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December 2016 

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Learn More About Our Strategic Plan

Call volumes have increased almost 33% in four years, and more growth is expected for the Island. Camano Island Fire and Rescue spent the past year developing a Strategic Plan for how we will meet the growing demand for emergency services in our community.

Please join us at an upcoming meeting to learn more about the challenges facing emergency service delivery, and – more importantly – how we plan to solve them!
  • Saturday, Jan. 7 2017 at 10:00 a.m. – Camano Center - 606 Arrowhead Road
  • Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. – Administration Office – 811 N. Sunrise Boulevard

Grant Update

Camano Island Fire and Rescue operates under a balanced budget, and has a long history of passing its financial and accountability audits by the state. We actively look for ways to make tax dollars go further by reducing expenses, applying for grants and sharing resources with neighboring fire agencies. 

We recently applied for a $425,000 grant with North County Regional Fire Authority to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, or “SCBAs” as they are called, for our firefighters. This equipment is critical to providing air for firefighters during structural fires or hazardous material spills. Having modern equipment is important to reduce firefighter exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens. We will report back as soon as we know if the grant has been approved for funding, which could take up to a year.

How Are Emergency Services Funded?

Emergency services on Camano Island are funded by two property tax levies. The levy for emergency medical service was renewed by voters in 2015 at the same rate of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Thank you!

The fire levy, which provides a majority of funding for emergency services, will be $1.08 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2017. Voters approved a fire levy of $1.25 per $1,000 in 2004. However, the fire levy rate falls as property values rise and it has not been increased since that time.

The fire district is limited to a 1% revenue increase per year. However, the cost to provide service is often higher than that. For example, call volumes have increased almost 33% for Camano Island Fire and Rescue in four years. 

More calls mean added costs for personnel, apparatus, maintenance, fuel, equipment, and other supplies. Camano Island Fire and Rescue plans to have a conversation with the community about funding for emergency services in 2017. We hope that you will take part in these important discussions as they occur.

Congratulations, Paramedic Mauck!
Brandi Mauck recently earned her Paramedic degree from Harborview and the University of Washington. Paramedic Mauck chose the Medic One program in King County to earn her degree, which provides 2,500 hours of instruction, compared to the national recommendation of 1,100 hours. 

“So much of what we do at Camano Island Fire and Rescue is emergency medical service, and I’ve always been a helper,” she said. “This was a natural progression for me.” 

Paramedic Mauck has been with Camano Island Fire and Rescue since 2005 when she was hired as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. She decided to go back to paramedic school to advance her knowledge of life-saving procedures to benefit the Camano Island community.

“Camano Island is like one big family,” said Paramedic Mauck. “I see people in the grocery store and on emergency calls. We look out for each other, and community support for our fire district is fantastic.”

Paramedic Mauck (pictured below with Fire Chief Michael Schick) is married to Kelly, a retired law enforcement officer of 23 years. They have three children and live on Camano Island.

Board Meets with State Legislators
(L to R) Commissioners Eric Shouse and Jan Treml, State Representative Norma Smith, and Fire Chief Michael Schick
The Board of Fire Commissioners for Camano Island Fire and Rescue met with elected colleagues from Island County and Washington’s 10th Legislative District. The meetings took place this month with County Commissioner Rick Hannold, State Senator Barbara Bailey and State Representative Norma Smith.

The purpose of the meetings was to discuss issues important to emergency services. Fire Commissioners Jan Treml, Eric Shouse and Chief Michael Schick discussed sustainable funding for emergency services, emergency transport issues, the district’s community paramedicine program, and support for volunteer firefighters. 

Contract Negotiations Completed

Camano Island Fire and Rescue and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4033 successfully concluded contract negotiations this month. Both parties unanimously approved a new three-year contract for the years 2017-2019.

Highlights include a cost of living adjustment for firefighters of 3% in the first year, 2.5% in the second year, and 2% in the last year of the contract. COLAs help the fire district retain experienced emergency personnel by keeping firefighter salaries competitive with other agencies in the region.

Camano Island Fire and Rescue also will cover an increase in health care insurance for firefighters of 9.5% in 2017. The fire district and union members agreed to a new wellness program for firefighters to reduce health care costs long-term. 

The number of emergency personnel will not change due to budget constraints. Call volumes have increased almost 33 percent in four years, and the fire district is dedicating all its resources to responding to the increased demand for emergency services.

Winter Health and Safety Preparedness 

Winter is one of the seasons that makes the Pacific Northwest and especially Camano Island such a wonderful place to live. But with all the great things this season brings, it also adds risk to our health and safety. Here are some things to watch out for to make sure this holiday season is as merry as possible.
  1. Don’t over exert yourself in cold weather. One of the most dangerous and common health hazards during the winter months is heart attacks. The reason for this is that cold weather affects us more as we get older. Blood vessels constrict in cold weather, shunting the blood to the core of our body and forcing our heart to work harder. People that already have plaque build-up, or are at a higher risk for stroke and heart attack due to medications or medical history, should take extra precautions and discuss them with their doctors. These issues, combined with shoveling snow and our inability to regulate body temperature as we sneak into our golden years, create the perfect storm for heart- related emergencies.
  2. Falls due to ice are another preventable accident. Ice melt, salt and sand are common ways to help dissolve ice or add traction to icy areas. Wearing proper shoes or boots, as well as taking your time, asking for assistance and using hand rails, can help prevent these accidents. Black ice can be anywhere so please take the time to go slow and be prepared.
  3. Keeping the home warm this time of year is a top priority, but please remember that portable heaters are a high fire risk, especially when using extension cords. Remember, you should never use a barbecue inside the home as a heat source. Electric blankets, although a favorite this time of year, do pose a risk of electrocution and overheating, causing burns.
  4. Last are some things that need to be checked.  Carbon Dioxide (CO) detectors should be on each floor of the home and now would be a great time to replace batteries. Cover your outside faucets, and make sure your pipes are properly insulated. Lastly, if you or a loved one are on oxygen at home, please be prepared for power outages that are common this time of year and have extra tanks that can last 2-3 days.

We hope this information will make your holiday season a wonderful and safe experience. Happy Holidays from Camano Island Fire and Rescue!
Copyright © 2016 Camano Island Fire & Rescue All rights reserved.

Camano Island Fire & Rescue 
811 N. Sunrise Blvd.
Camano Island, WA 98282
(360) 387-1512

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