In January 2017 public access AED’s (Automated External Defibrillators) provided by Lake Wenatchee Fire and rescue Firefighters and Auxiliary were installed at Plain Hardware and Beaver Valley School to provide public access to provide public access defibrillation. The AED is a computerized medical device; it can check a person’s heart rhythm, recognize a rhythm that requires a shock and advise the rescuer if and when a shock is needed. The AED uses voice prompts, lights and text messages to tell the rescuer the steps to take. AEDs are very accurate, easy to use and reliable. With a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely. There are many different brands of AEDs, but the same basic steps apply to all of them. Public access to defibrillation (PAD) makes AEDs available in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live.

 One unit has been placed inside the Beaver Valley School to serve the students, staff and parents at the school. The second unit is inside Plain Hardware in Plain inasmuch as this is a central location with high traffic year-round and regular daily hours. If the unit is needed at one of the other downtown businesses or other near-bye locations it can easily be accessed and used. In conjunction with placing the AED,  LWFR provides the business employees with CPR training to enable them to in turn provide guidance to potential responders. The devices cost about $1000 each and were purchased with community donations to the LWFR Auxiliary and Volunteer Firefighter’s Association through the annual garage sale, pancake breakfast, summer MusicFest at Plain Hardware and other activities. 



Firefighters of Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue and deputies of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department spent Saturday, Jan 28th,  in and out of the balmy ice-covered waters of Fish Lake in a day of ice-rescue training. Different techniques of ice rescue were practiced and newly-acquired equipment for that purpose was tested out. Members of the LWFR Auxiliary were on hand with hot drinks and a hot lunch that were much appreciated after the chilly day after the excursions into the water.













Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue welcomes 8 new firefighters who have this  weekend completed a  training regimen that entailed travelling to Leavenworth two nights a week for three months plus attending regular fire department drills and additional weekend training.  Several of the new firefighters are expected to continue their training by beginning an EMT class in January. Congratulations to all of them-  their perseverance and dedication to the community is apparent and appreciated!  Pictured left to right (front row) are David Millard, Jodi Gage, Patrick McGarry and Drew Sahlinger (back row) Kyle, Olson, Josiah Norby, Dawson D’Atre and Carl March.  




The fire service in Chelan and Douglas counties has lost a good friend with the recent passing of Cary Ulrich. He succumbed to lung cancer in Wenatchee on October 28th. Cary was a freelance photographer for many years in North Central Washington and for the last seven years had migrated into fire photography and fire investigation. He had a long history with Chelan County Fire District 1 but was known and admired by all fire affiliations in our area for his diligence in photographing significant fires in our region but also his learning the fire business by attending, participating in and filming training drills.  He will be missed. His gift for capturing fire on film will be his legacy and all can enjoy and honor that legacy by viewing his work at his website at  Please be mindful that these photos are copyrighted and should not be used or reproduced without proper permission and attribution.  Thank you, Cary!


In observance of Fire Prevention Week this week, Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue firefighters and Auxiliary members visited two schools in the area. They talked with the students about the importance of smoke detectors,  having a family plan for fires and what to do if your home catches fire. Pictured here at Beaver Valley School in Plain are: LWFR Auxiliary member Bob Adamson, firefighters Steve Saugen and Bill Moffat and firefighter recruits Patrick McGarry and Dave Millard.

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 Mick IIMick Lamar, Chief of Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue, was recently recognized as the Emergency Medical Service Administrator of the Year by the Greater Wenatchee Area EMS Council. The ceremony was held in Wenatchee on May 31 and recognized six agencies and individuals for their contribution to the delivery of emergency medical services in the area.  

Mick has led his department though a transition from responding to aid calls only when summoned essentially for manpower assistance to responding with Cascade Medical to all aid calls in our area. The working arrangement now in place with Cascade has LWFR firefighters and Cascade EMS personnel responding together in a coordinated, cooperative response with the result being a more rapid dispatch, deployment and arrival of responders. To date this year LWFR has responded to 39 medical calls aiding citizens with issues ranging from nose bleeds to heart attacks and strokes.