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

 

2009 ANNUAL REPORT

 

The year began with extensive training on our new Initial Attack Apparatus. A small grass fire in February provided a situation to see how well the apparatus was designed and constructed.  Aside from finding its off-road limitations, the apparatus performed very well.  In March the Board of Commissioners awarded the new ambulance bid to Braun Northwest, located in Chehalis, WA.  We were very impressed with their facility and process of manufacturing but not surprised since they supply most of the ambulances in Whatcom County.  Much appreciation goes to the St. Luke’s Foundation for their generous matching grant of $40,000.  Delivery is expected to be mid march and in-service by April 1.

 

For the second time in 5 years we held an EMT class on the island for seven of our new members and a few imports from Point Robert Fire Department.  It was an intense 13 week class that took up much of their free time. All seven passed and are now EMTs dedicated to serving you. 

 

Washington State Department of Health, Trauma Services Division has provided a $1,200.00 grant each year for Verified Trauma Services. Over the past few years we have been saving for a full sized CPR, Airway and Defibrillation manikin.  This year’s grant made the purchase a reality.  In the past, we had a single CPR manikin, an airway manikin and a D-fib simulator.  This made it difficult to have multiple responders work on “one” patient in a training simulation as they would be in real life.  It has proven invaluable for training. The unit logs all the rescuer’s actions, times, compression depths, breathing rates and provides a print out identifying where improvements can be made. 

 

On February 13, we were notified that our FEMA grant application for $13,921 was approved.  With this money, and $665 from the district, we purchased a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) and Multi Gas Detector.  The TIC gives us another tool to help locate hidden fires, hot spots and most importantly victims in smoke filled-areas. The Multi Gas Detector measures the levels of Carbon Monoxide, Oxygen, Hydrogen Sulfide, and explosive limits of gas or vapors. This gives us a much more accurate way to determine when it is safe to remove our breathing apparatus after a fire, when we need to put on our breathing apparatus, or when to evacuate the area.

 

Our new approach to initially responding to Basic Life Support (BLS) patients without off island resources is working well.  Fire District #8 (Gooseberry Point and Marietta) waits for our arrival at Gooseberry Point and transports patients to St Joseph’s Hospital.  Fire District 7 (Ferndale) transported one time because District 8 was busy on other calls.

 

Our seventh annual Open House was well attended.  It is always nice to be able to show the new equipment and visit with everyone in a non emergency setting.  Although the fire extinguisher company could not attend, having Airlift Northwest’s new helicopter was certainly an attraction.

 

Each Commissioner spends as much time as possible with other district commissioners to address legislative issues and countywide problems.  On top of monthly district meetings, they attend the County Commissioners Association and West Region (Sandy Point, Ferndale, Marietta and Lummi Island Fire Departments) meetings along with County Council meetings when there are issues that affect fire and emergency services on the Island.  At the annual budget meeting the board unanimously agreed not to file for the 1% tax increase allowed by law for the fifth year in a row. 

 

Below is a list of the volunteers who respond to your calls for help.  In 2009 they dedicated over 3,150 hours serving you; 850 hours EMT training, 1,250 hours on-going training, 450 hours on weekly truck inspections and 607 hours on emergency responses. There are many more undocumented hours spent writing reports and putting apparatus back in service after calls.  Please note the years of service each of the unpaid professionals has dedicated to our community and the diverse professions of this group.  A lot of the other departments in the county have members that serve only 3-5 years before moving on.  We are very lucky to have true community based responders. Following the membership list, I am pleased to provide a snapshot of the 2009 financial activity, the 2010 budget, end of 2009 fund account balances, and the emergency response data from 2009.

 

 

  Member

Training

Rank

Years

Occupation / Company

Mike Moye

Firefighter FR

Captain

35

Tree Cutter / Logger - Self Employed

John Granger

Firefighter  Nurse

Medical

32

Flight Nurse - Airlift Northwest

Joan Moye

Support  EMT

Safety

31

Tree Cutter / Logger - Self Employed

Jud Elkes

Firefighter  FR

Captain

29

Tooling Specialist - Wright Brothers

Ernie Pearson

Firefighter IFA

Firefighter

25

Operator - Whatcom Chief

Duncan McLane

Firefighter EMT

Chief

20

Welder / Fabricator - Colonial Metal Works

Aaron Rupp

Firefighter FR

Firefighter

20

Self Employed

John Mulhern

Firefighter EMT

Captain

17

Deckhand / Purser / Operator - Whatcom Chief

Curt Stocker

Firefighter FR

Asst. Chief

17

Deckhand / Purser - Whatcom Chief

Bob Busch

Firefighter  FR

Firefighter

16

Engineer Retired

Mike Rawley

Support  IFA

Firefighter

11

CEO of National Tribal Development Association

Jim Lane

Paramedic

Medical

10

Paramedic / Firefighter - Bellingham Fire

Tom Lutz

Firefighter  EMT

Firefighter

7

Cabinet Maker

Mark Cross

Firefighter  EMT

Firefighter

6

Mortgage Broker - Security First Mortgage

Larry Roteman

Firefighter  EMT

Firefighter

5

Retired - Electrical Engineer

Gary Poole

Firefighter  IFA

Lieutenant

5

Deckhand / Purser / Operator - Whatcom Chief

Mike Lish

Firefighter  EMT

Lieutenant

5

Electrician - Gateway Controls

Terry Terry

Firefighter  EMT

Firefighter

5

Director/Producer – Terry Terry Productions

Robert Kahn

Physician

Medical

3

Medical Director - Charles River Clinical Services

Scott Blanchard

Firefighter  EMT

Firefighter

3

Builder - Self Employed

Lisa Lish

Firefighter  EMT

Firefighter

3

Purchasing Agent - Gateway Controls

Chris Immer

Firefighter  EMT

Firefighter

3

Pastor - Village Missions

Jette Baker

Firefighter  EMT

Probation

2

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

Robert Auld

Firefighter  EMT

Probation

2

Stock Broker

Sam Bowman

Firefighter  EMT

Probation

2

Carpenter

Robert Sorensen

Probation

Firefighter

1

Retired

 

IFA – Industrial First Aid

FR – First Responder

EMT – Emergency Medical Technician


 

INCOME

TAX REVENUE

Budget 2009

Actual 2009

Budget 2010

 

Fire - Levy

 $    132,345.79

 $    134,024.67

 $    136,028.62

 

EMS - Levy

 $      33,871.41

 $      35,676.34

 $      34,796.66

 

INTEREST

 

 

 

 

Fire - Levy

 

 $        4,078.74

 

 

EMS - Levy

 

 $           949.65

 

 

Facilities

 

 $             37.60

 

 

Apparatus

 

 $        1,959.00

 

 

DONATIONS & MISC

 

 

 

 

Memorials & Other

 

 $           743.26

 

 

Burn Permits

 

 $           425.00

 

 

Equipment surplus

 

 $        8,665.17

 

 

Ferndale School & DNR

 

 $           623.45

 

 

TOTAL INCOME

 $    166,217.20

 $    187,182.88

 $    170,825.28

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

 

Legislative Services

 $      10,980.00

 $        7,200.35

 $      14,150.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE CONTROL

 

Administration

 $      38,150.00

 $      36,630.06

 $      41,400.00

 

Suppression

 $      28,755.00

 $      18,574.94

 $      26,900.00

 

Prevention

 $           150.00

 $           111.44

 $           375.00

 

Training

 $      13,250.00

 $        5,312.05

 $      12,125.00

 

Facilities

 $        7,685.00

 $        6,516.56

 $        6,900.00

 

TOTAL FIRE

 $      87,990.00

 $      67,145.05

 $      87,700.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

 

Administration

 $      22,665.00

 $      18,643.33

 $      24,790.00

 

Training

 $      18,250.00

 $      18,091.31

 $        8,675.00

 

Facilities

 $        4,620.00

 $        3,253.00

 $        3,575.00

 

Rescue & Emergency Aid

 $      16,820.00

 $      17,493.46

 $      15,200.00

 

TOTAL EMS

 $      62,355.00

 $      57,481.10

 $      52,240.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPITAL OUTLAY

 

Land

 $      16,000.00

 $      15,909.84

 $      16,000.00

 

Equipment

 $    120,000.00

 $           173.50

 $    126,000.00

 

TOTAL CAPITAL

 $    136,000.00

 $      16,083.34

 $    142,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EXPENSES

 $    297,325.00

 $    147,909.84

 $    296,090.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACCOUNT BALANCES 12/31/09

 

FIRE

 

 $    229,276.42

 

 

EMS

 

 $      39,562.35

 

 

FACILITIES

 

 $        2,141.57

 

 

APPARATUS

 

 $      86,266.85

 

 

TOTAL

 

 $    357,247.19

 

 


 

51 Incidents in 2009

 

Fire                                          8              16%

Rescue & EMS                            31              60%

Hazardous Conditions              5              10%

Service Call                            4                8%

Good Intent Call                            3                6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

·       10.75  Minutes Average Response Time

·       69.5 Incident Hours

·       607 Volunteer Hours on Incidents

 

 

Words of thanks will never be enough to express my appreciation for the volunteers and their selfless dedication and time spent preparing and responding to our community’s call for help. Thank you to the families of volunteers who put up with the Thursday night trainings and when they are called to duty be it in the middle of the night, holiday dinners or other inopportune times. Last but certainly not least, thank you to the businesses, organizations and individuals on the Island for their continued support as well as the various baked goods, cards and donations. It really means a lot.

 

If you are 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 four 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

2009 annual report

 

 

 

 

Postal Customer

Lummi Island, WA  98262