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Firewise Comes to Central Whidbey

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue District (CWIFR) is partnering with the Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to pilot a Firewise program with funding from the WA State Conservation Commission (WSCC) to communities in Central Whidbey. To learn more about how you can keep your home and family safe from wildfires, join us for Firewise Day.

What: Firewise Day

When: Saturday May 20, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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At 7:59 PM on March 6, 2017, Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue (CWIFR) was dispatched to a reported residential fire at 399 South Ebey Road in Coupeville. Initial reports were for a barn and house on fire. Three engines, two water tenders, and two command officers were initially dispatched to this incident, but recognizing the size of the building and water supply challenges in this area of the community, the command duty officer requested an additional engine and water tender from North Whidbey Fire Rescue.

First arriving units encountered a large barn well involved in fire with some areas starting to collapse due to the effects of the fire. Water supply was established by laying 1000’ of 5” hose from South Ebey Road and shuttling water with water tenders from a hydrant near Coupeville High School (location with the best access to refill the water tenders). The fire was confined to the Barn and vehicles involved on arrival with no extension to the nearby home.

The fire was under control by 10:00 pm, but several units remained on-scene overnight extinguishing hot spots in the collapsed structure. The last units left the scene following preliminary fire investigation at 12:01 pm on March 7, 2017. There was no indication that this was an incendiary fire, but cause and origin remain under investigation.

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Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue Reduces Bond Amount

COUPEVILLE, WASH. – The Board of Fire Commissioners for Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue have reduced the size and scope of a potential bond measure to renovate facilities and replace apparatus. The proposed bond was originally presented in the fire district’s long-range financial plan and 2017 budget. Fire Chief Ed Hartin says that the Board of Fire Commissioners wanted to reduce the impact on the taxpayers while addressing the emergency needs of the community.

“We still need the three engines to protect our insurance rating,” said Chief Ed Hartin. “However, we’re planning on renovating just one station at this time.”

The fire district has completed both a Capital Projects and a Facilities Plans available on its website at http://www.cwfire.org/bond. The documents identify aging apparatus that needs replacement, as well as renovations to the four fire stations serving the district.

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CWIFR Receives Improved Fire Insurance Rating

The Town of Coupeville and unincorporated areas of Island County served by Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue were recently evaluated by the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB). The WSRB determines the Protection Class Grading of communities and the protection Class Ratings of properties. Fire protection and suppression capabilities are evaluated using a schedule approved by the WA Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Protection Class Ratings range from 10 (no fire protection) to 1 (the highest possible rating). Ratings are determined by evaluating specific factors related to the Fire Department, Water Supply, Emergency Communications System, and Fire Safety (fire prevention and public education). The Protection Class improved from 5 to 4 in the Town of Coupeville and from 7 to 6 in unincorporated areas for properties within 4 miles of a fire station and 1000’ of a fire hydrant. Properties beyond 1000’ from a fire hydrant, but within 4 miles of a fire station improved from Protection Class 8 to 7. This improvement reflects a concerted and collaborative effort between CWIFR, the Town of Coupeville, Island County and the District’s water systems.

For more information, see the Fire Insurance Ratings Page on the CWIFR Web Site,

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Smart Choices for Smoke Alarm Placement

With the goal of reducing home fire fatalities, the IAFC has developed this tool kit to provide fire service leaders with educational materials to assist them in promoting advanced smoke alarm education among their personnel and eventually their community.


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