Injured Okanogan Fire Chief Receives Support from Fellow Fire Fighters
Okanogan Fire District 3 Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson, badly burned battling the Spring Coulee wildfire, received immediate support from fellow fire fighters. On Sunday, September 1, the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) Burn Foundation was notified that Johnson was injured and would be airlifted to Seattle for treatment. As he was admitted to Harborview Medical Center, Melissa Beard, South County Fire Local 1828, met the family and stayed with them through the night. Beard, a Burn Foundation board member, says the non-profit organization that is staffed and supported by union members of the WSCFF will continue to support Johnson and his family during his burn treatment and recovery.
The Burn Foundation Liaison Response Team assists fire fighters and their families in the aftermath of a burn injury by providing emergency housing near the hospital, working with the burn unit team, and supplying clothing, meals, and travel expenses. Johnson suffered second-and third-degree burns over a majority of his body, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management. He is in a medically-induced coma at Harborview and facing a minimum of two to three months in intensive care.
The WSCFF Burn Foundation has worked closely with the Wildland Firefighter Foundation to coordinate support, and a Go Fund Me account has been set up for Chief Johnson. A Christian Johnson Donation account has been set up at North Cascades Bank, PO Box 672, Okanogan WA 98840.
For more information contact the WSCFF.