Letter to the Editor: Fire & Rescue Makes Good Use of Funding

 – from Moana Kutsche – A Yes vote on the fire levy will preserve and enhance our community’s investment in the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue department that serves us so well. The investment in people is paramount. OIFR can do what it does because of dedicated, highly-trained volunteers and … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Sustainable Funding for First Responders

– from Rick Hughes – We live in a remote part of Washington State, in a community of islands with limited transportation options and no critical/urgent/hospital care available on Orcas Island. What we do have is an amazing group of locally trained volunteers and professional fire fighters and paramedics. Living … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Saving Lives, Property…and Taxpayer Dollars

– from Norm Stamper – 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 … Continue reading