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2002 ANNUAL REPORT

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2003  Annual Report

WHATCOM COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT NO. 11

Lummi Island Fire Department

3809 Legoe Bay Road * P.O. Box 130 * Lummi Island, WA  98262

Phone: (360) 758-2411    Fax: (360)  758-2041   www.lummiislandfire.com

 

2004 ANNUAL REPORT 

2004 was a progressive year for the department. We received two Department of Natural Resources grants along with an unexpected seismic upgrade award. The fire apparatus replacement program that started in 1994 entered its home stretch. Our annual Open House was well attended and had a highlight visit by an Airlift Northwest helicopter. 

In February we received a sub grant of $15,000 from The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for Firewise activities. We mailed informational flyers and rented a chipper to dispose of the vegetation removed to reduce wildfire hazards around homes. Both Fire Danger signs were rebuilt using long-life materials. We obtained a very nice reader board for safety messages and department announcements. Through much planning and hard work the Scenic Estates community achieved a major accomplishment in receiving the Firewise community recognition.  They were the second in Washington State to receive this prestigious award and the 39th of 52 in the entire country. DNR also awarded us with half the funds to purchase 10 new pagers urgently needed for our large increase in volunteers. 

In 1987, we purchased an initial response vehicle, often called the Crash Truck. Its small size, four wheel drive, foam capabilities and two-man operation improved the speed with which volunteers could respond to calls and greatly improve their effectiveness once on scene. On June 8, 2004 the Board of Commissioners signed a contract for a new initial response truck to be delivered by the end of March 2005. The new truck has all the features of the 1989 model plus upgrades and new technologies to make our first response volunteers even more effective. We will convert the old truck to a utility vehicle to carry extra equipment and supplies to support calls when needed. 

In August, The Washington State Military Department asked if we were still interested in receiving the funding for the seismic upgrade we applied for 2 years ago. We accepted. The upgrade involves strengthening the rafter connections to the walls and re-roofing. Since this will open up the building, we needed to start a critical facilities upgrade/improvement program. We held the first of many facility planning meetings and toured other stations in the county to get ideas. All improvements and changes must be adequate for both the department and the community for the next 30 to 40 years. 

The Countywide EMS system continues to be a major concern for the Board of Commissioners and myself. Representatives from the fire service, Whatcom County, small cities and the hospital are meeting regularly to develop a system that will meet the needs of the county and maintain the quality EMS service we all expect.  Progress is being made but a final plan has not been reached yet. It is very important that our community realize the great likelihood of increased EMS transportation cost. While most patient transports are done with ground units, air transport must be used sometimes. Some insurance carriers cover the full cost while others do not. We encourage everyone to research individual options. 

The support of this community by passing the EMS Levy and by donations collected for the annual “Give Burns the Boot” drive truly instills a sense of pride in serving you. The EMS Levy allows us to continue developing the department to meet ever-increasing requirements. The Northwest Burn Foundation can continue providing assistance to the victims and families injured by burns. Fire Prevention week was very enjoyable for us. We visited the Beach School K-1s. A few weeks later they visited the station and had fun flocking the back yard with foam.


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