<em>National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 19-25, 2019. All of NKF&R’s response personnel are dual-qualified as firefighters and emergency medical technicians. As shown here, crews regularly train on a variety of situations to ensure that they’re ready for the next emergency call. </em>Photo courtesy North Kitsap Fire & Rescue

National Emergency Medical Services Week is May 19-25, 2019. All of NKF&R’s response personnel are dual-qualified as firefighters and emergency medical technicians. As shown here, crews regularly train on a variety of situations to ensure that they’re ready for the next emergency call. Photo courtesy North Kitsap Fire & Rescue

Emergency Medical Services Week is fast approaching

Open House to Honor Retiring Firefighter/Paramedic

Join us as we bid farewell to longtime Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Romero on Friday, May 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. at our headquarters fire station located at 26642 Miller Bay Road NE near Kingston.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week is May 19-25

Although we’re using this annual observance to call your attention to this part of our work, you should know that every single week of the year, EMS accounts for the majority of our work. In fact, EMS calls comprise two-thirds of your fire department’s responses. We’re ready to help when you call. We’re also ready to help beyond the call. Just as we do all we can to help keep you and your family safe from fire, we also want to help you to prevent illness and injury with quarterly CPR/AED training, bike helmet fitting, fall prevention surveys, life jacket fitting, car seat checks and more. Most of these services are free but require appointments. Call us at (360)297-3619 to find out more.

Staffed Fire Stations

All four of our fire stations (Miller Bay Road, South Kingston Road, Twin Spits Road and Augusta Avenue) have at least two fully-qualified emergency responders assigned 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. However, they may be out of the station temporarily on emergencies, training, maintenance or other business. That’s why we encourage the public to call 911 to report emergencies because it’s the fastest way to get the right help. Kitsap 911, our dispatch center, automatically sends the closest appropriate unit. That said, the public is always welcome to drop in at any of our staffed stations for non-emergency issues like outdoor burning permits, blood pressure checks, to ask questions or simply to say hello — but know that they might be out when you stop by. Only our headquarters station is staffed with administrative (non-responder) personnel who are always available during regular business hours. So, if you want to be sure that someone will be available to issue your burn permit or take your blood pressure, come see us on Miller Bay Road between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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