NKF&R continues to respond amid outbreak

As of this writing, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. We are doing all we can to protect the safety of our responders as well as the community we serve. Toward that goal, we’re taking several unprecedented steps.

We continue to respond to emergencies as we always have. If you have an emergency, we want you to call 911 to get us there with the right equipment as quickly as possible. In some cases, you might see our crews wearing additional personal protective equipment. This doesn’t mean that the person we’re treating is infectious but, rather, that we are exercising precautions to protect both our personnel and our patients.

Though it’s always been our practice and our pleasure to spend time out in the public, the apparent speed and ease of COVID-19 transmission has forced us to suspend most of our non-emergency interactions. Until further notice, our fire stations will be closed to the public and we will not be participating in public events.

Until we’re able to return to normal practices and welcome you into our stations again, feel free call us at 360-297-3619. In the meantime, you can write your own outdoor burning permits and provide us with additional information about your home and family to help us better help you in the event of an emergency by signing up for Community Connect. Go to our website at nkfr.org for a link or call us for step-by-step directions.

Finally, if you’re looking for up-to-date information on COVID-19, we strongly recommend depending upon reliable sources. Kitsap County has an information line, accessed by dialing 211. You can also get good information from Kitsap Public Health District at kitsappublichealth.org. The State of Washington has a web portal that’s very useful: coronavirus.wa.gov. Of course, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov has great information as does the World Health Organization at who.int. These links are also posted on our webpage.

We hope that you’re doing your part to slow the spread of this disease. Thank you for understanding the steps we’re taking to protect us all.

Be safe and healthy!

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