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2016 Levy Lid Lift on ballot
to Restore 2007 Levy Rate

Jonathan Sprouffske, Chair, SETFA Fire Commissioner

Jonathan Sprouffske, Chair, SETFA Fire Commissioner

Chief Mark King

Chief Mark King

From 2011 to 2013 S.E. Thurston Fire Authority experienced an unprecedented loss in revenue exceeding $700,000. In response the Fire Authority eliminated five positions, froze all base wage and cost of living increases, successfully applied for, and received, 1.2 million in federal grants, as well as established partnerships with neighboring jurisdictions to share cost.  The prior levy lid lift, which was approved by the voters, expired in 2013.  Your board of commissioners made a conscious decision to wait three years before re-running the proposition.  It was our intention to help citizens recover from the downturn in the economy.  The fire commissioners and Chief King’s decision to ask the community to restore our prior funding levels is not a decision that your department leadership takes lightly. 

Although S.E. Thurston Fire Authority has been able to maintain service levels, call volume has increased 17%, over the past 5 years, we have exhausted all cost cutting and revenue generating measures, and in addition our federal grant for staffing is set to expire in 2017. Consequently S.E. Thurston Fire Commissioners are placing a multi-year lid lift proposition before the voters on August 2, 2016. This levy, if passed, will restore the 2007 regular property tax levy which expired in 2013 to the maximum statutory rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.  If passed, this levy will allow the authority to maintain our current levels of service. 

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Boy celebrates birthday as honorary firefighter

On Saturday, members of the S.E. Thurston Fire Authority attended Kaleb’s 13th birthday party and named him an “honorary firefighter.”

Kaleb has Aspergers Syndrome, and because of this has never had a birthday party. Thurston firefighters RSVP’d after Kaleb’s uncle made a post on Facebook.

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Winter Safety Tips

26513200_lWith the cold weather upon us, kids and families flock to the mountains, lakes, and (if we’re fortunate enough) their own backyards to play. While these cold-time activities are special and fun, there are some practical safety tips to keep family-time safe. The biggest tip that we can offer is: NEVER GO ALONE. Here are some other helpful tips:

8 SAFETY TIPS FOR PLAYING ON FROZEN LAKES

WINTER CLIMBING: SIX TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRIP

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET LOST SKIING

SETFA Holiday Food & Gift Drive is Here!

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Please donate non-perishable food, toys, gifts, and like-new clothing for families and children of all ages to your local drop-off location.

Southeast Thurston Fire Auxiliaries for Yelm and Rainier areas is kicking off their annual holiday gift and food drive for families in need. We need your help to gather the following donations: Like-new clothing, toys and games, like-new coats of all sizes, full-size and travel-size shampoo and soap, and non-perishable food items. Please see complete list below.

Donation Drop-off points:

  1. Yelm & Rainier Fire Department
    709 Mill Road SE, Yelm, WA 98597
  2. Yelm City Hall
    105 Yelm Avenue West, Yelm, WA 98597
  3. Rainier City Hall
    102 Rochester Street West, Rainier, WA 98576

Monetary donations can be mailed to: Rainier & Yelm Auxiliary PO Box 777, Yelm , WA 98597

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Gift wrapping and food basket assembly. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Kathie Schleis at 360-280-0941.

Important Dates:
Gift Wrapping: December 15, 16, 17
Family Donation Pick-Up: December 19. Times will be assigned.


 

Toys, Gifts, Clothes, &  Gift Cards to Donate

New (or Gently Used) Items for Boys and Girls of All Ages (partial list) Gift Cards To:
Toys
Games
Clothing
Coats (like new) All Sizes
Team sweatshirts
Shoes
Gloves & Hats
Wal-Mart
RiteAid
Yelm Cinemas
Safeway

Non-Perishable Food Items to Donate

Protein Foods: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, and Nuts Grains: Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta
canned tuna
canned chicken
canned beef stews
canned salmon
bean soups
canned or dried beans
baked beans
canned chili
peanut butter
canned nuts
rice and rice mixes
canned pastas
noodle mixes
dry noodles and pastas
macaroni and cheese mix
cold cereals
bran cereal
shredded wheat
infant cereal
hot cereal mixes
oatmeal
bread, muffin, and pancake mixes
whole-grain crackers
granola bars
graham crackers
flour
bread
Dairy: Milk, Yogurt and Cheese Vegetables
infant formula
nonfat dry milk
evaporated milk
instant breakfast drinks
shelf-stable (UHT) milk (small boxes)
canned and boxed pudding
canned vegetables
vegetable soup
canned tomato products
spaghetti sauce
baby-food vegetables
V-8 juice
Fruits Oils and Condiments
canned fruit
raisins
applesauce
dried fruits
baby-food fruit
fruit leather (100% fruit)
canned and boxed 100% juice
vegetable oil
salad dressing
syrup
jelly and jam
honey
sugar
mayonnaise

Non-Food Household Items to Donate

Certain non-food items may also be welcome. These are especially important for our friends using government assistance. Many of these items are not covered in their monthly allowance.

Paper Products Soap Products
toilet paper
paper towels
napkins
tissues
hand soap
laundry and dish detergent
cleaning products
Personal Care Products Extras
shampoo
toothpaste
toothbrushes
shaving cream
razors
deodorant
feminine hygiene products
tea
coffee
spices