Welcome to Camano Island Fire and Rescue
We’re proud to share with you the good work of the men and women of Camano Island Fire and Rescue, and give our thanks to the community for its tremendous support. From the “man on the street” who becomes the first responder at an accident scene, to the chaplains and auxiliaries that offer their moral support and time and energy; from career firefighters working alongside dedicated and trained volunteers, to the office staff who get the behind-the-scenes work done, we are all working together to ensure the safety of property and lives. Our Mission, Vision, and Values bring clarity to the processes and relationships here at CIFR, and we are working with you to update our strategic plan, guiding the next six years. Mission Statement
Fire Commissioner Pat Metz Retires
Camano Island Fire & Rescue will be honoring Fire Commissioner Pat Metz for his many years of dedicated service to the District on Friday, June 15th, at 5 pm at the Vista/Madrona Fire Station, 273 N. West Camano Drive. Pat started with the Fire District on November 1, 1995, as a Volunteer Firefighter and First Responder. He was one of the District’s fire engine drivers. He was elected as a Fire Commissioner for the District in September of 2004 and served the Community and the District for over 2 ½ terms. He also continued his service as a Volunteer Firefighter until October 31, 2010. Pat loved serving our Community and doing whatever he could, whether as a Firefighter or a Fire Commissioner. He will be greatly missed here at CIFR, but we wish him well and lots of adventure in his retirement! The Public is invited to his celebration. Please come to honor a wonderful man who cares so much for our District. Some of you have known Pat for quite a while. So please bring any stories, tidbits, etc., you may have. Refreshments will be served. Any questions, call the Administration office, 387-1512.
Erik Krieg selected as Fire Commissioner
Camano Island Fire Commissioners have selected Erik Krieg as an interim replacement to fill the vacancy created when longtime Fire Commissioner Pat Metz retired in March. Fire Chief Michael Schick said Krieg was one of four Camano Island residents who were considered for the open position. All candidates were interviewed April 24 with final selection Monday evening, May 14, at the Vista/Madrona Fire Station.
Fire Commissioner Paul Williams said the quality of candidates made selecting just one a challenge. “This was a very difficult decision for us since all of the candidates were well qualified but we feel that Erik provides a unique perspective that will best help us continue moving the District in the right direction,” Williams said.
Krieg, 46, has lived on Camano Island for four years with wife Danielle and children Jocelyn and Grayson. Chief Schick said one of the many factors Commissioners considered when selecting Krieg was his help to the Fire District in passing the recent Levy Lid Lift in 2017 as a member of the Citizens for Camano Island Fire and Rescue.
Schick said this position is not up for election until 2021, so according to Washington state law, Krieg will serve as an interim Fire Commissioner until the next general election in November 2019, at which time the final two years of the position will be filled.
“I am very grateful that we had so many great candidates apply, and I am looking forward to working with Mr. Krieg as our newest Fire Commissioner,” Chief Schick said.
Please check your fire extinguishers! Kidde has issued a major recall of plastic handled or push button extinguishers made since 1973. This site provides affected model numbers and contact information.
2nd Annual “Take 10 to Save a Life Event” A Big Success!
EMS Week was a great success! Thank you to everyone who took the 10 minutes to learn a potential life-saving tool! CIFR EMT’s and Paramedics trained over 388 people in one week on how to perform Hands Only CPR! The more Islanders that are trained, the safer our Island will be.
The idea behind the project is to train local residents in this life saving skill to increase a patient’s chance of survival before professional help can arrive. It takes an average of 7.5 minutes to reach someone in a medical emergency – sometimes longer for the extreme south end of the island. Cardiac arrest unexpectedly takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Studies show that survival rates from a heart attack can be doubled or tripled if CPR is administered until emergency medical services arrive.
Here’s a video that shows how to ‘Take 10 to Save a Life…’
Revised Times for Camano Island Fire and Rescue Board Meetings in 2018
The Board of Fire Commissioners for Camano Island Fire and Rescue hold regular business meetings and the community is welcomed to attend. In 2018, meeting times were changed to 6:00 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Click here for the 2018 schedule.
Call When It Counts
Call 911 if there is a threat to loss of life or property
- Know the address and city of your emergency
- Know your phone number
- Know the type of emergency
- Stay calm and answer all of the operator’s questions