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RTB GraduatesMarch 31, 2015 — Our four newest Career Firefighters graduated from the Bates Firefighter 1 Academy on March 26th.Recruit graduation 032015

Pictured above (left to right) are Deputy Chief Gary Pearson, FF/EMT Gilbert Eliason, FF/PM Oscar Adams, FF/EMT Jessica Johnson, FF/EMT Iver Nitz, & Fire Chief Steve Brooks.

All four recruits received excellent performance reviews throughout their time in the academy. Of special note is that two of them received awards bestowed by their peers and instructors:   FF Nitz was awarded the “Most Inspirational Recruit” Award by the rest of his class and both he and FF Johnson were selected by the instructor cadre for recognition as members of the elite “Chiefs’ Company”.

Another very fitting and moving element of the Graduation Ceremony was a dedication of the class video in honor and memory of our own FF Ken Martin. Ken’s widow, Diane, was on hand and got the opportunity to pin FF Nitz’s badge; an honor that Ken had hoped to perform personally.

These firefighters will join their shift assignments in late April, after they complete the FF 2 Academy and a few days assigned to our Training Division for some final “polishing”.  We are very excited to add yet another group of outstanding new members to an already excellent team.  
RTB save insurance money      dollars  Just a reminder that the unincorporated areas of Lacey Fire District 3 have recently received an improved insurance rating after the District voluntarily sought a new evaluation from the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau. Homeowners may want to check with their insurers to see if they will realize a savings on their insurance coverage due to the improved fire protection rating.RTB Heart attack      First Signs of a Heart Attack may include…

  • Chest pain or pressure that lasts for more than a few minutes
  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Jaw pain or toothache
  • Lightheadedness, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath

Not all of these signs occur in every attack.  They may disappear and come back.  If they return, call 9-1-1 immediately.  The important thing is to act fast.  Don’t wait!

Heart attack signs in women can be harder to detect.  In addition to the typical symptoms listed above, some women may experience any of the following:

  • cold, sweaty skinHeart3
  • unexplained anxiety or nervousness
  • weakness or overwhelming fatigue
  • swelling in the lower legs or ankles

Because women tend to view heart attack as a man’s illness and don’t consider themselves to be at risk, many minimize their symptoms and place themselves at greater risk by delaying treatment.  Again, the important thing is to act fast!

RTB power outagePower outages can happen anytime of the year.  Make sure you and your family knows the steps to take during a blackout.  Above all, BE PREPARED.  Follow the link for a short, informative video from FEMA.  https://t.co/DdVHvt6IiMJust a reminder that each month we post a newsletter to our community highlighting activities and news that we hope will be of interest to you.  Be sure to click on the Community Dispatch link in the column to the right to view current and past issues.  If you have questions about the newsletter or story suggestions for us, please feel free to email info@laceyfire.com.  We really like to hear from you. 

We would like to share with you the top ten questions asked most often about LFD3.    If you have more questions, we would welcome them to info@laceyfire.com.  We will find the answers and add them to these frequently asked questions (FAQs).  Then it can become the Top Twenty, or Top Fifty, or Top . . .  After all, inquiring minds want   to know!  Click here to read the Top Ten FAQs.

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