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

 

2008 ANNUAL REPORT

 

The beginning of 2008 was difficult. We received word that the company building the new truck had filed for bankruptcy.  A few months later we felt better when they came out of chapter 11 and began communicating with us again. Due to the reorganization, we made an extra trip back (at their expense) to inspect the truck prior to delivery and found only a few minor items needing correction.  In November our much anticipated new Initial Attack finally arrived.  The volunteers’ available time for training and the weather prevented us from putting it in service in 2008 but I am happy to report it is in service now. This apparatus is a huge improvement; increased suppression capability, better on-scene lighting, more horsepower, and greater maneuverability. 

 

This completes the fire apparatus replacement program started in 1997.  To achieve this without incurring any debt is a real accomplishment for the community and a testament to the present and past boards of commissioners. On January 28 we received notice of approval from the St. Luke’s Foundation of our request for a matching grant up to $40,000 to help purchase a new ambulance. 

 

With our FEMA grant for $71,559, we purchased new pagers, and portable, mobile and base radios.  The new radios replaced the antiquated and “piecemealed” communication system we had been using for so many years. This was our third major FEMA grant we received for a total of $212,000. Without this assistance we would not have been able to maintain our apparatus replacement program or provide the most up-to-date protective equipment and clothing for our volunteers.  

 

We signed an agreement with Fire District #8 (Gooseberry Point and Marietta) to transport all our Basic Life Support (BLS) patients to the hospital. We will transport all BLS patients to Gooseberry point where they will be transferred to a District 8 ambulance. The 911 dispatch triages EMS calls with information the caller provides and then sends the most appropriate resources to the call.  The change is that we will be responding to all BLS calls without any off island resources.   If there is any indication ALS (Advanced Life Support) care is necessary we will call for Whatcom Medic One and or Airlift Northwest which will come without question. This new approach allows more efficient use of the limited county wide ALS resources.

 

Our sixth annual Open House attracted the highest attendance yet.  We distributed many prevention, safety and awareness materials.  As always the fire extinguisher program and training was a huge success. The children loved spraying the foam.   The children at Beach School always make our October Fire Prevention Week visit a highlight for us with their curiosity about our equipment and attention to accident prevention and fire safety.  The Disaster Preparedness program continued to develop education and preparedness plans and sponsored First Aid and CPR classes.  Training for the year was status quo. Not knowing when the new truck would arrive put fire training in a holding pattern.  However, we spent many hours learning and practicing patient care and fire ground skills.  

 

Your three elected Commissioners do more than pay the bills and approve the budget.  Each spends as much time as possible with other district commissioners to address legislative issues and countywide problems.  All three refuse pay for the many hours spent on department-related activities.  For the fourth year in a row, the board unanimously agreed not to file for the 1% tax increase allowed by law.  The 2009 Budget increases are for an EMT class on the island for our new members, a new Automatic Defibrillator so we can have one in Scenic Estates, a full size CPR, D-fib and airway manikin, and increased fire training for the new members and the new Initial Attack truck.

 

The volunteers dedicated 2,562 hours serving you; 1,648 training, 471 performing weekly truck inspections and 443 hours on emergency responses.  Below is a list of who responds to your calls for help.  Please note the years of service each of the unpaid professionals 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 2008 financial activity, the 2009 budget, specific fund account balances, and the 2008 emergency response data.

 

 

  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

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

Cabinet Maker

Mark Cross

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

5

Mortgage Broker - Security First Mortgage

Alucia Taylor

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Real Estate Agent – Lummi Island Reality LLC

Larry Roteman

Firefighter/ EMT

Firefighter

4

Retired - Electrical Engineer

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

Firefighter

Firefighter

2

Builder - Self Employed

Lisa Lish

Firefighter

Firefighter

2

Purchasing Agent - Gateway Controls

Chris Immer

Firefighter

Firefighter

2

Pastor - Village Missions

Jette Baker

New Member

Probation

1

Co-Owner, Sail the San Juan’s Charter Company

Robert Auld

New Member

Probation

1

Stock Broker

Sam Bowman

New Member

Probation

1

Carpenter

 

IFA – Industrial First Aid

FR – First Responder

EMT – Emergency Medical Technician


 

INCOME

TAX REVENUE

Budget 2008

 Actual 2008

 Budget 2009

Fire - Levy

 $  128,910.00

 $  124,044.11

 $ 132,345.79

EMS - Levy

 $    33,008.00

 $    31,776.78

 $   33,871.41

INVESTMENT INTEREST

 

 

 

Fire Interest

 

 $      6,448.81

 

EMS Interest

 

 $      1,378.51

 

Facilities Interest

 

 $          25.28

 

Vehicle Replacement Interest

 

 $    10,119.74

 

DONATIONS

 

 

 

Memorials & Other

 

 $      1,870.00

 

MISC

 

 

 

Burn Permits

 

 $        425.00

 

Ferndale School

 

 $        113.36

 

TOTAL INCOME

 $  161,918.00

 $  176,201.59

 $ 166,217.20

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

LEGISLATIVE

Legislative Services

 $    10,250.00

 $      7,199.78

 $   10,980.00

 

 

 

 

FIRE CONTROL

 Administration

 $    36,175.00

 $    33,420.34

 $   38,150.00

Operations & Suppression

 $    29,400.00

 $    27,380.36

 $   28,755.00

Prevention

 $        150.00

 $        169.47

 $       150.00

Fire Training

 $      5,475.00

 $      2,135.12

 $   13,250.00

Fire Facilities

 $      7,275.00

 $      4,982.83

 $    7,685.00

TOTAL  FIRE

 $    78,475.00

 $    68,088.12

 $   87,990.00

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

 Administration

 $    21,225.00

 $    16,554.63

 $   22,665.00

Training

 $      7,825.00

 $      3,014.06

 $   18,250.00

Facilities

 $      4,275.00

 $      3,087.68

 $    4,620.00

Rescue & Emergency Aid

 $    12,480.00

 $    12,107.56

 $   16,820.00

TOTAL  EMS

 $    45,805.00

 $    34,763.93

 $   62,355.00

 

 

 

 

CAPITAL OUTLAY

Land

 $    16,000.00

 $    15,909.84

 $   16,000.00

Other improvements

 $      3,500.00

 $      2,266.57

 $              -  

Machinery & Equipment

 $  320,000.00

 $  238,356.97

 $ 120,000.00

TOTAL CAPITAL OUTLAY

 $  339,500.00

 $  256,533.38

 $ 136,000.00

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 $  474,030.00

 $  366,585.21

 $ 297,325.00

 

 

 

 

FUND ACCOUNT BALANCES 12/31/08

FIRE

 

 $  196,398.76

 

EMS

 

 $    39,099.11

 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

 

 $      1,395.28

 

VEHICLE REPLACEMENT

 

 $    77,125.54

 

TOTAL 

 

 $  314,018.69

 

 

Incidents in 2008

 

Fire

8

14%

Rescue & EMS

35

60%

Hazardous Conditions(No fire)

3

5%

Service Call

11

19%

Good Intent Call

    1

2%

 

TOTAL  58

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ø                  10.05           Minutes Average Response Time                   

Ø                  58          Incident Hours

Ø                  443         Volunteer Hours on Incidents:

 

 

Thank you to the businesses, organizations and individuals on the Island for their continued support as well as the various baked goods and donations. This means a lot. 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. The biggest thanks goes 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.

 

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

2008 annual report

 

 

 

 

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Lummi Island, WA  98262