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Interested in becoming a firefighter? Visit our website for further info and the application for the upcoming 2024 San J...
10/04/2023

Interested in becoming a firefighter? Visit our website for further info and the application for the upcoming 2024 San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Firefighter Academy.

https://www.sjifire.org/

09/28/2023

Burn permits are available for purchase starting 8am Monday October 2nd. This is for Residential Burn Permits only.

Commercial Land Clearing burn permits are not open until the fire danger risk level is at LOW.

San Juan County Online Permit Center: https://co-sanjuan-wa.smartgovcommunity.com/Public/Home

Note: Permits are not available for purchase until Monday October 2nd.

09/22/2023

Brief update courtesy of San Juan County Fire Marshal Chad Kimple:

A layer of moderate wildfire fire smoke has settled over San Juan County overnight. Local fire departments are investigating numerous calls to 911 reporting the smell of smoke.

While islanders should always err on the side of caution when it comes to reporting a possible fire, the Fire Marshal would like to highlight to residents that there is smoke in the air today from wildfires far from the islands. Any smoke should disperse tomorrow with the return of rain, and with especially heavy rain in the forecast for the mountains, hopefully wildfire season will come to a close before long.

If islanders see a distinct column of smoke, or otherwise witness clear signs of a fire locally, please don’t hesitate to contact 911, as always.

An amazing shot taken by new (returned) department volunteer Robin during a recent training. Crews drilled Monday night ...
09/20/2023

An amazing shot taken by new (returned) department volunteer Robin during a recent training. Crews drilled Monday night with extinguishing a propane tank fire. Thank you to all our volunteers for showing up weekly and participating in these carefully planned trainings!

08/29/2023
That's a wrap on another year's  ! Thank you to our generous volunteers for operating our San Juan Island Fire Rescue bo...
08/22/2023

That's a wrap on another year's ! Thank you to our generous volunteers for operating our San Juan Island Fire Rescue booth and spreading fire safety knowledge within our community and beyond. Another big thank you goes to San Juan County Parks & Fair Department for organizing the chaos into another amazing event, each year better than the last. We're proud to serve this beautiful community.

First day of the  , off to a great start with visits from some of our youngest community members. Come by the booth for ...
08/16/2023

First day of the , off to a great start with visits from some of our youngest community members. Come by the booth for touch-a-truck, dress like a firefighter and extinguisher practice, something for all age groups!

08/10/2023

Modified Burn Ban in place for San Juan County.
Campfires and cooking fires are allowed with recent rain and higher levels of humidity.

Please continue to check in with your local Fire District and the Fire Marshal's office prior to lighting a campfire to check for burn restrictions.

Click here to check for RED FLAG WARNING: https://www.weather.gov/fire/

Earlier this month, Assistant Chief Monin along with a boat crew of wildland firefighters, the Firewise program coordina...
07/27/2023

Earlier this month, Assistant Chief Monin along with a boat crew of wildland firefighters, the Firewise program coordinator, and a first aid instructor were invited to Stewart Island for an all-day training with the public. The Firewise program presented and assisted island residents in understanding what they could do to prepare their properties in the event of an emergency and/or wildland fire. First Aid instruction taught residents basic emergency care skills like stopping bleeding and setting a splint. And additionally, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue wildland firefighters trained with the equipment stored on Stuart Island after an area familiarization hike into the island. All in a day's work, thank you Stuart Island!

A big thank you goes to Browne's Home Center for donating a new BBQ to San Juan Island Firefighters Association (501c3) ...
07/25/2023

A big thank you goes to Browne's Home Center for donating a new BBQ to San Juan Island Firefighters Association (501c3) and our firefighters. After working an arduous 20 years, the station's previous machine produced its last hamburger on the 4th of July. Pictured is Browne's manager Jed and our newest graduated Firefighter Mason, who kindly gave a hand in picking up the grill. On-duty crews live at the station for each 24-48 hour shift and eat meals as a family with the other responders. A functioning BBQ is much appreciated by our hungry crews! As a note to our community, at the time of this post and current burn ban status, gas grills are the only allowed form of outdoor cooking.

Another successful, safe and sane parade for Friday Harbor's 4th of July celebrations! Let's keep this energy going into...
07/04/2023

Another successful, safe and sane parade for Friday Harbor's 4th of July celebrations! Let's keep this energy going into tonight's activities, a reminder that no personal fireworks are allowed in San Juan County. Have fun, hydrate and celebrate!

Things are heating up for summer...San Juan Island Fire & Rescue welcomes our newest graduating class of Wildland Firefi...
07/02/2023

Things are heating up for summer...San Juan Island Fire & Rescue welcomes our newest graduating class of Wildland Firefighters! These folks are ready, able, and willing to respond to Wildland fires within San Juan County Fire District 3, which includes the non-ferry served islands of Pearl, Henry, Stuart, Spieden, and Johns. They will also be able to respond to State Department of Natural Resources mobilizations if the call goes out this summer fire season. Wildland firefighting requires a separate set of knowledge and training than structure firefighting which necessitates a different type of certification. Most of our local firefighters are certified in both to best serve our community.

Station 31 had quite a few visitors this morning...a big thank you to Island Rec's Camp Eagle Rock and its counselors fo...
06/30/2023

Station 31 had quite a few visitors this morning...a big thank you to Island Rec's Camp Eagle Rock and its counselors for organizing a station tour in honor of safety week. Kiddos saw the day room (with Crisis Canine Jet somewhere in the middle of the cuddle pile) and the bunks where the firefighters sleep while on overnight shifts. Groups were led through the engine bay to see the big trucks and the different types of rescue equipment we use on a daily basis. We heard some great safety questions showing us what critical thinkers we have!

Thank you to all who helped organize and celebrate with San Juan Island Pride Foundation last Saturday. We truly enjoyed...
06/20/2023

Thank you to all who helped organize and celebrate with San Juan Island Pride Foundation last Saturday. We truly enjoyed meeting everyone and handing out the rainbow temporary tattoos to help show PRIDE. We're already looking forward to next year's festival (and seeing the adorable Capybara again!).

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06/01/2023

Its that time again. All permitted burning in San Juan County is closed effective June 1st, 2023 for the summer season.

Collaborative drill nights with partner agencies like SJI EMS allow our joint skills to flourish and support each other ...
05/22/2023

Collaborative drill nights with partner agencies like SJI EMS allow our joint skills to flourish and support each other when help is needed. Most recently, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue firefighters trained with local EMTs to familiarize them with our bunker gear and air bottle equipment. Rehabilitation stations at active fire scenes (often managed by an ambulance crew) are a mandatory asset to the medical clearing process allowing firefighters to rest and return to an active fire. In the unexpected case of a Firefighter requiring medical intervention while attending to a structure fire or rescue; our neighboring EMTs will know how to cut away the sturdy bunker jacket material and offer aid. Thank you San Juan Island EMS!

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue will conduct a Wildland Fire Fighter class this spring.  The class will consist of indepen...
05/09/2023

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue will conduct a Wildland Fire Fighter class this spring. The class will consist of independent online instruction (self-paced with a firm completion deadline) followed by an in-person instruction session and training burn June 10th and 11th. After successful completion of the class and subsequent completion of a physical fitness test, members will be able to respond with San Juan Island Fire & Rescue in protecting the community from wildfires.

If you are interested, please complete a volunteer application form and submit via email or in-person to:

In person:

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue

1011 Mullis St.

Email: [email protected]

Applications must be received by the close of business Wednesday, May 17th.

Did you know our department drills for training every Monday night? Department staff and volunteers train for quicker re...
05/01/2023

Did you know our department drills for training every Monday night? Department staff and volunteers train for quicker responses, muscle memory, and to disseminate new information and techniques. Trainings often accommodate different roles that members perform within the department. Our Training Officer tailors our nights to revolving stations of firefighters, EMTs, and support personnel to keep their skill sets sharp as well as develop a coordinated response. Pictured, EMTs were working on psychomotor skills. In particular, the use and operation of a glucometer, which checks blood sugar (glucose) levels. Support personnel routinely practice refilling air bottles at the compressed air filter machine at Station 31, a task they might handle in the event of a large structure fire. Finally, you'll see firefighters donning and doffing their many layers of gear. Practicing these movements make seconds count in the event of an actual emergency response.

A crew of San Juan Island Fire & Rescue volunteers spent this week back in class at Friday Harbor Elementary School for ...
04/27/2023

A crew of San Juan Island Fire & Rescue volunteers spent this week back in class at Friday Harbor Elementary School for Fire Safety Week. We spoke with the students about various topics; from what a firefighter wears, how to exit your sleeping space safely in the event of a fire, and how to use a fire extinguisher. We even had Dan the dispatcher come over to discuss with the students how and when to call 911! Frequent conversations about fire safety (with plenty of opportunity for questions) result in well-prepared kids in the face of an emergency. Thank you Eagles for having us!

Do you recognize this San Juan Island Fire Department legend? A committed department member has volunteered to work on t...
04/19/2023

Do you recognize this San Juan Island Fire Department legend? A committed department member has volunteered to work on the tedious task of digitizing boxes of CDs and prints, containing photos dating back over the last couple of decades! We invite you to join in our trip down memory lane; and a valuable insight into the longevity of San Juan Island Fire & Rescue. Comment below if you can guess this retired firefighter's identity. Photo was taken on the scene of a house fire; 2000.

Meet your local emergency responders on our new website page: https://www.sjifire.org/about/emergency-personnel/See the ...
03/27/2023

Meet your local emergency responders on our new website page: https://www.sjifire.org/about/emergency-personnel/

See the individuals that make up our team of staff, volunteer firefighters and/or EMTs, and support personnel. Each contributes their precious time to serve our beloved community. Interested in joining the department? San Juan Island Fire Rescue has multiple volunteer roles in various areas of the department, including those that do not involve wearing 40 lbs of gear 😉

And a big "Thank You" to Katy Laveck Foster Photographyy for donating her time to take the very flattering headshots of all our department members.

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue provides fire, medical, rescue, and marine emergency services to Friday Harbor and multiple islands within San Juan County, WA.

Nothing brings people closer together than a common goal. Congratulations to friends old and new as San Juan Island Fire...
03/19/2023

Nothing brings people closer together than a common goal. Congratulations to friends old and new as San Juan Island Fire & Rescue welcomes our newest EMT class!! These dedicated students have studied hard over the last few months, culminating in today's big exam. An extra special acknowledgement goes to the four Orcas Island Fire and Rescue students who have been commuting for this course. Enjoy your celebratory lunch as new Emergency Medical Technicians for our island communities!

Rounding out our   feature, is one of our newer department members, Maria. Joining the support team about a year ago, sh...
03/11/2023

Rounding out our feature, is one of our newer department members, Maria. Joining the support team about a year ago, she quickly also became a fully-fledged EMT and further contributes to the department with her years of experience as a mental health professional. San Juan Island Fire & Rescue offered her the opportunity of going way outside of her comfort zone, working with an exceptional group of people and having adventures. Maria's favorite memory is of her very first shift. She went on a boat rescue as soon as she arrived. Then the very next day, there was a wildfire that lasted all day. When supplies got down to the rations, Maria says she is still proud that she resisted eating the MREs in spite of the enormous peer pressure from the rest of the team. Then the crew had a great big (home-cooked) meal afterward back at the station. Maria says everything tastes better when you have a great story to tell of adventure!

Continuing our   series, meet volunteer firefighter & EMT Kathleen Salinas. She joined San Juan Island Fire & Rescue in ...
03/09/2023

Continuing our series, meet volunteer firefighter & EMT Kathleen Salinas. She joined San Juan Island Fire & Rescue in 2017 after moving to the island for retirement. Kathleen joined the fire department because she had been part of the Ski Patrol (at Crater Lake National Park) and enjoyed the hard work, the challenge, and the chance to help people. Her favorite memory of firefighting thus far has been a complex rope rescue; a person had climbed down off the rocks, broke an ankle, and couldn't get back up to the West Side trails. Our fire rescue team worked together on the spot to rig a rope system to pull the person up on a stretcher. We appreciate you Kathleen and your adventurous spirit!

Have you heard? It's  ! This week, we as San Juan Island Fire Rescue will spotlight some of our female department member...
03/08/2023

Have you heard? It's ! This week, we as San Juan Island Fire Rescue will spotlight some of our female department members, recognizing and celebrating our diverse membership and the experience they bring to the table. First off is part-time staff member, Kati. She has been with the fire department since 2018 and was drawn to the fire service after already being involved in emergency services; she realized it added another set of skills that made her a better provider and responder. Kati's favorite memory would be at a past children's fair when a couple young girls stopped by the fire engine to say hi. "They wanted to ask if I was a real firefighter...". Even though it was a brief interaction, she saw the realization on their faces that girls can do "boy jobs" was incredible and she hopes that changed their mindset moving forward. Thank you for your example Kati!

Fire safety & education often commences at toddlerhood. The goal; to build upon each year's experience until we teach at...
03/04/2023

Fire safety & education often commences at toddlerhood. The goal; to build upon each year's experience until we teach at Fire Safety Week in public schools. San Juan Island Fire & Rescue crews were recently invited to St. David's Day School and Calvary Preschool to show our smallest islanders the apparatus and equipment stored on each vehicle. We loved seeing their excitement and hearing their thought-provoking questions about emergency situations! You never know which student will pursue a career in emergency services by the seeds planted today.

This past Monday night marked a momentous occasion for San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, the agency & its members. After a ...
02/01/2023

This past Monday night marked a momentous occasion for San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, the agency & its members. After a multiple-year COVID hiatus, the department's responders and family members were hosted at Mullis Community Senior Center for a badging and swearing-in ceremony. Fire Chief Collins, Mayor Jackson, and Sheriff Peter swore in 50 of our hard-working firefighters and EMTs publicly declaring their commitment to a code of ethics and a promise of service to the community and one another. In addition, milestone years in service with the department were acknowledged, culminating in Captain Lean's notable 30th anniversary. While enjoying a delicious dinner from Aloha Friday Hawaiian BBQ, family members of the responders were entered into a gift card raffle with many thanks going to local businesses who donated, San Juan Island Brewing Co., Vinny's Ristorante, and 13 Ravens Coffee. Thank you to the community of San Juan Island for supporting your local emergency responders and allowing us to serve with pride.

Watch out Friday Harbor, there's new celebrities in town! We're honored to personally know the new 2023 canine "ambassad...
12/29/2022

Watch out Friday Harbor, there's new celebrities in town! We're honored to personally know the new 2023 canine "ambassadors" for San Juan County dog licensing as SJIF&R's very own Crisis Support Dogs! Ruffles and Jet will share the title and help spread the word about licensing your dogs in the new year. Read more here....

The Coun­ty sends along news about this year’s dog licens­ing program. The San Juan Coun­ty Auditor’s office is ready for the 2023 dog licens­ing sea­son. Each year, the depart­ment has the plea­sure of rec­og­niz­ing a celebri­ty dog and issu­ing them the first dog tag. Com­pe­ti....

San Juan County Launches “Text-to-911” for Emergency Response. Read more on the county's official page.
12/17/2022

San Juan County Launches “Text-to-911” for Emergency Response. Read more on the county's official page.

Call if you can, text if you can’t.

Thank you to San Juan Community Theatre for recently participating in a fire extinguisher class organized for their staf...
12/08/2022

Thank you to San Juan Community Theatre for recently participating in a fire extinguisher class organized for their staff. Employees at local businesses can be the first line of defense at the sight of unexpected flames. Reach out to schedule an extinguisher class for your business or organization!

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue is now accepting applications from the community for the upcoming 2023 EMT Course. There a...
11/15/2022

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue is now accepting applications from the community for the upcoming 2023 EMT Course. There are limited class seats available for this Washington state accredited course beginning January 4th, 2023. Applications can be printed off the department website at www.sjifire.org or picked up at the office of Station 31, 1011 Mullis Street. The course will run a swift schedule of approximately 180 contact hours over the 11 weeks, requiring a solid commitment from those that are interested. Classes will be held at Station 31 Wednesday nights 5:30-9:30 pm and every Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am-5:00 pm. After completing the course and successfully passing the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam, participants will be fully certified, Washington State EMTs and can partake in shifts with San Juan Island Fire & Rescue's daily response crews. Applications are due by November, 28th 2022 with interviews taking place soon after.

10/28/2022

October 28th is National First Responder Day! Thank you to all of the First Responders who service San Juan Island, including the employees and volunteers at San Juan Island EMS, San Juan Island Fire District 3, Juan County Sheriff's Office, Air Ambulance, Airlift Northwest, and Life Flight Network!

First Responders include individuals who serve as the primary response to an emergency, such as EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, Police Officers, Dispatchers, and Nurses on Air Ambulances.

Have you seen our virtual Fire Prevention video? Recorded in 2020, we needed to find a way to reach our young neighbors ...
10/15/2022

Have you seen our virtual Fire Prevention video? Recorded in 2020, we needed to find a way to reach our young neighbors about fire safety while maintaining a safe distance. Take a couple minutes and revisit with our local firefighters speaking about fire safety skills such as .... Calling 911, Kitchen Safety, Stop, Drop & Smother and EDITH (Exit drills in the home).

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Great job to the San Juan Island Fire & Rescue!
Today, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue fought a woodland fire at the very end of Mt. Dallas Road. At the same time a stroke call came in on a boat moored in Garrison Bay. The Sheriff’s boat Sentinel is out of service with an electrical issue. So we sent the Guardian from Orcas and San Juan Fire was able to man the fire boat to respond with San Juan Island EMS. This is teamwork at its best. We are all so fortunate to have amazing first responders here.

Thank you to all who responded.
Another great day with the residents of Stuart Island.

Thanks to Airlift NW, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, San juan San Juan Island EMS.
Thank you to everyone who came out and made the Island Rec 30th Annual Children’s Festival so great! We would like to thank our generous sponsors Island Petroleum Services, , Banner Bank and . We would also like to thank for their donation and all the amazing community organizations who provided booths. All the booths this year were creative and engaging and the “Best Booth” winner this year was Tide Pool Kids with their delightful under the sea decorations.

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Hats off to the San Juan Island Fire & Rescue for the incredible job they did with preventing this fire from sweeping and taking every business on the block. Thank you also for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue and Lopez Fire and Rescue. You all did an amazing job today.
Our ferry crews go through extensive training for all kinds of emergencies. Those skills came in handy early this morning when a large fire broke out near our Friday Harbor terminal. Kudos to our Suquamish and Tillikum crews for supporting San Juan Island Fire & Rescue by suiting up in firefighting gear to help with the response, as well as shuttling additional support from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue!
Last week, Paramedic Training Class 48 participated in their first Trauma Drill. Students, with the help of Seattle Fire Department firefighters/EMTs, practiced assessing and treating mock-patients suffering from various traumatic injuries, such as gunshot wounds, falls, and more. After each scenario, senior paramedics provided valuable feedback and instruction.

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Great work yesterday to extinguish a wildfire on north end of SJI. Incredible effort from the San Juan Island Fire & Rescue team, and huge thanks to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for the helicopter support! Did you know that DNR bases helicopters in Skagit County in order to deploy rapidly to exactly these sorts of events in NW WA?

Take a look at this video from Sharon at the : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlmdXRulIm8&pp=sAQA

As we head into August, some things to keep in mind:

1. There's a full burn ban in effect in San Juan County (and most everywhere else in WA). No recreational fires of any kind.

2. Many fires in the islands start from metal bladed tools hitting rocks (chainsaws, lawn mowers, brush cutters, etc.) and sending sparks into dry grass.

3. More than a few fires are started by perfectly thoughtful long-time islanders doing things that are perfectly reasonable the other 10 months out of the year. We're now in the dry season and some routine activities may need to be postponed until after summer.

4. You don't need flame to start a fire. Parking a hot car or other equipment with an engine in tall dry grass can start a fire. Be careful, and keep you lawns and fields cut short.

5. Fires don't start in the islands without people to start them (lightning storms are VERY rare). If we're all extra careful for the next 6 weeks or so, we'll be fine- but we need to take the risk seriously.

6. Since there's a burn ban, you shouldn't see or smell active smoke. If you do, investigate, and call 911 if there's a fire burning (remember, sometimes we smell smoke from hundreds of miles away). Don't be shy about investigating, and err on the side of calling 911.

Thanks islanders! The risk of fire is something to be aware of, but we don't need to be afraid, we just need to be very thoughtful and careful through the end of summer.
It is all about the teamwork.
Great to work together with San Juan Island Fire & Rescue and San Juan Island EMS. Stay safe!

San Juan Island EMS and San Juan Island Fire & Rescue teamed up to treat and transport a patient at Lime Kiln State Park, just one of the many calls for service across our county today.
We value our partnerships with agencies on the many islands of Puget Sound and beyond.
We understand the unique challenges and needs of serving remote communities, and are always here to help.

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue
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Your gift will help train firefighters and EMT's for the Bellevue (WA) Fire Department, East Jefferson Fire Rescue, Everett Fire Department, King County Medic One, Marysville Fire District, Redmond IAFF Local 2829, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, Seattle Fire Department, and Shoreline Fire Department.