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 purpose of the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority’s Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program is to reduce the incidents of willful and/or malicious fires set by minors.

 

PROGRAM SCOPE

The Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program is available to all citizens of Thurston County. The program helps juveniles and their families understand the dangers of fire, effective methods of fire prevention, fire safety and consequences of firesetting. Benefits of our programs will not only result in the reduction of firesetting situations but will ultimately improve the overall safety and quality of life for children and families in our community.

 

HOW DO I GET MY CHILD INTO THIS PROGRAM?

  • A volunteer referral where a parent or adult guardian realizes a problem exists and refers the child for assistance.

  • An agency referral (Fire Marshal’s office, DNR, fire departments, courts, etc.)

 

For more information contact West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Station #1-2 at (360) 352-1614.

Your Firesetter Interventionists are Chief Gary Stone and Kathleen Stone.

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.

“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.

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