The Kittitas County Fire Marshal's Office in partnership with the local fire districts hosted a poster contest during Fire Prevention Week, October 6th-12th. Both Governor Jay Inslee and the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners issued proclamations recognizing Fire Prevention Week.
All Kittitas County schools were invited to participate. Posters were reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of elected officials who met at the County Courthouse to perform the judging.
The 1st place winners each received a ride to school in a fire truck this week. The names of the winning students will be memorialized on a plaque located at the Courthouse. The winning posters will also be on display for the public.
The 2nd place winners each received a certificate and were recognized in their schools. Both winners will be having lunch with firefighters in the coming week.
The contest winners for 2019 are:
1st Place for grades K-4: Drew Stenson, Easton
1st Place for grades 5-8: Myriam Gonzales Ramos, Kittitas
2nd Place for grades K-4: Lucy Ramsey, Easton
2nd Place for grades 5-8: Yaridza Ramirez, Morgan Middle School
Thursday, July 18, 2019
by Jim Fossett
EASTON - Phil Meehan drove Easton Fire Department's water tender nicknamed Kraken, in Cle Elum's Pioneer Days Parade. It was one of several rigs a number of volunteer firefighters from around the region showcased at the event.
"It's a 1995 Oshkosh 6-by-6 wildland water tender," said Easton firefighter Jenny Jensen. "It started its life as a flatbed working in mines in Utah. "We purchased it from a private company in Wenatchee. The company had converted it to the woodland beast she is now. Department volunteers worked together to get it ready for service. It was painted and rigged with lights and sirens. A company in Ellensburg did the decals for us. It's a great asset to our community."
Said Meehan, "It has two front sprayers, two side sprayers, two rear sprayers and a bumper sprayer and a pump-operated 2 1/2-inch outlet. "It carries 3,800 gallons of water and a 10-gallon foam tank. We'll use it to replenish engines, yes, but it's also a self-sufficient apparatus. "It has a 500 gallon per minute pump from which we can run hose lines. "We can draft from any water source or hydrant. We stock 300 feet of 2.5-inch hose, 400 feet of 1.5-inch hose, and several nozzles and adapters. "The rig's external sprayers are all controlled from inside the cab, meaning the operator can run them while driving the truck. "We have it set up for complete independence in a wildland setting, but also to assist in any way on structure or car fires."
Meehan said when you add up al the options and capabilities of the rig - you get an idea why the department named it The Kraken. "A rolling water beast," he smiled.