Community meeting recap: Chief Yengoyan and Island County Emergency Management

Aug. 23, 2023

Chief Yengoyan wants to thank everyone for a fantastic turnout at today’s Lunch with the Fire Chief. More than 30 of you shared questions and feedback with Chief Yengoyan and Eric Brooks from Island County Emergency Management.

If you weren’t able to make it, here’s a quick recap of what we discussed AND links to more information about some of the topics.

How does Camano Fire fight fires if we don’t have many hydrants on Camano?
Camano Fire brings the water to the fire. We have four tender trucks that hold 2,500 gallons of water or more. They supply our engines (which have their own, smaller water supply) so firefighters have a reliable water source. We can also draft (or suction) water out of larger sources like local lakes.

Watch a short video to see how our tender trucks work:

How do I get alerts if an emergency happens on Camano?
Island County is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager or voice mail. Sign up for AlertSense by clicking here:

Island County may also use the Emergency Alert System – through local TV and radio stations – to share emergency information. The county also shares information on social media – links to each platform are at the bottom of this page:

What can I do to be more prepared?
In an emergency, you can be the help until help arrives. The Camano Preparedness Group helps our island improve its emergency readiness. Learn about the Neighborhood Ready program and what you can to do prepare:

Emergency Management offers several resources to prepare yourself and your home in case of wildfire or other emergencies:

You can find preparedness tips for windstorms and other hazards at

What emergency plans does the County have?
The County has a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan that outlines the basic responsibilities for emergency functions and operations. You can read that plan by clicking here:

How can I contact Island County?

Island County has a full staff directory online. Click here to look up the person or department you want to contact: