Heading into spring with NKF&R

Inner coast tsunamis

When you hear the word “tsunami,” you might think of the 100-foot waves that formed following an earthquake and struck the outer coast of Japan in 2017. Here, on the “inner coast” along the shores of Puget Sound, we’re likely to suffer substantial effects from much smaller waves following an earthquake. Learn more about inner coast tsunamis during a presentation on March 31 at 6 p.m. in the Village Green Community Center. Watch our Facebook page and our website for more info as it becomes available.

See crews in action

Have you ever wondered about the procedures used and skills applied when our crews respond to the most critical emergencies? We’re inviting the public to observe crews as they practice fire and emergency medical scenarios on Wednesday, March 4 at our headquarters fire station (26642 Miller Bay Road NE near Kingston). The training drills, which will be narrated by senior staff members, are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and will last approximately one hour but may be delayed due to actual emergency responses. For questions, call us at 360-297-3619 .

Spark a career

We’re accepting applications to test for limited slots in our well-regarded Volunteer-Intern Firefighter Training Program. More than 180 former program members have served the community and used the skills, training and experience they got with us to earn paid positions in 50 fire departments around Washington state and beyond. To be eligible to enter the process this year, candidates much be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and furnish proof of passing a Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Get more information by attending our March 4 demonstration (see above), by visiting our website or by contacting Assistant Chief Sean Moran via email to moran@nkfr.org.

Help Us Help You with Community Connect

Starting in March, residents served by NKF&R will be able to write their own outdoor burning permits and provide responders with emergency information about their home and family through a secure program called Community Connect. To learn more about the program, see our website for a link to info and sign-ups. If you’re not feeling computer-savvy and still want to add your information into the system, we’re partnering with the Kitsap Regional Library in Kingston to host three opportunities to get help using Community Connect: Wednesday, March 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Saturday, March 21 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, April 28 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Climbing and Conquering to Cure

The NKF&R family has been hit hard with blood cancers. Every year, since the loss of our Firefighter-Paramedic Tom Kenyon to leukemia in 1997, a team of our firefighters has entered the Columbia Tower Climb and raised funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s efforts to find a cure. This year, the team will be climbing the 69 floors of Seattle’s tallest building on Sunday, March 8. Want to donate to support the NKF&R team? Go to llswa.org, click on “LLS Firefighter Stairclimb” and search for the North Kitsap team.