Marrowstone Station 1-2 Project

Aid 1-2 Pilot Project

Current Development

Septic Permit: Chief Tracer, in conjunction with Creative Design Solutions of Sequim submitted an application for the bio filter septic system permit. The permit for the septic system was issued by Jefferson County Environmental Health on June 8, 2021. Tanks and needed supplies were purchased from Land Mark Excavating and delivered to the site. Shold Excavation of Port Hadlock installed the septic system on the agreed upon easement with the neighbors to the north.

Land Use: Chief Tracer worked with a land use attorney and Jefferson County appealed to Jefferson County Superior Court for the vacation of the plotted road at the north side of the property. Superior Court granted the road vacation extending EJFR’s property 16 feet to the north and the entire width of the property east to west.

Building Permit: Chief Tracer, Zenovic & Associates of Port Angeles, MIF and Wilder Affordable Homes of Port Angeles, PUD and the Department of Community Development were able to obtain all of the necessary information needed to apply for the building permit. Jefferson County Department of Community of Development (DCD) will review the application which can take up to two weeks.

Chief Black has been working with legal council for guidance and assistance. He will be attempting to locate a general contractor to continue with the 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.

COVID-19 Update

Covid at-home tests are available for order online

https://www.sayyescovidhometest.org/

https://www.covidtests.gov/

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

Please email Application Packets to HumanResources@ejfr.org

Single-Role Paramedic

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. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Single-Role Paramedic Job Description

Application

IAFF Local 2032 Collective Bargaining Agreement

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 to make our community safer
by protecting lives and property and caring for the needs of the people
we serve. We will efficiently and effectively mitigate fire, health and other
life safety hazards with a prompt, professional and positive customer
experience.”

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.

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    
Sandy Short EMT Volunteer
Tyler Lloyd EMT Resident Volunteer
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Response Station 1-2    
Pat McNerthney FF/EMT Volunteer
Al Smith Support Volunteer
John Gonnella EMT Volunteer
Fawn Ferguson Support Volunteer
  _______________  
Response Station 1-3    
Bob Coulter Support Volunteer
Paul Fleischman Support Volunteer
Mike Harte EMT/Support Volunteer
Patricia Horvath   Admin Volunteer
Colleen Rodrigues CO/EMS Support Volunteer
Cade Martin   Cadet
Paige Tomko EMT Volunteer
Alden Rohrer EMT Volunteer
  _______________  
Response Station 1-4    
John Anderson EMT/Support Volunteer
Dahti Blanchard EMT Volunteer
  _______________  
Response Station 1-5    
Emily Stewart EMT Volunteer
Matt Stewart FF/EMT Volunteer
Patricia Willestoft Investigation/PIO Volunteer
Ted Krysinski FF/Support Volunteer
  _______________  
Response Station 1-6    
Jeff Galey EMT Volunteer
Mike Everitt EMT Volunteer
Leah (Phyllis) Speser PIO/EMT Volunteer
Christie Apker EMT Volunteer
Robert Wittenberg EMT/PIO Volunteer
  _______________  
Out of Area Responders    
Parker Hayne EMT Resident Volunteer
Brian Thomas FF/EMT Volunteer
Max Torres FF/EMT Volunteer
Gavin Williams EMT Resident Volunteer
Wayne Kier Investigation Volunteer
Katherine Caldwell EMT Volunteer

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

Fire Department Operations

Standards of Response – Fire Service Performance Measures

The Washington State Legislature adopted House Bill 1756 that was further codified into RCW 52.33.030, which requires fire departments across Washington State to measure a fire departments capability to respond to an emergency 911 call for service.  A fire departments ability to respond to an emergency call within a certain identified time is commonly referred to as a “performance measure”.  It requires the evaluation of Board of Fire Commissioner adopted levels of service, deployment (emergency response) delivery methods, and response time objectives on an annual basis.  The evaluations are based on data relating to the levels of service, deployment, and the achievement of each response time objective.

The annual compliance report will compare the actual response times or performance measures to nationally recognized standards.  When the standards are not met, the fire department is required to explain the predictable consequences of failing to meet the adopted performance measure, and address the steps necessary to correct deficiencies in order to achieve compliance. 

Performance measurement in the fire service is important for several reasons. Historically, the fire service has only been able to give citizens an average response time to all emergencies which is not an accurate depiction of service levels received. Specifically for East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR), the arrival of personnel with advanced life support (paramedic) capability before the onset of brain death, and the arrival of adequate fire suppression resources before flash-over is a critical event during the mitigation of an emergency. For these reasons, performance measures, comparable to that of industry standards, relate to the organization and deployment of fire suppression operations, emergency medical operations, and special operations.  

The evaluation is intended to provide elected officials and the community with a true picture of how well EJFR is doing in achieving the adopted response objectives. In the future, the EJFR Board of Fire Commissioners will consider a Resolution with the intent and purpose of complying with the law. If approved, the Resolution would include each Performance Measure element, including the establishment of service delivery and response time objectives. The objectives would be developed using recognized standards from the National Fire Protection Association. However, meeting the performance measures will likely require several years to achieve the delivery and response time objectives. For this reason, success will be measured by the successful reduction of response times, and progress towards achieving these objectives.

We anticipate that performance measures will provide a means of defining program service levels both at the operational level and at the strategic level.  Whether measuring fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, fire education, fire investigation, or any other fire service delivery program, performance measures can provide clarity of mission. Additionally, performance measurement should provide a rational methodology to report program accomplishments to managers, customers, and policymakers. Performance measures are intended to assist in clarifying the purpose or mission of a program or how quickly we can respond to and mitigate an emergency. 

Performance measures can also provide a means to clarify programs in terms that are understandable to citizens, internal stakeholders, and elected officials. These are typically formulated as inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Program costs can be calculated by evaluating the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of the program or the specific performance measured.

EJFR intends to utilize the performance measurement outcomes to gain insight into, and make judgments about, the effectiveness and efficiency of our emergency response, programs, processes, and personnel.  Information (data) collected can be utilized to evaluate performance outcomes for customers and how well the programs are meeting EJFR expectations and those of the community.  Ultimately, the reporting process will provide our citizens the opportunity and means to measure and review the performance and capabilities of their fire and emergency medical services. 

Mutual Aid Agreements

EJFR maintains mutual aid agreements with a number of neighboring fire districts. Mutual aid agreements facilitate access to additional resources in the event of a larger scale incident. In short, the agreements stipulate that EJFR will provide resources to a partner agency in their time of need. In return, those districts will provide resources (i.e. engine company or ambulance) to us when we need assistance.

Clallam County Fire District 3 Mutual Aid Agreement

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid Agreement