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
 

 

2007 ANNUAL REPORT

 

 

Last year was a busy one for your Fire Department.  We had a slight increase in calls, prevention, preparedness and purchasing activities.  All 12 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus were replaced with state of the art technology.  Each unit has 50% more air storage and can be monitored by exterior personnel.  Exterior personnel can also activate evacuation alarms on each apparatus in case of an emergency, giving interior crews additional time to get to safety.  We also purchased an air compressor and fill station with which we can safely recharge our units in-house.  FEMA provided $108,404 so we needed only $5,420 of matching funds from your hard earned tax dollars.

 

The Firefighters Association met its fundraising goal and purchased a hydraulic rescue tool.  I am constantly amazed by their efforts and the support from our community.  This piece of equipment is a significant addition to our arsenal of rescue tools.  On July 27, we received word that FEMA approved our 2007 grant for $71,559 to purchase all new pagers, and portable, mobile and base radios.  The new radios will replace the antiquated and “piecemealed” communication system we currently use.

 

Commissioner Busch, Assistant Chief Stocker and I traveled to Florida for mid construction and pre-delivery inspections of our new initial attack vehicle.  Unfortunately, a few issues surfaced during the pre-delivery inspection.  American LaFrance is correcting them but this delayed delivery.  We now anticipate receiving an apparatus which meets our specifications before summer 2008.

 

This was a trial year for an on-line EMS training program to keep currently certified responders up to date with their knowledge.  We found the computer screen was not as effective as an actual instructor.  The 2008 Training has been modified to alleviate this issue.  EMS and Fire training takes place three Thursday nights each month except in July and August.  In October, we hired a company from Tacoma to teach us about vehicle extrication and how to size up, stabilize and cut vehicles to extricate patients.  The class was a huge success.  Fire Training covered hazardous materials, 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 fifth 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.  Visiting the children at Beach School during Fire Prevention week is always a highlight for us.  The kids seem very interested in all our equipment and paid attention to our talks about fire safety and accident prevention.

 

The Disaster Preparedness program continued to develop education and preparedness plans, sponsoring First Aid and CPR classes along with a booth at the Farmer’s Market.  A second Train the Trainer of the State “Map Your Neighborhood” program was conducted.  They were able to secure a Red Cross disaster supplies trailer which has been placed on the island.  Non-fire department medical personnel living on the island met and developed a list of supplies and medicine that could be air dropped in a disaster.  With cooperation from land owners, an emergency landing strip has been identified for small planes to bring supplies and provide all-hazards evacuation if necessary.  There had been great response and involvement from the community and we hope to see increased participation in the program as it continues to develop.

 

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 they spent many hours on department-related activities.  For the third year in a row, the board unanimously agreed not to file for the 1% tax increase allowed by law.

 

The membership dedicated 2,231 volunteer hours serving you; 1612 training, 222 performing weekly truck inspections and 397 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”.  Below is a list of the unpaid professionals who respond to your calls for help.  Please note the years of service each has dedicated to our community and the diverse professions of this group.  Following the membership list, I am pleased to provide a snapshot of the 2007 financial activity, the 2008 budget and the 2007 emergency response data.  The board decided it would be prudent to create specific accounts for our larger purchases and be able to set money aside in the future for replacement apparatus and other capital improvements.

 

 

 

 

  Member

Training

Rank

Years

Occupation / Company

Mike Moye

Firefighter FR

Captain

34

Tree Cutter / Logger - Self Employed

John Granger

Firefighter / Nurse

Medical

31

Flight Nurse - Airlift Northwest

Joan Moye

Firefighter / FR

Safety

30

Tree Cutter / Logger - Self Employed

Jud Elkes

Firefighter / FR

Captain

28

Tooling Specialist - Wright Brothers

Ernie Pearson

Firefighter IFA

Firefighter

24

Operator - Whatcom Chief

Judy Thomas

Support / EMT

Medical

20

Teacher - Ferndale School District

Duncan McLane

Firefighter EMT

Chief

19

Welder / Fabricator - Colonial Metal Works

Aaron Rupp

Firefighter FR

Firefighter

19

Political analyst

John Mulhern

Firefighter EMT

Captain

16

Deckhand / Purser / Operator - Whatcom Chief

Curt Stocker

Firefighter FR

Asst. Chief

16

Home Inspector - C&S Home Inspections

Bob Busch

Firefighter / FR

Firefighter

15

Engineer Retired

Shawn Bass

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

10

Self Employed

Mike Rawley

Support / IFA

Firefighter

10

Economic Development Director - The Lummi Nation

Jim Lane

Paramedic

Medical

9

Paramedic / Firefighter - Bellingham Fire

Tom Lutz

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

6

Contractor

Mark Cross

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

5

Mortgage Broaker - Security First Mortgage

Alucia Taylor

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Nanny

Larry Roteman

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Retired - Electrical Engineer

Ed Scott

Firefighter/ IFA

Firefighter

4

Retired - United States Coast Guard

John Fincke

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Retired - US Army

Gary Poole

Firefighter/ IFA

Firefighter

4

Deckhand / Purser / Operator - Whatcom Chief

Mike Lish

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Electrician - Gateway Controls

Terry Terry

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Director/Producer - Terry Terry Productions

Robert Kahn

Physician

Medical

2

Medical Director - Charles River Clinical Services

Scott Blanchard

New Member

Probation

1

Builder - Self Employed

Lisa Lish

New Member

Probation

1

Purchasing Agent - Gateway Controls

Chris Immer

New Member

Probation

1

Pastor - Village Missions


 

INCOME

TAX REVENUE

Budget 2007

 Actual 2007

 Budget 2008

Fire - Levy

 $ 126,529.45

 $ 132,343.85

 $  128,910.00

EMS - Levy

 $   32,412.18

 $   33,766.53

 $    33,008.00

INVESTMENT INTEREST

 

 

 

Fire Interest

 

 $   12,014.56

 

EMS Interest

 

 $    1,359.52

 

Vehicle Replacement Interest

 

 $    5,830.80

 

DONATIONS

 

 

 

Memorials & Other

 

 $       226.25

 

MISC

 

 

 

Burn Permits

 

 $       600.00

 

Grant Money

 

 $    3,265.75

 

Ferndale School

 

 $         56.16

 

TOTAL INCOME

 $ 158,941.63

 $ 189,463.42

 $  161,918.00

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

LEGISLATIVE

Legislative Services

 $   14,000.00

 $    9,215.42

 $    10,250.00

 

 

 

 

FIRE CONTROL

 Administration

 $   25,875.00

 $   23,510.75

 $    36,175.00

Operations & Suppression

 $   42,675.00

 $   29,566.65

 $    29,400.00

Prevention

 $       150.00

 $              -  

 $        150.00

Fire Training

 $    7,800.00

 $    3,846.54

 $      5,475.00

Fire Facilities

 $    7,025.00

 $    5,220.93

 $      7,275.00

TOTAL  FIRE

 $   83,525.00

 $   62,144.87

 $    78,475.00

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

 Administration

 $   13,775.00

 $   10,469.72

 $    21,225.00

Training

 $    8,000.00

 $    5,510.77

 $      7,825.00

Facilities

 $    4,225.00

 $    3,283.54

 $      4,275.00

Rescue & Emergency Aid

 $   17,005.00

 $   16,428.52

 $    12,480.00

TOTAL  EMS

 $   43,005.00

 $   35,692.55

 $    45,805.00

 

 

 

 

CAPITAL OUTLAY

Land

 $   16,000.00

 $   15,909.84

 $    16,000.00

Other improvements

 $   12,000.00

 $   12,281.86

 $      3,500.00

Machinery & Equipment

 $ 240,947.00

 $    2,500.00

 $  320,000.00

TOTAL CAPITAL OUTLAY

 $ 268,947.00

 $   30,691.70

 $  339,500.00

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 $ 409,477.00

 $ 137,744.54

 $  474,030.00

 

 

 

 

 ACCOUNT BALANCES 12/31/07

FIRE

 

 $ 225,030.42

 

EMS

 

 $   29,908.15

 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

 

 $              -  

 

VEHICLE REPLACEMENT

 

 $ 246,830.80

 

TOTAL 

 

 $ 501,769.37

 

 


Incidents in 2007

 

Fire

8

16%

Rescue & EMS

31

62%

Hazardous Conditions(No fire)

2

4%

Service Call

3

6%

Good Intent Call

3

6%

False Alarm & False Call

2

4%

Severe Weather & Natural Disaster

1

2%

 

 

Ø                  Average Response Time:                                 10.5  Minutes

Ø                  Incident Hours:                                                 47.24 Hours 

Ø                  Volunteer Hours on Incidents:                           397  Hours

 

 

Thank you to all the volunteers for their selfless dedication and time spent training and responding to our community’s call for help. Without them, our community would be in dire straits. A bigger 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. 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.  We are always looking for anyone interested in making a difference in someone’s life by 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.

 

Respectfully Submitted:  Chief Duncan McLane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatcom County Fire District #11

3809 Legoe Bay Rd.

PO Box 130

Lummi Island, WA 98262

 

 

 

Lummi Island Fire Department

2007 annual report

 

 

 

 

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Lummi Island, WA  98262