East Jefferson Fire Rescue Guardian

Carmen Jaramillo
cjaramillo@ptleader.com
Posted 2/5/20

Recent search and rescue operations in Jefferson County have seen multiple agencies deploy marine assets. East Jefferson Fire Rescue’s Guardian is unique to other local marine units in that it …

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East Jefferson Fire Rescue Guardian

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Recent search and rescue operations in Jefferson County have seen multiple agencies deploy marine assets. East Jefferson Fire Rescue’s Guardian is unique to other local marine units in that it has the same capabilities as a firetruck or ambulance in addition to search and rescue.

Most recently the 33-foot ‘Argus’ aluminum boat was manufactured by Lee Shore boats of Port Angeles in 2014.

In 2019, the Guardian responded to 21 calls for service including the body recovery operation from the End of the World on Dec. 30 and the search for the missing soldier, which was later discovered to be staged, Dec. 19.

Assistant Chief Brian Tracer said of EJFR’s 47 full-time firefighters, there are eight who have completed the about 60 hours of training it requires to operate the boat.

Including Tracer, there are two others who are certified rescue divers.

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