PUBLIC EDUCATION & PREVENTION
PUBLIC SAFETY EDUCATION & PREVENTION PROGRAMS
At West Thurston, public safety education is a priority objective, although the ongoing cost-benefit debate (comparing prevention dollars spent to the actual prevention of injury or property loss) continues. We consider the cost of treating injuries and associated long-term care, not to mention the devastating effects they have on families, and it’s simple to understand how the application of fire department time and a few dollars to prevent injury in our community is equitable. We do know that doing nothing will produce nothing, and as we often witness, the only chance we have to save a life is by preventing the incident from occurring.
At West Thurston we take pride in our Public Education and Prevention programs and activities. Our Public Safety Specialists are among the most committed and active in the region. Stay tuned for future event dates!
PUB ED PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:
Spring Easter Egg Hunt(s) and Injury Prevention Safety Fair
Fall Fire Prevention Week Safety Fair
Emergency Preparedness Events
Swede Day Events
High school anti-drunk driving mock crash events
Elementary school fire prevention education
Juvenile Fire Setters Program
K-12 prevention programs
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Breakfast with Santa
Firefighters Association and Firestones benevolence activities: Fill-the-Boot
Firefighters Association Stair Climb
THE JUVENILE FIRESETTERS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH UPDATES, please check back with us!
JUVENILE FIRESETTERS PROGRAM
CRISIS SUPPORT SERVICES
West Thurston Regional Fire Authority is fortunate to have two (2) of our very own Crisis Support Specialists (CSS) who perform a variety of services. The CSS Team stands ready to serve as a resource for the Fire Chief by providing assistance to victims of crisis situations and serving as part of the Critical Incident Debriefing (CISD) Team.
What started as a simple idea years ago has developed into a comprehensive program involving several local agencies. Crisis Support and Chaplain service are now available throughout Thurston County, bringing Crisis Support Specialists and Chaplains from several emergency services agencies together to serve the Thurston County community-at-large and beyond.
NEW 988 CRISIS AND SUICIDE LINELIFE PHONE NUMBER. On July 16th, Washington State has made it easier to get the help you need. If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress or know someone who needs crisis support you can now dial 988. This number works for phone calls, texting or chat and will connect you with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
“A COMMUNITY SERVICE LEADER”
The members of West Thurston Regional Fire Authority take pride in being recognized as a “Community Service Leader”. We are committed not only to delivering the best possible emergency service, but we also take pride in being a leader in the community’s public safety activities and education events.