Grays Harbor Fire District 5 provides EMT and Paramedic level care, Fire suppression, and Rescue Services to the communities of Bush Creek, Rural Elma, Malone, Porter and Satsop in East Grays Harbor County.

Fire District 5 also provides all EMT and Paramedic level Services to the City of Elma, McCleary and Grays Harbor Fire District 12.

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Grays Harbor Fire District 5 News and Safey Information

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

Picking the tree

If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1" - 2" from the base of the trunk.
Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.



Board of Commissioners Meeting

The next scheduled business meeting for the Board of Commissioners is January 8th, 2015 at 7 pm at Station 52 - Porter Fire Hall, 13 Porter Creek Rd. Elma WA 




G.H. Fire Protection District #5's Board of Commissioners Approve a lean balanced budget for 2015.

After a public hearing held on November 14th, 2014 at District Station #52 - Porter, the Board of Commissioners held a special meeting to discuss and take action on the proposed 2015 budget of Fire Chief Dan Prater. After discussion on the proposed budget; the board unanimously approved the 2015 budget with one modification; to reallocate $1,000.00 from the EMS misc. fund to public education, with Commissioner Dave Hauge making the motion, and seconded by Commissioner Eric Patton.

A copy of the approved budget can be requested by contacting Chief Dan Prater at:

District 5 Headquarter Station 51 - Bush Creek, 428 Stamper Rd., Elma

Mail: P.O. Box 717, Elma WA 98541

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or by phone at (360) 482-6266

In addition to the budget the Board also took action on the 2014 voter approved bond documents to move forward with fund allocation for the purchase of the first two new Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulances that the Fire Dsitrict has ever purchased.  The first ambulance is scheduled for delivery around mid January 2015 with the second one coming in July of 2015.


Call Stats

Year 2014
Month  Other
Jan. 19 116  30
Feb. 20 79  28 
March 18 95  26 
April 19  104  24
May 17  105  23
June 17  117  20
July 43 109 29 
Aug. 38  142  27 
Sept. 32  138  30 
Oct. 36  136  30
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