Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue
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.
Beginning Monday, March 16, the department will be limiting public access to the fire station, including closure of the meeting room and reduction of non-emergency community services. At this time the business office will remain open during regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., though you are strongly encouraged to call 376-2331 instead of stopping in. Those wanting to purchase burn permits are being asked to complete the process online at co-sanjuan-wa.smartgovcommunity.com/Public/Home.
If you or someone you have been in proximity to are experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms, or have a fever and cough, please do not come to the fire station – stay home and contact your primary care provider. If you are experiencing a medical emergency stay where you are and dial 9-1-1.
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. More information is available on our website at www.orcasfire.org.