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.
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.
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.
JUVENILE FIRESETTERS PROGRAM
West Thurston Regional Fire Authority is fortunate to have our two (2) of our very own Chaplains who performs a variety of services. The Chaplains stand 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. Additionally, chaplains provide for the spiritual needs of, and counselling for, department members and their families, and visits sick and injured department personnel at home or in the hospital. In the event of the serious injury or even the death of a department member or their family member the chaplain(s) assists in coordinating and providing family services.
Chaplain Thom Jenrette and Chaplain Jeremy Kochrain perform a wide variety of duties outside of the department including; offering prayers at special occasions such as recruit graduations, award and ground breaking ceremonies for new department buildings; performing Sunday services at the West Region EMS conference; serving on the pastoral staff at Capitol Medical Center, visiting the sick and terminally ill, and on-call and ready at a moment’s notice should a patient’s family have a need. Additionally our senior Chaplain serves as substitute pastor for a local Church in Littlerock. Both Chaplains serve as liaisons with other clergy in the community.
What started as a simple idea years ago is now a whole program involving several people. Thanks to our Fire Commissioners, Chiefs and the tireless efforts of a handful of men and women, the Chaplain service has turned into the Fire Chaplains of Thurston County, bringing chaplains from several fire departments together to serve their own departments as the primary Chaplain, then serve each other departments as the backup Chaplain. The Fire Chaplains of Thurston County have even extended their network into some of the neighboring counties should we have a need for their resources.
“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.