Samish Island Fire Department #5
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Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency! - We are REQUIRED BY LAW to be dispatched by Skagit 911 before we can respond.
For non-emergency communications, the Department Voice Mail is (360) 766-4314. We will be happy to consult with you in any of the following areas: burning bans and permits, home fire safety, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire alarms, emergency preparedness, Knox boxes (lock boxes), Firewise (wildfire prevention) and some home respite care issues.
Fire protection and emergency services are provided by the highly-trained volunteer Fire Department Crew Members. We have a Darley Engine with a 1,000-gallon tank which is equipped with a CAFS (Compressed Air Foam) System. This is a cutting edge technology that allows much faster extinguishing of fires, with less water use.
We also have a Tender or Tanker that holds 2000 more gallons. In the event these two rigs are not enough and if hydrants are not practical, we have the option of calling in a Tender Strike Force with would bring Allen and Edison's 2000 gallon tenders to our aid to run a shuttle. There is also an aide rig that is certified to transport patients, although we almost never do.
We currently have a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. However, over the last few years we have lost a number of people due to retirement or relocation. As such, we would like to invite anyone who may be interested in joining us to come to a Monday night meeting at the fire hall (7PM) to learn more about us.
The level of your commitment could vary based upon your interest and availability. Training is provided, both locally on the Island at our weekly meetings, and through the opportunity to go to the Fire Academy or to EMT training. The training is provided free of charge to members of the Fire Department. We are a congenial group of volunteers and I can assure you that you couldn’t find a better group of people to spend some time with.
The other item I wanted to bring to your attention is the fact that some of our members have young children. At times it is difficult for them to attend our meetings. Is there anyone in our community who would be willing to volunteer to provide child care on Monday evenings? Let me know if you have any questions or just come to one of our meetings and check us out!
The Samish Island Fire Department began on February 17, 1949, when it got its first fire- fighting equipment. You can read more about this interesting history in Fred & Susan Miller's Samish Island: a History from the beginnings to the 1970's.(p. 214 to 220)
Prior to that 1949, the island was served by the joint volunteer fire district covering Bow, Edison, Blanchard, Samish Island and Allen.
The current volunteer crew meets every Monday night at 7 PM, but the meetings are not always at SIFD. We are periodically at Allen or Edison for joint training.
If you'd like to see some information not outlined below on this page, please let Tom Miller know.