A message from Chief Williams | Letter to the editor

To the Orcas Island community:

First and foremost, I will say the members of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue appreciate all of you and your support. As you explore the field of Emergency Services you will find caring people who enjoy being there in your “time of need” and this is what I hear from our volunteers and staff on a continual basis. OIFR is staffed with individuals who truly believe in our motto, Neighbors serving Neighbors.

I am writing this post to provide you the assurance that, when you dial 911 and the members of OIFR hear their call to action, they will provide you the same quality and fervor of professionalism and service that you already know and rely upon. Even today as we deal with additional weather-related emergencies, I am seeing OIFR members attend to the needs of the island while maintaining our services.

The fire department is currently working through some internal matters and we will do so professionally and in a manner that does not affect our service to the community. When you need help and dial 911 we will be there for you because that is our goal. This is a brief note to express our commitment to our community that we are here for you.

Scott Williams

Orcas Fire Chief