Fire Chief’s Message

2019 is shaping up to be an exciting and busy time for our community and your Fire Department. New Fire Station 22, located on Bucklin Hill Road is nearing completion and will be occupied soon! Fire Station 22 will include a number of improved safety features and has been designed to anticipate the increased needs of our community and for fire and emergency medical services for the next 50 years.  A grand opening will be planned for later in the summer- announcements for the event will be posted to the website and our Facebook page.

As you may have heard, this year's wildfire season has come early!  With less precipitation than normal so far in 2019, and snowpack in the North Cascades depleting rapidly, conditions are already abnormally dry and much of the western side of the state has been declared in, or at risk of drought.  In light of the dry spring and a forecast for a hot summer, the wildfire potential for our region is already above normal and expected to stay that way through August.

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 check out the Wildfire section of our website.  Also, check out our homepage for current burning regulations and the fire danger status in our community.

The Bainbridge Island Fire Department would like to thank our community for your continued support, without which, the replacement of our facilities would not be possible.  Please check our website or Facebook page for updated information on the grand opening of Fire Station 22.

Hank Teran, Fire Chief

Hank Teran, Fire Chief

Photo courtesy of Steve Baer,