As we reflect back on the year, we are pleased to report another successful year of accomplishments for the Village Council. The Board of Directors and its one hundred plus volunteer committee members have contributed their time and talents towards fulfilling its mission to be a unifying force, to protect, promote and preserve the community of Port Ludlow.
The Community Welcome Event, Health & Wellness seminars and Movie Night brought North Bay and South Bay members of the community together, while also exposing Port Ludlow to the outside world. We added colorful Banners on the median at the Village Center, highlighting the activities that make Port Ludlow such a great place to live. In that same view, the Holiday Lights brighten our Holiday season. The Trails Committee has fine-tuned its mission to focus on maintaining rather than expanding. With 31 miles of trails already in place, there is plenty to do, not to mention the re-staining of the beautiful gazebo at Picnic Point. Emergency Management has collaborated more closely with the County Department of Emergency Management and as a result is working to establish a centralized Neighborhood Operations Center (NOC). The recruitment and training of Block Captains to be the eyes and ears of our community in an emergency continued successfully. We’re not just preparing for the “Big One” but for those more common events such as power outages, snow/ice storms, or even the increasing threat of wildfires. Our emergency planning will provide structure, information and communication throughout the community and be in constant touch with all available resources.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the heroes listed on the Honor Roll attached to this review. Their enthusiasm and willingness to accomplish many good things for the benefit of the rest of us, makes our little corner of the country a very unique and special place to live and play. Make sure to give them a great big THANK YOU.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Administration — Chair: Tamra McDearmid
Maintain and update organizational and procedural policies
The Administration Committee is credited with the complete review and development of the Village Council’s Policies and Procedures document, which was an 18-month project. This document was approved by the Board of Directors at its September, 2019 meeting. In addition, the organization’s Bylaws were amended this year to give clarity to implementing procedural changes.
Admin is also responsible for the administration of the yearly Board Election. A team was formed to produce the Election Ballot Packet, and another team handled the ballot counting during the month of September prior to the Annual Meeting when the results are announced.
Communications — Chair: Steve Frenzl
Provide streamlined communications to share relevant community/area information and maintain contact with the community regarding PLVC activities through its website, email announcements as well as continued archiving of both Council and community important documents.
Paramount in any organization’s success is the communication it provides to its community. PLVC has had an extremely effective system that was initiated last year and fine-tuned in 2019 to provide a streamlined communications process which gives us the opportunity to share relevant community/area information and maintain contact with the community regarding Village Council activities through its website and email notifications. In addition, the Council continues to archive important documents both for the Council and the overall community for easy retrieval and review. Special thanks goes to webmaster Caleb Summerfelt for his professional efforts to manage all aspects of the Council’s electronic communications and archives.
Community Development — Chair: Dave McDearmid
Maintain a relationship with the developer, the county and neighboring property owners.
The Community Development Committee plays a pivotal role in the relationship between the Village Council and our developer, Port Ludlow Associates (PLA) This Committee meets with PLA representatives regularly during the year to discuss and act on several matters in support of its charter. This year those tasks included:
- contact with the Economic Development Council Team Jefferson to identify opportunities to attract businesses to Port Ludlow
- tracking events leading to the change of ownership at the Contract Post Office and helping facilitate its uninterrupted operation
- enhancements of the Village Center
- extending the Port Ludlow No Shooting Zone to include the entire MPR
- refurbishment of roadside signs welcoming people to Port Ludlow
- research of a dog park (current status inactive)
- coordinating with local food vendors to provide additional options for residents
- researching community Holiday Tree in the Village Center area
Emergency Management — Chair: Danille Turissini
Establish and maintain a disaster-based emergency plan for Port Ludlow working with county and state agencies.
By all accounts, this has been a banner year for Emergency Management. The most notable addition was the introduction of the Neighborhood Operation Center (NOC). The NOC will serve as the consolidation point for community wide information during a disaster. The NOC will be the mechanism that communicates with the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center if the necessity for outside resources arises. In September, the Committee members participated in a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the NOC and in October, the Port Ludlow Community Church agreed to serve as the location for the newly formed NOC.
In addition, the Block Captain Program now has a standardized curriculum, so that training and resources are consistent throughout the entire Master Planned Resort as well as being in sync with the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (JCDEM).
The Committee also hosted a seminar titled, When the Lights Go Out which went into great detail about home generators and other components of survival. During the Third Annual Emergency Management Fair, attendees were treated to a neighborhood mapping role play of a simulated wildfire response. Planning is in process for participation in the Great Washington Shake-Out drill in later October to enhance readiness for an earthquake event.
Health and Wellness — Co-Chairs Paul Hinton and Phyllis Waldenberg
Provide to the community Health and Wellness events sponsored by PLVC and others.
The Health and Wellness Committee had a successful year under the Chairmanship of Phyllis Waldenberg and Paul Hinton with the support, wisdom, and enthusiasm of Steve Frenzl, Pat Lohrey, and Pat Page.
When the committee was first re-formed in 2018 it was envisioned that it would have monthly meetings and take a largely medical point of view. In 2019 a change of direction was planned and quarterly meetings were established with a central theme involving serious life events and how to live through them. These were remarkably successful due not only to the topic but more importantly to the quality of the presentations. A debt of gratitude is owed to Karen Griffith and Judy McCay for the End of Life Planning Seminar; to Steve Frenzl for the Life Alone Presentation; and to Barbara Bethiaume for Transitions-Coping with Life’s Changes.
The attendance with the quarterly presentations far exceeded that of 2018. The Committee was extremely effective in identifying a need and responding to that demand.
Holiday Lights — Chair: Dave McDearmid
A sparkling holiday tradition at the median in the Village.
Port Ludlow’s Holiday Light tradition has brought a sparkle and shine to our Village Center for many years. Up before Thanksgiving, remaining through the Holiday Season, we’ve come to
depend on these decorations as part of our annual celebration. Much appreciated is the work of WAVE Broadband who donate their crews and bucket trucks to help in the loftier elevations of the trees. As always, none of this would happen without the help of community volunteers.
Fundraising efforts to support this activity were again successful. Thanks go to the many donors who gave generously to support our efforts.
Maritime — Chair: Phil Otness
Monitor boating activity and provide a safe Port Ludlow Bay experience.
The Port Ludlow Marine committee has worked hard to continue to maintain a safe, inviting and friendly bay. As a result of these efforts, Port Ludlow’s bay continues to host an increasing number of visitors each year. The biggest challenge with the increase in tourism is the up-tick in the use of standup paddleboards, kayaks, and other water transportation often by novices or beginners who are unaware of the risks inherent in their sport.
A precautionary measure is currently under discussion with the Marina and LMC regarding the replacement of the entrance buoy, which will emphasize the speed limits and improve safety in Ludlow Bay. The Committee stayed on top of boats visiting the harbor, posting notices on those over the 30-day limit. An incident with one vessel required the sheriff’s office to intervene, but the boat was finally removed.
Movie Night — Chair: Pat Page
A community wide event inviting participation from outside Port Ludlow while encouraging locals and tourists alike to enjoy an outdoor movie on the marina lawn.
The 5th anniversary of Movie Night was celebrated on August 24th by showing Free Willy on the Marina Lawn to a crowd of 517 people. There were 263 from Jefferson County; 217 attendees from Kitsap and Clallam counties; 28 from other states and 9 attendees from other countries.
Publicity for the event included articles in the Voice, PLVC eBlasts, street signage in Port Ludlow and Poulsbo as well as flyers posted on all the local ferry routes. Social media outlets included Facebook and the PLVC Web Page.
Once again there was generous financial support from Port Ludlow as well as surrounding communities. A total of $9,400 was raised and in addition, Port Townsend Vineyards provided samples of their varietal wines at a very special cost for sale at the Port Ludlow Fireside Inn during the week before our event. There were also raffle sales, vendor booth fees, business and community contributions. After expenses of $6,700 a surplus of $2,700 was generated for the Council.
The Movie Night volunteers were a magnificent group and parking was beautifully managed by Peace Lutheran Church members, Pam and Steve Kelly. Highway Specialties provided signage, banners, and parking barriers. Dave and Tam McDearmid made our vendor appreciation signs look professionally done while Tam handled the PLVC booth.
Recycling — Recycling Chair: Austin Kerr
Monitor Recycling Center activity and maintain communication with solid waste removal providers.
Port Ludlow Associates continues to host recycling bins in the Village Center. These bins serve a wide area of the County. The volume of recycled materials in those bins, and in the County generally, has increased substantially in the last year. The Port Ludlow bins continue to be among the least contaminated in the County (which means that almost every user is following the rules.) Some recycling sites in Jefferson County have closed because of contamination and illegal dumping. Following County recycling guidelines (posted on the bins) is essential. Successfully selling of recycled plastics, glass, cans, paper and cardboard requires avoiding contamination from materials that do not belong in the bins.
Roadway Safety — Co-Chairs: Steve Frenzl and Allan Kiesler
Monitor Port Ludlow Roadways and make recommendations to the County for improved infrastructure, lighting and signage.
Based on the Roadway Safety Committee’s recommendations, in May 2019 Jefferson County Public Works contracted a Seattle-based traffic consulting firm to study safety conditions at the intersections adjacent to the Beach Club and Bay Club. The study also included the zones along Oak Bay and Paradise Bay Roads where community trails cross the highway at numerous points. The traffic consultant has completed the study and drafted a report to Public Works with recommendations for improvements and we await the County’s determination.
Trails & Natural Resources — Chair: Tim Rensema
Develop and maintain the trails and natural resources of the community and promote community awareness and appreciation of the established walking and biking trails.
Looking back on 2019, it has been a year of transition from trail construction to a purely maintenance mode. Current goals include maintenance and engendering natural resource awareness. Over the coming years, Trails will continue to transition into supporting educational goals of nature appreciation.
There has been a move to small groups and individual oriented mode of project maintenance. Perhaps the largest “group” project undertaken was the washing, sanding, and re- staining of the gazebo at picnic point. This project considerably enhanced the value of picnic point as a rest and relaxation site for our community. Plans are to continue these improvements in the future.
In response to educating the community, historic interpretive signs were installed in the marina area and along Oak Bay Road. Pictures of Old Port Ludlow point out interesting sites such as the old cemetery, the Admiralty Inn, and the water reservoir. In future, natural resource interpretive signs are being considered for enhancement of our trails.
The Scotch Broom Pull continues annually and signs are the noxious weed is close to removal along the main roads. This will continue as well as starting a Tansy ragwort removal program.
Of procedural import is the completion of Maintenance Agreements with LMC, PLA, and SBCA to ensure the community continues to work and provide a safe and enjoyable trails program for Port Ludlow in concert with the land owners of the trails.
Utilities — Utilities Chair: Russ Michel
Maintain communications with all utilities which affect Port Ludlow.
The main focus this past year has been monitoring the OWSI Water Treatment Project. Since learning that this project is being required by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), the Utilities Committee has been working on behalf of the ratepayers. This has included many meetings with OWSI and State agencies as well as public testimony at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) surcharge hearing. The Cultural and Historical Reviews have been completed and HDR Engineers is currently designing the project. The next step is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review by the County. Following SEPA approval, building permits need to be obtained and final engineering completed. Then construction can begin. The estimated timeline to get the project online is two years once construction begins. In an effort to keep the community informed, OWSI is developing a website that should be online soon.
Welcome Event — Co-Chairs: Phyllis Waldenberg and Pat Page
An annual event to encourage the newcomers to Port Ludlow to meet and speak to the social, sports, business, and service organizations of the community.
The Community Welcome Event, a joint activity funded by the Village Council (PLVC), LMC and SBCA, has been managed by the Village Council’s Welcome Committee for the past few years. The purpose of the event is to invite Port Ludlow residents (long and short term) who would like to learn more about the current social, sports and service organizations as well as local businesses in Port Ludlow.
The event was held at the Bay Club on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 4-6 pm. The weather was a pleasant 70 degrees and partly sunny. We hosted an estimated 85 Port Ludlow residents equally divided between North and South Bay. Forty-six organizations and six business participated and provided information to residents.
As always, there were many volunteers who made the event run smoothly. Additionally, Port
Ludlow Brokers donated three beautiful food baskets for the raffle.
The evaluations received included positive comments indicating a friendly, relaxing atmosphere, excellent organization, good food, great to see the businesses participate and good face-to-face conversations.
PLVC Volunteer Honor Roll 2019
Arlene Alen-Movie Night
Bakst, Jay-Emergency Management
Belmont, Brian- Community Development
Berthiaume, Barbara-Community Welcome
Best, Karen-Community Development
Bense, Willie-Emergency Management
Bima, Jamie-Community Welcome
Bodman, Fran-Community Welcome
Boock, Mike-Community Development
Chanpong, Gail-Emergency Management
Chanpong, Robert-Utilities Couch, Bill-Hood Canal Bridge
Crooks, John-Emergency Management
Dawson, Ron-Emergency Management
Dean, Chris-Community Development Deering, Randy-Director
Diehl, Piper-Movie Night
Franzel, Phil-Utilities & Recycling
Franzel, Sally-Roadway Safety
Gagnier, Ann-Movie Night Gerstenberger, Cheri-Hood Canal Bridge
Gerstenberger, Chuck-Hood Canal Bridge
Govert, Adele-Community Welcome Green, Tink-Emergency Management
Grieves, Dick-Community Development
Hamilton, Rob-Emergency Management Hammond, Steve-Officer
Henry, Russ-Emergency Management
Huber, Doug-Roadway Safety
Jurca, Dave-Community Development
Kerr, Austin-Utilities & Recycling
Kiesler, Nancy-Community Welcome
Lazarus, Bill-Community Welcome
Lloyd, Clydene-Community Welcome
Lohrey, Pat-Emergency Management
Makarowski, Maureen-Trails McClung, Ron-Movie Night
McDearmid, Dave-Holiday Lights
Merritt, Marlene-Community Welcome Meryhew, Mary Ellen — Community Welcome
Michel, Russ-Utilities & Recycling
Moffit, Jim-Emergency Management Montone, Lori-Community Welcome Morgan, Dean-Community Welcome Mount, Marrily-Trails
Munger, Ginny-Emergency Management
Nilsseon, Mike-Community Development
Otness, Phil — Maritime
Page, Bob-Community Welcome
Peterson, Brian-Emergency Management Petrick, Dana-Community Development Ralls, Jan-Movie Night
Ratigan, Dan-Movie Night
Riley, Kate-Emergency Management
Rothwell, Sandy-Community Welcome
Shadrick, Susan-Emergency Management
Simpson, John-Welcome Event Skinner, Gil-Director
Smeland, Diana-Movie Night
Smith, Rick-Emergency Management
Stapleton, Kris-Community Welcome
Sweet, John-Roadway Safety
Tallerico, Pete-Welcome Event
Tallerico, Vicki-Community Welcome
Turissini, Danille-Emergency Management
Umbreit, Terry-Holiday Lights
Wagner, Al-Trails Ward, Kori-Movie Night
Waldenberg, Glenn-Community Welcome
Waldenberg, Phyllis-Health & Wellness
Watson, Laurie-Welcome Event Wells, Linda-Community Welcome
Whiting, Harlen-Emergency Management
Wills, Dale-Emergency Management
Wills, Debbie-Emergency Management
Presented by: Barbara Berthiaume, M.S.W.
The Beach Club in Port Ludlow
Friday, September 20, 2019, 1pm~3pm
We have all had welcomed and unwelcomed changes in our lives. Changes such as moving, illnesses, children leaving home, aging, becoming grandparents and many more. Some are happy, some are difficult.
Do you have the coping skills to manage these changes? Some life transitions are subtle and hard to identify. You feel the stress but wonder why.
This workshop consists of understanding the transition model, how it applies in a variety of life situations, the role of stress, emotional management and why communication skills disappear. This is a powerful program, including goal- setting exercises and is applicable to all areas of life.
TO VIEW A SITE MAP WITH LIST OF ACTIVE INGREDIENTS BEING USED PLEASE CLICK HERE
The following is posted at the request of Pope Resources as a public information service. Additional information is available on their website, https://www.popeneighbor2neighbor.com/.
- Herbicides are used to ensure that the trees we are legally required to replant are able to survive and grow and to control invasive species.
- It is illegal for any applicator to allow herbicides to leave the site through any mechanism.
- In Jefferson County, Pope Resources generally only applies herbicides once over the course of a 45 year rotation. Put another way, herbicides are only applied on 3% of Pope ownership each year.
- We apply herbicides at small concentrations, usually well below the limits prescribed by both State and Federal law. The herbicide mix for site preparation and release applications is between 85% and 90% water.
- Herbicides are approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency, and further regulated by the Washington State Department of Agriculture as well as the Department of Natural Resources for aerial application. Pope Resources has invited the State agencies to be present during our application.
- These agencies are responsible for ensuring that all users of herbicides follow the law.
- We decide which herbicides to use based on the type of vegetation present on the site as well as other site conditions.
Here are some points from Pope Resources regarding bees:
- We are not using insecticides in any form.
- The herbicides we use have been studied carefully to ensure that when applied properly they do not effect human health and the environment.
- The herbicides we use do not remove all species that pollinators utilize.
- Our harvesting actually creates more early successional habitat across the landscape for pollinators that would not exist without our clear cuts.
- Commercial bee keepers use our clear cuts to store their bees when they are not being used for pollinating commercial agriculture crops because they view our lands as safe for their bees.
Adrian Miller VP at Pope Resources email@example.com, is the contact. DNR’s office is in Forks, 360-374-2806.
Port Ludlow Marina Lawn
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Booths Open at 5:00 p.m.
Move Starts at Dusk
Port Ludlow’s Annual Free Movie Night, sponsored by the Village Council will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 on the Port Ludlow Marina Lawn featuring Free Willy. Booths will be open at 5:00 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk.
Free Willy is the story of a young orca caught up in a fisherman’s net and kept in an enclosure too small for him. A rebellious boy befriends the orca named Willy and so begins their adventures together. We hope you will join us for this fun, family friendly annual event.
Booths will provide food, fun and entertainment. There will be raffles, crafts and games for children of all ages. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic or enjoy the variety of foods offered.
If you’d like to become a sponsor/vendor/or individual contributor to Movie Night please CONTACT US for more information.
Steve reported that there are some additional improvements scheduled for the Port Ludlow Jefferson Healthcare Clinic (JHC) which include enhanced landscaping and making the old Clinic building on Oak Bay Road a regional pharmacy scheduled to open in July. Steve also noted that the JHC is very proud to report that they are now serving over 700 clients at the clinic. In addition JHC will be holding a thank you event for Port Ludlow this summer.
My name is Cheri Gerstenberger and I am the chair for he Hood Canal Bridge Committee that was formed by PLVC a little over a year ago.
The purpose of the committee was to investigate the possibility of any action we could pursue that could help alleviate traffic congestion due to multiple bridge openings.
To quote the Guide to Understanding the Openings & Closings of the Hood Canal Bridge on the Westharbor Homes website: “The average number of vehicles recorded by Hood Canal video cams in nearly 15,000, and on the weekend, that number is closer to 19,000. The majority of the trips are made by Port Ludlow and Port Townsend residents. During the week, one third of those travelers use it for work, while weekend trips are mostly recreational, according to a survey given to area residents”.
Two main ideas were formed:
- To ask WSDOT if they would extend the current exemption that is in place: May 22 to September 30 between the hours of 3:00 – 6:15 p.m.; to include a morning exemption between the hours of 6:00 – 9 a.m. or 7 – 10:00 a.m. (note that the current exemption went into effect in 2012).
- Require that vessels (mainly sailboats) use the 55-foot vertical clearance of the East span instead of requesting a bridge opening, with the tide planning a factor on any given day.
A request was therefore sent to Danny McReynolds, Bridge Management Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard. He responded suggesting we collect data, further stating that a rule change process can take up to a year.
To quote: All draw bridges operate via an approved USCG regulated rule in the Code of Federal Regulations. Any time a change is made, the law is being changed. That process is a legal process, and a drawn out method is required. We cannot just add a time a bridge will not open for marine traffic. Even if we could, the marine public would have their chance to object or recommend some information through public notice.
Therefore, to address idea #2- pleasure craft vessels, we contracted aWSDOT employee on duty by calling the reservation line and spoke to her about our idea. She informed us that generally most WSDOT employees do advise mariners to use the East Span if possible, but due to current marine law, they can’t require it.
This was encouraging news, as I was not aware that this was occurring.
My focus then went to pursuing idea #1 – adding an early morning exemption. I therefore tracked all WSDOT texts that were deemed a pleasure craft opening between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. from May 22 to September 30, based on the one-hour notification. Military openings to not provide advance notification due to security measures.
A total of 14 pleasure craft openings occurred before noon, however none were before 8:00 a.m. Most openings were approximately 30 minutes. This is due to the fact that typically only a partial opening is needed and therefore is shorter in duration. An additional 21 openings occurred between the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. believed to be military.
I therefore concluded that based on this data a request made to WSDOT was not justified.
In addition, I would like to note that Westharbor Homes (who I referred to earlier) has an excellent website that includes a “Guide to Understanding the Openings and Closing of the Hood Canal Bridge”.
Thank you to the PLVC for supporting this committee, of which I plan to retire. Thank you,
The Hood Canal Bridge Openings Ad-Hoc Committee has been disbanded.
The Community Development Committee has continued to follow the pending change of ownership at our Contract Post Office. Progress is being made. Diana Smeland (PLA) confirmed today that she and the new owner have a signed lease.
In the interest of trying to confirm that the post office will provide uninterrupted service to our community, we contacted Representative Derek Kilmer’s office and asked that they inquire with the USPS Regional Office in Seattle as to the status of the pending change. They received a response from the Acting Retail Manager in Seattle and Postmaster Larry Dekker in Port Hadlock. They were advised that two parties reached an agreement on sale of the business. I confirmed that with Frances and she added that a contract was in fact signed and notarized.
The new owner is now in the process of submitting necessary documents for approval for the contract with the USPS. Frances’ last day remains June 19th and the Acting Retail Manager in Seattle assures her that the contract with the new owner can be in place by then. In the event this is not the case, there is a plan in formulation to move the current U.S. Post Office Boxes from Port Ludlow Contract Post Office to Port Hadlock until such time as the new contract office is established.
Photo courtesy Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue
Multi-agency exercise set for June 1 & 2
PORT LUDLOW—Wildland fire fighting is dangerous work. It requires a set of skills and competencies that are obtained through passing educational courses and demonstrating proficiencies during training associated with various positions.
A two-day exercise is planned for June 1 and 2 in Port Ludlow at the Trail 9 golf course, a now-closed nine-hole course. This will be the third year the exercise has been conducted in Port Ludlow. Agencies participating include Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, East Jefferson Fire Rescue, Quilcene Fire Rescue, Brinnon Fire, Discovery Bay Fire, Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Natural Resources, US Forest Service, North Kitsap Fire Rescue, Clallam County Fire #2, #3 & #4. Participants will be camping overnight at the training site in order to better prepare them for response to extended fire operations.
As in past years, the training will involve basic hose and water system deployment; personal protective equipment and shelter deployment; nine-line safety deployment; fire line creation/management; crew management and deployment, basic fire tactics; fire scene preservation and basic cause determination for the first day of the exercise.
The second day of the exercise will involve the Department of Natural Resources Helitack or “helicopter-delivered fire resources,” the system of managing and using helicopters and their crews to perform aerial firefighting and other firefighting duties, primarily the initial attack on wildfires. The exercise participants will learn the operation and safety of the Helitack; live fire management and mop-up; training area management and preservation followed by after-action briefings, taskbook evaluations and demobilization procedures.
The goal for fire fighters is to earn their “Red Card” which has been called the “driver’s license of wildland firefighting” because like to a driver’s license, the Red Card is proof that a fire fighter has completed all the coursework and training required to be on the fire line and work in specific roles. The Red Card also documents any additional positions a fire fighter may be in the process of earning.
Two things are required each year to maintain the Red Card. The first is NWCG’s Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher. This course re-emphasizes the importance of safety on the fire-line. It includes a practice fire shelter deployment and a pack test.
The management system for certification is called the Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) and is used by all federal agencies and most states, including Washington.
All Jefferson County fire districts use courses from the National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG) as part of the certification process to obtain a Red Card. NWCG standards establish common practices and requirements that enable efficient and coordinated national interagency wildland fire operations. These standards may include guidelines, procedures, processes, best practices, specifications, techniques, and methods. NWCG standards are interagency by design; however, the decision to adopt and utilize them is made independently by the individual member agencies and communicated through their respective directives systems. (https://www.nwcg.gov/ )
Because wildland fire fighting is strenuous, to obtain a Red Card the fire fighter must demonstrate physical stamina. This demonstration is done with a pack test that involves a three-mile hike with a 45-pound pack that must be completed in less than 45 minutes. There are three levels depending on the job a fire fighter is testing for. Primary fire fighters are required to pass the most rigorous, arduous level of the pack test.
“It has never been more important to get fire fighters trained to fight wildland fires in our area. Personnel need to know how to work collaboratively between agencies, train to the same tactics and strategies and adapt to a wide variety of fuel models, topography and conditions as seamlessly as possible” said Port Ludlow Fire Chief Brad Martin. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (nifc.gov), the potential for more wildland fires state-wide this year is high.
Due to the nature of the training, vehicle movement, helicopter operations and a planned live fire evolution, we are asking the general public not to plan to observe the training. This will be a dynamic training event and the need to ensure the safety of bystanders, balanced with training evolutions would impede the training event significantly.
Fire fighters receive final instructions before beginning a day of training at last year’s Wildland Fire
Fighting Training in Port Ludlow. This year’s exercise will be a two-day event.