In 2005, a handful of Orcas Firefighters responded to a request by Bureau of Land Management to burn/demolish an old dilapidated building. This event created the Patos Fire Department. Since that day, an amazing collection of volunteers, annually trek to the island to do campground maintenance, trail clearing and savannah restoration of the fields around the lighthouse. The crew pooled personal funds to charter a boat to haul volunteers and gear until 2011, when Greg Ayers joined our ranks and volunteered his personal boat. He has become the official skipper and valued Patos Island Fire Department crewmember. It has been great to have Greg step up and handle the toughest challenge we have – transportation. And then pitch in on the chores around the island!
Greg’s service to the community is commendable and he will certainly serve the county well as one of the new county council members. We hope you will consider giving him your vote. Win or lose, we can’t wait until our 2013 adventure back to Patos with you, Greg!
Max and Jeff Jones