2023 Fire & Rescue Fest

Join us in downtown Port Townsend for a day of Firefighter Fun & Games! In celebration of Fire Prevention Week EJFR will be showcasing our skills with demonstrations and even letting the crowd get involved! No RSVP required – all are welcome to attend.

In 2022 EJFR celebrated 150 years of fire service to our community! Since then, we’ve decided to mark Fire Prevention Week with a Fire and Rescue Fest highlighting EJFR’s unique skills and abilities with an event that all-ages can participate in and enjoy.

  • Tour your local, and some antique fire apparatus
  • Tour a helicopter – weather permitting, our partners at Airlift Northwest & Life Flight will be landing at Memorial Field
  • Participate in some firefighting games such as the bucket brigade
  • Watch a live firefighting demonstration – this year we’ll feature EJFR’s Ladder Truck, ‘Ladder 1’
  • Tour the Jefferson County Historical Museum – adjacent to our event and free for attendees
  • Enter the Creative Coloring & Art Contest – winners announced during the Fest and printed in the PT Leader the following week
  • See the State Fire Marshals Fire Sprinkler Trailer
  • Learn to “Plan Your Escape” in the event of a fire by practicing in Jefferson County’s Fire Safety Trailer
  • Meet EJFR and other local emergency response partners
  • Pick up some EJFR SWAG! Commemorative T-shirts, coins, fire markers, mugs and sweatshirts available for purchase

SEE YOU THERE!

NFPA Fire Prevention Week

CPR Training

East Jefferson Fire Rescue provides a combined CPR and AED course designed specifically for laypeople. This course teaches “hands only” CPR and is an excellent choice for both community and workplace settings. This course is intended for individuals who do not work in the healthcare field but desire to have CPR knowledge and skills.

Firefighters and paramedics will provide attendees with instruction on performing CPR and using an AED. No course completion cards will be issued, but students will get ample opportunity to practice and ask questions. Our next public class will be held March 20th at 6pm at Station 6, 9193 Rhody Dr, Chimacum. Registration is required.

 

Register for this FREE event through Eventbrite.com.

 

 

FIRE CARES

In conjunction with the City of Port Townsend, East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) applied for and received an alternative response grant. The grant is funding a new program called FIRE CARES. This program will be modeled on the successful CARES program at the Poulsbo Fire Department and others throughout the region.

Year One Stats

The CARES team made a total of 1,286 contacts in 2023 – 249 new referral contact, 1,037 follow-ups. Services provided include; home visits, phone contacts, transportation arrangements, family/caregiver assistance, collateral contacts, health insurance sign up, case management and hospital diversion. It was found that the most prevalent reason for referral to the program was unmet medical needs, followed by general assistance and falls. The CARES team is currently activated through the 911 system. If Firefighters or law enforcement recognize further needs of a patient or citizen, they are referred through EJFR’s records management system and the CARES team reviews and makes the necessary contact.

Geographically, CARES serviced the East side of Jefferson County from Port Townsend in the north and down to Brinnon in the south county. Demographically, 992 contacts were made to individuals over 65 and 220 were Veterans.Click on the graphs for larger version

2023 CARES Data

EJFR launched FIRE CARES on January 1st, 2023.

The Fire CARES unit is staffed by a full time firefighter/EMT or firefighter/paramedic employed by EJFR, partnered with a full time prevention/intervention specialist employed by Believe in Recovery. The team also has access to a substance use disorder professionals who will assist with calls related to drug and alcohol use.

FIRE CARES is primarily a follow-up, intervention service focused on referring and providing appropriate services but will also serve as a specialty unit responding to behavioral health related crisis calls and behavioral health related needs. The team will also provide surge capacity to initial BH/MH responses and other high acuity EMS incidents, such as CPR. The CARES model can provide ongoing case management, care connection, and facilitate appropriate transport. It’s an approach that focuses on BH/MH and social/lifestyle interventions over time, which reduces the need for emergency services. The focus is on education and referral services, ensuring community members in need are gaining access to the most appropriate resources. CARES Program co-responders frequently conduct field-based follow-up to ensure community members are connected to adequate support and resources following a crisis or when identified as high frequency utilizers of the Emergency Medical and Law Enforcement systems.

Referrals

For more information on services and volunteer opportunities with FIRE CARES partners, please see the links listed below.

February 2023 Ballot Measure

Thank you to our community for all the support in the recent February levy lid lifts! Because of you we can continue to maintain and enhance our Fire and EMS services. We are proud to serve the community and grateful for your ongoing support!

Town Hall Meetings took place January 18, 19 & 26 2023:

On December 13, 2022 EJFR’s Board of Commissioners voted to put two measures on the February 2023 Ballot.

22-12 EMSLevyLidLiftSingleYearPermanent

22-13 LevyLidLiftSingleYearPermanent

Levy Lid Lift FAQ’s

How is EJFR (Fire District 1) funded?

Most of the Fire District’s revenue comes from local taxes. The tax levy rate for Fire Districts cannot be increased without voter approval by more than 1% per year even if the assessed real estate value increases. The Fire District has not requested voter approval to increase taxes by more than 1% since the last levy lift in 2011.

How have service demands changed since the last levy lift?

911 demand has increased by almost 50% since the last levy lift in 2011. We experience multiple, simultaneous 911 incidents more than 30% of the time. Occasionally all 911 units are committed, leaving no additional 911 capacity. Our strategic plan recommends more resources, including personnel and equipment enhancements to meet the current and future 911 needs.

Why is Proposition 1 needed? 

The Fire District’s 2023 General Fire Budget has an estimated $462,177 short fall. This ballot measure will raise the Fire – General tax rate to $1.30 per $1000 of assessed value. The current rate is approximately $.85. The additional revenue will be used for Fire, Rescue and EMS services as recommended in our strategic plan to help address the increased service demands.

Why is Proposition 2 needed?

The Fire District’s 2023 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) budget has an estimated $1,843,027 short fall. This ballot measure will help close the revenue gap and restore the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tax rate to its maximum, $.50 per $1000 of assessed value. The current rate is $.36. EMS incidents comprise 75% of our responses. The additional revenue is needed to maintain and enhance EMS services.

Why are EJFR expenditures exceeding revenue?

Years of inflation have raised property values, which reduces the Fire District’s tax levy rate due to the 1% annual cap. The Fire District cannot raise the 1% cap without voter approval, which was last approved in 2011. EJFR has to use reserve/contingency funds to maintain services which is not sustainable. Propositions 1 and 2 will reset levy rates allowing the District to stop deficit spending and begin replacement of equipment, restoration of mandated training and hire additional personnel as recommended in our strategic plan.

How much will this cost me?

Using the latest estimates provided by the Jefferson County Assessor’s Office, for a home valued at $350,000, the home owner would experience an approximate annual tax increase of $157.50 for Proposition 1 – Fire Levy. Proposition 2 – EMS Levy would result in approximately $49.00 annual increase. If both initiatives were approved by the voters, the fire district tax levy increase would result in a $206.50 annual increase for the $350,000 valued home.

Didn’t the merger with Port Ludlow solve the revenue gap for both Fire Districts?

Throughout the temporary management agreement and subsequent merger initiative, the budget challenges for both fire districts were shared with the respective communities, commissioners and public. To address the shortfall, the scoping document developed by the Districts proposed two steps: become a combined fire district that is as efficient as possible and post-merger, prepare a levy lid lift. The merger eliminated the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief for Port Ludlow and increased daily minimum staffing for both agencies. We are in the process of streamlining various contracts, services and duplicated services. The Fire District needs additional financial resources in order to improve services and meet the objectives established in the strategic plan.

Contact Info

Fire Chief Bret Black

Commissioners

Dave Seabrook (Chair)

Deborah Stinson (vice-chair)

Geoff Masci

Deborah Tillman

Steve Craig

Glenn Clemens

Gene Carmody

Ed Davis

Strategic Plan

In 2021 EJFR contracted with Citygate and Berk to undergo a Strategic Planning and Standards of Cover Analysis. On November 10th, 2022 EJFR’s Board of Commissioners accepted the analysis and findings.

EJFR Strategic Plan 2022 – Accepted 11-10-22

Vol 1 – Technical Report – East Jefferson Fire-Rescue SOC and Strategic Plan (10-31-22)

Vol 2 – Map Atlas – East Jefferson Fire-Rescue SOC and Strategic Plan (10-31-22)

Vision

As a fire and emergency service industry leader, we are dedicated to the health and safety of our community while honoring our mission, values and traditions. We will support our workforce to maintain a healthy lifestyle, promoting opportunities for personal and professional growth. We shall provide leadership locally, regionally and nationally. We will provide the best service possible within the fiscal opportunities available.

Mission

Protecting life and property while providing compassionate service that meets the needs of our varied community through prevention, education and emergency response.

Values

Compassion

We embrace our diverse community as we provide services with empathy, understanding and kindness.

Integrity

We are dedicated to our role as stewards of the public’s trust. Our responsibility to superior ethical standards is steadfast.

Respect

We shall provide our services with equity, imparting dignity to those in need.

Teamwork

We recognize our success and effectiveness comes from internal collaboration and external relationships. We shall empower our members to uphold and reinforce collective group performance while supporting cohesive external partnerships.

Progressive

We shall balance our traditions and practices alongside the need for change and adaptation. Innovations will be implemented using careful analysis, critical thinking and collaborative input as we strive for continuous improvement.

EJFR – PLFR

Results have been certified and PLFR will merge with EJFR as of 1/1/23.

What does this mean for EJFR & PLFR?

Q: How will the merger affect personnel? PLFR employees will become EJFR employees. The combined workforce will continue to staff all five primary fire stations fulltime.* The four remaining volunteer fire stations will be supported by a larger cohort of volunteers.

Q: How will the merger impact emergency services? Residents served by EJFR and PLFR will continue to receive the same level of Fire and EMS services. The merger will eliminate the remaining duplication of administrative services, separate budgets, etc.

Q: How will the merger affect property taxes? Current levies from both Districts shall fund 2023 budgets. If merged, the following year would result in a combined levy rate. Despite inflation and increases in assessed property values, Fire Districts cannot increase levies by more than 1% annually without voter approval. Separate from the merger decision, both EJFR & PLFR Boards are developing plans for a levy lid lift initiative in 2023.

EJFR Merger Fact Sheet

East Jefferson Fire Rescue & Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue To Formally Pursue a Merge

Jefferson County, WA – During the past year, Port Ludlow and East Jefferson Fire Districts have increased collaboration in an effort to get the most out of our available resources while continuing to deliver outstanding emergency services. In order to realize further efficiencies, the boards of commissioners at each district have decided to formally pursue full integration of our resources, and directed staff to develop a plan leading to a merger of the two districts.

“There is a lot of work ahead. The community and media can expect plenty of engagement as we capture input, gather information and put the steps in place to provide even better service by joining forces. Our collective goal is to be as efficient as possible with our resources while continuing to enhance the emergency services for our communities,” stated Chief Black

East Jefferson Fire Rescue has been providing management services to Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue since May 2021 via interlocal agreement – the agreement extends to September 1, 2022.

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PLFR Management Services ILA

2022 Board Meetings

2022 Board Meetings

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May Special 2022 Agenda Minutes
May Hearing 2022 Agenda Minutes
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November Hearing 2022 Agenda Minutes
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150th Anniversary

 

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Protecting our Community for 150 Years and Counting

Officials at East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) are inviting everyone to mark their calendars for October 8, 2022 and a very special celebration at Port Townsend City Hall of the fire department’s 150th anniversary.

The product of three separate fire departments — Jefferson County Fire Protection District #1 (Chimacum/Hadlock/Marrowstone Island), Jefferson County Fire Protection #6 (Cape George) and Port Townsend Fire Department — EJFR has proudly embraced their rich legacies.  The city’s fire department was founded in 1872; it’s not only the oldest of the agencies within EJFR, but also one of the oldest in the western U.S.   

Demonstrations and competitions as well as displays of fire equipment and apparatus, old and new, are among the activities being planned for October 8.  A commemorative patch has been created and, soon, will be added to EJFR firefighters’ uniforms.

In addition to bringing the community together to celebrate the benchmark anniversary, the October 8 event is also expected to attract fire buffs and history fans from across the region.  Officials chose the second weekend in October for its proximity to National Fire Prevention Week because protecting the community involves more than emergency response; it also involves preventing emergencies and preparing for them should they occur.  

Initial funding for the celebration comes from community engagement funds that EJFR couldn’t use during the pandemic when most public events were suspended. Organizers plan to raise additional monies from sponsorships, community donations and sales of commemorative items such as t-shirts and plaques.   

On this date…

Nineteen years ago on August 4, 2003, Aldrich’s Market was destroyed by fire for the second time in its history. The store first burned when a June 17, 1900 fire razed an entire block in Port Townsend’s Uptown District. According to an August 5, 2003 Seattle Times article, the store subsequently operated in several locations before settling into the 1889 structure on the corner of Lawrence and Tyler Streets sometime in the 1920s. The building was originally erected as a meeting hall for the International Order of Good Templars.
The 2003 fire was reported at 2:41 a.m. but the building couldn’t be saved as flames raced rapidly through the old structure. It took nearly 50 firefighters to keep the fire from spreading beyond the store, but they managed to protect all of the adjacent properties. The store was rebuilt in the same location but, this time, it was outfitted with a fire sprinkler system. When Aldrich’s caught fire in 2011, the sprinkler system kept the fire from destroying the building for a third time.

On July 28th in 1997, Medic 13 began providing paramedic-level care to patients in Port Ludlow, Chimacum and points in between. A cooperative effort between Jefferson County Fire District #1 (Chimacum) and Jefferson County Fire District #3 (Port Ludlow), Medic 13 was the first full-time advanced life support (ALS) unit in Jefferson County outside of the city of Port Townsend. Voters in the two districts approved an increase in their emergency medical services levy to fund the improved services. The skills of ALS providers help ensure good patient outcomes in the most serious situations such as cardiac arrest, heart attack, severe allergic reactions and critical injuries. Today, Fire District #1 is a part of East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR), and there are at least two paramedic units on-duty every day. In the November general election, voters served by Fire District #3 will decide whether to build on this long history of successful cooperative efforts by merging into EJFR.

On June 17th 1900, an area spanning more than a block was leveled by fire in Port Townsend’s Uptown neighborhood. The man who first discovered the fire couldn’t use the nearest alarm box to report the blaze because, in those days when there were few telephones and no 9-1-1 system, that’s how alarms were reported.  However, the boxes were locked — perhaps, in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms — and although there was a key hidden in nearby Aldrich’s, but the man didn’t know where to find it.  He had to run to the bell tower to sound the alarm that summoned firefighters, resulting in a significant delay and much greater devastation.  At their next meeting, the city council voted to put alarm keys in boxes with glass doors to prevent another disastrous delay in firefighters’ response.

When fire strikes, it’s vital for both firefighters and community members to act fast.  Your job is to get out, stay out and call 9-1-1. Our job is to respond as quickly as possible with enough firefighters and equipment to safely and effectively do the work.

On this date, May 3rd in 1938, the Chimacum Hotel was destroyed in a fire. It appears that the hotel, built in 1888 -1889, stood on the northeast corner of the intersection of today’s Beaver Valley and Center Roads. According to records at the Jefferson County Historical Society, the hotel “prospered as a social hub” until the fire. The loss occurred ten years before Jefferson County Fire District #1 (JCFD#1) was founded in 1948. Prior to the advent of fire districts and fire departments, firefighting in most communities was limited to neighbors helping neighbors through bucket brigades. These efforts, while valiant, were often unsuccessful. As we look forward to the 150th anniversary, we’re also taking a look back at the history of the three agencies that came together to form today’s fire department.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the merger between JCFD #1 (Chimacum/Hadlock/Marrowstone) and Jefferson County Fire District #6 (Cape George) in November 2005. In January 2006, Port Townsend Fire Department joined via ILA to form East Jefferson Fire Rescue. The move improved levels of service across EJFR’s area by reducing administrative redundancies. Although the agencies now function as one, we remain proud of their histories and their accomplishments.

Photos courtesy of Jefferson County Historical Society.

On this date, April 6th in 1923, the W.H. Learned Opera House on Port Townsend’s Washington Avenue was destroyed in an arson fire. Despite intense heat from the blaze next door, the building housing today’s Bishop Hotel survived. The windows that faced the opera house were protected with metal shutters and the wall was constructed of non-combustible brick, likely preventing the flames from gaining a foothold. News reports credited these features and that era’s all-volunteer fire department with saving the Bishop. Today, firefighters’ work is much more diverse, complex and demanding. While dedicated volunteers continue to serve the district, paid staff is essential to meeting current response standards.

In this 1915 photo, a band is shown in front of the W.H Learned Opera House (left) and the Bishop Building (right).  The Bishop’s fire-resistant features — brick construction and metal window shutters — were key to its survival when an arson fire consumed the opera house, just a couple of feet away, in 1923. Photo courtesy of Jefferson County Historical Society.

Taken in 1890, this photo shows the stage and orchestra pit at the W.H. Learned Opera House before its 1923 destruction by arson fire. Photo courtesy of Jefferson County Historical Society.

 

Alongside our celebration, the Jefferson County Historical Society is offering a fire themed educational series starting in September. There will be a new speaker on the first Friday of the month, starting with our own retired Assistant Chief Ted Krysinski.
To learn more visit: https://bit.ly/jcfireseries

Check back throughout 2022 for updates or follow our progress on facebook, Instagram (@EastJeffFirePIO) or Twitter (@EastJeffFirePIO).

More on the history of East Jefferson Fire Rescue available here.

Important Updates

CPR Training to be held at Station 6, March 20th – 2/6/24

Details and sign up can be found at Eventbrite.com

Basic CERT Training scheduled for February 17th – 1/29/24

Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management will hold a CERT Basic Training class beginning Feb 17, 2024 at the Cape George Fire House. Classes begin at 9:00 am, end at 4:00 pm, and will be held on Feb 17, Feb 24, Mar 2, Mar 9 & Mar 16. The class is open to all individuals residing in Jefferson County, 16 years and older. Space is allocated on a first come, first served basis. Attendance at all 9 sessions is mandatory for completion of the course.
Contact the CERT Program Manager at LGuth@co.jefferson.wa.us to sign up for the class.

Now accepting applications for Firefighter/Paramedic Lateral and Entry-Level 1/23/24

East Jefferson Fire Rescue is accepting lateral and entry-level firefighter paramedic applications. The next testing opportunity is March 15, 2024 – applications due March 8th.

Application information available here.

2024 Winter Weather Center Info

Welcoming Center Flyer

Winter Weather Info 12/13/23

2024 Winter Weather Brochure

Emergency Alerts – 8/4/23

Regarding alerts sent out about the Beaver Valley Road brush fire on August 1, 2023

What are Wireless Emergency Alerts?

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free messages sent directly to your cell phone, warning you about severe weather, AMBER Alerts and threats to safety in your area.
  • WEAs are sent to you by your state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. Geological Survey and the President.

Why am I receiving duplicate WEAs?

There are two possible reasons you may receive duplicate WEAs:

  1. Your phone is sending “reminders” of the alert. It will depend on your phone operating system, but you will need to “clear” the alert to mark it as received. You can turn off reminders in your phone settings as well. Many phones have this in their Settings application somewhere under “Wireless Emergency Alerts” and you can choose to not receive reminders if an Alert has been sent, or change the frequency.
  2. These alerts are sent to users through the phone towers they are connected to. If you have been traveling you may receive multiple alerts due to connecting to a new phone tower.

Jefferson County Emergency Management is aware of these issues and are working to alleviate them.

To find out if your phone can receive WEA alerts, contact your wireless provider. All the major providers participate in WEA on a voluntary basis. It will take time for upgrades in infrastructure, coverage and handset technology to allow WEA enhancements to reach all cellular customers.

For more information, visit: https://fema.gov/ipaws

NIXLE: Public Safety Text Messaging Service

NIXLE is a text and email notification service utilized by law enforcement, fire departments, emergency management, city and county government agencies to notify subscribers of public safety related incidents to include road closures, weather-related events and other potential hazards.

TO SIGN UP: Text JEFFCODEM to 888777. Or go to bit.ly/jeffcoeoc and click on the cell phone. Follow the steps and respond to the confirmation message you will receive from 888777.
There is no cost for this service.
Text message fees your phone service charges may apply.
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Sidewalk CPR coming to PT Farmers Market

EJFR will host a “Sidewalk CPR” booth at the Port Townsend Farmers Market on July 29th. Stop by the booth and get a quick lesson in hands-only CPR.

If you’re looking for more in-depth training, EJFR is offering a FREE friends and family CPR course on August 2nd. Sign up here.

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Burning Restrictions Updated – 6/29/23

Burn restriction level has been updated to high – no recreational fires allowed.

Details available here.

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Burning Restrictions in Place – 6/4/23

2023 Press release Burn Restrictions

The 2023 summer season is here! Due to the above average temperatures and the lack of precipitation, an earlier than normal dry season is upon us. Because of this, the potential for wild land fires is extreme.

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Two fun Events for Kids!

May 6th: Bike Rodeo with PTPD, the PT Library, EJFR and more – free helmets available – 8am – 4pm

May 13th: Touch a Truck with Kiwanis, EJFR and many local businesses – 10am – 2pm

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Be Wildfire Ready

Whether you rent, own a vacation home, own a forested property, or just live in a home with a backyard, we offer clear steps to help you prepare for wildfires. It all starts with your community. Step one is to engage with your neighbors and develop a plan, because one of our best defenses against wildfire is collaboration.

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EJFR Fights Fire at the Paper Mill – 12/13/22

This morning East Jefferson Fire Rescue and Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a structure fire at the Paper Mill. First arriving firefighters observed light smoke coming from the 6th floor. “The firefighters were able to lay a water supply and put water on the fire within approximately seven minutes of arrival, which is pretty remarkable considering the access limitations and stairs”, stated Incident Commander and Battalion Chief Jason MacDonald. The fire originated in a large concrete vault. No other damage is reported. One firefighter has been transported to Jefferson Healthcare for exhaustion related symptoms. Although the fire is contained, firefighters will be committed for a while as they spray water into the vault from a safe vantage point. Chief Black added, “It is not safe to put firefighters in the confined space to fight the fire, so they are taking a defensive posture. We have formal rehab set up with medical monitoring for our people.” Clallam County Engine 37 was assigned to cover Station 15 at Jacob Miller Road.
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Burn Ban Lifted – 10/24/22

Land clearing and burning of yard debris is now allowed within regular limitations and permitting processes. See burn ban guide for details.

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Burn Ban – 3rd Extension 10/17/22

Burn restrictions remain in place for another week. Recreational fires are allowed at this time.

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Burn Ban – 2nd Extension 10/10/22

Based on the information obtained from the DNR, and recent weather forecasts the Fire Chiefs of East Jefferson County are in agreement to continue burn restrictions at a moderate level. This will allow for recreational campfires, briquettes, shooting, etc. The Fire Chiefs also agree to extend the debris burn restrictions as per County ordinance, with another review of current weather and atmospheric conditions on Monday October 17, 2022.

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Burn Ban Extended 9/29/22

Based on the information obtained from the DNR, the Fire Chiefs of East Jefferson County have agreed to lower the fire restrictions to a moderate level. This will allow for recreational campfires, BBQ briquettes, shooting, etc. The Fire Chiefs also agree to extend the debris burn restrictions per County ordinance. The restrictions will be reviewed again on Monday October 10th based on current atmospheric conditions and possible rain accumulation.

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East Jefferson Fire Rescue kept busy this morning with two unrelated fires in the District 9/22/22

 

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Burn Ban Update 9/9/22

Total Burn Ban Now In Effect for Jefferson County

Due to the increasingly hazardous risk of fire, the burn ban in Jefferson County has been upgraded. Full fire restrictions are now in place including camp fires, BBQ. No outdoor fires, burning or discharge (fire arms, fireworks) are allowed.
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Red Flag Warning 9/6/22

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag warning through midnight Saturday Sept. 10 for wind and low relative humidity for fire weather in Jefferson County and eleven other northwest counties.

Red Flag Warning

Fuels and Weather

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Burn Ban On as of July 1 – 6/29/22

The Fire Chiefs of East Jefferson County, have called for a county-wide ban on outdoor burning other than recreational fires, in the best interest, and safety of the public, fire fighters, and first responders. A countywide burn ban limiting all Land Clearing burns will begin July 1st and continue through September 30, 2022 or until further notice. The ban was recommended by the Jefferson County Board of Fire Chiefs, the Jefferson County Fire Marshal, and the Board of County Commissioners and established under Jefferson County Resolution No. 30-05. The burn ban does not apply to recreational fires at this time.

Current Burning Restrictions in Place

2022 Burn Ban

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Celebrate Safely – 6/28/22

Fireworks Safety Tips

Using consumer fireworks on our nation’s birthday is as traditional as cookouts and parades. However, Independence Day celebrations also bring fires and injuries due to misuse of fireworks.

East Jefferson Fire Rescue, along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and local law enforcement agencies urges Jefferson County residents and visitors to use caution when purchasing and using fireworks outside Port Townsend city limits. Use of fireworks within Port Townsend city limits is banned. Possession or discharge of any fireworks is illegal within city limits.

Washington State Legal Consumer Fireworks

Legal fireworks suitable for use in unrestricted areas of Jefferson County include the following: cylindrical fountains, helicopters and aerial spinners, cone fountains, smoke devices, Roman candles, parachutes, wheels, mine/shells/cakes, ground spinners, reloadable mortars, dipped sticks/sparklers and novelties.

Federally Legal Consumer Fireworks

These items are legal to purchase, possess and discharge only on a Native American Reservation. Possession and/or use off the reservation is illegal: firecrackers (generally ¼” x 1-1/2” or less), sky rockets and missiles and bottle rockets.

Illegal Explosive Devices

The possession, manufacturing or use of illegal explosive devices is a criminal offense. These include, but are not limited to: M-80s and M-100s, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) which include pipe bombs and tennis ball bombs, and altered fireworks such as sparklers bound tightly together to create an explosion.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that you only buy consumer fireworks from a licensed store, tent or stand. Never buy fireworks from an individual’s house or from someone on the street. Such devices are likely to be illegal explosives or professional 1.3G fireworks that can seriously injure you.

RCW 70.77 states that the ignition of fireworks is allowable between the following dates and times:

June 28: Between noon and 11 p.m.
June 29 – July 3: Between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
July 4: Between 9 a.m. and 12 a.m.
July 5: Between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Please use care in the purchase and discharge of fireworks. Do not light them indoors or near dry grass. Always have a bucket of water and/or fire extinguisher nearby. Wear snug clothing while using fireworks. If a device fails to go off properly, do not stand over it to investigate it or try to relight it. Wait at least 15 minutes before placing it in a bucket of water.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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East Jefferson Fire Rescue & Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue To Formally Pursue a Merge 6/17/22

Jefferson County, WA – During the past year, Port Ludlow and East Jefferson Fire Districts have increased collaboration in an effort to get the most out of our available resources while continuing to deliver outstanding emergency services. In order to realize further efficiencies, the boards of commissioners at each district have decided to formally pursue full integration of our resources, and directed staff to develop a plan leading to a merger of the two districts.

“There is a lot of work ahead. The community and media can expect plenty of engagement as we capture input, gather information and put the steps in place to provide even better service by joining forces. Our collective goal is to be as efficient as possible with our resources while continuing to enhance the emergency services for our communities,” stated Chief Black

East Jefferson Fire Rescue has been providing management services to Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue since May 2021 via interlocal agreement – the agreement extends to September 1, 2022.

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Strategic Plan Survey – We Need Your Input 2/22/22

EJFR is creating a strategic plan for the future and would like to include you in the process. Share with us what services matter most to your family and what you expect from your local fire District.
Please provide your feedback by responding to our short, 10-question survey located at bit.ly/EJFRSurvey. Share your voice and take the survey by Friday, March 11. The survey will take approximately five minutes. EJFR would also love to hear from those who matter most to you – help spread the word by sharing this survey with your friends and family.

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Board of Commissioner Vacancy 1/25/22

East Jefferson Fire Rescue is seeking Fire Commissioner Candidate applicants to represent Commissioner District #2.  The Board will appoint an individual in February 2022 to fill one commissioner vacancy. Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, resume and application to the Board Secretary no later than February 11, 2022 at 4 PM. Letters of recommendation from local community leaders will be reviewed. Applications may be submitted via email, humanresources@ejfr.org or US Mail to the District administrative office located at 24 Seton Rd, Port Townsend WA 98368.

Commissioner Applicant Information

Commissioner Candidate Application

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Pfizer Vaccination Clinics for Ages 5-11 set for December 4 & 18 11/23/21

JEFFERSON COUNTY—Two Pfizer vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 will happen in December. The clinics will provide first and second doses of vaccine. A second dose should occur at least three weeks after the first dose. Appointments are required. Details:

Parents of children receiving a second dose should bring proof of their child’s first dose.

Full information here

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Vaccination Clinics for Ages 5-11 Set for November 13 & 20 11/5/21

JEFFERSON COUNTY—Two Pfizer vaccination clinics exclusively for ages 5-11 will happen on the following dates:

Or call the Department of Emergency Management Call Center at 360-344-9791, M-F 9 AM-5 PM.

Full information here.

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Jefferson County COVID Vaccine Booster Clinic Announced 10/28/21

Two Moderna booster vaccination clinics are planned for people 65 years of age and older and those aged 18 to 64 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19.
  • Saturday, November 6, 1 PM-4 PM, Chimacum School, 91 West Valley Road, Chimacum. Enter the clinic off West Valley Road from Highway 19.
  • Saturday, November 13, 1 PM-4 PM, Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend.
Schedule by visiting the Jefferson County Public Health webpage at https://jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/1429/COVID-19 or by calling the Department of Emergency Management Call Center at 360-344-9791.
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ShakeOut Drill set for Oct. 21 at 10:21AM

The 2021 ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for October 21 at 10:21AM in our area.

The All Hazard sirens will go off at 10:21AM on Oct. 21.

It is important to drill the DROP, COVER and HOLD ON procedure for the simple reason that practice makes perfect.

Full Press Release Here

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Burn Ban Canceled 9/30/21

As of September 30, 2021, the Washington State Department of Natural Recourses here on the Olympic Peninsula advised the fire danger as low. In an effort to align with our neighbors and as agreed upon by the Jefferson County Fire Chief’s Association, the established 2021 countywide burn ban per county code 43-05 will be canceled, beginning October 1, 2021.

Land clearing burning will be allowed by permit only. Requirements for recreational fires remain the same, which are defined by the international fire code (2015 IFC – Section 307) and the Washington State Administrative code (173-425-050). Outdoor fire burning materials other than rubbish where the fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fire place, portable outdoor fire place, barbeque grill or barbeque pit and has a total fuel area of 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purpose. Fires used for debris or rubbish disposal are not considered recreational fires and are illegal.

All county-wide burning is subject to immediate closure at any time, in the event air stagnation conditions or poor environmental conditions exists as determined by the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Olympic Region Clean Air Authority, the Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with the Jefferson County Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal.

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Burn Ban Reduced 9/20/21

RECREATIONAL FIRE AND THE USE OF BRIQUETTES ALLOWED

The Jefferson County Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal agree to reduce the established burn ban related to recreational fires and the use of briquettes established on July 1, 2021.

The Chiefs are basing their decision in conjunction with our State and Federal partners. Though there has been some precipitation, the County has not seen any significant wetting recovery. The majority of Jefferson County has received under two inches of rain over the last three months. Currently we are experiencing cooler than usual temperatures and higher relative humidity. The current “Fire Danger Rating” shows the majority of the county on the low end of moderate. Jefferson County is still within the moderate draught category. The amended burn ban now allows for campfires and the use of charcoal briquettes within Jefferson County.

Per County ordinance, a burn ban is still in effect for all land clearing / debris burring within Jefferson County. Current atmospheric conditions will be evaluated on September 30, 2021 to determine if the burn ban will be extended.

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Fire Danger Moves from Moderate to High 7/22/21

Effective 7/23/2021 at 0001 the fire danger for Clallam, Jefferson and Grays Harbor Counties will be going from Moderate to High.

Fire Danger information is available on the DNR Website.

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Weekend Incident Highlights Importance of Adhering to the Burn Ban 7/10/21

On July 10th, units of Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, East Jefferson Fire Rescue and other local emergency partners responded to a small bush fire outside of a home in the Shine area. The resident was doing yard maintenance when a small ember blew into the shrubs and immediately took off causing heavy flames and thick smoke. Even the mulch burned. At the time the wind was 5-7 mph gusting to 10 mph, fanning the blaze. Luckily the resident and neighbors were able to contain the fire with garden hoses until the fire department arrived and fully extinguished the flames.

EJFR Chief, Bret Black noted: “This was a close call that could have been a major fire. It highlights why we have a total burn ban in Jefferson County that prohibits any type of outdoor burning. If that shrub had been touching the house, it likely would have been a different outcome.

“We want the public to be aware that a flying ember can be caused by any number of outside activities, including grilling on a wood or charcoal BBQ, a campfire in a fire pit, or even tossing a lit cigarette butt or flicking an ash. For the next few months our area will continue to have low fuel moisture and relative humidity. Plants that look green and healthy are receptive fuel beds for ignition…. nature is ready to burn this time of year. Please help us keep you and your neighbors safe.”

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2021 Burn Ban Update – 7/2/21

BURN BAN IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF JEFFERSON COUNTY *ALL OUTDOOR BURNING*
All outdoor burning to include campfires, pits and use of charcoal briquettes, is now banned in all areas within Jefferson County. Any outdoor burning is illegal.
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Hot weather pushing wildfire danger toward an early start 7/2/21

Residents should prepare for wildfire smoke before the need

With the above-average temperatures we are experiencing, wildfire season is now here.

Wildfire season typically runs from July through September however, the National Weather Service shows this year’s season will likely ramp up quickly and could last longer because of the warmer, dryer weather.

Now is the time to begin preparing for the possibility of wildfire smoke to invade Jefferson County in the coming weeks and months.

Creating a clean air space inside your home is the best way to get relief from wildfire smoke. More information can be found here.

You can also create your own low-cost air filter using a box fan and air filter to improve air quality in a single room in your home.

Have several days of water, groceries, and family needs on hand so you don’t have to go out when it’s smoky.

Don’t forget your pets: If the air quality is forecasted to be poor while you’re away from home, plan ahead to keep your pets inside or with a caregiver.

Wildfire smoke may increase the severity of symptoms for people with COVID-19. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may be more vulnerable to wildfire smoke due to potential long-term damage from COVID in the lungs.

Stay informed about Washington Smoke Information

Local burn ban information can be found here.

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Fireworks are Dangerous – Celebrate Safely 7/1/21

Using consumer fireworks on our nation’s birthday is as traditional as cookouts and parades. However, Independence Day celebrations also bring fires and injuries due to misuse of fireworks.

East Jefferson Fire Rescue, along with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and local law enforcement agencies urges Jefferson County residents and visitors to use caution when purchasing and using fireworks outside Port Townsend city limits. Use of fireworks within Port Townsend city limits is banned. Possession or discharge of any fireworks is illegal within city limits.

Full Safety Message

2021 Land Clearing Burn Ban Established 6/25/21

Due to the anticipated above average temperatures and extreme natural fuels available, the Fire Chiefs of East Jefferson County, in the best interest and safety of the public, have set into effect a countywide burn ban limiting all land clearing burning beginning June 25 through September 30, 2021 or until further notice. The burn ban does not currently apply to recreational fires or barbeques.

The burn ban will be in effect for all land clearing burns within Jefferson County, as recommended by the Jefferson County Board of Fire Chiefs and the Jefferson County Fire Marshal, established under Jefferson County Resolutions No. 42-05 and 43-05. Establishing the burn ban earlier than July 1st brings Jefferson County into alignment with Kitsap County, and Clallam County. In addition, as of June 23, 2021 DNR Olympic upgraded fire danger to moderate, meaning all land clearing burning on State Lands is banned.

Full Burn Ban Notice

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Single-Role EMT – 6/18/21

Next Assessment Center opportunity: July 28th, 2021

East Jefferson Fire Rescue is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Single Role EMT (SR-EMT.)

The SR-EMT is a non-firefighter (non-combatant) position that provides BLS 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-EMT may deliver expanded role emergency medical services such as emergency incident rehabilitation, mobile integrated healthcare, and injury reduction/prevention programs.

EMT Announcement 7-21

Single-Role EMT Job Description

Application

IAFF Local 2032 Collective Bargaining Agreement

2020 Schedule MOU

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Smoke Alarm Recall – 5/27/21

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website, about 226,000 alarm units are being recalled due to a possible failure to alert consumers to a fire.  The recalled units are the Kidde Model Series 2040, 2050, 2060, and 2070 Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms.  Only alarms with the TruSense logo or “AMBER=FAULT” printed on the front of the alarm are included in this recall.  The model number is printed on the back of the alarm.

While there have been no incidents or injuries reported, consumers are advised to immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement alarm.  Kidde Support can be reached at toll-free (844) 796-9972 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Saturday or online at www.kiddetsalarmrecall.rsvpcomm.com or www.kidde.com and click on “Support” and then “Product Alerts” for more information.  Consumers are advised to keep using the recalled alarms until they install replacement alarms.

For more information, visit the Recall Announcement on the CPSC website or call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 596-3929.

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