Call Volume Recap for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue in 2020

Emergency personnel for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue responded to 8,827 calls for help in 2020, 64 percent (5,644) of which were for emergency medical service (EMS). Total calls dipped slightly compared to 2019 (9,127), but the percentage of EMS calls has stayed the same.

Fire Chief John Oliver says that these statistics are likely due to the pandemic. More people were staying home in the early stages of the mandated “stay at home” orders which meant fewer emergencies. However, the percentage of emergency medical calls held constant due to COVID-19 concerns or responses.

CKFR provides the highest level of emergency medical care for residents. Highly-trained Paramedics offer Advanced Life Support (or “ALS”), which means residents get Emergency Room-like care when they call 911. CKFR Paramedics can perform lifesaving cardiac procedures, surgical airway techniques, and provide intravenous medications to save lives when time is a factor. The Fire District also has portable hospital-grade ventilators in medic units, which have been used to treat patients with respiratory issues associated with COVID-19.

“Our community has invested in an EMS program that provides a 24-hour Paramedic response,” said Chief Oliver. “That’s the highest level of care possible that a fire district can provide from the time we arrive on scene and all the way to a hospital.”

The community’s EMS program is funded through a 6-year levy of $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Voters last renewed the levy in 2015, and it will expire at the end of the year. CKFR likely will ask voters to renew the EMS levy at the same rate sometime this fall.

dryer fire

At 1:00 pm, a call came in for a fire in the Griffin Glen Apartments in Bremerton. On arrival, crews noticed smoke coming from building 5117. The fire was located and contained in a dryer in one of the apartments. Two occupants were treated and released on scene. The apartment is uninhabitable and Red Cross was called to assist the occupants. The County Fire Marshal was also dispatched.

Vehicle Into Building

A traffic collision on Riddell this morning caused one car to careen off the road and land partially into the side of a self-storage office. CKFR crews extricated the driver and transported them to St. Michael’s Medical Center in Silverdale. The County Fire Marshal was dispatched to determine the structural stability of the building and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the collision. The other driver involved was not transported.

14 Year Old Escapes House Fire

The cause of a fire that badly damaged a Bremerton home on January 31st is still under investigation by the Kitsap County Fire Marshal’s Office. CKFR crews were dispatched at 8:50 am to the 15000 block of NW Rhododendron Court, Bremerton. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the home. The call was quickly upgraded to a second alarm and crews from Bremerton Fire and Navy Region Northwest responded to assist. It was reported that the only occupant home at the time was a 14-year-old male. He awoke to the sound of smoke alarms and quickly went to his neighbor’s house for help. His mom had been home earlier in the morning but wasn’t home at the time of the fire. The house suffered significant smoke and fire damage and was deemed uninhabitable. There were no injuries to occupants or fire crew.More information will be released when the investigation concludes.

Attic Fire

Firefighters battled an attic fire in the 2800 block of Wymoing Street this evening. PSE was dispatched to turn off power as crews got the fire under control. CKFRs drone was flown to look for any hot spots existing in the structure. There were no injuries.

Electrical Fire

CKFR and Bremerton Fire units were on scene of what was dispatched as a kitchen fire with occupants possibly trapped in the 3000 block of Ridgeview Drive NE. Thankfully, it was an electrical fire, no injuries, and minimal damage.

Boat Fire

Crews were dispatched around 5:25 am for a possible residential structure fire. On arrival it was discovered to be a fishing boat in a storage yard that was on fire. Fire was quickly extinguished. There were no occupants, no injuries, and no nearby structures damaged.The County Fire Marshal has been dispatched to investigate.  

Boat Adrift

At approx. 4:30 pm, CKFR received a call of a boat adrift in Dyes Inlet. Marine 51 launched from the Silverdale waterfront to investigate the report of an empty canoe floating between Erlands Point and Rocky Point. Marine 51 located the empty canoe and searched the area, finding no one.

Mar51 photo for reference. Not from the call.

Bond Credit Rating

CKFR received an AA+ rating from Standard and Poor’s, a leading bond credit rating provider. The rating was provided as part of CKFR’s recent bond issuance to raise funds approved by voters in November to build or renovate its fire stations.

This is the second highest credit rating possible and is on par with S&P’s rating of the United States. Ratings are based on CKFR’s internal controls, management structure, governance, financial reserves, audit history, and other factors.

The stronger the financial practices of an agency, the higher the rating and lower the interest rate. As a result, the Fire District qualifies for an interest rate on the bonds of 1.385 percent.

The Fire District intends two bond issuances to reduce impacts to taxpayers. This first issuance was for $30 million, and CKFR is required to spend down 85 percent of those proceeds in three years. The second issuance will be for $28.3 million.

In November, Central Kitsap voters approved a $58.3 million bond to improve its fire stations for the health and safety of the community and its firefighters. The projected cost is approximately $96 for the owner of a $300,000 home. The 20-year bond will fund the community’s emergency facility needs for the next 60 years and passed with almost 73 percent approval.

Landslide Activity

Our area is expected to receive another significant amount of rainfall over the next few days which once again puts us at risk for landslides. This picture of a parking lot on Lowell Street (sliding last week during our heavy rains) was shared with CKFR crews as a reminder to be careful when placing large apparatus on calls. For safety information regarding landslides you can visit FEMAs site: https://www.ready.gov/landslides-debris-flow

Stay safe and dry!