This was a very busy week with our crews responding to 58 emergency calls including; A residential structure fire on Herron Island that completely destroyed the home, A single vehicle crash on SR302 with the driver refusing transport, A tractor fire in a field off of Mahncke road that spread to the field and burned a 30X30 foot area, A pickup truck that crashed after passing another vehicle on SR302 and the driver transported with injuries, A single vehicle rollover crash on SR302 in the Wauna curves with the driver transported for injuries after being charged with DUI, And an accidental activation of a medical alarm pendant.
Next weekend, we will host our annual Open House at the Key Center fire station in conjunction with the Farm Tour. We will open at 8:00 AM with a pancake breakfast and we will have information tables staffed with representatives from PEP-C, DEM and South Sound 911. We may also have the Amateur Radio Operators as well. These folks will answer your questions about preparedness and emergency communications. The Open House concludes with a fire department demonstration and we close at 11:30.
On a personal note, I was relieved this week to hear that my Aunt in Puerto Rico is safe and her family is all okay. They have been without power and running water since Irma skirted past the island and the incredible devastation that Maria brought will require months and possibly years of rebuilding. Her town of Fajardo is on the east end of the island where Maria struck first. Getting supplies to them is a huge challenge with many roads and bridges washed out from the massive floods.
Until next week!
Guy R. Allen – Fire Chief