Monday, June 29, 2009

EVAP Certification

A number of drivers have completed the EVAP refresher on the FireCoTraining web site but have not yet scheduled an on road evaluation. If you have not completed both re-certification steps by July 31 you will not be allowed to drive department apparatus code red. Please contact your company office if you are unsure of your status.

New Firefighters Join San Juan Island Fire

New San Juan Island Fire Dept. members completed the practical portion of wildland training on Sunday. Pictured above, along with other department members, are new wildland firefighters Adam Aley, Elizabeth Arno, Adam Ayers, Jenny Benedict, Herb Mason, Chris Ross, Dave Smith and Noah Waldron. Not pictured are Donald Burpee, Rebekah Dietz, and Assistant Chief Mike Simmerling of Shaw Island Fire. The live fire training was the latest event in a busy wildland fire training schedule.

An off road driving course was delivered earlier in the month. Firefighters Adam Ayers, David Billstrom, Michael Henderson, Brien Sesby, and Jason Wood took part in classroom, on road and off-road instruction.
Neither of these important events would have been possible without the support of the community. Thanks are due to Mike Ahreneius for sharing access to challenging off road driving, and to Will Hamilton and Roche Harbor Highlands for the extra work they put into making their network of roads available. Roche Harbor Water and Roche Harbor Village generously made their equipment and property available for both the driving class and the live fire training. A special thank you goes to the neighbors and disc golf players that endured the smoke and disruption during the live fire training

Friday, June 19, 2009

Welcome FF2 candidates

New and returning wildland fighters include: Adam Aley, Elizabeth Arno, Adam Ayers, Jenny Benedict, Donald Burpee, Rebekah Dietz, Herb Mason, Chris Ross, and Dave Smith. Live fire training is currently scheduled for Sunday 6/28. Sign up at FireCo if you can join in.

Monday, June 15, 2009

They received the large envelope!

Congratulations to Capt. Monin, Lt. Merlino, and Firefighters Billstrom, Holzer, Sesby and Waldron on their recent IFSAC Firefighter 2 certification. They were joined by FF Chesley of FHFD.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Book Your Spot Now

Did yesterday's Entiat fire sound interesting? We're planning one of our own. We will run our annual live fire exercise on Sunday June 28th. The larger the number of crews, the (potentially) bigger the fire we can run. Be sure to sign up at

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Another Pack Test Opportunity

There will be another pack test opportunity this evening. FF. Clark be at the high school track with water and defibrillator at 18:30.

Monday, June 1, 2009

At one minute to three early Sunday morning, the department, along with SJI EMS, was paged for this impressive 2-alarm commercial structure fire at Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Pictured is the company's Hawthorne Lane processing facility shortly after first-in units arrived. In all, 1 sheriff's deputy, 24 District firefighters, 6 FHFD firefighters, 6 EMS responders, 5 logistics members, and the Fire Marshal were utilized to protect and save 2 exposures, cool the fire, and limit extension to the interface. Operations were defensive and challenged by the distance to adequate and accessible water supplies. Fortunately, there was no public life safety issue and no injuries were reported. At least one gallon container of precious essential lavender oil was salvaged. The last fire units cleared just before noon on Sunday, but it may be days before a cause is determined. Thanks to everyone for their committments of time, for a safe operation, and for their responses after a long dry spell. Our thoughts are with the employees and owners of Pelindaba. Although they are not "scratch and sniff", thanks to Susan Risser and Ron Garner for providing these photos.