Isolated Island Raises Rescue Van Fund

Issue 1 and Volume 125.

Isolated Island Raises Rescue Van Fund Other small and isolated fire districts may be interested in the accomplishments of the firemen on Orcas Island, Wash., between the mainland and British Columbia. No mutual aid is available except for forest fires, and there is no drugstore or hospital on the island, which is hilly with winding roads. In October 1970, the fire commissioners hired me as chief to modernize the fire department. Regular drills were instituted and training films from the State Board for Vocational Training were shown. Courses in basic and advanced first aid were conducted by the American Red Cross. With this new training, the number of volunteer firemen grew and morale improved. The firemen spent about $900 for turnout gear with money from their annual dance proceeds. They voted to spend up to $1000 for a used station wagon to be used as a rescue car to carry…

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