Over the past month Orcas Island Fire and Rescue has been busy working to implement procedures for COVID-19 response, as well as do our part to limit the potential of community spread. With public and first responder safety being our first priority there are a number of precautions we will be taking throughout the course of COVID-19.
Effective immediately, Orcas Island fire stations will be closed to public access. We do not make this decision lightly, but need to be sure the public and our responders have the best chance to minimize possible exposure. At this time our administrative staff is available by phone during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Call 376-2331 for non-emergency assistance. If you are having an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Thank you for your understanding as we come together as a community to get through these uncertain times.
Burn Permits are available online. The Fire Marshal is available by phone at 360-378-FIRE(3473) to help you with the online process. Please leave him a message if needing assistance.
As we continue emergency response, you may see responders in personal protective equipment including gloves, safety glasses, masks and gowns. Please know that responders are following safety protocols put in place to protect patients and personnel and wearing this equipment does not necessarily indicate the patient has COVID-19.
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue is in communication with local healthcare providers for coordinated response and care for any future suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, should the situation arise.
Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community healthy by washing your hands well and often, keeping them away from your face, and remaining home if you or your loved ones are sick.
Resources for COVID-19:
Information about cases and response in San Juan County can be found here.
Information from the Orcas Island Hospital District is posted here.
Information from the Washington State Department of Health can be found here.
Information from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) can be found here.
Information from Governor Inslee about available resources during COVID-19 can be found here.