A Year to Remember

by Brad Martin, Port Ludlow Fire Chief

Looking back to last May, you read here about local residents across the county who were stepping up to help in their neighborhoods by making face masks, checking on homebound neighbors, grocery shopping for those who couldn’t get out, and so much more.

The call for help during these challenging times was answered by many who continue to give their time and skills. Information provided by the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) provides a clear picture of the type of community we live in. Here are some highlights:

  • In 2020 when the word ‘pandemic’ was used daily by all of us, volunteers helped DEM in the Planning Section, Operations, Finance, and Mass Care for a total of more than 1,000 hours, valued at a cost of $34,000.
  • On January 15, 2021, DEM opened a call center where four to six volunteers answered phone calls from residents wanting to make vaccination appointments. The call center has been open Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., since that date.
  • January 30, 2021, was the first day volunteers began helping at the Jefferson Healthcare vaccination site at 7th and Sheridan Streets in Port Townsend.
  • As of March 2021, more than 250 volunteers have contacted DEM to offer their time and skills in a variety of areas. Currently, 190 non-medical volunteers are active in the community and 40 volunteers are either RNs or MDs.
  • To date, volunteers have put in 2,700 hours for a total value of $88,000 (based on the FEMA-accepted wage rate).

From all of us at Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, thank you—one and all—for your help.

If you have any questions about the services provided by Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue, please call me at 360-437-2236 or email me at bmartin@plfr.org. And be sure to check out our updated web site at plfr.org.