The Consumer Safety Protection Commission recently issued a recall of certain Commercial Occupancy smoke detectors and fire alarms.
These systems are branded as either ESL or Interlogix and affect model numbers 400 and 500.
We recommend that owners of commercial and industrial occupancies contact their alarm companies to verify what system you have installed and if affected to arrange for your alarm system to be serviced in accordance with the recommendations of the CPSC recall notice.
A link to the CPSC recall notice that was distributed to Washington State fire departments is available by following the drop down menu Public Info -> Recall Notices and selecting the file "ESL-Interlogix Smoke Detector and Alarm Recall.pdf"
*** This recall is for Commercial or Industrial alarm systems only, residential alarm systems are not affected to our knowledge. ***
As of September 30th 2014, the Island County Sheriff's Office lifted the Burn Ban in Island County, including areas protect by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue.
This means that outdoor burning is once again legal, however we ask that if you must burn, please use caution and follow these guidelines:
Recreational burning (such as a campfire in a fire pit) do not need any additional permitting.
If your burning is small, a size of a 4 foot by 4 foot pile, you are required to obtain a verbal burn permit from the Northwest Clean Air Agency by contacting 360.428.1617, and selecting extension 4.
The following conditions need to be met.
Fires must not exceed 4 feet in diameter.
A shovel or rake must be on site.
Water must be on site:
Fires less than 4 feet must have a charged garden hose capable of reaching the fire or 10 gallons of water and a bucket.
Fires 4 feet must have a charged garden hose or a 55–gallon water source with a pump and enough hose capable of reaching the fire.
One person age 16 or older who is capable of putting the fire out must be in attendance at all times and must have a method to call 911 if needed.
Only one pile may be burned at a time unless permitted otherwise.
Do not burn during periods of air stagnation.
All fires must be contained within a firebreak (bare ground).
The firebreak must equal the size of the pile.
The fire must be 50 feet from any structure, standing timber or power lines.
The landowner’s permission must be obtained if not on your property.
If you need to burn a larger area, or for land clearing, you must obtain a written permit from the Island County Health Department, and the information and fee schedule can be found at their website at http://www.islandcountyeh.org/page/276 (link opens in new window).
Remember, that in the summer, outdoor burning usually becomes temporarily illegal during burn bans. Atmospheric conditions and availability of fire suppression resources are key factors in the decision to implement a summer burn ban. Upon occasion due to atmospheric conditions, a burn ban may be imposed during the winter due to air stagnation issues.
North Whidbey Fire & Rescue is proud to offer CPR courses to the public. We offer the following courses:
First Aid only
"Friends & Family" CPR - a free 45 minute course that is not certifiable
BLS Healthcare Provider (minimum group of 5)
All courses are $25 excluding the Friends & Family course. These courses are held on the second Saturday of every month. Upon completion you will receive an American Heart Association card that is valid for 2 years. Please contact the District Office at 360-675-1131 to inquire about our classes or to sign up.
Do you have the desire to help out your community in an emergency?
Do you have the compassion needed by your neighbors when they are in need?
Do you want to be part of a team that takes pride in serving others?
If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, then North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is looking for you! As a volunteer Firefighter, you would be part of a team of 80+ members dedicated to the principles of saving lives and protecting property from fire and other emergencies. We are not accepting applications for new volunteers at this time. Please check back in the future for updates on when we will be accepting applications. If you are currently a firefighter or EMT, check contact our office. Applications are available by clicking on "Public Info> Public Forms > Job Applications > 2014 NWFR Employment Application". Please fill out all information on the forms and return them in-person at the Department’s Administrative Building: North Whidbey Fire and Rescue 770 NE Midway Blvd. Ste 201 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 If you have any questions about the process of becoming a Volunteer Firefighter, please do not hesitate to call (360) 675-1131 from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday