As 2015 came to a close, Okanogan County Fire District 6 (OCFD6) held its annual Firefighter Appreciation Night. Once again the volunteers of the Twisp Valley Grange did a wonderful job hosting us and prepared a delicious meal. Each year at this event OCFD6 recognizes five award categories to honor the performance of its firefighters over the past year.
The 75% Run Club award is presented to those volunteers who respond to at least 75% of their home station’s calls for service. This year’s recipients were Capt. Brian Colin (Carlton), Capt. John Owen (Winthrop), Lt. Josh Jankowski (Mazama), Firefighter Dave Crosby (Mazama), and Firefighter Alan Fahnestock (Mazama). Each received a certificate and collar pin to wear on their dress uniform.
The Training Roll Call award is presented to the station with the highest percentage of attendance to scheduled and required trainings for the year.
The Twisp station earned this award for the second year in a row and retained the honor of hanging the plaque on their wall for another 12 months.
The Station Excellence award is presented to the station exhibiting the best or most improved performance in station and firefighter operations. This year the OCFD6 recognized the Mazama station for its efforts. They received a plaque to hang on their wall until next year.
Firefighter of the Year is presented to the firefighter whose actions benefit their fellow firefighters and serve to strengthen our District overall. This award is decided on by the officers of the four OCFD6 stations (Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, and Mazama). Twisp station Captain Jesse Fuller was named as the Firefighter of the Year for 2015. He received a certificate and collar pin to wear on his dress uniform.
The Commissioners Award is presented to the firefighter who exhibits, represents, and promotes firefighter professionalism and District values to both the public and their fellow firefighters. It was decided that there were two worthy recipients; firefighters Bill McAdow and Tiago Pacheco (both of Winthrop).
OCFD6 extends thanks to the award recipients and to all our personnel for their dedication and commitment to the community.