1. Our Mission
    Our Mission
    To provide the highest level of protection to life and property, and promote community safety through the extension of fire prevention, fire suppression, medical rescue and public education services, consistent with the prudent utilization of public funds.
  2. Our Goals
    Our Goals
    - To be a resource for the latest fire and medical safety information, to keep our community safe. - To pursue excellence in all we do, through continuous training and education. - To proudly serve the people of Orcas Island, Washington.
  3. Our Lifestyle
    Our Lifestyle
    We provide 24-hour emergency fire prevention and suppression, along with emergency medical services (advanced life support) to the entire Orcas Island community.
Due to the two recent accidental fires, all within 16 hours, that destroyed one of our community member’s homes and seriously damaged another. I feel it important to remind us all of the inherent problems that are brought on by cold weather and our efforts to keep warm.
During the coming weeks, as cold weather becomes regularity, we all will be increasing usage of fireplaces, wood stoves, and other heating sources.  Chimney’s should be cleaned and inspected by a professional at least once a year and/or before frequent use. 
OIFR urges residents to always have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; if possible in each room.  We recommend having a readily available fire extinguisher near the fireplace, in the kitchen, and near any other heat source that you may be using. Additionally, please check your sources of heat for safety and function.  Portable heaters should have a seal of approval from an independent testing laboratory and make sure the unit has an automatic shut-off function.  Heat sources should have a clear space of several feet.  Avoid placing flammable objects near heat sources, including baseboard heaters.
We also would encourage you to talk with your family about exit routes from the home and practice a pre-fire plan, making sure each person understands two ways to get out of the house and where to meet in the yard in case of an emergency. If you have any questions about fire safety, please do not hesitate to contact Orcas Island Fire & Rescue’s Inspector, R.J. Meyers.
Stay safe!
Chief Miklos P. Preysz
Chief's Notes
Weekly Update
We would like to take this opportunity to wish the community a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.  At this time, we take the opportunity to thank you for allowing us to serve you.  We do so with pride, honor, and gratitude. 
We also take a moment to reflect on our fallen brothers and sisters across the country who have left an empty chair at the table this year. 
With thankful hearts;
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Team
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