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News Archives are arranged in order of most to least recent story. For current news, visit our Home Page. If you have questions or comments, we would like to hear from you. Please email us at info@laceyfire.com or call us at (360) 491-2410.


January is National Blood Donor Month

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January 21, 2016 — The blood donors and staff of BloodworksNW were enthusiastic over the turnout to the recent blood drive held at Station 31.  The rallying cry heard was “Let’s do it again!”  We at LFD3 agree.


Santamobile Schedule

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December 15, 2015 — Scheduling update:

Oops!  Somehow, Santa and his helpers missed the South Park neighborhood on Friday, December 11th.  We are pleased to report that the navigation equipment has now been adjusted and Santa will be headed back to South Park on Saturday, December 19th at 6:00 pm.  He hopes to see you then!

 December 3, 2015 — The Lacey Fire District 3 Santamobile will cruise through 20 neighborhoods this year — is your neighborhood on his list?

  • December 3rd – City of Lacey Tree Lighting
  • December 7th – Edgewater / Jubilee
  • December 8th – Seasons
  • December 9th – Wilderness
  • December 10th – Lakepointe / Brookfield / Mt Tahoma
  • December 11th – South Park / Stikes / Jackson Farm
  • December 14th – Horizon Point
  • December 15th – Lake Forest / Woodgrove
  • December 16th – Campus Glen / Campus Highland
  • December 17th – Avonlea / Stonegate
  • December 18th – Skyridge / Oakcrest / Mountain Aire Farm

LFD3 Fire Commissioners Meeting Change Notice

November 16, 2015 — The Lacey Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their regular November 19th Board meeting at the Mark Noble Regional Fire Training Center at 1305 Fones Rd SE, Olympia, WA 98501.The Board meeting will commence at 5:30 P.M. Members of the public are welcome.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Fire Chief Steve Brooks at 239-8593, check our website www.laceyfire.com, or find us on Facebook at Lacey Fire District Three.

For additional information about the MNRFTC, use this link: http://olympiawa.gov/city-services/fire-department/fire-training-center.aspx


Promotions

captains-2015October 26, 2015 — In October the District celebrated the promotions of Lt Alex Christiansen and Lt Ryan Cox to Captain rank. Both Captains have been serving in the District’s Training Division, with Capt Christiansen focusing on EMS and Capt Cox on fire and rescue training.

Chief Brooks conducted the formal badge pinning ceremonies and noted “We wish to thank Captain Alex Christiansen and Captain Ryan Cox for their ongoing pursuits of Service with Excellence in all things training and their tireless efforts to make certain that we continually follow our guiding principle that “Every Day MUST BE a learning day”, because lives depend upon our success”.

Congratulations to Alex and Ryan!


Can you hear a beep where you sleep?

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National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) fire department survey shows that in 2009-2013, fires in homes with no smoke alarms caused an average of 940 deaths per year (38% of home fire deaths).  A working smoke alarm can cut the risk of death in half. Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.

Can you hear the beep where you sleep?

Change your clock, change your battery. Sunday, November 1st, 2015.


Better Fit to Better Serve!

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July 14, 2015 —  A big shout out goes to those LFD3 members who completed the Black Hills Sprint Triathlon. These guys and gals finished an 800 meter swim followed by an 18 mile bike ride and 3.2 mile run!!!!  Most of this group had never done a triathlon before, so this is a huge accomplishment.  The event organizer also gave LFD3 a big shout out in front of everyone for having such a large fitness-minded group.  Great job everyone – we can’t wait to see who takes this on next year!!

June 26, 2015 NOTICE:  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the WTSEA “Seniors Getting There Safely” driver program has been cancelled for the remainder of 2015.  Check back on this page for updates as they become available.


Can you save $$ on your homeowner’s insurance?

dollarsJust 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.

 

 

 


Public Hearing on 2016 Budget

October 9, 2015 — The Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing in conjunction with their regular meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The meeting is held at the District’s Headquarters Fire Station (1231 Franz St. SE), and will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The purpose of the Hearing is to seek public comment on the proposed 2016 Fire District budget. This is the first public hearing for this issue, and the Board expects to take action at the regular November 5th Board meeting.The public is invited to attend and comment. Draft copies of the budget are available by contacting info@laceyfire.com and will be available at the meeting.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Fire Chief Steve Brooks at 239-8593, check our website www.laceyfire.com, or find us on Facebook at Lacey Fire District Three.


Annual Firefighters’ Charity Pancake Feed

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September 1, 2015 – Firefighter Jessica Johnson got creative at the griddle for the Annual Firefighters’ Charity Pancake Feed held at Cabela’s last Saturday. Rumor has it there was quite a long line for helmets, “Hawkscakes” and “12”s!


Wildfires SCAM Alert!

August 27, 2015 – Unfortunately, there have been calls in our community asking for donations for the wildfire victims and the caller identifies him/herself as being with Lacey Fire District.  THIS IS A SCAM.   Lacey Fire District is not collecting donations.  If you would like to make a donation, kirotv.com, krem.com and the seattletimes.com all have listings of agencies that are accepting donations.


Time for Back-to-School Safety. Please Use Extra Care.

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County Issues Burn Ban

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June 25, 2015 — Thurston County officials are issuing a countywide burn ban that took effect at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, until further notice. The burn ban covers all of unincorporated Thurston County. Thurston County cities and designated urban growth areas already have a permanent outdoor burn ban in place.

The burn ban decision comes as weather forecasters predict record high temperatures coming later this week along with the possibility of lightning strikes, but little or no precipitation.

“This weather pattern of high temperatures combined with lightening but no rain is expected to last through the Fourth of July weekend. That means the burn ban is a critical part of protecting lives and property. Our local firefighters will have their hands full as it is,” said Resource Stewardship department director Scott Clark, who also serves as the county’s fire marshal.  Read more HERE.


LFD3 Fire Commissioners Meeting Change Notice

June 16, 2015 –  The Lacey Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners will hold their regular June 18th Board meeting at Yelm High School, 1315 Yelm Ave W.   The Board meeting will commence at 5:30 P.M and conclude in time for the Commissioners to attend the Thurston County Firefighter Recruit Academy and EMT class graduations. Members of the public are welcome.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Fire Chief Steve Brooks at 239-8593, check our website www.laceyfire.com, or find us on Facebook at Lacey Fire District Three.


Congratulations and Farewell

Administrative staff shares a farewell lunch with Sharon Kirk (“thumbs up” center)

Administrative staff shares a farewell lunch with Sharon Kirk (“thumbs up” center)

April 30, 2015 — It is with strongly mixed emotions that we share today is Sharon Kirk’s last day of employment here at LFD3 as she moves on to full retirement. Sharon has faithfully served the members and residents of the District for over 27 years

From the Fire Marshal’s Office to keeping Chief Pearson and company in line in Operations to most recently making certain we all got paid accurately and on time, Sharon has proven to be a true “utility player” who exceeded expectations in any role she filled. Her infectious smile and listening ear were always welcome bright spots on the most difficult of days.

She is still determining exactly what all her next chapter in life will involve but has promised not to be a stranger and to keep us posted on her future adventures.


“Love Rocks” at Centennial Elementary School

April 20, 2015 – Earlier this month Lacey Fire District 3 participated in the Centennial Climbing for Kids event in where nearly 500 students competed to raise money for charity.  The children asked private sponsors to donate money for each point they earned on the rock climbing wall.  LFD3 firefighters had the opportunity to score the event, act as spotters for the kids as they climb on the wall, and offer encouragement to the kids as they climb.

We are proud to participate in this event and the firefighters want to thank the school and especially the kids for all the fun they had.Firefighters participating included Adam Tumblin,  Steve Crimmins, Scott Santhuff, AJ Paulsen, Robert Gottbreht, Ryan Sundberg, Jake Fouts, Jake Hunter, Eric Sapp, Brian Brown, Jess Moore, Dustin Hulbrock, Kelly Perry, Kevin Davenport, Bernadette Pellegrino and Jason Roberts.

Ultimately, the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County is the winner in this event with the kids raising over $5000 to support this non-profit organization.

Please click on the video link below to watch our fire fighters and the kids in action (make sure to watch the guitar solos at the end!).

http://youtu.be/dXUpIyM9umk


LFD3 Welcomes New Fire Commissioner

April 7, 2015 — At the regular April 2nd meeting, the Board of Fire Commissioners (BoFC) selected Sylvia Roberts to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Dennis Jones.

Sylvia Roberts (left) takes the Oath of Office administered by Finance Director Nola von Neudegg.

Sylvia Roberts (left) takes the Oath of Office administered by Finance Director Nola von Neudegg.

Sylvia Roberts is a Lacey native, graduating from St. Placid High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor degree from Gonzaga, a Master degree from the University of Washington, and administrative credentials from Seattle Pacific University. She has spent her career in education as a teacher and principal, retiring from the Snohomish School District as the Deputy Superintendent.

Mrs. Roberts’ experience includes extensive involvement in school district levy and bond campaigns, and as a caregiver advocating for the elderly in our communities. Having recently moved back to the Lacey community, she is looking forward to meeting with and addressing the needs of all patrons of the fire district, including employees and citizens.

Nine community members applied for the position, and Commissioners held a special meeting in March to interview these prospective leaders.

The next Commissioners meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 5:30 pm at the Headquarters Station, 1231 Franz St SE.   The public is always welcome – please join us!


Our Newest Recruit Firefighters Graduate

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

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.

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.


Fire Commissioners Schedule Special Meeting

March 20, 2015 – The Lacey Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners will hold a special meeting on March 25, 2015, beginning at 6 P.M.   The meeting will take place at the Headquarters Station, 1231 Franz St SE in Lacey.   Members of the public are welcome.The purpose of the meeting is to interview candidates for the vacant Fire Commissioner position.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call Fire Chief Steve Brooks at 239-8593, or find us on Facebook at Lacey Fire District Three.

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