To Our District 7 Homeowners:
There are two areas recently making news and we would like to address and provide clarification in lieu of some misinformation being generated. There are insurance companies that have been doing risk assessments since the Taylor Bridge Fire in 2012. With an increase in large fires, not only locally, but within the state Wildland Urban Interface areas including Lower and Upper Kittitas County. Some insurance companies have determined the exposure risk to wildfire exceeds the risk factors established by the insurance company, and they have elected to notify some of their customers they will not be renewing their policy. The contacts we have spoken with have indicated these assessments are on a case by case evaluation and not a blanket cancellation to all customers. These cancellations are separate from the fire department assessments conducted by Washington State Survey and Rating Bureau of Fire Protection Classifications discussed below. Additional Clarification to WSSRB letter...read more
BLM Issues Fire Restrictions Order in Eastern Washington
The order is effective July 17, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. in the following counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima.
Caution is advised at all times when operating motor vehicles on roads or trails with vegetation or high grasses, and due to fire hazard risk the public is asked not to bring fireworks or exploding targets onto public lands at any time. The public is also asked to ensure that any campfires are completely extinguished and cold before departure from a camping area.
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The Board of Commissioners of Fire District #7 unanimously to approve the acceptance of a $1.4 million federal SAFER Grant to hire 9 full time firefighters.This grant money transitions over a three year period and the district will be responsible for full funding in the fourth year. Below is Chief Wiseman formally requesting the Board to accept the grant. Two public information sessions were held with presentations, discussions, and public feedback. The Board received overwhelming public support to hire the first full time firefighters in Upper Kittitas County.
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District 7 Brush trucks 722 & 761 responded with 5 personnel to a mutual aid request by KVFR Chief John Sinclair. The fire was reported at 10:47 Monday evening at MP 133 Westbound and was said to be growing rapidly. Chief Sinclair arrived and reported a 1-1/2 mile long fire line and immediately requested resources and asked WSP to close the Vantage I-90 bridge because of hazardous conditions. WSP shut I-90 down in both directions. Attached photos show the fire blowing across the Eastbound lanes in front of Brush 722 upon their arrival. KVFR, WSP, Districts 1,4,7, KCSO, Grant County, Yakima Firing Range, DNR, all responded to the initial request. A state mobilization was called for and units are arriving freeing units involved in the night long battle. Fire currently reported to be over a 1000 acres and still being driven by wind.
KITTITAS COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL
Several fire districts have already experienced fires, most notably a 7,500 acre fire in the Vantage area last week.
Effective Midnight, Friday, June 29, 2018 county-wide burn ban will be in effect for Kittitas County. No Open Burning or Recreational fires will be allowed.
We're your neighbors; we are working and retired people from all walks of life. We are Volunteers, who like you, care about our community and give a little of ourselves to help our neighbors.
On behalf of Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7 and our Board of Fire Commissioners, we would like to welcome you to our website! We are members of a growing community in Upper Kittitas County where fire departments readily support one another through automatic or mutual aid agreements.
"Saving lives, protecting property, and helping our community"
2017 Recently Awarded
FEMA SAFER GRANT
Application & Award
Good news for residents in the Station 73 (Golf Course Road/Elk Meadows area)...For more information CLICK HERE
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Are you looking for some change in your life? Are you searching for an adventure? The greatest thing in the world is the heart of a volunteer. If you are interested in joining the Kittitas County Fire & Rescue #7 Volunteer Fire Department, please give us a call at: (509) 674-5371
US 97 Blewett Pass CLOSED
SEPTEMBER 9th TO 14th
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Or Call: (509)667-2880
OUR future vision is to develop consolidated emergency services with our neighboring jurisdictions and develop emergency management zones around each station. Ideally, firefighters will respond to emergencies in zones where they live and/or work. Our goal is to improve firefighter training and operational interoperability while maintaining a minimum of 60 active volunteers in the district.
ARE YOU READY?
It's time to GEAR UP! We are looking for 10 volunteers to join our team!
More information to follow but you can contact us anytime to get your application! Would you like to make a difference in Upper Kittitas County? Being a volunteer member is a great way to contribute! As our county grows, so does our call volume and our need for more volunteers – Volunteers Just Like YOU!
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7-10-18 by David Sharp and Brycen Hand.
Commissioners meet on the second Wednesday of every month.
Where: Station 72 at 5511 Airport Road, Cle Elum
Other: Special Meetings are announced not less than 24 hours in advance and are posted on our website and FaceBook.
To Provide the Highest Quality Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services to our Community in a Caring and Professional manner.
We value our close ties to the community and believe the best way to provide emergency services is based on the philosophy of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors," and primarily staffed by local volunteers. As we carry out our mission, we are committed to being volunteer based,
innovative, competent, caring, and prudent with public funds.
IS HIRING FOR THE POSITION OF
EMERGENCY SERVICES DISPATCHER