Chelan County Fire District 9 was formed in 1986 by Ray Zufall and Byron Dickinson. Ray served as Fire Commissioners for District 9 for 23 years. Byron today is still a Fire Commissioner for our district. At the time Chelan County Fire District 9 was the second largest district in the county. There was only one fire station at the time and it was located behind Just Plain Grocery staffing only one fire engine. CCFD 9 grew to develop three stations within the Lake Wenatchee area. Stations were built at Lake Wenatchee north of Lake Wenatchee State Park, Chiwawa Loop near Chiwawa River bridge, and in Plain next to Beaver Valley Elementary School.
Chelan County Fire District 4 was developed in the Ponderosa Community. March 1, 2015, CCFD 4 and CCFD 9 combined to become Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue. Lake Wenatchee REACT was the ambulance service that was formed in 1976 and it was staffed by two volunteer EMT's. Two Basic Life Support ambulances served the district until 1994 when Cascade Medical Center purchased REACT. Since then Cascade would hire on-call EMTs to cover the ambulance within the district. In 2016 Chief Lamar brought Emergency Medical Services to LWFR and was awarded Emergency Medical Service Administrator of the Year by the Greater Wenatchee Area EMS Council. Cascade's ambulance "Aid 113" was also housed at Station 93 in Plain starting in 2016. January 1, 2017, Cascade Medical Center and Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue agreed to have Aid 113 covered by LWFR Firefighters and EMTs. Cascade Medical Center agreed to pay a portion of its EMS levy to Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue in order to staff Aid 113. Cascade Medical Ambulance provides an Advanced Life Support unit to the district during 911 calls. On June 1, 2017, Aid 113 changed from A113 to A93 to help with our operations and collect better data.
CCFD 9 Fire Commissioner and Founder Ray Zufall [Photo provided by Wenatchee World]