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At 3:39 this afternoon, Chelan Fire and Rescue, Lake Chelan EMS, and Chelan County Sheriffs responded to a report of a glider plane crash approximately 200 yds off shore from the 25 Mile Creek State Park area.

Chelan County Sheriffs Marine 1 with Chelan EMS Medics and Chelan Fire and Rescue’s Boat 71 with Rescue Swimmers responded on the water while other resources drove to the 25 Mile Creek State Park.

Upon arrival, one of the reporting parties stated that the glider and patient had just been towed to a house up lake.

The pilot of the glider had left the Methow Valley area when he lost air flying over Lake Chelan. The glider had a hard landing on the water and the pilot was able to free himself from the cockpit.

A quick-thinking witness jumped into his canoe and was able to paddle out to the pilot who was sitting on top of the cockpit in choppy water safely rescuing him.

The pilot suffered no injuries but was extremely cold due to the still frigid water temperatures.

The glider was towed to the State Park where it will be broken down for transport and removal from the water.

Chelan Fire and Rescue would like to commend the quick actions of the witnesses in getting the pilot safely to the shore.

ChelanFireRescueLogo200Last night, June 10, 2022 at 23:02 Chelan Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a drowning near the “Old Chelan Bridge”.

Initial dispatch reported two individuals in the water, one of which made it to shore and the other was reported missing.

Upon arrival, Chelan Fire and Rescue Swimmers along with the help of Chelan County Sheriffs located the missing individual holding onto one of the bridge pillars in the water. The individual was in distress and losing his grip on the bridge pillar.

One Rescue Swimmer entered the water retrieving the male subject bringing him to shore.

One patient was transported by Chelan EMS and one patient went POV. Both patients were treated for a near drowning event.

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Introduction: Captain Adam Jones and New Recruits
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: April 2022 from prior Agenda and May 2022 (County Treasurer delay)
• Payroll: April 22, 2022 to May 23, 2022 / Paid 06-03-2022 for $132,521.44
• General Account Vouchers: 05-06-2022 transactions 482 to 494 for $10,778.68; 05-13-2022 transactions 496 to 508 for $9,585.42; 05-20-2022 transactions 519 to 528 for $8,371.04;
• Capital Account Vouchers: 05-21-2022 transaction 529 for $500,000; 05-23-2022 Transaction 543 for $5,877.91
• Minutes: May 9 and 18, 2022
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2022 Budget & Financial Report – May 2022 Financials (County Treasurer delay)
• May Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Fire Chief Report (Asst. Chief Sherman)
• Volunteer Recruitment / Training
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)
Unfinished Business:
• Updates:
Annexation
Apparatus Planning Team
Entry Level Hiring
Resident Program
Flooring (station 71)
New Business:
Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection June 16, 2022 @ 8:25 a.m. – Commissioner TBA / Chief Asher
• Monday, July 4th weekend starting Friday, July 1, 2022
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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This year, 260 Chelan County residents have signed up for the Wildfire Ready Neighbors program and we’re a little over halfway to our goal of 440 sign-ups before June.

With summer just one month away and fire season around the corner, we need more Chelan residents to take action to build community resiliency.

Sign-up is simple: to get a free plan, participants just visit WildfireReady.com and click ‘Sign Up’. You will be asked to provide some basic info about your property and then you will receive a free Wildfire Ready Plan customized to your unique needs to get you started. Steps may include:

  • Clearing gutters of pine needles and leaves
  • Removing flammable materials within 5 feet of their home
  • Installing metal mesh panels in the openings around their home
  • Pruning and thinning trees and vegetation within 5 – 200 feet of the home
  • And many more…

Residents can also schedule a free consultation from a wildfire expert if they’d like an expert to come out to assess their home and property.

As you know, for several summers, Chelan County has endured bone dry and hot conditions that create tremendous wildfire risks for communities. Last summer alone, 60 fires burned more than 36,500 acres. 

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The
public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or
dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.
Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: April 2022 (County Treasurer delay)
• Payroll: March 22, 2022 to April 21, 2022 / Paid 05-05-2022 for $135,416.99
• General Account Vouchers: 04-04-2022 transactions 376 to 382 for $7,463.57; 04-08-2022 transactions
383 to 392 for $15,989.68; 05-15-2022 transactions 393 to 411 for $21,932.03; 04-22-2022 transactions
437 to 448 for $2,446.55.
• Capital Account Vouchers: no expenditures
• Minutes: April 20 and 27, 2022
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2022 Budget & Financial Report – April 2022 Financials (County Treasurer delay)
• April Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update
Assistant Fire Chief Report (Asst. Chief Sherman)
• Volunteer Recruitment / Training
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)
Unfinished Business:
• Updates:
Annexation
Apparatus Planning Team
Entry Level Hiring
Audio / Visual – Station 71 meeting room
Resident Program (Research)
Fire Mechanic Succession Plan
Flooring (station 71)
Station 71 LED Sign (DNR Co-op Agreement)
New Business:
Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection May 19, 2022 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner Moller / Chief Asher
• Cruizin Chelan – June 3 & 4, 2022
• Pancake Feed – June 4, 2022 (Station 71)
Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session:
Adjournment:

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2022, starting at 9:00 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

If you are unable to attend in person: Join Zoom Meeting
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Roll Call:
Call to order:
Flag Salute:
Old Business:
• Financing – Spartan Urban Engines
Adjournment:

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Special Meeting
Wednesday, April 27, 2022, starting at 9:00 a.m.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

If you are unable to attend in person: Join Zoom Meeting
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Roll Call:
Call to order:
Flag Salute:
New Business:
• Strategic Plan review
Adjournment:

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For second year, community teams with Department of Natural Resources to expand Wildfire Ready Neighbors program to high-risk areas

CHELAN – Residents, community leaders, forest health experts, regional fire districts, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined in Chelan’s Union Valley today to kick off this year’s Wildfire Ready Neighbors program that provides homeowners, renters, and small forest landowners the resources and tools to help protect themselves from wildfires.

The program – a collaboration between the Chelan community and DNR – takes a localized approach to proactive action plans. Last year, Chelan was the first county to launch this successful program. During the six-week pilot, 545 Chelan residents signed up for Wildfire Ready Neighbors and received custom plans to prepare their homes and properties ahead of wildfire season, exceeding program goals by 22%. Now in its second year, the program is building on that momentum by expanding to other high-risk communities in Chelan.

“Wildfires don’t see property lines, and people with homes in areas at high risk of wildfires are only as strong as their weakest link,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “It’s why neighbors who live in places like Chelan know they must band together to ready themselves, their homes, and their forests against wildfires. This is an act of deep care for your neighbor and communities like Union Valley are showing us the power of building community resilience.”

Through the Wildfire Ready Neighbors program, people can access experts and resources that help them understand how to reduce risk on their property through actions they can take into their own hands. This includes trimming back brush, cleaning roofs and gutters, and removing debris like leafy piles. When every property in a neighborhood takes these steps, their individual homes create a large area that is less susceptible to wildfires. 

Wildfire Ready Neighbors will also expand to communities in Spokane and Yakima in May. In all three communities, the program:  

  • Drives people to assess risks and take action to make their properties more wildfire ready;
  • Raises awareness and interest in receiving a free wildfire ready home visit or forest health consultation;
  • Builds understanding of local/state resources and contractors available to assist with risk reduction activities;
  • Grows and deepens community relationships and partnerships around issues of wildfire and resiliency; and,
  • Creates a model for replicable future wildfire preparedness and resiliency programs that can be utilized by community partners in addition to their own existing programs or efforts.

Renters, homeowners, and private landowners – even if they do not live on their property full time – are eligible to participate. DNR and community leaders encourage participation now before the summer brings hot and dry conditions that create higher risks for wildfire. This past season, firefighters battled 1,872 fires across Washington – the second-most wildfires in record state history. More than 1.5 million acres have burned over the past two seasons.

“Communities need to understand how wildfires work and have an understanding of the surroundings by their homes,” said Johnny Synder, Union Valley Community Captain. “The education of knowing fires’ behavior and how they travel is important. Wildfire Ready Neighbors teaches you that and what can do to reduce the risk.”

To join Wildfire Ready Neighbors and get a free customized plan, community members simply sign up at www.wildfireready.com. At no cost, residents can also request a consultation where a wildfire expert will visit their property and develop a detailed action plan for wildfire preparedness. The plan includes steps they can take immediately and information about local resources and contractors to help get them started.

OTHER KEY DATES

Spokane launch: May 10

Yakima launch: May 12

More pictures and video can be found at https://deptofnaturalresources.box.com/s/wevfga3pn8emahpuflpdokqpskbsshth

 NOTE: Commissioner Franz tested positive for COVID over the weekend, so she was unable to attend. Allen Lebovitz, Wildland Fire Liaison for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stepped in to speak for her. 

Background on Allen Lebovitz:

Allen’s role as Wildland Fire Liaison is to build, nurture and grow relationships with communities around Washington and strengthen communication and coordination as he shares information and exchanges perspectives on how to best shape the state’s response to wildfires.

Before his current role, Allen was previously working for the agency as an aquatic habitat restoration manager, a field position that saw him implementing river restoration projects across Washington. An interest in wildland fire ecology spurred him to experience it on the front lines as a DNR wildland firefighter.

Before his time with DNR, he worked as a forester and ecologist in the private and nonprofit sectors, and ran his own timber and logging company. He graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale.

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Get Your Wildfire Ready Plan – Join Us!

Wildfire Ready Neighbors Kick-Off Event

Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Wildfire is a fact of life. But when we come together as neighbors, we can reduce the risk that wildfire poses to our properties, homes, and community.

Union Valley will become the newest Wildfire Ready Neighbors community, helping build wildfire resilience in Chelan. Join our kick-off!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. - Noon

WHERE: 474 Nancy Lane, Chelan, Washington

WHO: Commissioner Hilary Franz, Fire District 7 Chief Brandon Asher, and Union Valley Captains Johnny and Sara Synder. 

WHAT: Learn more about how you can get your home and property prepared and sign-up for Wildfire Ready Neighbors to get a FREE plan.

Wildfire Ready Neighbors offers free incentives: 

  • Sign-up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and get a FREE wildfire ready plan!
  • A Wildfire Ready Home Visit will help you determine how to best prepare your home and its immediate surroundings.
  • If you have a forested or wooded area on your property, a local forester will help assess your forest’s health and identify potential problems and solutions through a Forest Health Consultation.
  • We’re working with our partners at DNR, Cascadia Conservation District, and others to identify other ways we can support you to get ready for fire season. Last fall’s chipping event is one example of projects that we are looking into.

For more Information:

  • Contact Wildfire Ready Neighbors Union Valley Community Captains Johnny and Sara Synder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Visit https://wildfireready.dnr.wa.gov/.

Hope to see you at the event on Tuesday, April 19!

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Chelan Fire and Rescue
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 3:00 P.M.
232 East Wapato, Chelan, WA

The CFR Board of Commissioners will conduct the meeting in person at the fire station, you are welcome to join via Zoom. The public is welcome to join by following this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87284665516 Meeting ID: 872 8466 5516 or dial +1 253 215 8782

Proposed Chelan Fire and Rescue agenda pending Board approval.

Flag Salute
Roll Call:
Regular Meeting Call to Order:
Assistant Fire Chief - Pinning/ Introduce temp FF/EMT and Seasonal Positions
Approve Agenda:
Public Comment:
Consent Agenda:
• Revenue and Expenditure Report: March 2022
• Payroll: February 22, 2022 to March 21, 2022 / Paid 04-05-2022 for $122,502.17
• General Account Vouchers: 03-04-2022 transactions 234 to 255 for $23,075.22; 03-18-2022 transactions 267 to 286 for $10,709.07; 03-25-2022 transactions 302 to 312 for $7,134.59.
• Capital Account Vouchers: 03-19-2022 transactions 287 to 288 for $4,537.64; 03-26-2022 transactions 313-315 for $10,791.37.
• Minutes: March 16 and 17, 2022
Fire Chief Report: (Chief Asher)
• 2022 Budget & Financial Report - March 2022 Financials
• February Emergency Response Report / Operations / Community Risk Reduction / Apparatus Update / Assistant Chief Report: (Chief Sherman)
• Volunteer Recruitment & Retention / Training
Firefighters Association Report (Ron Simmons)

Unfinished Business:
• 2021/2022 Annexations – Update
• Apparatus Planning Team – Update

New Business:
• Resolution 2022-01 Leasing Resolution for pumpers
• Sourcewell Agreement – Procurement Services
• Audio/Visual Training room – Quotes
• Office Furniture upgrade

Special Events:
• KOZI – Community Connection April 21, 2022 @ 8:10 a.m. – Commissioner ?? / Chief Asher
• Strategic Planning meeting – Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 9:00 a.m.
• Windermere – Shredding event Saturday, May 14, 2022

Board for Volunteer Firefighters:
Public Comment:
Commissioner Comments:
Executive Session: RCW 42.30.110(1)(g) To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment or to review the performance of a public employee.

Adjournment: