December North Kitsap Fire & Rescue news

The results of the November elections are in, and it appears that voters have reauthorized our emergency medical services levy again. We so appreciate the public’s support and, most importantly, the continued trust. We plan to keep earning it every day! Patrick Pearson, NKF&R Fire Commissioner, was re-elected to the seat he’s held since 2005. He’s asked us to pass along his appreciation for the support and to let you know how proud he is to continue serving our community in this capacity for another six years!

Learn CPR

Join us to learn or refresh the lifesaving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) operation on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. until noon at our headquarters fire station (26642 Miller Bay Road near Kingston). There is no cost for the class, but reservations are required and there is a $25 charge for course completion cards. To sign-up, call us at 360-297-3619.

Kingston’s preparing

An estimated 160 individuals turned out for the Nov. 6 Kingston Prepares event with 76 families signing-up to work with their neighbors to build stronger bonds, safer communities and greater resilience following disasters large or small. If you weren’t able to attend or would like to know more about preparedness efforts in North Kitsap, see our website at nkfr.org and click on “information.”

Holiday celebrations

We’re looking forward to giving the reindeer a break when Santa temporarily trades his sleigh for a fire engine for several public appearances around the community. Look for St. Nick and the firefighters at the following events:

Saturday, Dec. 7: Port of Kingston Tree Lighting in Mike Wallace Park at 5 p.m. Music, refreshments, thousands of lights, firefighters — and Santa!

Thursday, Dec. 12: Suquamish Elementary Family Reading Night at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14: Santa Breakfast at David Wolfle Elementary from 9 a.m. until noon.

Monday, Dec. 16: NKF&R Holiday Open House at our headquarters fire station (26642 Miller Bay Road NE near Kingston) from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Cookies, hot cider, firefighters and Santa, too!

Monday, Dec. 16: Kingston Middle School Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. with Santa arriving at 4:40 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19: Hansville Children’s Christmas Party at Hansville Community Center at 7 p.m. with Santa arriving at 7:45 p.m.

Seasonal safety

Cooking is the leading cause of fire in the U.S. and the leading dates for cooking fires are coming up: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If we could share only two tips for avoiding these types of incidents, we’d tell you: stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food, and keep combustibles away from the stove top. Do those things and, in addition to being delicious, your cooking will also be safe! Every year in this country, an average of 160 home fires involve Christmas trees. That might not seem like a lot of fires, but they tend to be more serious than fires sparked in other ways. Almost one-third of these fires break out in January when — you guessed it — trees have dried out. Keep your tree clear of heat sources and well-watered. When its needles start falling off, it’s time to get it out of the house. Make sure your home’s smoke alarms are working and that overnight guests know your fire escape plan and meeting place.

Giving a bike, scooter, skateboard, skis or snowboard?

Call us at 360-297-3619 for an appointment to have the lucky recipient custom-fitted for a helmet!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

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