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FISH LAKE — Four separate snowmobile accidents Thursday kept Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue volunteers busy from noon until about 10 p.m.
“It’s unusual for a Thursday,” Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Chief Mick Lamar said Friday morning, but not completely unexpected given the timing between the holidays and at least 18 inches of new snow that fell Thursday and overnight Friday.
“Up until yesterday, people had been going up higher. This is the first time they’ve really been able to snowmobile in the valley. Some are renting snowmobiles. Some are novice riders and the conditions were extreme. That’s a combination that can catch you,” he said.
The first call arrived about noon, to a residence.
“Someone was learning to drive a snow machine and smacked a tree. They weren’t hurt very bad,” Lamar said, but were transported by private vehicle for medical care.
The other three calls involved people who weren’t entirely sure where they were.
“If there’s one recommendation, make sure you know where you are,” Lamar said
A family headed toward Sugar Loaf ran into trouble near Alder Creek. The call for help came in around 2:18 p.m.
“They were able to get cell service to call, but weren’t sure where they were at. They had some general landmarks that they had passed by or were near,” he said.
The third call, to the air strip near the Lake Wenatchee Rec Center on Chiwawa Loop Road, came in at 2:47 p.m.
“A young lady fell off the snow machine and needed assistance,” he said. “They knew they were on the airstrip, but weren’t sure of east or west.”
The fourth call was up toward Snowcone, about 4 miles from the snow park at Fish Lake. It was reported about 4:51 p.m. after a group noticed a couple riders were missing.
Lamar said the missing duo was spotted by another group who investigated a scuff mark on the edge of a slope, looked over and spotted the two riders. They then had to go back to get cell service and lead in rescuers.
“It took about three hours to get both patients out, using toboggans,” Lamar said.
The riders were transported to Central Washington Hospital.
That call alone included 20 to 25 rescuers, a combination of firefighters and members of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Emergency Management and Cascade Ambulance.
“The good news is everyone was taken care of,” he said.
Lamar said he expects that could just be the start of a busy weekend.
A second dumping of snow and possible rain was expected Friday night and Saturday.
“We got the equipment cleaned up and serviced for the next round,” he said. “We’re chained up and ready to go.”
Today Recruit Firefighters from Chelan County Fire Districts 3 & 6 and Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue conducted their final live fire training ending their 150+ hours of basic training. Awesome job to all the students and congratulations. LWFR Firefighters in this photo: Cadet Justus, Cadet Robinson, and Firefighter Wadkins.
Please join us for our annual pancake fundraiser breakfast December 2nd 8am-11:30am at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club. Gift basket raffle to take place at 11:30am. Kids Santa House and Bake Sale.
If your neighborhood is blessed with fire hydrants, its only a blessing if they can be accessed... quickly. Winter is here and snow will soon be piling up and blocking access to hydrants (as attached picture shows). In the event of a house fire, minutes/seconds count. Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue's engines carry 750-1,000 gallons of water on board. When actively fighting fire, our engines can be flowing 250-500 gallons of water per minute. It can take thousands of gallons to extinguish a structure fire. Unless we have access to additional water supply, like the steady supply a hydrant provides, our on-board supply can be depleted in... well, you can do the math.
If your home is on fire, do you want firefighters attacking the fire or shoveling snow? A clear, usable hydrant (shown in the attached picture, to the right) clear to the street and 3' back and to the sides, can give us the quick access needed.
Our number one mission at Lake Wentachee Fire and Rescue is to protect your life and your property. Please help us with that mission.
Have a safe and peaceful Holiday Season,
Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue