Contributed photo
                                Left to right are new firefighters Micki Nichols, Locket Goodrich, Brittney Maruska, La Ren Rossie, Will Marlow, and Kimberley Kimple. Not pictured are Alison Dantzler and Kasey Jo Weigley and EMT Betsy Wilson.

Contributed photo Left to right are new firefighters Micki Nichols, Locket Goodrich, Brittney Maruska, La Ren Rossie, Will Marlow, and Kimberley Kimple. Not pictured are Alison Dantzler and Kasey Jo Weigley and EMT Betsy Wilson.

Orcas Fire welcomes eight new volunteers

  • Thu Jul 18th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue welcomed eight volunteer firefighters at the end of June after completing the department’s 16-week fire academy. The class, consisting of six women and two men, spent weeknights and Saturdays establishing firefighting skills and have each been assigned to one of seven stations located throughout the island.

Also joining OIFR is new volunteer emergency medical technician Betsy Wilson, who graduated from the EMT Academy on San Juan Island this spring, and received her certification in June.

“It’s great to have new members on board,” said OIFR Volunteer Coordinator Jim McCorison. “The group worked hard to get through intense training and we are proud to have them with us.” While the academy has ended, the training never stops. OIFR members gather throughout the month to conduct drills, keeping skills fresh and remaining ready to serve the Orcas Island community when the call goes out.