Press Releases

Press Releases (20)

Grays Harbor Fire District 2 was dispatched to a fully involved barn fire yesterday August 20th   at 3:25 PM off of Hiram Hall Rd in Brady.  The Barn, a previous site of a smaller fire was fully involved when fire crews arrived. The residential structures on the property were checked and found to be unoccupied. 

Along with District 2 responders, mutual aid was assisted by Elma Fire Department, McCleary Fire, Fire District 5, Fire District 1, Montesano Fire and Wishkah Fire.  Tender and water supply support was very crucial in in fighting this fire due to no hydrants in the area.

Fire crews cleared the scene at 7:40 PM, leaving a tender to watch over the site in case of flare up.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

This year both fire associations with Grays Harbor Fire District 2 will be hosting “National Night Out Against Crime” events in Central Park and Brady. 

The Central Park Fire Association has been holding this annual event as a leader for National Night Out Against Crime for the Central Park residents as a summer tradition for local families and neighbors with past festivities that have included a barbeque with hamburger and hot dogs, chips, drinks and a great social atmosphere at the Central Park Fire Station. Along with the barbeque our fire and medical response equipment has been up for display along with some fire hose play time for the kids.

This year the Brady Fire Association along with the Winkleman Road and Brady Bottoms Block Watch groups that work along side as a program with the Grays Harbor County Sherrifs office will be co hosting a National Night Out event at our Brady Fire Station.  This will be the first year that we have done this in Brady, as an effort to bring the community closer together in the spirit of what National Night Out Against Crime as it is meant to be.  They will be having a hamburger barbeque, chips and drinks along with a pot luck that is being provided by all of the groups involved.  Fire, EMS and response equipment will be on display along with some other events to promote a fun, safe and crime awareness community.

The event will take place on August 4th, 2015 at 6 PM at both of our fire stations. Address and location can be found on our website ghfd2.org

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. Together, we are making that happen.

All of Grays Harbor County, as well as Washington State Department of Natural Resources lands are currently in a burn ban status. 

Due to a drier than normal winter, and a dry warm early spring both the state department of natural resources and many surrounding counties to Grays Harbor and including Grays Harbor have enacted the burn ban. 

Grays Harbor County Burn Ban restrictions include :

Outdoor Burning Restricted in Grays Harbor County

MONTESANO — Effective 12:01 A.M. Monday, June 22, 2015, Grays Harbor County Fire Districts and Fire Departments in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), will be enacting restrictions on all outdoor burning. All residential burning, along with land clearing and silvicultural [forest practices] burning will be prohibited until further notice.

Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county, and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land, campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following approved manner:

• The campfire shall be no greater than 3-feet in diameter and constructed of a ring of metal, stone or brick 8-inches above ground surface, with a 2-foot- wide area cleared down to exposed soil surrounding the outside of the pit.

• The campfire shall have an area at least 10-feet around it cleared of all flammable material and at least 20-feet of clearance from overhead flammable materials or fuels.

• The campfire must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16-years old with the ability to extinguish the fire with a shovel and a 5-gallon bucket of water or with a connected and charged water hose. Completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.

For more information on local fire restrictions

Grays Harbor County: Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 249-4222

Fire Districts: Emergency pages of the local telephone book

City Fire Departments: Government pages of the local telephone book

Washington State Department of Natural Resources: Pacific Cascade Regional Office at (360)

577-2025 or Olympic Region Office at (360) 374-2811

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency: 1-800-422-5623

Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest: (360) 565-3121

Washington State Parks: (360) 902-8844

For daily updates on burn restrictions

Contact DNR at 1-800-323-BURN or visit the website at www2.wadnr.gov/burn-risk then click on fire information in the far right corner.

Contact ORCAA at 1-800-422-5623 or visit their website at www.orcaa.org.

Grays Harbor Fire District 2 Fire Chief Johnson was presented with a plaque and letter of appreciation at Thursday night’s district commissioners meeting for the work and time that he put in as the local incident management team leader that led recovery efforts in Aberdeen and Hoquiam after flood watersand mud slides left some area’s devastated.

The plaque and letter were presented to Johnson by Hoquiam Chief of Police Myers, Aberdeen Fire Chief Hubbard and Grays Harbor County Sherriff Scott to a packed commissioners meeting filled with both Johnson’s family members, district volunteers and career medic staff.

Sheriff Scott said during the presentation “Through this event I got to know Johnson professionally, and as a friend, we are lucky to have a person with Johnson’s skill’s and leadership ability to handle events like this”.

Johnson has been with Grays Harbor Fire District 2 for 3 years, and has a strong background in the fire and medical service. His previous department prior to Grays Harbor Fire District 2 was with Grant County Fire District 5.

Family, friends and members of Grays Harbor Fire District 2 gathered Tuesday evening to recognize six new  firefighters who completed their recruit training this month.  The six recruits have been attending training since February to become volunteer firefighters with the agency.

The recruitment process started last fall for the Fire District.  New personnel are selected to attend the training after completing an initial application and screening process.  The graduation ceremony symbolizes the completion of their first phase of training and prepares the new personnel to start responding to calls within the community.  Once completed with fire training, new personnel progress on to emergency medical training, further expanding their capabilities.

Those graduating from the Fire District's academy have been attending class two days a week in the evening, along with every other weekend.  Over 180 hours of time is invested by each new member to complete the training over the 4 months.  "They have made an important commitment to their community by accomplishing the training required in the recruit academy," stated Leonard Johnson, Fire Chief.

Training in the academy is based on national firefighting standards.  The six new recruits progress on to state testing this weekend to receive their Firefighter 1 certification.  Recruits don't just learn about firefighting though.  They receive training in first aid, CPR and Hazardous Materials response as well in the program.

Graduation tonight is recognition of the completion of that training and also the transition of the new the new members from "Recruits" to "Probationary Firefighters."  Each of the new members took their Firefighter Oath of Office as part of the recognition of this transition.  "This is an important tradition, in a line of work that relies on the person standing next to you to get it done," said Chief Johnson, "it is the new members way of acknowledging that they are a member of the team, as much as they are an individual, and that they understand our values as an organization serving the community."

Several on of the recruits were also recognized during the graduation ceremony for their success during the training.  Most Inspirational was awarded to Ben Neal, Instructors Award to Levi Olden and Valedictorian to Jacob Benner.  A slide show featuring the recruits throughout their training was prepared by Brian Baldwin, EMT and Public Information Officer for the Fire District.  It featured the recruits in action and tips from members of the Fire District on how to be successful as they start their careers as firefighters.  The video can be viewed at the Fire District website.

The new members of the Fire District are: Jacob Benner, Patience Forsythe, Michael Granstrom, Daniel Kim, Benjamin Neal and Levi Olden.  The new firefighters will receive their station assignments in the next month as they begin their probation.

Special thanks is extended to all those that made the training successful, including the Academy staff of Captain Josh Ambrose, FF Stephen Beeman, FF Brian Briscoe and FF Eric Barge.  More than 10 personnel from within the agency contributed to the success of the program.

If you are interested in becoming a member with Fire District 2, applications are accepted throughout the year with interviews in the fall.  Applications and more information can be found at http://ghfd2.org.

Two separate wildland fires kept Grays Harbor Fire District No. 2 crews busy this past Sunday
afternoon.

At 12:06 p.m. crews responded to the Schafer Meadows Lane area for a controlled burn that had gotten
out of control. The fire spread to approximately 2 acres of grass and marsh. No property was damaged
or loss.

At 2:13 p.m. crews responded a report of a wildfire in the area of 21 Clemons Road N. The fire was in
grass and brush, spreading quickly in easterly winds. Crews were able to contain the fire to about 7
acres and from spreading into adjacent forest lands. The fire is under investigation.

Fire District 2 responded with 16 personnel and 8 apparatus to the two fires. Crews from the Montesano
Fire Department and Grays Harbor Fire District No. 5 were called to assist.

Earlier than normal warm and dry weather is setting the stage for fires to more easily spread and get out
of control. Residents are urged to use caution when doing outdoor burning. Having a garden hose or
water available to put the fire out if it begins to spread is required whenever you doing residential
burning of any type.

Any questions concerning the outdoor burning requirements within Fire District 2 can be referred to the
headquarters station at 360-532-6050 or by visiting our website at www.ghfd2.org.

Page 2 of 2
Go to top