Dog Rescue

CKFRs Ladder 51 & Rescue 64 crews just rescued sweet little Benji, a 15 year old toy poodle, after he fell 75 feet over an embankment in the 2000 block of Amhurst Court. Despite being cold and dirty, Benji is doing well.

House Fire Displaces Residents

Crews responded to a residential structure fire in the 5800 block of Harlow Drive around 5:35 am. The fire took approximately 90 minutes to extinguish. There were no injuries, and the Red Cross was called to assist the occupants with housing. Bremerton Fire and Navy Region Northwest also responded. The County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

New Hospital Helipad

CKFR crews conducted tours today in Silverdale of pertinent areas of the new hospital such as the ambulance bay, ER, helipad, etc.It was a beautiful day to be on top of the world on the new helipad!

House Fire

CKFR remains on scene of a residential structure fire in the 7400 blk of Old Military Road NE. The fire is now out and crews are conducting overhaul and checking for hot spots. Upon arrival there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the mobile home. There were initial reports that children were still inside, but firefighters quickly determined there were NOT. One adult resident has been transported to Harborview for smoke inhalation and burns. The home is a loss. Red Cross has been called to assist the family. The County Fire Marshal is dispatched to investigate the cause. Bremerton Fire provided mutual aid.

Swimmer Rescued

Around 12:20 pm today, CKFR responded to Wildcat Lake for a report of a swimmer in distress 100 yards from shore. C-Shift crews deployed our inflatable rescue craft and safely retrieved the victim, bringing them to shore. The patient was treated by CKFR paramedics on site. CKFR Rescue Swimmers also responded, but were not deployed.

Ladder Testing

Did you know that CKFR conducts annual testing of its ground ladders? Underwriter Laboratories (UL) has been at Station 51 for the last two days working with CKFRs A/O Crosby to ensure every single ground ladder in our department is safe. The ladders are visually inspected for signs of wear and damage. They then undergo a load test. The larger ladders have 500 pounds placed on them for 5 minutes. The inspector from UL then uses pre and post measurements, as well as watching the ladder “bounce back” after the test to certify that it is safe for continued use. 67 total ladders were tested. That’s 1,129 feet!

Wildland Fire

CKFR and KCSO responded to a wildland fire yesterday behind the Gold Creek Trailhead. Being on DNR land, the scene was quickly turned over and DNR brought in crews and a helicopter to combat the fire which grew to 2.5 acres. A CKFR wildland crew of 2 members mobilized at midnight to assist with mop up. A replacement crew from CKFR responded today and remains on scene.

Structure Fire

At approx. 7:10 pm, CKFR was called to a residential structure fire in the 4300 block of Naomi Street NW, Bremerton. The fire was in the attic of the two story, single family home. All occupants were out and the fire is now under control. CKFR and Bremerton Fire units remain on scene.

Car Off Road

At approx. 7:50 am, CKFR crews responded to an area off Tracyton, just south of Fairgrounds. There was a single vehicle, 20 feet down the embankment, with one person pinned underneath. Crews extricated the patient and transported them to a landing zone for Airlift. A second occupant was uninjured.

Training Prop

Some of you may have noticed the odd looking contraption behind Station 51 on Silverdale Way …. Crews have been training this week on “vertical ventilation operations” using a prop loaned to us by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, through the Washington State Patrol. Firefighters are able to “adjust the roof” so that they can practice ventilation (cutting holes) on a shallow pitch, which is walkable, or a steep pitch that requires the assistance of a ladder to move around safely. Why do we do vertical ventilation? To make the environment safer for the firefighters and any occupants in the building. Heat and smoke rise and ventilating helps alleviate the pressure and increases visibility inside.