Project architect asked for updated cost estimates Fire district commissioners have accepted a floor plan for a new fire station that Okanogan County Fire District 6 hopes to build in Winthrop. District 6 commissioners have asked the architect to provide cost estimates for the new station, which is very similar to a previous plan, although […]
Okanogan County Fire District 6
Summer months saw a high number of emergency calls Last year was the busiest emergency response year in the 61-year history of Okanogan County Fire District 6, according to the district’s annual report. District firefighters responded to 311 emergency calls in 2018, a 36 percent increase over 2017, according to the report prepared by district […]
For more than a decade, Okanogan County Fire District 6 has been in some stage of planning for a new fire station in Winthrop, and discussion on the project continued this week.
At the request of fire district commissioners, Chief Cody Acord developed a needs assessment to evaluate what should be included in a new fire station. He presented a draft of the assessment to commissioners at their monthly meeting on Monday (Jan. 14).
Commissioners have been moving cautiously on planning for a new fire station, after the most recent plans failed when a proposed station was criticized by some district residents as too elaborate and expensive, and voters in 2014 defeated a property tax levy increase to fund construction.
As if the threat of wildfires wasn’t enough to be concerned about, Okanogan County Fire District 6 is confronting another unexpected challenge — water damage at its Winthrop fire station. A broken water main sent water into the station on Englar Street last Monday (Aug. 6), leaving 8 inches of standing water in the station, […]
A late-afternoon fire destroyed a mobile home on Rendezvous Road outside Winthrop on Friday (July 6).
The fire started underneath the mobile home and worked its way up the walls, and the structure was fully involved within 20 minutes, said Rusty Stamps, assistant fire chief for …
Commissioners have selected Rusty Stamps, a division chief for Okanogan County Fire District 6, to become the new assistant chief for the fire district.
Stamps, who supervises training in the district, is filling the position previously held by Cody Acord. Acord served as interim chief for two years while former Chief Don Waller …
Commissioners are continuing deliberations over the best location for a proposed new fire station for Okanogan County Fire District 6 in Winthrop, focusing on two potential sites.
One is a 5-acre property the district already owns on Horizon Flats, and…
By Marcy Stamper Several engines from Winthrop and Twisp responded to a brush fire at the Methow Valley United Methodist Church that got out of control when winds picked up Monday afternoon (April 9). Wind was pushing the fire toward Highway 20 when crews arrived and quickly extinguished it. The fire had scorched a 100-by-100-foot […]
Three days after her car plunged over a steep embankment into the Methow River and she spent more than half an hour perched on her car door, her feet dangling in the frigid water, Dorothy Evans’ only complaint was laryngitis and a sore throat.
Evans, age 86, was on …
Okanogan County Fire District 6 responded to 228 emergency calls in 2017 and spent 1,884 hours on emergency responses. The activity is similar to 2016, which had 54 more calls and almost an equal amount of time spent on responses, according to a 2017 annual report by the district.