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January 2017

Welcome to our E-Newsletter! We are excited to introduce this new communication tool to help us reach more people in the Camano Island community. Please forward this on to your friends, family members and neighbors, or have them sign up at http://camanofire.com/news/sign-up/

Strategic Planning Meetings a Success
 
Camano Island Fire and Rescue recently completed a Strategic Plan that covers how the agency will meet the increasing demand for emergency services. Two well-attended meetings on the Strategic Plan were held earlier this month to share information with the community and answer questions about what is being proposed.
 
Short-term, the plan calls for adding two firefighters during peak hours to reduce response times and improve our ability to respond to multiple emergencies. It also calls on the fire district to replace apparatus on a regular basis to improve reliability.
 
Call volumes have increased almost 29% in five years, and more growth is expected for the island. More calls mean added costs for personnel, apparatus, maintenance, fuel, equipment, and other supplies. In contrast, the fire district is limited to a 1% revenue increase per year by state law.
 
The Board of Fire Commissioners will consider asking the community to approve a fire levy lid lift sometime in 2017 to fund these items. (The last voter-approved increase was in 2004.) A public process will take place later this summer before a final decision is made. You can view the Strategic Plan on our web site at http://camanofire.com/budget/.
 
Santa Run for Local Food Bank
 
Every year during the holidays Camano Island Fire and Rescue  firefighters collect donations for the local food bank. This year was a huge success, and firefighters dropped off 228 pounds of food and cash contributions. Special thanks to Lieutenant Bryce Fazekas and Captain Ryan Shaughnessy for organizing the event, and volunteer firefighter Jim Ludden for playing Santa Claus. The Stanwood High School Fire Cadets and Girl Scouts participated and deserve thanks as well.
Community Resource Paramedic Program
 
Camano Island Fire and Rescue introduced a community resource paramedic program in 2015. The goal is to connect community members in need to resources and programs that can help them. Long-term, we expect this to improve patient care and reduce non-emergency calls to 911.
 
For example, the fire district helped an elderly couple make modifications to remain in their home and connected them to Meals on Wheels. Our Community Resource Paramedic also has worked with Hospice to help families anticipate end of life needs for their loved ones. We expect this program to grow as we partner with other agencies.
 
Feedback
 
Camano Island Fire and Rescue provides fire suppression, emergency medical service and technical rescue to 16,000 people over 40 square miles. Fifty-three full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters respond to an average of 1,800 calls per year. We occasionally receive feedback from those we’ve helped, and wanted to share some of these special messages with you:
 
“We called 911 in the early hours of Thanksgiving morning. My husband was having a heart attack. You were extremely calm, professional and systematic and explained everything. All hospital staff were extremely complimentary of you. You are part of the reason that he is alive today. Thank you.”
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Camano Island Fire & Rescue 
811 N. Sunrise Blvd.
Camano Island, WA 98282
(360) 387-1512

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