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Yesterday afternoon just before 4:00, SWFE responded at the request of ICSO to a cow stuck in the mud off of Maxwelton Rd. Our crews spent several hours working with members of the public to extricate the cow from her predicament, where she had been stuck at least since early morning. We were able to dig down and get a strap under her chest, and then using a neighbor’s tractor and some sheets of plywood, pull her out of the mud onto solid ground. A large animal veterinarian arrived to assess the cow, and administer some IV fluids, which really perked her up. When we left the scene around 8:00 last night, she was up on her chest and munching hay.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS was established as Island County Fire Protection District #3 by local community volunteers in 1950. Still relying heavily on our team of volunteers, we proudly serve the citizens of South Whidbey Island. We changed our name to better reflect the service we provide.
We are an active department. We conduct extensive training and educational outreach, while also answering an average of five emergency calls per calendar day. In 2021, we responded to 2,860 emergency requests: Fire, Medical, Marine, & High Angle Rescue calls.We have six stations located in: Freeland, Bayview, Langley, Saratoga, Clinton and Maxwelton.
Our district covers 57 miles of shoreline and 66 square miles of South Whidbey Island.South Whidbey Fire/EMS is rated by Washington State Rating Bureau as a Class 7 for fire protection, which means better insurance rates for most of our community homeowners.