Jonathan Sprouffske, Chair, SETFA Fire Commissioner
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.
WHEN: June 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
On Saturday, July 30th to August 6th, between eight to fifteen thousand visitors will be arriving at the greater Yelm area for the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey. Hosted by the Nisqually Nation, this epic event is a week-long celebration of potlatching protocols on the Nisqually Indian Tribe reservation.
This family-friendly event is open to the public, and several thousand visitors are expected to attend.
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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- Always Measure the Ice
- What is a Safe Thickness
- Assess the Area Visually
- The Color Wheel
- The Fresher, the Better
- Know Proper Rescue Techniques
- Watch Your Dog!
- Use the Starlight
View the full article here: http://www.theclymb.com/stories/tips/8-safety-tips-for-playing-on-frozen-lakes/
- Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst
- Adapt Meals for Cold Conditions
- Don’t Take the Route at Face Value
- Pack Supportive Gear
- Layer Smart
- Know When to Turn Around
View the full article here: http://www.theclymb.com/stories/passions/mountaineer/winter-climbing-six-tips-to-a-successful-trip/
- Plan Your Trip
- Tell Someone Where You Are Going
- Know Common Pitfalls
- Gather Your Gear and Crew
- Channel Your Inner Weatherman
- Assess the Situation
- Get Visible
- Call for Help
- Be Prepared to Spend the Night
- Stay Hydrated and Nourished
View the full article here: http://www.theclymb.com/stories/tips/get-lost-skiing/
Please be educated and safe out there!
With 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
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:
- Yelm & Rainier Fire Department
709 Mill Road SE, Yelm, WA 98597
- Yelm City Hall
105 Yelm Avenue West, Yelm, WA 98597
- 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
Gift wrapping and food basket assembly. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Kathie Schleis at 360-280-0941.
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:
Coats (like new) All Sizes
Gloves & Hats
Non-Perishable Food Items to Donate
|Protein Foods: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, and Nuts
||Grains: Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta
canned beef stews
canned or dried beans
|rice and rice mixes
dry noodles and pastas
macaroni and cheese mix
hot cereal mixes
bread, muffin, and pancake mixes
|Dairy: Milk, Yogurt and Cheese
nonfat dry milk
instant breakfast drinks
shelf-stable (UHT) milk (small boxes)
canned and boxed pudding
canned tomato products
||Oils and Condiments
fruit leather (100% fruit)
canned and boxed 100% juice
jelly and jam
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.
laundry and dish detergent
|Personal Care Products
feminine hygiene products