Topic: Safety

Get Your Boater Education Card

Written on January 7, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

The Friday Harbor Power Squadron will be offering “America’s Boating Course” at Skagit Valley College on 4 Sunday afternoons – January 12, 19, 26 and February 2nd from 1:00-4:00 PM. (note: the last class on Feb. 2nd (SuperBowl Sunday) can be rescheduled if the class desires). This is a basic comprehensive course covering all aspects  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter

Written on January 6, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

Local Severe Weather Shelter is prepared for upcoming freezing temperatures The United Way of San Juan County’s Severe Weather Shelter Team is prepared to be open for upcoming forecasted freezing temperatures starting next week.  Volunteer hosts have been notified, and the team is going to do everything possible to ensure the criteria for this temporary  Continue Reading

SJIEMS in 2019

Written on December 21, 2019 at 8:48 am, by

The following press release was submitted by SJI EMS… As we close out 2019, we thought we would spend some time discussing some of the highlights of the year for San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services (SJI EMS). Expansion of Paramedicine Program One of the important programs that SJI EMS has expanded is our pioneering  Continue Reading

Heavy Rain in the Forecast for Later This Week

Written on December 18, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

While flood impacts in the islands are much less than for our mainland neighbors, every few years the islands get enough rain to cause localized flooding- especially in our more “urban” areas. With a chance of heavy rain in the forecast for later this week, now is a good opportunity for home and business owners  Continue Reading

Honoring Outgoing EMS Board Members

Written on December 5, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The following announcement was submitted by Nathan Butler, public information officer for SJI EMS… On November 26, 2019, the staff of San Juan Island EMS honored outgoing Board members with a special presentation. Outgoing Board members Mark Schwinge, Michael Edwards, Warren Appleton, and Rebecca Smith were all in attendance. Though they were also honored at  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on December 1, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan County Fire District 3 Chair, Commissioner Bob Jarman, shares the following letter to the  commissioners of San Juan Island Public Hospital District #1… Honorable Board Members: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Commissioners wish to congratulate the newly elected Public Hospital District Commissioners as you are sworn in and begin the learning curve  Continue Reading

Construction Work Means Temporary Trail Closure

Written on November 11, 2019 at 7:05 am, by

By Louise Dustrude – Construction of the new American Camp Visitor Center is under way and it is expected to continue through August 2020. In addition to the new building there will be improvements to the parking area, a new access road from farther east along Cattle Point Road, and some ADA pathways in the  Continue Reading

Firefighters Update

Written on November 4, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

UPDATE: Deployed San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Firefighters at Massive California Kincade Wildfire FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — Four San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) firefighters have been deployed as part of a western Washington regional strike team responding to the massive northern California Kincade wildfire disaster in Sonoma County. The deployed regional strike  Continue Reading

Going to California

Written on October 30, 2019 at 7:47 am, by

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Joins Multiple State Fire Agencies Deploying to Massive California Wildfires Four San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) firefighters have been deployed as part of a western Washington regional strike team responding to the massive northern California Kincade Fire disaster in Sonoma County. SJIF&R Chief Norvin Collins said, “Our  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Volunteer Meeting

Written on October 9, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

The weather is getting cold once again, so United Way of SJC and other supporters are pleased to respond to you, the town of Friday Harbor, with the “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter Program, offering temporary shelter for families and individuals during our coldest months.  The shelter will operate on days of severe  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fire Districts Awarded Regional FEMA Grant

Written on October 1, 2019 at 9:13 am, by

The four fire districts of San Juan County have received a regional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replace aging personal protective equipment for firefighters and increase compatibility between agencies, maximizing mutual aid throughout our islands while reducing costs to our tax payers. FEMA awarded $923,115 from the Assistance to Firefighters grant to the  Continue Reading

IOSA Looking for Skilled Volunteers

Written on September 18, 2019 at 8:56 am, by

The Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is Looking for Skilled Volunteers As part of an ongoing revitalization effort, the Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is looking for a small number of community minded islanders to get involved in protecting the islands from the impacts of oil spills. Over 2019, a large group of IOSA volunteers  Continue Reading

Free Shred Event

Written on September 13, 2019 at 9:09 am, by

This just in… Islander’s Bank is holding a Free Shred and Customer Appreciation Event TODAY (Friday, Sep. 13th) starting at 11:00. It’s happening at their Friday Harbor branch on the corner of Blair Avenue and Park Street. The event will go until 1:00 pm or until the shred truck is full, whichever comes first. Shredding  Continue Reading

America’s Boating Course

Written on August 23, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The Fall edition of America’s Boating Course will be starting September 11th and running for four Wednesday evenings at Skagit Valley College from 6:30-9:30 pm. This is a good way to get the Washington State Boaters Education Card and we include On-the-Water-Training as part of the course. A comprehensive boating information manual is also included  Continue Reading

Firefighters of the Month

Written on August 6, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the July and August 2019 Firefighters of the Month. Firefighter Missy Arata was selected as July Firefighter of the Month. Missy was selected for her outstanding contribution of time in preparing wildland fire equipment and ensuring readiness for the summer wildland season. Missy  Continue Reading

Thank You Party for Deepwater Divers

Written on July 22, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

Thank You Party for US Army Deepwater Derelict Net Removal Project Thursday July 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m., San Juan Island Brewing Co. (410 A St.) Project helps keep our waters safe for wildlife and boaters Join Friends of the San Juans in thanking 20 soldiers from the US Army’s 569th Engineering Dive Detachment who have been  Continue Reading

Don’t Let it Loose

Written on July 20, 2019 at 7:33 am, by

Public Invited to Submit Art to Highlight the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild OLYMPIA–Calling all artists! The Washington Invasive Species Council invites artists of all ages to participate in an art contest as part of its “Don’t Let it Loose” campaign. The campaign teaches people about the dangers of releasing unwanted  Continue Reading

Residential Fire

Written on July 13, 2019 at 7:08 am, by

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Responds to Residential Fire FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — On Friday morning, July 12, 2019, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue crews responded to a 911 call reporting a residential fire in the area of Westcott Bay on San Juan Island. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home to have smoke  Continue Reading

Farm to Table Benefit Dinner

Written on July 10, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

This second annual culinary event is presented by Coho Restaurant to benefit SAFE San Juan.   The Farm-to-Table Dinner will be at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, Sunday, July 21 at 6:00 pm. Ticket prices are $75 per dinner + $25 for wine pairing.  Tickets available by calling Coho Restaurant, 360-378-6330 or book online at www.cohorestaurant.com. 

SJIFR Accountability Report

Written on July 10, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Washington State Auditor Issues San Juan County Fire Protection District #3 Accountability Audit Report FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – The Washington State Auditor recently released an Accountability Audit Report for San Juan County Fire Protection District #3 for the period of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018. Bob Jarman, Chair of the Fire District Board  Continue Reading

All Clear

Written on July 1, 2019 at 6:39 pm, by

Apparently no bomb was found – they’re loading for Anacortes. Here’s the official word from WSF: M/V Elwha has been cleared to sail and normal operations will resume as soon as possible. Supplemental sailings will be added to help accommodate passengers going to Friday Harbor and returning to Anacortes.

Bomb Squad Arrives

Written on July 1, 2019 at 5:20 pm, by

By now you probably know there was a bomb threat this afternoon aboard the Elwha. All ferry service to and from Friday Harbor has been suspended until the ferry can be cleared. The bomb squad (including two dogs) arrived and has just boarded the vessel at approximately 5:10 pm. Updates will be posted as more  Continue Reading