At Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, there really is a doctor in the house

Dr. Guy Earle, a retired family MD, was appointed on March 21 to the CKFR Board of Commissioners

SILVERDALE — Dr. Guy Earle, a retired family practice medical doctor, was appointed on March 21 to the Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners.

“I look forward to working with Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue,” he said as he was sworn in the next morning. “It’s been a few years since I’ve partnered with the fire service and I look forward to this new opportunity.”

Earle’s first meeting as commissioner will take place on April 10.

Earle recently retired after more than 40 years as a medical doctor, most of his career in the Central Kitsap area.

Earle succeeds Dave Fergus, an architect who resigned on Dec. 31 after 10 years of service. The new commissioner will join Nate Andrews, Ken Erickson, Bob Muhleman and R.E. “Dick” West on the commission. Muhleman, West and the appointee’s positions will be on the general ballot Nov. 7.

The other finalists were Al Duke, retired Bremerton fire chief; and Ron Perkerewicz, a home inspector and former director of community development for Kitsap County.

Commissioners meet at 4 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month. According to the 2017 budget available on the district website, commissioners oversee a budget of $20.5 million in revenue — $16.4 million of which is derived from three property tax levies and two excise taxes — and $19.4 million in expenses.

Commissioners are each elected to six-year terms. Commissioners are each paid $114 per day of work, but they cannot be paid more than $10,944 per year.

The fire department’s jurisdiction is 115 square miles and includes urban and rural areas. It has personnel and equipment at:

CKFR Administration Building, 5300 NW Newberry Hill Road, Silverdale.

Station 41 (Meadowdale), 7600 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton.

Station 42 (Island Lake), 14061 Central Valley Road NE, Poulsbo.

Station 45 (North Perry), 3725 Trenton Ave. NE, Bremerton.

Station 51 (Silverdale), 10955 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale.

Station 52 (Olympic View), 15393 Olympic View Road NW, Silverdale.

Station 53 (Seabeck), 15543 Seabeck Highway NW, Seabeck.

Station 54 (Hintzville), 18237 NW Hintzville Road, Bremerton.

Station 55 (Lake Tahuyeh), 314 Kingsway NW, Bremerton.

Station 56 (Seabeck/Nicholas), 6470 Seabeck Highway NW, Bremerton.

Station 64 (Chico), 4065 Chico Way, Bremerton.

The department has 107 career staff members, department spokeswoman Ileana LiMarzi reported. Of that number, 86 are line personnel (including battalion chiefs, captains, lieutenants, paramedics, apparatus operators, and firefighters — all of which are EMTs). There are 20 paramedics.