Important Updates

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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Earth Day Call to Action

East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) is using Earth Day to raise awareness and disseminate the lessons learned from recent wildfire tragedies. We are seeing the impacts of climate change in real time with increasingly dangerous wildfire conditions. EJFR recommends three films which document the visceral shock, fear and grief felt by the impacted communities.  These films can be viewed on your streaming video provider.

Fire in Paradise on Netflix
Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forest, and the Future
Rebuilding Paradise

*These films are NOT recommended for children.

EJFR wants our community to view and hear these tragedies as a call to action. One of EJFR’s core objectives is to ensure the resilience of our community. Here in Jefferson County, as well as regionally, we experience weather conditions similar to those being felt in neighboring states. Although our peak season for elevated wildfire risk is shorter, we do experience dangerously low humidity and high wind. The risk to our community is very real. As of mid-April 2021 the National Interagency Fire Center is already issuing Red Flag Warning’s for portions of northwest Oregon.

On this Earth Day we encourage you to reflect on what you can do individually to make our community more resistant to wildfire. Deliberate preparation around the immediate perimeter of your home may dramatically increase the survivability profile during a wildfire. Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety concludes the area immediately adjacent to your home needs special attention and regular upkeep. As Wildfire Season approaches, take time to make fire safety improvements following these standards from the National Fire Protection Association.

To be sure your family is prepared to act in the event of a wildfire or possible evacuation we recommend having conversations now using resources such as Ready.gov.

EJFR welcomes community volunteer involvement on this topic and more – for information and an application visit the Volunteer section of our site.

 

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Toys for Tots

EJFR will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children with Toys for Tots!

Due to station closures we will be open to receive donations at the Chimacum fire station 1-1, 9193 Rhody Dr from 9am – noon on Monday, December 7th. We will also be open for donations at the Uptown Port Townsend station 1-6, 701 Harrison St from 3pm – 6pm on Tuesday, December 8th.

If you would like to donate and those times don’t work for you, please email info@ejfr.org.

Visit https://bit.ly/EJFRToysforTotsPT to make a monetary donation or sign up to receive a toy. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to bring joy and provide hope for children during Christmas.

Thank you to our fantastic community for coming together each year and supporting this mission!

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

Aid 1-2 Pilot Project

Current Development

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

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 worked with the county to vacate a county-owned alleyway.

The rework for the station 1-2 septic permit has been submitted as of the April 2021 Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting.

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.

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. We strive to respond to voicemail within one business day and most inquiries are answered immediately. You may also contact our department via email: info@ejfr.org. Please note that the administrative phone number, (360) 385-2626 is not for emergencies and is monitored during business hours only. Call 911 for all emergencies and potential emergencies.

All EJFR Administrative business can be arranged via email or appointment, including acquiring a burn permit.

Responding to Emergency 911 Calls will remain unchanged!

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

Next Assessment Center opportunity: June 21st, 2021

East Jefferson Fire Rescue is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Single Role Paramedic (SR-PM) with the anticipation of hiring two candidates.

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

IAFF Local 2032 Collective Bargaining Agreement

2020 Schedule MOU

Single-Role EMT

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