East Pierce Fire and Rescue Foundation
In 2012, the East Pierce Fire & Rescue Foundation, in partnership with the fire district, announced the launch of this community- based, citizen safety program, dedicated to improving access to public safety education programs and developing compassionate outreach services.
The Foundation is comprised of a board of directors made up of citizens from throughout the district. The idea is for the community to team up with the fire department to support specific initiatives that benefit everyone.
Initially, the Foundation will focus on three initiatives. These are:
Purchase smoke alarms
The fire district can’t buy smoke alarms to give away, but the Foundation can. It will purchase the smoke alarms and East Pierce personnel will install them free of charge for those in need. The goal is to make sure every house has working smoke alarms.
Underwrite the cost of materials and books for citizen CPR classes
For years, the fire district has offered CPR classes free of charge. However, due to budget cuts, the department has had to start charging for classes. As a result, attendance has fallen. The Foundation will help offset the hard costs of the classes, including purchasing books and supplies, so the district can offer the classes, if not free, at least at a very low rate.
CPR is a critical component in the Chain of Survival, which includes immediate recognition of cardiac arrest, early activation of 9-1-1, early CPR, rapid defibrillation, effective advanced life support and integrated post-cardiac care.
The Sentimental Journey Program
This brand new program, set to launch in late 2013, is a collaborative effort between the Foundation, the fire district, and MultiCare-Good Samaritan Home Health & Hospice to provide transportation and medical oversight to terminally ill hospice patients who want to make one last local trip. The fire department will provide the medic units and the firefighters will volunteer their time to staff the unit. The Foundation will raise money to reimburse the fire department for the use of the equipment and fuel.
Additional information about the Foundation, and how you can help, can be found at www.eastpiercefirefoundation.org.