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.