Chelan County Fire District 1 Dedicates Squilchuck Station

Photo by Tanya Head

Chelan County Fire District 1 dedicated its Squilchuck Fire Hall in the name of late fire marshal and firefighter Mike Compton on Saturday.

The new station replaces a 1975 building that had not been inhabited since 2017.

Photo by Tanya Head.

“Firefighter Mike Compton drove by this station every time he came to town,” the fire district said. “Mike had a passion to constantly find better ways to protect lives, homes and property from the devastation of fire. We now stand on the sight of a fully functional facility, staffed and ready to serve citizens. of the valley for decades to come.

Compton, who died in 2019 at the age of 70, had a 45-year career with Fire District 1.

The district also dedicated Engine 13, its final fire truck, in what is called a push-in ceremony.

Photo of the push-in ceremony by Tanya Head.

The push-in tradition dates back to the late 1800s, when firefighters used hand pumps and horse-drawn equipment. Because it was difficult for the horses to back the equipment into the station, they were disconnected and the firefighters pushed the equipment into the bay.

The new truck is a Pierce Arrow XT with a 750 gallon water tank and a 20 gallon foam tank.

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