Spring has sprung for NKF&R

Early wildland fire season

Spring has just sprung and Western Washington has already been struck with countless brush fires. It’s the fastest and most ferocious start in memory, and it doesn’t bode well for the long fire season ahead. We’re hoping that you’ll do your part to prevent and prepare for wildland fires. Controlled outdoor fires – like burn piles or bonfires – that are either left unattended or poorly-extinguished are the leading cause of brush and forest fires. You can help reduce the risk by following the rules. Need a refresher? See our website and the outdoor burning page for more information, or get updated when you stop in for a free outdoor burning permit. Get tips for preparing your home and property to be more fire resistant at www.firewise.org. Include wildland fire evacuation in your family’s disaster plan, taking advantage of the many resources available at www.kitsapdem.org.

CPR/AED classes return

Join us for CPR and AED training on Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at our headquarters fire station (26642 Miller Bay Road near Kingston). There is no charge unless you need a course completion card. The fee for cards, which must be paid in advance, is $25. Call us at 360-297-3619 to reserve a space in the class.

Check your insurance

Make sure you’re getting credit for your fire department’s capabilities. The Washington Survey and Rating Bureau has assigned us a fire protection class of 4 for structures within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant. Beyond 1,000’ from a fire hydrant, the fire protection class is 5. Feel free to contact Fire Chief Dan Smith (smith@nkfr.org) for more information.

Veteran paramedic retires

At the end of March, Mark Romero will end his 34-year career as a Kitsap County firefighter/paramedic. The 58-year-old has provided life-saving medical care to many in our community, so we want to be sure you’ve marked your calendars for his retirement celebration on Friday, May 10 from 3—6 p.m. at a location to be determined. Watch this space for more details about Romero’s long career as well as the celebration we’re planning to honor his service.