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On Friday, June 8,, 2018, at approximately 6:35 am, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue received a call in reference to a structure fire in the Griffin Glen Apartments on Mariah Lane in Bremerton. The call was quickly upgraded to a second alarm.
Upon arrival at the multi-unit, two story, apartment building, crews determined the fire had been knocked down by the buildings sprinkler system. Checks were conducted to ensure nobody remained inside and that there was no extension of the fire into the attic of the building.
The fire had started in a bedroom of the second floor unit. There was fire, smoke, and water damage throughout and two adults were displaced. The unit underneath suffered considerable water damage and seven adults were displaced.
A Bremerton Fire Marshal on his way to work heard the call and arrived to assist crews. He helped with the occupants needs and assisted the County Fire Marshal when she arrived on scene.
The cause appears to be electrical, but is still under investigation.
The Bremerton Fire Department and Navy Region Northwest Fire also responded.
Red Cross was called to assist the occupants of both units.
At 12:30 this afternoon, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue received a call of a residential kitchen fire in the 500 block of Peter Hagen Road NW, Bremerton.
While en route crews learned that the home’s occupants had evacuated, but a neighbor had gone back inside in an attempt to extinguish the fire.
Upon arrival light smoke was showing and all occupants, including the neighbor, were out.
The fire had started on the stove with extension to the ceiling and was making its way out of one of the vents on the front of the house. Firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly and checked for hot spots.
The fire damage was contained to the kitchen, but there is smoke damage throughout the home.
Crews from the Bremerton Fire Department also responded.
GET OUT AND STAY OUT!
Fire and smoke spread so quickly that when your smoke alarms sound, get out immediately and call 9-1-1 from OUTSIDE. NEVER re-enter a burning building.
On the afternoon of April 30, 2018, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 45 “B” shift responded to a service call. A resident called 911 stating baby ducks had fallen into a storm drain next to her home in the 3800 block of NE Ambleside Lane in Bremerton.
Lieutenant Bill Green and Apparatus Operator Marcus Oliver identified the storm drain the ducklings were in with some help from Mother Duck who was standing by. The crew borrowed a fishing net from a neighbor and removed the drain grate. Lt. Green and A/O Oliver then removed 14 ducklings and released them back into the pond reuniting them with their mother!
At 4:50 am this morning, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews responded to a report of a single vehicle in the water near the 2800 block of Tracyton Beach NW, Bremerton. Upon arrival, firefighters observed a passenger car, upside down in approximately 3-6 feet of water. Law enforcement officers were already on scene and were performing CPR on a male patient. CKFR Apparatus Operator and Rescue Swimmer, Sascha Ebert, donned his wet suit and entered the water. He did a full swim around the vehicle, checking the passenger, driver, and back seat compartments. He also checked the surrounding area for any additional victims that may have been ejected from the vehicle. No other victims were located.
The male patient was transported to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton.
Learn CPR. Download the PulsePoint App. Help SAVE A LIFE!
CKFR offers FREE Heartsaver CPR classes every third Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm. Call 360-447-3550 to register.
To get the PulsePoint app, go to www.pulsepoint.org/download or simply search for PulsePoint in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
Each year Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue takes time to honor its own employees for outstanding work in the fire service. Employees nominate the person they feel is deserving of each title. The 2017 Annual Awards were presented earlier this week and the department is pleased to announce the recipients along with a few of the kind words that were shared about them by their coworkers.
Staff Employee of the Year Award
Awarded to the employee for his/her countless hours of outstanding work, dedication and professionalism. His/her many contributions have improved processes and programs for the Fire District.
Robert Morley, IT Manager
“Bob is highly competent, kind, and his solutions to IT problems are focused on the internal customer.”
“We may take it for granted how well our technology works in our organization but we would not be anywhere near as successful as we are if it weren’t for the work of Mr. Morley.”
“Bob understands the “fire service” and our need to provide the service to our citizens at ALL times.”
Volunteer Member of the Year Award
Awarded to a member of the District who demonstrates exceptional performance and dedication to the District and the community. The Volunteer of the Year has exercised a significant time commitment to the District and community through participating in District activities and emergency support responses.
Carlos Suazo, Volunteer Captain
“A goal he has set, and met, since taking on the recruiting is to ensure any prospective candidate will be contacted within 24 hours of their submitting an interest form.”
“Carlos developed the CKFR Volunteer orientation program to provide the initial training to new volunteers on expectations, roles and responsibilities.”
“He fights for these individuals and for our volunteer program every day and is not afraid to tackle uncomfortable issues.”
Career Firefighter of the Year Award
Awarded to a member of the District (Chief, Officer, Apparatus Operator, Firefighter or Paramedic) who exemplifies and demonstrates exceptional performance and leadership and is a model and example to other members of the District. The Firefighter of the Year has exercised continuous professionalism and dedication to both their fellow employees and the community.
Sascha Ebert, Apparatus Operator
“He is committed daily to becoming better at his job and is eager to train and teach others.”
“Never asking someone to do something that he would not do himself.”
“Always looking out for the good of the district, its citizens and individual employees.”
“Sascha has been an influential person to my career development.”
Fire Chief’s Leadership Award
This award is bestowed upon a Department member who exemplifies and demonstrates leadership that serves the model and example for others through program direction, program success, and program recognition.
The Fire Chief determined that this award goes to all of our members that were here during 2017.
One example from the nominations: “I know that this is a bit sentimental, but this award should go to our whole organization. From top to bottom, we have all been working hard to make Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue work. I’m a shift rover and I see nothing but positive attitudes overwhelmingly shine through the Department. I think this would be a good time to stop, smile, take a deep breath and look forward to the great future that lies ahead of us.”
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews recently had the pleasure of meeting one of their patients.
On November 10, 2017, Jennifer Gutierrez suffered a cardiac event and became unconscious while at home with her three younger daughters. Her then 12 year old daughter (now 13), Elyza, called 911 and started telephonic CPR as instructed by the 911 dispatcher.
CKFR crews arrived and took over, transporting her to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton.
Jennifer, Elyza, and the rest of their family, along with many friends, stopped by CKFR Station 51 on March 27th to meet the crew members that played such an important role that day.
Fire Chief Scott Weninger presented Elyza with a certificate for her lifesaving actions and praised her for taking action.
* We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to learn CPR. CKFR offers free CPR classes every third Thursday of the month. Call 360-447-3550 to schedule. *
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue received a special donation that will help firefighters continue to take care of your four legged family members in the event of a fire.
A big thank you to Invisible Fence Brand, Peninsulas for donating 30 pet oxygen masks to our department!
In September 2017, CKFR crews rescued three animals from a structure fire at a local apartment building. A dog, a kitten, and a snake were all removed by firefighters and the kitten, named Velcro, was placed on oxygen using a mask specifically designed for pets.
We have those masks on our rigs thanks to the generosity of Invisible Fence Brand Peninsulas. They were generous enough to make another donation so that we may continue to care for Central Kitsap pets.
This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe™ program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives.
At approximately 2:40 pm on January 23, 2018, Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue received a call of a residential structure fire in the 8500 block of State Highway 303, Bremerton.
Upon arrival, smoke could be seen coming from the single family structure. Firefighters made entry and were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The daughter stated that when she came home from school she saw smoke in the area of the front door. She ran down the street to her uncle’s house. He attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher, wasn’t able to do so, and called 911.
The origin of the fire is believed to be the pellet stove. The County Fire Marshal has been called to investigate. Bremerton Fire crews were also on scene providing mutual aid.
The fire was contained to one room, but there is smoke and water damage throughout. There were no injuries.
* Even if you believe you’re able to put out a fire with an extinguisher – always call, or have someone call, 911 immediately so that crews can start a response.