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
 
2006 ANNUAL REPORT

 

In 2006, The department responded to 18% fewer in incidents. This was the most significant decrease in call volume in many years. It suggests that the residents and visitors are paying more attention to fire and personal safety. We hope this trend continues. Other activities included upgrades in technology and equipment, an EMT class delivered on island and many live fire exercises.

 

Each member received a complete set of brand new turnout gear provided by a FEMA grant of $43,805. This grant required only $2,305 of matching funds from your hard earned tax dollars to complete. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) awarded us a 50% matching grant to finish equipping all volunteers with wildland gear.  We applied for a Department of Health grant to purchase hydraulic extrication tools (Jaws of Life) but were unsuccessful. The Firefighters Association decided to raise funds to acquire the tools. The success of this fund raiser has been truly amazing and illustrates your support of the volunteers.

 

On December 1, we received word that FEMA approved our 2007 grant for $108,404 to purchase new breathing apparatus and a compressor with a fill station. The new equipment will replace our 15-year old units. The air compressor will allow us to fill our storage bottles rather than taking them to town to be refilled.

 

The replacement process of your initial attack apparatus continued. After clearly defining the major issues that led to rejecting of the apparatus in 2005, another set of specifications were developed and sent out for bid which was awarded in October. Commissioner Busch, Assistant Chief Stocker and I meet with the manufacturer at the plant in Florida where it will be built. After going through each line of the specifications and touring the facility, the three of us feel very confident we will receive a well built unit that meets our specifications. The estimated delivery is early fall 2007.

 

The department connected to high speed internet which was prompted by a new on-line EMS continuing education program being used by all fire agencies in the county. Seven members completed an EMT course that was delivered on-island. In true Lummi Island fashion, they quickly set up dinner on rotations so they could eat while they learned.  EMS and Fire training takes place three Thursday nights each month except in July and August. The annual hands-on skills training for everyone else took place in the first quarter while the EMT class was in session. All the members’ skills were reinforced with a multi-scenario exercise on a Saturday in June.  Fire Training covered hazardous materials, building construction, extrication, pre-fire planning, command and radio procedures and multiple live fire exercises. The high attendance rate shows the volunteers’ commitment to better themselves and the hard work of the officers to provide quality training.

 

The fourth annual Open House was well-attended and many prevention, safety and awareness materials were distributed. The fire extinguisher program and training was a huge success.  Fire Prevention week was a lot of fun. We visited Beach School and talked with all the students about fire safety and accident prevention. The Firewise program continued with DNR spending a week with their chipper all over the island. Fuel reduction around homes is very important for our isolated community.

 

The Disaster Preparedness program continued to develop education and preparedness plans. The main event in 2006 was the start of “Map Your Neighborhood”, a State Program that has been developed in urban and suburban areas. Lummi Island was chosen as a pilot program to test its effectiveness in a rural setting.  There had been great response and involvement from the community. We saw its value in November and December when we were reminded how vulnerable the electrical distribution grid is to Mother Nature. We hope to see increased participation in the program as it continues to develop over the upcoming years.

 

Your three elected Commissioners do an excellent job of governing and looking ahead at upcoming issues. It is important to point out they do more than pay the bills and approve the budget. Each one spends as much time as possible with other district commissioners to address legislative issues and countywide problems. None of them elects to receive pay for their activities and together they spent over 198 hours collectively on department-related activities. For the second year in a row, the board unanimously agreed not to file for the 1% tax increase allowed by law.

 

The membership dedicated about 2,408 volunteer hours serving you; 1,496 training, 505 performing weekly truck inspections and 407 hours on emergency responses. It is impossible to put an exact price on the value of our volunteers’ time but it would be accurate to say “a lot”.  I am very proud to list each of those dedicated, unpaid professionals below. Please note the years of service each has dedicated to our community and the diverse professions of this group. Following the member list is a snapshot of the 2006 financial activity, the 2007 budget and the 2006 emergency response data.

 

 

  Member

Training

Rank

Years

Occupation / Company

Mike Moye

Firefighter FR

Captain

33

Tree Cutter / Logger - Self Employed

John Granger

Firefighter / Nurse

Medical

30

Flight Nurse - Airlift Northwest

Joan Moye

Firefighter / FR

Safety

29

Tree Cutter / Logger - Self Employed

Jud Elkes

Firefighter / FR

Captain

27

Tooling Specialist - Wright Brothers

Ernie Pearson

Firefighter IFA

Firefighter

23

Operator - Whatcom Chief

Judy Thomas

Support / EMT

Medical

19

Teacher - Ferndale School District

Duncan McLane

Firefighter EMT

Chief

18

Welder / Fabricator - Colonial Metal Works

Aaron Rupp

Firefighter FR

Firefighter

18

Political Analyst

John Mulhern

Firefighter EMT

Captain

15

Deckhand / Purser / Operator - Whatcom Chief

Curt Stocker

Firefighter FR

Asst. Chief

15

Home Inspector - C&S Home Inspections

Bob Busch

Firefighter / FR

Firefighter

14

Engineer Retired

Shawn Bass

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

9

Self Employed

Mike Rawley

Support / IFA

Firefighter

9

Economic Development Director - The Lummi Nation

Jim Lane

Paramedic

Medical

8

Paramedic / Firefighter - Bellingham Fire

Tom Lutz

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

5

Contractor

Mark Cross

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Mortgage Broker - Security First Mortgage

Alucia Taylor

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

3

Nanny

Larry Roteman

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

3

Retired - Electrical Engineer

Ed Scott

Firefighter/ IFA

Firefighter

3

Retired - United States Coast Guard

John Fincke

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

3

Retired - US Army

Gary Poole

Firefighter/ IFA

Firefighter

3

Deckhand / Purser / Operator - Whatcom Chief

Mike Lish

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

3

Electrician - Gateway Controls

Terry Terry

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

3

Director/Producer - Terry Terry Productions

 

BUDGET

 

INCOME

TAX REVENUE

Budget 2006

 Actual 2006

 Budget 2007

Fire - Levy

$122,700.94

 $ 108,121.68

 $  126,529.45

EMS - Levy

$31,453.25

 $   50,419.60

 $    32,412.18

INVESTMENT INTEREST

 

 

 

Fire Interest

 

 $   12,847.06

 

EMS Interest

 

 $       914.98

 

DONATIONS

 

 

 

Memorials & Other

 

 $    1,083.57

 

MISC

 

 

 

Burn Permits

 

 $       550.00

 

Grant Money

 

 $    1,949.45

 

Ferndale School

 

 $         54.08

 

TOTAL INCOME

$154,154.19

 $ 175,940.42

 $  158,941.63

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

LEGISLATIVE

Legislative Services

$11,555.00

 $    9,155.19

 $    14,000.00

 

 

 

 

FIRE CONTROL

 Administration

$27,025.00

 $   18,572.87

 $    25,875.00

Operations & Suppression

$31,545.00

 $   18,130.16

 $    42,675.00

Prevention

$400.00

 $       708.18

 $        150.00

Fire Training

$7,800.00

 $    3,098.54

 $      7,800.00

Fire Facilities

$11,279.00

 $    4,483.69

 $      7,025.00

TOTAL  FIRE

$78,049.00

 $   44,993.44

 $    83,525.00

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

 Administration

$14,800.00

 $    9,023.68

 $    13,775.00

Training

$17,400.00

 $   11,730.59

 $      8,000.00

Facilities

$5,610.00

 $    2,259.36

 $      4,225.00

Rescue & Emergency Aid

$11,320.00

 $    5,374.04

 $    17,005.00

TOTAL  EMS

$49,130.00

 $   28,387.67

 $    43,005.00

 

 

 

 

CAPITAL OUTLAY

Land

$16,000.00

 $   15,909.84

 $    16,000.00

Other improvements

$0.00

 $              -  

 $    12,000.00

Machinery & Equipment

$183,000.00

 $    2,815.11

 $  240,947.00

TOTAL CAPITAL OUTLAY

$199,000.00

 $   18,724.95

 $  268,947.00

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 $ 337,734.00

 $ 101,261.25

 $  409,477.00

 

 

 

 

 ACCOUNT BALANCES 12/31/06

Cash Expense Account

 

 $   79,422.05

 

Expense Investment Account

 

 $ 331,312.29

 

EMS Investment Account

 

 $   23,448.20

 

TOTAL CASH ASSETS

 

 $ 434,182.54

 


 

Incidents in 2006

 

       Fire          9          18%

        Rescue & EMS               30          60%

          Hazardous Conditions(No fire)  6      12%

          Good Intent Call        1          2%

          False Alarm & False Call  3         6%

          Service Call  1         2%

   Grand Total:                       50

 

 

Ø                  Average Response Time:                     11.80   Minutes

Ø                  Incident Hours:                              44   Hours 

Ø                  Volunteer Hours on Incidents:          407    Hours

 

 

Thank you to the families of volunteers who put up with their absences on Thursday nights and when they are called to duty be it in the middle of the night, holiday dinners or other inopportune times.  A bigger thank you to all volunteers for their dedication and time spent training and responding to our community’s call for help. Without them, our community would be in dire straits. If anyone is interested in joining the emergency response team, please call us or show up at 7:00 pm on one of the first three Thursday evenings of each month. I would also like to thank the businesses, organizations and individuals on the Island for their continued support as well as the various baked goods and donations.  It means a lot.

 

Respectfully Submitted:  Chief Duncan McLane,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lummi Island Fire Department

2006 annual report

 

 

 

 

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Lummi Island, WA  98262