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  • Camano Island Fire & Rescue facing service challenges
    January 18, 2023 Staffing cannot keep up with higher call volumes and overlapping calls Call volumes for Camano Island Fire & Rescue have increased 28 percent in the past five years. On average, Camano Fire responds to almost 2,300 calls per year, of which 66 percent are for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Nearly 20 percent … Read more
  • Fire Extinguishers: What you need to know
    Jan. 4, 2023 Where should you put your fire extinguisher? Should you have more than one? And how can you recharge or dispose of an old fire extinguisher? Assistant Chief Helgeland shares simple fire extinguisher tips in this two-part video. Want to know more? The National Fire Protection Association has more safety tips and recommendations … Read more
  • Holiday food drive a success
    Jan. 6, 2023 Thanks to your generosity, we were able to deliver an ambulance full of food, toys, and gift cards to the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank. This year, you donated 1,338 pounds of food, $565 in gift cards, and $836 of cash and checks. Thank you!
  • Board of Commissioners Special Meeting January 3rd
    The Camano Island Fire and Rescue (CIFR) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a virtual Special Meeting on January 3rd, 2023 at 2:30 PM. The topic will be the Approval of the updated Collective Bargaining Agreement. The meeting will be open to the public. The link to the Zoom meeting can be obtained on the … Read more
  • Track the Santa Run live with new Santa Tracker link
    Dec. 12, 2022 Where’s Santa? Follow Santa’s progress live with the new Santa Tracker link. Santa Tracker links are posted at 5:30 p.m. each night. The links are different for each day of the Santa Run: Monday, Dec. 12 – Click here for the Glympse Santa-Tracker link! Tuesday, Dec. 13 – Click here for the … Read more
  • Camano Fire’s annual Santa Run set for Dec. 12-15, 2022
    Nov. 25, 2022 Is Santa coming to your neighborhood?We’ve added a few new neighborhoods (on a trial basis) for the 2022 Santa Run. To see if we’ll be on your street, check out the 2022 Santa Run Route Map on Google Maps  Using the Google Map:This map is best viewed on a large screen (like … Read more
  • Holiday Food & Gift Card drive begins Nov. 21
    Nov. 14, 2021 Our annual holiday food and gift card drive begins Monday, Nov. 21, and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 28. Bring nonperishable food donations to any of our fire stations, or to our Administrative office, and put them in the marked donation bins. Please bring gift card donations to our Administrative office, 811 N. … Read more
  • Burn ban lifted at midnight Oct. 25
    Oct. 25, 2022 Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and a return to more typical seasonal weather patterns, the Fire Marshal will lift the outdoor burn ban in Island County as of midnight, Oct. 25, 2022. Land-clearing and yard debris fires are allowed but require a permit from Island County. Find more information … Read more
  • Open Public Meeting Announcement: Special Meeting- Levy Planning Workshop
    Open Public Meeting Announcement: Camano Island Fire & Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners Special Meeting:  Levy Planning Workshop   November 7th, 2022 at 4:30 PM The Camano Island Fire and Rescue (CIFR) Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on November 7th at 4:30 PM at the Admin Building, 811 N. Sunrise Blvd. Camano … Read more
  • Notice of Public Hearing-Camano Island Fire and Rescue’s Reading of the 2023 Budget
    Camano Island Fire and Rescue will hold the First Reading of the 2023 Budget at the regular Fire Commissioner’s meeting on Monday, October 24th, at 4:30 p.m. at the Administration office, 811 N. Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island. Any questions, please call the Admin. office at 387-1512
  • Halloween Party & Haunted House set for Oct. 31 at Vista/Madrona Station
    Oct. 5, 2022 Our popular annual Halloween Party & Haunted House is back! Join us from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at the Vista/Madrona Station, 273 N. West Camano Drive. The event is free and open to the whole family. We’ll have treats, hot dogs, prizes and fun for everyone. Drop by anytime … Read more
  • Camano Fire partnering with independent research firm on primary election survey
    Camano Island Fire & Rescue has commissioned an independent research firm, NineteenEleven Consulting, to conduct a survey of registered voters about the August 2022 Island County primary election. The survey will be open for three weeks – from Monday, Sept. 19, through Monday, Oct. 10. Participants can access the survey online at https://s.surveyplanet.com/rie3g8k6. Phone and … Read more
  • CPR classes will resume Nov. 9, 2022
    CPR classes are back starting Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. The classes are limited to 10 students each and include Adult, Child & Infant CPR, choking, and AED training.  Classes are offered on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vista/Madrona Fire Station – 273 N. West Camano Drive. The … Read more
  • Fire Safety Coloring Contest Winners Announced
    The Board of Fire Commissioners selected three winners of the Fire Safety Coloring Contest on Monday night during the regular Commissioners’ meeting. Age 3-5 Winner: Camden, age 4 Age 6-8 Winner: Cassidy, age 7 Age 9-11 Winner: Colbie, age 11 Congratulations to the winners! We will reach out to the winners and their families this … Read more
  • Now hiring: Full-time Firefighter/Paramedics
    Join our team! We’re putting together an eligibility list for full-time career Firefighter/Paramedics AND full-time career Firefighters. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Paramedics without fire experience may apply. Paramedic candidates must have National Registry Paramedic certification, Washington State Paramedic certification, and be an ACLS provider and PALS provider (or equivalent) prior … Read more
  • Coloring contest winners to get Camano Fire T-shirt, station tour
    Sept. 1, 2022 Camano Island kids ages three through 11 are invited to show off their creativity in Camano Island Fire & Rescue’s fire safety coloring contest. Young artists can choose from one of four safety graphics: Dog in a Fire Helmet Sparky Driving a Fire Engine Girl Fighting a Fire Sparky & Smoke Alarms … Read more
  • Join us for the Safety & Preparedness fair Sept. 10
    How prepared are you for an emergency? Learn how you and your family can be more prepared at the SAFETY & PREPAREDNESS FAIR. This FREE event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022, at the Camano Commons (Terry’s Corner). This event is hosted by the Camano Preparedness Group and Camano Island Fire … Read more
  • Type 1 Burn Ban starts July 30, 2022
    July 27, 2022 A Type 1 burn ban for outdoor burning of natural debris in Island County will go into effect on Saturday, July 30, and continue until further notice. Yes: You can still have small campfires in fire pits and use barbecues. No: You cannot burn yard debris or burn piles More specifically: Recreational … Read more
  • Camano Fire crews thanked for life-saving response
    The widowmaker. That’s what doctors call the heart attack that Jon survived. Jon and his wife Dianne visited Station 4 today to thank the 911 dispatcher and Camano Fire EMTs and Paramedics who saved his life. “The cardiologist says you saved the day,” Jon said. “It was textbook perfect.” When he called 911 on April … Read more
  • Camano Fire to host its first National Night Out event Aug. 2
    National Night Out is coming to Camano Island this August thanks to Camano Island Fire & Rescue, the Mabana Flames, the Camano Preparedness Group, and the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce. Community members are invited to the Vista/Madrona and Mabana stations from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. “National Night Out is a chance … Read more
  • Regular Camano Island Fire & Rescue Levy renewal set for ballot in Aug. 2022
    The Camano Island Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution to place a regular property tax levy request on the ballot in August 2022. The ballot measure asks voters to reauthorize a levy rate of $1.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value – the same rate voters approved in 2017. This levy … Read more
  • Safety First this Fourth of July
    June 20, 2021 Firework-related fires are still possible this Fourth of July, even though we’ve had a cool, damp summer. If you’re planning to celebrate with fireworks, please keep these safety recommendations in mind: Fireworks are legal on Camano, but only for three days – July 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; July 4 … Read more
  • Smokey is back!
    May 11, 2022 It’s amazing what a little paint and a lot of dedication can do. Thanks to the artistic talents of Raylyn – a 6th grader at Port Susan Middle School – Smokey Bear is back, brightening the side of the road along SR 532 again. And we do mean literally. He’s *SO* much … Read more
  • Meeting rooms open for public rental on May 1
    May 1, 2022 Our meeting rooms and public spaces are open to the public as of May 1. To reserve a meeting room or public space, please call our Administrative Office at 360-387-1512. Please be prepared to provide the following information when you call: Name of group Name and phone number of contact person Address … Read more
  • Outdoor Burning Frequently Asked Questions
    April 20, 2022 Spring is often the time when our friends and neighbors burn their burn piles before summer burn bans are issued. What should you know about outdoor burning on Camano Island? I think someone is burning illegally or unsafely. Who do I call? Call 911. The Island County Sheriff’s Office enforces burn restrictions … Read more
  • Daylight Saving Time starts March 14
    March 11, 2022 Adjust your clocks and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Daylight Saving Time goes into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13. We recommend testing your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors each year when you set your clocks ahead. It’s worth the extra few minutes – and … Read more
  • CIFR swears in two new commissioners at Jan. 11 board meeting
    Jan. 12, 2022 Chair Janice Treml officially swore in Kim Williams and Kelly Yadon as Camano Fire’s newest commissioners at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Voters elected the two last fall to replace retiring commissioners Erik Krieg and Stephen Lich. “The role of fire commissioner is an important one for our organization and for public safety … Read more
  • Prevent burst pipes: Know how to shut off your water
    Do you know where your water shutoff valve is? The current stretch of cold weather has already caused a few burst pipes around the island. Knowing how to quickly shut off the water can help reduce the damage to your home. Take a few minutes today to find those shutoff valves – in your home … Read more
  • We’re hiring an entry-level Emergency Vehicle Technician
    We’re looking to to hire one full-time Entry-Level Emergency Vehicle Technician. This individual should have experience with heavy equipment, gasoline and diesel engines, hydraulic systems, truck chassis, and electrical systems. Candidates must apply by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Find the full position description and Camano Fire job application on our careers page. Preferred … Read more
  • Commissioner Lich retiring from Camano Fire Board
    Dec. 14, 2021 After 35 years as part of Camano Island Fire & Rescue, Commissioner (and former volunteer firefighter) Steve Lich is retiring at the end of 2021. When asked how he wants people to remember him, his answer was simple: “I hope that people think I did a halfway decent job.” Camano Fire Chief … Read more
  • Holiday Food & Gift Card drive begins Nov. 7
    Nov. 7, 2021 Our annual holiday food and gift card drive begins Sunday, Nov. 7, and runs through Tuesday, Dec. 28. We’re collecting nonperishable food, pet food, and personal hygiene products to benefit the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. Gift card donations benefit The Christmas House, and are used to buy holiday gifts and necessities for … Read more
  • 2022 Expense Budget Proposal Hearing Announcement
    Pursuant to RCW 84.55, the Fire Commissioners of Island County Fire District #1 (Camano Island Fire & Rescue) will hold a public hearing to discuss the collection of authorized tax revenue sources for the 2022 Expense Budget. This hearing will be part of the regular Fire Commissioner’s Regular Meeting of October 25th, 2021. The hearing … Read more
  • Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety from Sparky the Fire Dog
    One beep? Four beeps?  Should you worry if your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is making sounds? This year during Fire Prevention Week, we want you to know the sounds of fire safety. Sparky the Fire Dog agreed to help us make a video so that you understand what each of the beeps and chirps … Read more
  • Burn ban lifted at midnight Sept. 30
    Sept. 30, 2021 Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels and a return to more typical seasonal weather patterns, the Fire Marshal will lift the outdoor burn ban in Island County as of midnight, September 30, 2021. Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high, are allowed and … Read more
  • Type 1 Burn Ban starts Sept. 23, 2021
    Sept. 23, 2021 A Type 1 burn ban for outdoor burning of natural debris in Island County goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept.23, and will continue until further notice. Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high, are allowed within enclosures and when safety precautions are followed. … Read more
  • COVID Vaccine card replacement
    Aug. 23, 2021 Have you misplaced your COVID vaccine card? While we can’t reissue a card for you, you have a few options for getting your vaccine records: 1. Sign up for MyIR online2. Go to a local clinic or pharmacy. Most can help you sign up for MyIR and access your records3. Ask your … Read more
  • Fire Agencies Take Measures to Protect Community, Firefighters From COVID Delta Spread
    Aug. 5, 2021 Snohomish County fire agencies – along with Camano Island Fire and Rescue – are stepping up measures to protect firefighters and the communities they serve from a dangerous new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. As frontline healthcare workers, firefighters play a vital role in responding to COVID-19, which has killed more than … Read more
  • Surplus fire engine helping local community
    Aug. 5, 2021 Our surplus fire engine found a new home – with the Hat Island Fire Department. They couldn’t be more excited to get a surplused apparatus in such good shape.   “This one is so far superior in terms of what it’s going to provide for fire protection for our people,” said Mike … Read more
  • Type 2 burn ban starts July 15
    July 14, 2021 Due to dry weather conditions ahead and low fuel moisture levels, the Island County Sheriff’s Office has issued a Type 2 burn ban prohibiting all outdoor burning. The burn ban will go into effect at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 15, and continue until further notice. Enclosed outdoor cooking appliances such as gas … Read more
  • Training burn scheduled for May 17-20
    May 17, 2021 Camano Fire crews will conduct a training burn on a residence in the 900 block of Utsalady Road beginning Monday, May 17. Nearby residents and passing drivers will likely see smoke and flames throughout the day, culminating on Thursday, May 20. Crews have been training at the property since the beginning of … Read more

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