by Barbara Berthiaume, Contributing Writer
The Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue Foundation was created and designated a non-profit foundation in July 2011. The mission statement of the organization is to protect, educate, and care for our community. The vison statement is to be an organization that is enthusiastically supported in the community because of our commitment to service delivery with pride, respect, and confidence; to have fiscal discipline and accountability; to empower its members; to have regional approaches to service delivery; to have collaborative labor-management relations; and finally, to promote professional development. According to Gene Carmody, a Port Ludlow fire commissioner for over 10 years, the foundation does this by giving aid and support, assisted by donations.
Recently, one of our smoke detectors began to beep, and it was located in a very high part of our ceiling. This was not a task for the faint of heart, so we called the fire department, feeling a bit sheepish in doing so because they have so many other much higher priorities. Within 10 minutes they were on our doorstep, and they changed the batteries in all five of our smoke detectors. It probably saved them a more serious trip if we would have tried to do this ourselves.
We were so appreciative and asked if we could give them a donation—they said to make it out to the Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue Foundation. The fire department buys batteries on a regular basis to install in homes after calls like the one we had just made. The Smoke Detector Battery Replacement Program is funded by the foundation. It is an amazing service, and we are so grateful to have such a dedicated resource in our community. If you would like to make a donation to the foundation, checks can be made out to the Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue Foundation and sent to 7650 Oak Bay Road, Port Ludlow, WA 98365.