August 29, 2017
The Board of Commissioners of Fire District #7 unanimously voted 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.
2017 KCFD7 NEWS
Saturday June 3, 2017 was a busy day for volunteers from Kittitas County Fire Districts 1,2,3,4,6,7,8, Snoqualmie Pass, and Cle Elum participated in live fire training in Thorp in preparation for the upcoming wildland fire season. The event was graciously hosted by Fire District 1 (Thorp) with training coordinated by Brandon Schmitt with the assistance of District 7's Eric Kiehn. Department of Natural Resources provided a helicopter crew allowing members needing certification on coordinating air drops to obtain the experience. This training provides a realistic warmup for what is hoped to be a slow season.
(Photos by Eric Kiehn)
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Saturday, March 18, 2017 marked the annual Kittitas County Fire District 7 Association's Banquet held at the beautiful Swauk Grange. The event was well attended and all appeared to have a great evening. Once again Jason Williams and Dave Anderson slaved over the outdoor barbeque preparing ribs, roast and chicken. Chief Jay Wiseman and Assistant Chief Ray Risdon greeted and presented well deserved awards to members as voted by the association membership. Katie Schmitt received the dubious "Hose Head Award" for creative backing into an immovable object. Eric Kiehn was honored as the "Most Improved Firefighter." Crystal Campbell and David "Deckgun" Ewing tied for "Firefighter of the Year!" Former Fire Chief Russ Hobbs received the "Commissioners Award" for his dedicated service and continued involvement in the Fire Adaptive Communities Progam (Firewise) which has attracted attention throughout the state.
Also honored were this years retiree's Roy Susich, Dave Anderson and Fred Marion. Thank you gentlemen for your many years of service!
Association President Russ Hobbs presented retired member John Hamel with a recognition plaque for his selfless dedication to the department ensuring apparatus, equipment and stations were up and running.
And a special thanks to Crystal Campbell, Eryn Micallef, Sandy Malcolm, Carol Campbell, Carolyn Berglund for helping organize the event. A number of folks were instrumental in obtaining donations and gifts for the silent auction.
The Swauk Grange Association dedicated their time and effort to keep the kitchen organized and the food flowing.
Most importantly, Chief Wiseman thanked all of the volunteers for their hard work and dedication in serving their fellow community members exemplified by our motto "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" which is proudly displayed on our apparatus!
Crews were on scene at a snowmobile injury accident near Salmon la Sac all evening. Two patients, one male and one female, were accessed via snowmobiles and KCFD7 UTV (Rescue 731). Both patients have serious injuries and are being airlifted via Airlift NW to Harborview. KCFD7, UKC Medic One Units, and KC Search and Rescue responded. CEFD secured the landing zone for both Airlift NW helicopters at Station 73.
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