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Vote yes on prop 1 | Letter

April 9, 2014 · Updated 12:52 PM

Recently, I was privileged to work with fellow residents in a comprehensive study of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue: its history, current practices, and future challenges. This effort, led by Art Lange, was thorough, objective, systematic.

We found thoughtful, conscientious oversight by OIFR commissioners, and visionary leadership by Chief Kevin O’Brien. We found an agency committed to transparency, fiscal responsibility, and accountability.

Most important, we found an organization whose members, from professional staff to self-sacrificing volunteers, literally save lives.

Almost everyone on the island, it seems, has been touched directly or indirectly by OIFR’s prevention and education efforts, or by its firefighting or emergency medical services. We heard stories of islanders who, but for the rapid, skilled response of OIFR would have perished in a fire or succumbed to a life-threatening medical emergency. Others spoke of the agency’s enviable track record in saving property, and helping to protect and preserve our beautiful and delicate environment.

Evidence of the critical need for the upcoming levy lift may be found at www.supportoifr.com.

Please join me in voting yes on Proposition One!

Norm Stamper



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