When children are innocent victims of a crime, fire, accident it can be a scary time. Having something to take their mind off a situation they have no control over can help get them through. Like …a Teddy Bear.
Recently Beaver Fire Department volunteer Jamie Loushin was listening to her favorite morning radio show. The Brad and John Show on KISM, a Bellingham station, has sort of a cult following here on the West End.
As she was listening to the duo they announced that they were teaming up with Bartell’s for “The big bear giveaway with Bartell Drugs!”
The Bellingham station had been contacted by Bartell Drugs and they wanted Brad and John to help give away thousands of teddy bears to police and fire agencies.
Jamie said, “I immediately contacted the station and they said come on over.” Jamie wasted no time and soon was in her pick-up and on the road to Bellingham. Once there she said, “They loaded as many boxes as they could in the back of my truck.” In all, Jamie brought back 480 teddy bears. “I couldn’t even see out the back window, and got some interesting stares on the ferry,” Jamie added.
Once home she got busy distributing bears to area law enforcement, Forks Ambulance, and local fire departments. Jamie was also interviewed on the radio about her trip and other questions about the community of Beaver on KISM by Brad and John.
Last Tuesday night Jamie joined several Forks fire station members for a photo op with a few of the bears.
Clallam County Fire Protection District No. 1 (CCFPD1) is a volunteer fire department. CCFPD1 has a current staff of 18 volunteer firefighters, 13 volunteer swift water rescue technicians, 8 recruits and operates from 2 fire stations – one in Forks, and the other in Beaver. The fire district provides fire and rescue services to a community of approximately 6,453 residents over 487 square miles.
The CCFPD1 has been designated an “all hazards” fire department and is tasked to respond to structure fires, hazardous materials incidents, and motor vehicle collisions. The Swift Water Rescue team responds to any and all emergencies related to freshwater with jurisdiction in West Clallam County and Western Jefferson County.
In addition to protecting residential and commercial structures in the city of Forks, CCFPD1 also responds to calls for service in the unincorporated communities surrounding the city, to include 30 miles of State Highway 101. The fire district also has formal mutual aid agreements with neighboring districts. As a result, the CCFPD1 responds to between 150 to 200 calls for service annually.
The district is governed by a board of five publicly elected commissioners who oversee the district’s funding and operations. In February of 2016, The Board of Commissioners appointed a full-time, paid chief position.
CCFPD1 is currently seeking new members.