Racoon Rescue

Two little racoons were brought to us by a concerned citizen after finding them in a park without their mother. After speaking to our local Fish and Wildlife Officer, we want to encourage people to leave wildlife alone. Although it may be tempting to rescue babies without a mom, often times mom will come back to get them later. These two have been accepted by West Sound Wildlife Shelter until they are large enough to be released. They will be spending their night at Station 56 until they can be dropped off tomorrow by Paramedic Cooper (pictured).

Car Fire

Station 51s B-shift responded to a vehicle fire over the weekend. There were no injuries. The van was fully involved upon firefighters arrival, but their quick efforts to extinguish it prevented worse damage to the fence.

Car Into Garage

CKFR crews responded to a call of a car into a garage this evening. The driver was uninjured, but unable to get out of her vehicle. Firefighters were able to make room for her to exit safely.

Duck Rescue

Lt. Chris Bigelow & AO Marcus Oliver worked with local residents today to rescue two ducklings that fell into a storm drain. The little duckies are currently with neighbors while they wait for Mama Duck to return.

Substation Fire

CKFR crews responded to a fire at the power substation located at Hwy 303 and McWilliams. The fire was confined to a small area and went out on its own. PSE is on scene and firefighters are standing by.

Hiker Rescued

CKFR crews started off the weekend rescuing a citizen with a minor injury incurred during a hike off Anderson Hill. The citizen is doing well and shared these pictures with us as well as a few words of appreciation.

Fatal Fire

At 1:51 this afternoon, CKFR responded to a call for a structure fire in the 11000 block of Schold Road. The structure, a two story residence, was fully involved upon arrival.
While combating the fire, crews discovered human remains inside the residence. The fire was extinguished. The County Fire Marshal and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are on scene.
All further information will come from KCSO.

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Postpones Facilities Bond Request

The Board of Fire Commissioners for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue decided to postpone its request for a facilities bond to replace and renovate its fire stations. The Fire District had spent several years preparing to place the measure on the August 4, 2020 Primary Election ballot.

“Many in our community are facing economic uncertainty due to the pandemic,” said Fire Chief John Oliver. “We’ve decided to pause and give our citizens and businesses the opportunity to recover before we ask for these projects.”

Chief Oliver says that everything the District has is going to operations to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has to be our focus at the moment,” said Chief Oliver. “We’re giving it everything we have, and we will beat this virus. Our community and nation will be stronger as a result.”

Chief Oliver says that the need for adequate facilities is important now more than ever to ensure the safety of the community and firefighters.

This disease has shown the need for pandemic-resilient facilities. The station projects had previously identified the need for improved decontamination areas for personnel that respond to not only fires but also medical emergencies.

Though the economy is struggling now, these “shovel ready” station projects will help stimulate the local economy and create jobs when most needed. The preliminary site studies have been completed, the stations have been designed, and several of the projects are ready to go when funding is approved by voters. This will represent jobs for those that have been sidelined due to the work moratorium.

“This is not the time to ask, but when our economy begins to recover, it will be an opportunity to put people to work and dollars into the community,” said Chief Oliver.

The District acknowledges that the timing would have been ideal for the current bond request. It had retired a bond for apparatus, and a Maintenance and Operations Levy had expired. As a result, property owners would have seen a net decrease in what they paid in taxes to the District in 2019.

If the local economy begins to recover this summer, the Board of Fire Commissioners will consider the November General Election as its earliest option to ask voters to fund these community projects. More information on the facilities bond proposal can be found on the District’s website at ckfrdev721.wpengine.com.

Kids’ Day 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s Annual Kids’ Day event has taken place in Kitsap County for decades and has grown to such popularity that citizens “just know” to be at the fairgrounds on the first Saturday of June.

“The event is 100% free and we pride ourselves on offering life safety messages while providing entertainment and educational opportunities with our amazing community partners,” said Ileana LiMarzi, PIO and Kids’ Day Coordinator for CKFR. “Canceling our 35th Kids’ Day was a difficult decision.”

Approximately 4,000 people attend the nearly 5 hour event each year and are treated to live fire and car extrication demonstrations, over 40 booths, bounce houses, hot dogs grilled by firefighters, watching Airlift Northwest land, an opportunity to get a free, properly fitted bike helmet, and much more.

“The response I’ve received so far to this decision has been positive. People understand the changes that need to be made in the world right now. We’re all in this situation together and we’ll gather to celebrate 35 years next June,” said PIO LiMarzi.

Kids’ Day will take place on June 5, 2021

For more information please contact PIO LiMarzi at [email protected] or 360-536-8678.

CKFR Partners with Kitsap Transit to Provide a Safe Haven for Firefighters

As firefighters continue working on the frontline in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s impossible for them to practice social distancing, therefore they risk exposing their families every time they return home from a shift. This is especially concerning for firefighters that have a vulnerable family member at home. CKFR now has an established “safe haven” for First Responders. This facility will be used only for EMS personnel that have not been knowingly exposed, are asymptomatic and continue to be schedule for work.

“These frontline Firefighters and EMS personnel are risking their lives every day, they should not be asked to risk their loves ones at home, especially if they are vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease,” said Fire Chief John Oliver.

As an organization that places our employees as our greatest asset we’re grateful for a unique relationship that had previously been established with Kitsap Transit regarding the surplus building at 1480 NW Sid Uhnick Drive.

Over the past month, CKFR was allowed to use the structure for training. The building has now been outfitted as a safe haven.

When the Mattress Ranch heard about the project, they generously donated 11 twin mattresses for use in the facility.

“The battle with COVID-19 is being fought at the local level across this nation, collaboration between local government and private business such as this will help our community weather the storm, “ said Chief Oliver.

Kitsap Transit’s support of those on the frontline is incredible. They have pledged to continue maintaining the mechanical and sanitary systems while we take care of internal furnishing and cleaning. CKFR will make this safe haven available to other essential service workers as needs arise.