Fire Chief’s Message

Hank Teran, Fire Chief

Hank Teran, Fire Chief

Greetings from the desk of the Fire Chief.  As you know this year's wildfire season was significantly delayed by the unusually wet spring.  But when the rain stopped, the summer heat and dry spells launched us into late summer and early fall with high fire danger.  

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department encourages island residents to reduce wildfire fuels around their homes. That includes dead trees, limbs and twigs in the yard, branches hanging over the roof, debris in gutters, and tall grasses.  To learn more about wildfire prevention, mitigation and preparedness, please visit the wildfire preparedness section of our website.    Burn ban information, current fire danger status, and outdoor burning regulations for Bainbridge Island can be found on our homepage.

As the new school year starts, parents, please ensure your children travel safely to school. The following are some good reminders:

Walking to school

  • Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available; when on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look both ways for oncoming cars
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections
  • Stay alert and avoid distracted walking. Never walk while texting. If you need to respond to a text, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk. Never cross the street while using an electronic device. Do not wear earbuds while walking across the street.

Riding a bike to school

  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in single file
  • Stay alert and avoid distracted riding
  • Make sure your child always wears a properly fitted helmet and bright clothing
  • Helmets appropriate for bicycling should be worn by everyone – adults and children – on every bike ride regardless of the length of the ride.

Bicycle Safety flyer

Photo courtesy of Steve Baer,