San Juan County Fire Protection District # 4 i
s a rural fire protection District operating under the laws of the State of Washington. The District includes an area of 27 square miles located on Lopez Island in San Juan County with a population of approximately 2,500-year around residences and a substantial seasonal population of second home residents and tourists. The District protects rural, general commercial, wildland and public structures for fire and emergency medical services.
In 2007, San Juan County Fire District # 4 responded to 346 calls, of which the District responded to 282 EMS calls and 64 fire/investigation calls. Advanced life support was required on 50% of the EMS calls. Patient transport to mainland hospitals is provided by a second party helicopter service.
The District is governed by a three member Board of Commissioners. They provide Legislative direction.
The District employees a part-time Fire Chief, a part-time Administrative Assistant, and 2 full-time Firefighter/Paramedics.
The Department is staffed by 33 volunteers, of which 18 volunteers are Firefighters and 10 are EMTs. 3 volunteers are cross-trained.
Training is held at Station 41 every Tuesday night from 6:30-9:30 PM. The first and third Tuesday are dedicated to EMS training, and the second and fourth Tuesday are dedicated to suppression training. Four Saturdays a year are utilized for training that requires more time than a Tuesday night will allow.
The District's apparatus includes:
4 Fire Engines:
Tender 41 - 2005 H&W International, Compressed Air Foam System, 1000 gpm, 2800 gallon tank
1 Water TankerTanker 42 - 1975 Ford Western States, 150 gpm, 1500
1 Rescue/ExtricationRescue 41 - 2003 Ford F550, CompressedAirFoamSystem, 86gpm, 350gallon tank, Holmatro Combi Tool and Pump, Air Bags, High Angle Rescue Equipment
1 Medic Vehicle
1 Mass Casualty Trailer
Apparatus and equipment are stationed to minimize re
sponse time and maximize their use. We strive to maintain our physical resources through an effective maintenance program and seek out cost savings as we upgrade and replace dated equipment.
The District responds from four strategically located fire stations.
Engine 44 and Aid 44 are stationed here.
We support the community and communicate openly with them to seek input on how we can serve them. We seek to educate our community in ways to help save themselves from the ravages of fire, during medical emergencies and disasters.
We set clear goals and realistic expectations, are supportive and provide and seek frequent feedback. We expect to be held accountable for our actions.
We hold the taxpayers interest in high regard and are prudent and effective in the use of resources entrusted to us.
These values are the foundations of this District. All staff adhere to these and model them for our community. All persons are expected to meet the District's standard for work performance, attendance and personal conduct.