2020 Board Meetings

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 13 Special Agenda Minutes
October 2020 Agenda Minutes
October 26 Special Agenda Minutes
November 18 Special Agenda Minutes
November 2020 Agenda Minutes
December 2020 Agenda Minutes

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2019 Board Meetings

2019 EJFR Board Meetings

January 2019 Agenda Minutes
February 2019 Agenda Minutes
March 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 2019 Agenda Minutes
May 2019 Agenda Minutes
June 2019 Agenda Minutes
July 2019 Agenda Minutes
August 2019 Agenda Minutes
September 2019 Agenda Minutes
October 2019 Agenda Minutes
Oct. Special Mtg. Agenda Minutes
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November 2019 Agenda Minutes
December 2019 Agenda Minutes

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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

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 is working with the county to vacate 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.

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

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

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

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

East Jefferson Fire Rescue is establishing an eligibility list for the position of Single Role EMT (SR-EMT) with the intention of creating a future hiring list.

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.

Open Position Announcement

Single-Role EMT Job Description

Application

IAFF Local 2032 Collective Bargaining Agreement

2020 Schedule MOU

Chief’s Message

Message From Fire Chief Black

 

On behalf of the members of the East Jefferson Fire Rescue, I want to welcome and thank you for visiting our website. I hope the following resources provide you with valuable information and guidance on the wide range of services and programs that we take great pride in delivering to our community. The members of East Jefferson Fire Rescue have a storied history and tradition of excellence that helps define the strong core values and uncompromising professionalism delivered by our incredibly talented team.

Our outstanding team of professionals are dedicated to keeping you safe and committed to providing the highest level of service possible.

I am grateful to be part of the community and privileged to work with such an experienced workforce who serve the community with passion, professionalism, and honor on a daily basis. 

“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.