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Vashon
Vashon
4:23 am, March 29, 2023
43°F
few clouds
Wind: 6 mph
Pressure: 1007 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:54 am
Sunset: 7:34 pm

2023 INCIDENT REPORT

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Smoke detectors save lives!

  • Install & check your smoke detectors
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Contact Vashon Island Fire and Rescue to register for our smoke detector/battery replacement program

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Recruiting for a District Secretary

This is a part-time position as a sworn public official, appointed by and reporting directly to the Vashon Island Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners.

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2022 Calls for Service

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue responds to a wide range of calls for emergency and non-emergency services. Emergency medical Services account for 65% of VIFR’s responses annually.

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VIFR responded to 1,630 emergency calls in 2022.

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We have 3 aid units transporting to hospitals off island.

⚠️This leaves no staffing on island for another medical or fire response. ⚠️

We appreciate your patience as you will experience a delayed response. 🚒🚑 #staffingmatters #weprotectvashon
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We have 3 aid units transporting to hospitals off island. 

⚠️This leaves no staffing on island for another medical or fire response. ⚠️

We appreciate your patience as you will experience a delayed response. 🚒🚑 #StaffingMatters #WeProtectVashon

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For all of you with questions, we encourage you to reach out to Fire Chief Matt Vinci at mvinci@vifr.org or attend our next Board of Commissioners meeting, Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 P.M. This meeting is held in person and virtually. More details here: vifr.org/event/board-of-fire-commissioners-regular-meeting-3/

Vashon Island F&R needs support from their community. If/when a bond or levy is put in front of the voters on Vashon Island remember this image/message. Vashon Island runs a well respected volunteer program, one of the few remaining in King County. It is so well respected that volunteers are offered jobs as career firefighters after going through VIFR’s program. It is a double edged sword. What the good citizens of Vashon Island need to do is fund the department when they ask for help. VIF&R needs real dollars to staff the fire department with more career firefighters. VIF&R also needs real dollars to fund infrastructure to support the unique needs of “island living”. Again, when the fire department goes to the voters to ask for help/dollars, make sure to provide it. Why? So they can be there for you when you ask for help.

I worry that bringing an inpatient outpatient treatment facility on the island will tax VIFR resources even more. That is a scary sight to see and know that all 3 are off island. Thank you to those of you working yours butts off you are appreciated!!!

How often does a situation like this occur? Can they not transfer the patient(s) to a different unit on the main land and get on the returning ferry?

Where’s Bud Sulski and his on island ambulance when we need him?

Thank you for all you do…

Thank you for your work.

I’ve heard that ever since our fire department unionized our volunteer program was dramatically cut back. How true is this?

God bless

Vashon has multiple fire stations, perhaps it is time to reactivate at least one.

Hold your fires until further notice.

I have a friend who applied to volunteer there last summer (about 9 months ago) and keeps getting told they aren't bringing in volunteers.

You guys aren’t understanding, how many ambulances we have and no one qualified. There is nothing they can do sometimes, we are not the city. If you want to complain call King County and report this so they get these guys more support

How long will we have NO RESPONDERS??

Volunteers?

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Update: The April 24th class is full. There is still time to get into the other classes.

Come learn CPR & Basic First Aid with us! We are now offering FREE CPR and first aid classes open to all Vashon Island residents ages 12 and up!

For class dates and to register, please visit www.vifr.org/cpr-classes

You can save a life! ❤️‍🩹
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Update: The April 24th class is full. There is still time to get into the other classes.  

Come learn CPR & Basic First Aid with us! We are now offering FREE CPR and first aid classes open to all Vashon Island residents ages 12 and up! 

For class dates and to register, please visit www.vifr.org/cpr-classes

You can save a life! ❤️‍🩹

Since January 1st there has been 57 occurrences where there were simultaneous emergency medical or fire related calls. 🚒🚑 What does that mean for you?

During these occurrences Vashon Fire drops to ZERO staffed fire protection units.

Fire Commissioners and the Senior Management Team are looking to fix this public safety issue. Join us during the March 29th Board of Fire Commissioners meeting to learn more. #weprotectvashon
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Since January 1st there has been 57 occurrences where there were simultaneous emergency medical or fire related calls. 🚒🚑 What does that mean for you? 

During these occurrences Vashon Fire drops to ZERO staffed fire protection units. 

Fire Commissioners and the Senior Management Team are looking to fix this public safety issue. Join us during the March 29th Board of Fire Commissioners meeting to learn more. #WeProtectVashon

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Please attend the meeting. Learn what needs to be done to decrease the chances of this situation continuing to happen. If you can't attend in person there will be a zoom link available. Thank you for your continued support!

When THE aid car is on a ferry … who will save your family?

More scare tactics to pass a fire levy. Badass you'd think you guys could use better reasoning. I'm all for what you do and the guys and gals on the squad, but the scare tactics are really old.

We had some special guests at the fire station yesterday. 🐕‍🦺
Guide Dogs for the Blind – Vashon, WA Puppy Raisers

The goal of the visit was to expose puppies-in-training to new sights, sounds and assist them with being comfortable around firefighters and our equipment. Socialization and experiencing a variety of environments are necessary for a guide dog during their initial training.

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We had some special guests at the fire station yesterday. 🐕‍🦺
Guide Dogs for the Blind - Vashon, WA Puppy Raisers

The goal of the visit was to expose puppies-in-training to new sights, sounds and assist them with being comfortable around firefighters and our equipment. Socialization and experiencing a variety of environments are necessary for a guide dog during their initial training. 

Thank you for the visit!Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment

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Thank you for the wonderful training opportunity! Our raisers truly enjoyed the visit and value your support in helping our dogs become more confident, attentive guide dogs for the blind. We appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule!

So wonderful!

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to protect life, property, and the environment.

Provide our team members with the skills, tools,
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environment among all members.