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 http://cuphoto.zenfolio.com/  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.   

 

 

The venerable 59’er Diner, a landmark in the Lake Wenatchee area in it’s recent life as the 59’er and previously as the Oxbow Tavern, was completely destroyed by fire on Saturday, June 4th. The fire started in the kitchen area of the building and spread rapidly into the attic areas. Cause of the blaze has not been determined.  The first report came in just after 10:30 AM and firefighters from Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue and Fire Districts 1, 2, 3 and 6 responded to the 2-alarm fire. 

 

This fire occurred while the 100-mile Century Bike Race was passing through the area, sponsored by Sunrise Rotary of Wenatchee. The mid-point break/refreshment point of the race was the fire station on Lake Wenatchee Highway. The coordinators there for the bike race were Jim and Carol Adamson, son and daughter–in-law of longtime Lake Wenatchee residents Jim and Carol Adamson, Sr.  When members of the lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue Auxiliary came to the station to prepare food to be taken to firefighters at the Diner, the race was winding down and the organizers donated all the remaining food and beverages for that purpose. They also helped pack the food up and it was taken to very appreciative firefighters battling this blaze on a very hot day. Thank you Sunrise Rotary!!

 

Mick 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.   Comments