NEXT COMMISSIONER MEETING:
Fire District 40 Commissioners are elected officials who represent the concerns and interests of the citizens of the community.
The Commissioners oversee finances, equipment, capital improvements, and general fire department operations.
The Commissioners are always interested in what you have to say, so please feel free to attend the meetings. There is an opportunity at the end of the meeting to ask questions or share your ideas and concerns. The Commissioners can also be reached via US Mail or email.
Fire District 40
Fire District 40 offers monthly free "Friends and Family" CPR classes at Station 13 (18002 108th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98055). The classes are held every third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
Instruction includes CPR for adults, children, and infants. No first aid will be taught at this time, but an introduction to Automatic Exernal Defibillator (AED) awareness will be offered. Each class will last approximately two hours with a minimum of eight students and no more than 25 students. Children under the age of 12 should not attend.
A card of completion will be issued at the end of the class. Please note that this class is not designed for healthcare providers.
For more information or to register call 425-430-7000.
New Recruits Train for Real World
Following their recent training at the Washington Fire Academy, new recruits from left, Brandon Myking, Chris Borgen, Lietenant Jeffrey Vollandt, Justin Bodolay, and Alex Keith have joined the Renton Fire Department. Firefighter Justin Bodolay and Brandon Myking are assigned to Station 17, Fire Protection District 40.
FIREFIGHTER JUSTIN BODOLAY, who is currently stationed at Fire Station 17 along with three other new firefighters, recently graduated from the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend. The Fire Training Academy prepares recruit firefighters for real-world experiences through a rigorous 12-week training program that includes nearly three weeks of hands-on actual firefighting in numerous simulated environments.
During the 12-week course, the fire academy trainees spend many hours sit- ting through informative lectures long before they see any real firefighting action. The time spent in the classroom or getting hands-on experience varies depending on the amount of information required to prepare for training exercises.
The last two weeks of the course are the most intensive, where everything the recruits learned in the first ten weeks is put into action, culminating in live fire exercises called Multiple Company Operations (MCO) with numerous crews working together to fight various different fire scenarios over and over in different roles. The repetitive exercises, termed evolutions, are a full firefighting cycle where training fires are lit, the fire is allowed to build, trainees go through an entire firefighting scenario from first call to an extinguished fire, then do it all over again. Read more.
A Note From The Chief
WOW!!! Another year has passed and we begin a new one. Many of you will make New Year’s resolutions that may or may not be fulfilled. As you are contemplating a New Year’s Resolution, sign up to take a CPR class. This is an easily achievable resolution that one day can have a significant impact in somebody’s life.
Throughout this issue of Fireline are tips for winter safety and preparedness. Throughout 2014, we were reminded of the importance of being prepared for the unknown. From the communities cut off by the Oso landslide to a whole region impacted by the largest wildfire in state history, we must be diligent and ready.
On the lighter side, many new faces joined the department this year. It is thrilling to see the excitement of these new mem- bers as they achieve their dreams to become firefight- ers to serve our community. Your Fire Commissioners have been working hard to ensure you receive top quality service. In November, they passed a balanced budget that meets your expectations and ensures the department fulfills its commitment to you.
In closing, on behalf of the Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department, we wish you a joyous holiday season along with a happy and safe New Year.
Sincerely, Chief Mark Peterson
King County Fire District #40 * 18002 108th Ave SE, Renton WA 98055 * 425-255-0931 * email@example.com