified Marine Law Enforcement and Boating Safety instructor, Mr. Tracer will also assume leadership of the EJFR marine division.
Mr. Tracer will join EJFR on Jan. 20th.
An early morning house fire in the 4600 block of Holcomb St. sent three people to the hospital with injuries. The house suffered heavy damage.
Two adult males and an adult female were stabilized at Jefferson Healthcare before being transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious smoke inhalation and burn injuries.
The fourth occupant of the house, a teenage boy, was evaluated by EMTs and released.
According to the boy, the occupants of the house lit candles when the power went out Sun. evening. He was unsure whether all of the candles had been extinguished before everyone went to bed.
The boy stated that he awoke shortly before 5:00 a.m. to the sounds of shattering glass as another occupant broke windows. He quickly escaped the house.
The other three occupants also escaped, but not before suffering smoke inhalation. The two males also suffered burns.
Firefighters from East Jefferson Fire Rescue and Naval Magazine Indian Island were toned to the fire at 4:51 a.m. They arrived to find the occupants had evacuated and were in the squad car of a Port Townsend police officer who had arrived moments earlier.
Firefighters knocked down the flames in about 20 minutes, but by then the single-story rambler had suffered extensive damage.
EJFR Assistant Chief Brian Tracer was beginning an investigation in to the cause of the fire once the house had cooled down.
Fifteen firefighters and command staff from EJFR and Indian Island responded to the fire.
Firefighter Suffers Serious Medical Emergency
1/19 - An East Jefferson Fire Rescue volunteer firefighter experienced a serious medical event while responding to a commercial structure fire in the 20 block of Colwell St. Sat. afternoon. He was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was listed in stable condition.
The 43-year old firefighter’s medical event was not a direct result of the fire.
Units from East Jefferson Fire Rescue, Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue and Naval Magazine Indian Island were paged at 3:08 p.m. after a fire broke out in the office section of the business, located in Port Hadlock.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing from the building and flames visible through the windows. After confirming that no one was trapped in the building, they began an offensive attack.
The firefighter experienced the medical event while supporting firefighting operations. On scene paramedics and EMTs treated him while others continued fighting the fire.
The blaze was reported under control at 3:48 p.m.
The business offices suffered extensive internal damage but firewalls and a quick knockdown prevented the fire from spreading to adjacent structures.
Fire investigators from East Jefferson Fire Rescue and Jefferson County Fire District 4 began an investigation into the cause of the blaze shortly after it was extinguished. The investigation is continuing but the fire is not believed to be of suspicious origin.
Approximately 18 firefighters and three engines responded to the fire.
Permanent Burn Ban Now Includes Irondale/Port Hadlock Areas
A recent discovery by Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), that portions of Irondale and Port Hadlock had been designated Urban Growth Areas (UGA), has prompted the agency to ban all burning in those areas of Jefferson County permanently.
In a letter addressed to Jefferson County Fire District 1 (East Jefferson Fire Rescue) Chief Gordon Pomeroy, ORCAA stated that in 2006, they “notified residents and fire protection agencies” about the law “in the 17 known UGAs” within their jurisdiction. (Washington State Legislature enacted a law [2005 Washington Revised Code RCW 70.94.743 (1) (b)] that prohibits both residential yard waste burning and land clearing burning in all UGAs within the state as of January 1, 2007.
The letter goes on to state that “ORCAA only recently learned that the Irondale/Port Hadlock area is designated as an Urban Growth Area.”
“We are as surprised as anyone at this news,” said Chief Pomeroy.
The Jefferson County Department of Community Development’s website explains that “prior to the completion of the 2002 Comprehensive Plan amendment cycle, the only UGA in Jefferson County was the City of Port Townsend. Planning to accommodate growth in the Tri-Area of Jefferson County, which includes Chimacum, Port Hadlock and Irondale, has long been a topic of discussion.” The ordinance establishing Irondale/Port Hadlock as an Urban Growth Area was adopted in 2009.
For a map of the Irondale / Port Hadlock UGA, click here.
Effective July 1, outdoor yard debris burning has been prohibited in Jefferson County Fire Rescue District 1. No open burning is ever allowed within the city limits of Port Townsend.
The initial burn ban runs from July 1 until Sept. 30. Depending on weather conditions within District 1, the ban may be extended further.
During the period of the burn ban, violators may be assessed fines of up to $14,915 per day for each violation. They may also be held responsible for the cost of putting out the fire which can cost thousands of dollars.
Burn permits are not required within the boundaries of Fire District 1. Knowing and following the guidelines is, however, a requirement. The guidelines for burning in East Jefferson County can be found at every fire station in District 1. Stations are located at Lawrence & Harrison Streets in Port Townsend; Jacob Miller Road; Cape George, Marrowstone Island; Chimacum and Airport Road. Outdoor Burning Guidelines can also be found online at www.ejfr.org. Alternatives to outdoor burning are also listed in the guidelines. Maps of all Jefferson County no-burn areas can be found on ORCAA’s website at www.orcaa.org. Current burn ban status can be found at WaBurnBans.net.
ORCAA is planning to post signs in the county’s UGAs to create greater awareness about the outdoor burn ban. For more information about the permanent burn ban in the Irondale/Port Hadlock areas, contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website www.orcaa.org.
EJFR Sends Birthday Wishes to Sick Child
Six-year old Tyler Seddon battling leukemia
East Jefferson Fire Rescue firefighters gathered Monday to send birthday wishes to a Rhode Island boy who is battling leukemia.
Six-year old Tyler Seddon is about to turn seven and has asked for birthday cards from his favorite people, first responders.
The firefighters are sending the boy a photograph, a birthday card and an autographed helmet.
The boy has been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time and is undergoing chemotherapy while doctors search for a bone marrow donor.
A Facebook page and GoFundMe account have been set up to keep his local community updated on Tyler’s progress and help with donations while he awaits his birthday, March 6.
Birthday cards for Tyler can be sent to 96 South Main St., Pascoag, RI 02859.