Ferry Haul Out
What you need to know from the Guemes Island Fire Department.
The Guemes Ferry will be out of service starting May 14 - June 12. During that time, there will be passenger service and to find out more details about the haul out - see here.
During this time, when there is only passenger service, the Fire Department wants to remind everyone that we will still be providing emergency services as normal, and if you are experiencing a medical or fire emergency, you should call 911 as always.
That being said we do want to encourage everyone to be diligent during this time. If you're feeling sick or believe you're having a medical emergency, don't wait to call for help. While Anacortes and the passenger only ferry will also be dispatched, their response at night could take longer. If it is a critical medical situation, the Guemes Fire Department may make a determination to call for evaluation via helicopter. Air evacuation in Skagit county is provided by both Airlift Northwest and LifeFlight. Both of these providers have insurance available that you can read more about via their website which we have linked above.
We also want to remind everyone that we will not have the support of mutual aid vehicles from neighboring agencies. Therefore, we ask your diligence in helping us prevent any fire incident.
The Guemes Island Fire Commissioners passed a unanimous resolution and we are partnering with the Skagit County Fire Marshal who has issued a Modified Burn Ban during the Ferry Haul out, (May 14 - June 12). This means that only approved campfire and cooking fires will be allowed, all other outdoor burning will be banned, and all permits will be rescinded during the ferry outage. This burn ban includes any vegetation burning with or without a permit. Campfire or cooking fires must be in approved containers with the proper clearance for surrounding vegetation and with either a charged water hose, or 5 gallon water supply or extinguisher and must be monitored by someone 16 years of age or older at all times. For a full list of the approved camp/cooking fire rules, see here.
We appreciate the support of our community and we hope we don't see you at your home anytime soon!