Fire Prevention Week

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries – the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
  • Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
  • Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

*Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. More tips, videos and fire safety activities available at fpw.org.

Marrowstone Station 1-2 Project

Background:

Fire Station 1-2, at 6633 Flagler Rd., on Marrowstone Island houses Aid 1-2 and Engine 1-2. This station is not typically staffed 24 hours a day, but is instead served by Fire and EMS volunteers that live on the island. East Jefferson Fire Rescue is a combination Fire department with 34 career firefighters and 35 volunteer personnel. For several years EJFR has struggled to staff this location with resident island volunteers.

In 2018 the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau (WSRB) lowered the Fire Insurance rating from a 5 to a 9 if your home is not within a 5 mile distance of a fully staffed fire station, due largely to the lack of volunteers. In response to this, EJFR contacted the WSRB to reevaluate based on a mutual aid agreement already in place with Naval Magazine Indian Island Engine 91. The WSRB rating was updated to reflect this agreement.

Residents of the northern end of the island are still impacted by the WSRB insurance rating and the island, in general, receives some of the longest response times within our district. To address these issues EJFR is actively working with island residents and members of the Marrowstone Island Foundation to formulate a solution.

In 2019, the opportunity arose to purchase a used, modular station from Shoreline Fire and an agreement to purchase and move the station upon Shoreline Fire’s project completion was executed. The tentative plan is to provide living quarters and staff Station 1-2 with volunteers. The current facilities at Station 1-2 are apparatus bays only – there are no station quarters and no restroom facilities. The Marrowstone Island Foundation has worked diligently to support this plan, including raising over $125,000 to fund portions of the project. We can’t thank our partners enough! Challenges include building a difficult septic system, permits, timing and acquiring more Volunteers.

Unfortunately, some of our challenges have led to delays in this project. At this time, we have decided to forgo purchasing the building from Shoreline Fire and explore different options.

Multiple factors were weighed as we considered our options:

  • Septic construction timeline and costs are not yet finalized
  • A foundation for the building has not been constructed yet
  • Storm water system costs are unknown
  • Driveway expansion costs are unknown
  • Issues with the county-owned alleyway north of the property need to be finalized
  • A PUD waterline needs to be constructed
  • If we were to purchase and move the aforementioned building to our location now, it would sit empty – future degradation is unknown
  • A storage area for the modular unit was not established
  • Current needs for this particular building were a new roof and new paint
  • The purchase of a similar, but new building, may better suit our needs in the long run

At a special meeting held on August 3rd, 2020 the Board of Fire Commissioners ultimately decided it best to terminate the agreement with Shoreline Fire and reevaluate our project strategy.  Understandably this is a disappointment to all involved in this endeavor. EJFR Fire Commissioners do not wish to put this project on hold or delay moving forward, however a reevaluation is necessary to ensure a positive completion of the Marrowstone Station 1-2 Project.

Current Development

EJFR, Assistant Chief Tracer is working with a general contractor to continue progress.

Research has begun on purchasing a new modular building to house volunteers. Preliminary cost estimates for a new building range from $150,000 – $200,000 and may take from four to six months to build.

An easement has been purchased from the station neighbors to the north so that we may use part of their property for a septic system drain field. Previously the fire station property failed a wet soils test.

Legal Council has been contacted about the county-owned alleyway.

Permits will be submitted to the County for the septic system design, storm water system and foundation design once the alley-way issue has been resolved.

 

COVID-19 Update

EJFR is here for You

In order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to meet the recent Washington State Executive Order, East Jefferson Fire Rescue facilities are temporarily closed to public access until further notice. For non-emergency business call (360) 385-2626.

Responding to Emergency 911 Calls will remain unchanged!

Message from Chief Walkowski

EJFR is actively working with partner agencies on planning and response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The lead agency in the local area is the Jefferson County Department of Public Health. Please visit the following websites for the most up to date information.

Jefferson County Department of Public Health

Washington State Department of Health

Employment Opportunities

Single-Role Paramedic – Applications will be reviewed until position is filled

East Jefferson Fire Rescue is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Single Role Paramedic (SR-PM) with the anticipation of hiring one position to start in August, 2020.

The SR-PM is a non-firefighter (non-combatant) position that provides ALS care and transport of patients as part of the inter-facility transport service agreement with Jefferson Healthcare.  In addition to inter-facility transports, an SR-PM may deliver expanded role emergency medical services such as emergency incident rehabilitation, mobile integrated healthcare, and injury reduction/prevention programs.

Open Position Announcement

Single-Role Paramedic Job Description

Application

Chiefs Message

Message From Fire Chief Walkowski

Thank you for spending some time to visit our website. East Jefferson Fire Rescue has a proud history of serving our community. That spirit of service continues as we move forward into the future. The men and women of East Jefferson Fire Rescue are here to serve you. From our fire fighters to our administrative staff that comprise our organization, we are committed to providing the highest levels of service possible.

“The mission of East Jefferson Fire Rescue is Proudly serving the needs of our community through trust, honor, and respect.”

 

In Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

East Jefferson Fire Rescue has implemented protective measures in response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. We have put measures into place to help protect you, our patients and first responders. Those first responders are following appropriate safety protocols such as wearing protective equipment, being extra careful when providing treatment, and decontaminating equipment/gear after calls.

Fire agencies across Jefferson County continue to collaborate closely with Public Health, Jefferson Healthcare, and Jefferson County Emergency Management to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak.

Firefighter/EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics play a key role in the response to this virus, as we respond to treat sick patients. Fire departments across Jefferson County have put various measures in place to help prevent the spread of the virus locally, which starts when someone calls 911.

Dispatchers are asking additional questions regarding travel and advising appropriate protective equipment to responding crews when a patient presents with symptoms that could be from COVID-19 disease. When responding crews arrive on scene, they are taking extra care when entering the home, treating the patient and transporting (if required). Once the response is complete, firefighters and paramedics are instructed to follow specific, thorough decontamination procedures before providing care to another patient.

Transporting patients who present symptoms of the COVID-19 virus to a hospital will be avoided whenever possible unless the patient’s symptoms are severe. The Emergency Room will be briefed on the arriving patient prior to their arrival, so the hospital can take necessary action on their end.

It is our commitment to you that we stand ready to assist you in your time of need day or night, with compassion, professionalism, respect and dignity.

Best,

Jim Walkowski

Fire Chief

Board Meeting Minutes & Agendas

2020 EJFR Board Meetings

January 2020 Agenda Minutes
February 2020 Agenda Minutes
March 2020 Agenda Minutes
April 2020 Agenda Minutes
May 2020 Agenda Minutes
June 2020 Agenda Minutes
July 2020 Agenda Minutes
August 3rd Special Agenda Minutes
August 2020 Agenda Minutes
September 2020 Agenda Minutes
October 2020 Agenda Minutes
November 2020 Agenda Minutes
December 2020 Agenda Minutes

Previous Board Agendas & Minutes

Donations & Fundraising

The members of East Jefferson Fire Rescue believe that serving the community goes beyond firefighting and EMS activities. Both our volunteer and career staff participate in many different fundraising activities and charitable organizations.

Northwest Burn Foundation

Collecting money in Port Hadlock for the Northwest Burn Foundation. The money collected goes to help burn victims and their families. Every year on the first Saturday in October, many members stand in front of grocery stores and in intersections collecting money in their boots.

Raising Money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

EJFR members participate in the Scott’s Firefighter Stair Climb held yearly at the Columbia Tower in Seattle. Firefighters climb 69 stories in full combat gear and SCBA to reach the top of the 2nd highest building west of the Mississippi.

Fundraising by the Firefighter’s Helpers meets many needs

Every April and October the Helpers host a delicious, pancake breakfast. With the earnings from these breakfasts the group has donated thousands of dollars for needed emergency response equipment and educational materials.
The Helpers also help host memorials for fire department “family” members.

Applicant Documents

Fire Chief’s Job Description

2019 Financial Overview

2019 EMS Budget

2019 Fire Budget

2020 EMS Budget

2020 Fire Budget

2020 Jefferson County Assessors Value, Levy, and Data

2019 Jefferson County Assessors Value, Levy, and Data

2020 Property Tax Collection report from the Jefferson County Treasurer’s Office

2019 A Fire District Map with Stations shown with 2019 Call Volume Dispersion Data

ILA Between Jefferson Health Care and Jefferson County Fire Protection District #1

2018-2020 IAFF Local 2032 CBA

2020 Organizational Chart

SOG 1000D Volunteer Participation

SOG 1000E  Resident Volunteer Program

SOG 1000F  Call for Service Response

Policy 2002 Distribution of On-Duty Personnel

SOG 2002A Distribution of On-Duty Personnel

SOG 4001K Standard Alarm Assignment

Policy 6003 Debt Management

Policy 6004 Revenue Management

Policy 6005 Ambulance Billing

Policy 6006 Purchasing

SOG 6006A Purchasing

Incident Statistics:

 

 

Volunteer Roster

Volunteers

Response Station 1-1
Bjorn Daannan-Devas Cadet
Ryan GutierrezFF/EMTVolunteer
Brady PalmerVolunteer
Ryan OhrFFVolunteer
Joey RodriguesFF/EMTVolunteer
Sandy ShortEMTVolunteer
Shenoa SnyderFF/EMTResident Volunteer
Gavin LawsonCadet
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Response Station 1-2
Pat McNerthney FF/EMTVolunteer
Matt SheehanFF/EMTResident Volunteer
Al SmithSupportVolunteer
Cidney SkirvinEMTVolunteer
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Response Station 1-3
Bob Coulter SupportVolunteer
Paul FleischmanSupportVolunteer
Mike HarteEMT/SupportVolunteer
Patricia HorvathAdmin Volunteer
Bella LuskEMTVolunteer
Colleen RodriguesCO/EMS SupportVolunteer
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Response Station 1-4
John Anderson EMT/SupportVolunteer
Dahti BlanchardEMTEMS Resident Volunteer
McKenzie GintherEMTVolunteer
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Response Station 1-5
Emily StewartEMTVolunteer
Matt StewartFF/EMT Volunteer
Patricia Willestoft Investigation/PIO Volunteer
Chase GutierrezEMT Volunteer
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Response Station 1-6
Matt KaldahlFF/EMTResident Volunteer
Jeff GaleyEMT Volunteer
Mike EverittEMT Volunteer
Leah (Phyllis) SpeserPIO/EMT Volunteer
Maddie WoodEMT Volunteer
Rich HillEMT Volunteer
Christie ApkerEMTVolunteer
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Out of Area Responders
Jesse CordovaFF/EMTVolunteer
Christian KeatonFF/EMTVolunteer
Brian ThomasFF/EMTVolunteer
Max TorresResident Volunteer
Daniel Severin EMTVolunteer

Insurance Rating Info

Kala Point Area Fire Protection Class Modification

East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) is pleased to announce a Fire Protection Class (FPC) Modification in and around the Kala Point geographic area.  In March 2019, EJFR proposed a FPC modification to the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) based on recent adjustments utilizing response volunteers and off-duty career firefighters that also reside within five road miles of Fire Station 1-3 (50 Airport Road). Approval and the subsequent FPC modification was effective April 1, 2019.

Inaccuracies in WSRB Ratings for Some Area Homes

Fire Chief Walkowski stressed that in order to obtain a corrected rating, area residents must take the initiative to contact the WSRB and if in error, their insurance provider. “This correction will not be initiated by the WSRB,” he said. “Residents are encouraged to contact them directly at their customer service telephone line at 206-217-0101. Specifically request you want to confirm the Fire Protection Classification of your insured structure and ask them to calculate the driving distance from your home to the nearest fire station.”  Here is the News Release.

Washington State is one of a handful of states which utilize the services of an independent rating service to evaluate communities for their fire protection and suppression capabilities. Using a schedule approved by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, they assign each community a Protection Class of 1 (exemplary) through 10 (insufficient for insurance credit). This Rating may be utilized by an insurance company to assist in determining fire insurance premiums for properties. However, not all insurance companies use the WSRB rating to set insurance rates. Communities are evaluated on a five-year frequency and evaluations include four major areas:

Fire Department: WSRB reviews such items as engine companies, ladder companies, distribution of fire stations and fire companies, automatic aid received, response to alarms, equipment carried on apparatus, apparatus maintenance, pumping capacity, reserve apparatus, department personnel levels and training.

Water Supply: Water supplies used are reviewed to determine their adequacy for fire-suppression purposes. Major tasks include calculating required fire flows (gallons per minute) for buildings and conducting flow tests to measure water pressures (psi) and volume (gpm). WSRB considers hydrant size, type, and installation, as well as the inspection frequency and condition of fire hydrants.

Emergency Communications Systems:  The community’s 911 system is evaluated including facilities, handling and dispatching fire alarms, dispatch personnel levels and training.

Fire Safety Control: Fire prevention activities such as fire code enforcement, public education and building code enforcement are reviewed.

After completing the field survey, WSRB analyzes the data and calculates the Protection Class for the community. The community receives a notification letter identifying the Protection Class along with a summarizing report. Buildings and property located within the rated community are eligible for the Protection Class Rating of the community if they meet the distance to fire station and distance to fire hydrant requirements. If these requirements are not met the building will receive a different Protection Class Rating than the community.

After investing in apparatus, equipment and personnel training and enhancing our Fire Safety Control, Jefferson County Fire Protection District No. 1’s rating improved from a 6 to a 5 as a result of a 2013 evaluation. 

However, changes resulted from our most recent evaluation, which took place in 2017 and became effective in early 2018.  While our overall District-wide rating remained unchanged at a 5, deficiencies in two areas impacted improved properties (structures) within a five road-mile radius of our three volunteer fire stations.

As an overview, District 1 has a total of six fire stations, three of which are staffed 24/7:

Station 1-1 – The Wally Westergaard Station located at 9193 Rhody Drive, Chimacum

Station 1-5 – The Henry Miller Station located at 35 Critter Lane, Port Townsend

Station 1-6 – The Uptown station located at 701 Harrison St., Port Townsend

Our three volunteer response stations are:

Station 1-2 – The Marrowstone Island station located at 6633 Flagler Rd., Nordland

Station 1-3 – The Jefferson County International Airport station located at 50 Airport Rd.

Station 1-4 – The Cape George station located at 3850 Cape George Rd., Port Townsend

In the 2018 evaluation, District 1 received demerits for the age of our emergency response vehicles (apparatus), many of which we still owned after the prior evaluation five years earlier.

For the first time, we also received demerits for having an insufficient number of volunteer firefighters who regularly train and respond from our three volunteer stations.  In order to receive credit for these stations, District 1 would need six volunteer firefighters to regularly train and respond from each station. 

Currently, we have an insufficient number of volunteer firefighters, contributing to a rate reduction in some areas.

The District is focusing efforts on returning to our previous rate for all customers, but this will take time. As the District continues to modernize our apparatus fleet, this is only possible as our budget allows. In addition, the District is conducting numerous volunteer recruiting efforts, offering at least three times annually the ability for members of the community to join the volunteer ranks. 

How can you help? Consider volunteering with the District. While we need a number of trained and active volunteer firefighters to improve our WSRB rating, we’re also looking for volunteers to assist us in a variety of capacities, including tender drivers, EMS responders and various support roles.

2017 WSRB Rating Letter

2018 WSRB Protection Class Report for JCFD #1