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Fire authority to create Community Response Team By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty.com serve Tahuya. "The community re- sponse team consists of members who are essen- tial to our response," said NMRFA public informa- tion officer Jeromy Hicks. "While not EMTs and not firefighters ... the CRT is As one of its first acts, the North Mason Regional Fire Authority (NMRFA) plans to form a Commu- nity Response Team to RO. Box 275. NE 431 Log Yard Rd.. Belfair, WA 98528 The Place To Take Your YARD & WOOD Waste Contractors Welcome Sl 2 Per *Price l based onl Trailer size of I Load* vehicle ] SartlngJr Per Small o " J Truck Load II' (Pick-upSize) OR OPEN MON-FRI 7AM-4:3OPM ' WEEKENDS 8AM-4PM 275.0225 Please call for directions and more information NO Plastics or Garbage PLEASE BRING SOME COLOR TO A GRAY WINTER I" Give a room new fife m l S.00Oo: (Single color up to 300 sq. ft. Other limitations may apply.) I. 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The North Mason Re- gional Fire Authority was approved by voters in Ma- son County Fire Districts 2 and 8 by about 74 per- cent in November. The vote authorized the two districts to consolid.ate into one regional fire au- thority. The authority was offi- cially formed Jan. 1. Mason County Fire District 2 has had a CRT program in Belfair for more than 15 years. The program has been suc- cessful, RFA chief Beau Bakken said in a state- ment. CRT members do not fight fires or work on am- bulances. Rather, they perform first aid and ini- tial incident assessments and management within their neighborhoods, he said. "These members are predominately closer to the calls," Hicks said. "When they are home, they can immediately re- spond. They're not com- ing from a station that can be farther away." CRT volunteers are trained in first aid, CPR, disaster response, inci- dent command and fire- fighting assistance. Initial CRT training is limited to 50 hours. Train- ing is spread out over three months and is con- ducted in the evenings, in Tahuya, on a schedule set by CRT members. Ongoing CRT training is conducted once a month for two hours. All training, uniforms, and response equipment will be provided by the NMRFA. Each volunteer gets a portable radio, a pager anda uniform. CRT members must be at least 16 years of age or older. Many CRT mem- bers in Belfair are retir- ees, Bakken said. CRT members must pass a background and driving check. Members of the Ma- son County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are also eligible to join the Tahuya CRT. The CERT team re- sponds to emergencies countywide, while mem- bers of the CRT will focus on fire, rescue and medi- cal emergency response specifically in Tahuya. For more information, go to mcfd2.com or con- tact volunteer coordinator Tina Miller at 275-6711 ext. 7, or tmillerhncfd2. com. CHAMBER Continued from page A-17 At our chamber, we look for ways to connect our members with each other, whether in per- son or online. For example, our members can now list their own events, job openings and special discounts on our website, and we are build- ing our Facebook "members only" group so our members will be able to communicate with each other regularly. Whether at a luncheon meet- ing or online, it is the all-impor- tant business connections that help our communities thrive, At our chamber, we look for ways to connect our members with each other, whether in person or on]ineo and organizations like ours and the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce are working hard to provide a full menu of opportunities for our businesses countywide. Stephanie Rowland is the PRECINCT Continued from page A-17 The Sheri pays about per year 2,400-s building. JESFIELD Construction, Inc. Serving the North Mason area since1967 Specializing in seawall Re-construction and home repairs 275-6684 Frank Merrill Belfair, WA Lic #JESFII*228DO The SherifFs Office $14,000 per year to rent the 2,400-square-foot Barrett said the SherifFs Of- fice should save some money each year on gasoline costs and mileage for patrol cars, because deputies should make fewer triRs between Shelton and Belfair. "There's a number of small efficiencies that are going to be real- ized," he said. Increases in popula- tion and crime in the North Mason area in- fluenced the decision to open a full precinct in Belfair, Barrett said. "The population drove the crime and therefore drove our re- sponsibility to put a fully capable precinct president and CEO of the North Mason Chamber of Commerce. She also speaks on manners and etiquette through her company, Top Dog Etiquette (est. 1998) and is the author of "Are Bad Man- ners Driving Your Clients Crazy?" She can be reached at Stephanie@ up here," he said. Deputies assigned to the North Mason pre- cinct will still need to drive to Shelton to book suspects into the Ma- son County Jail. Twelve officers will work out of the facil- ity, spread between day and night shifts. For example, six of- ricers including four deputies, a corporal and a sergeant will be assigned to day shifts in North Mason, and another six officers will be on night shifts. Taking into account sick days, time off, va- cations and training, the north and south precincts will each have a minimum of two deputies and a supervi- sor on duty at all times, Barrett said. This is an increase from the current mini- mum staffing standard of three deputies and a supervisor. This level of staff- ing at the North Mason precinct should be in place by March, Spurl- ing said. Deputies will re- spond to calls through- out the county, but between calls, or at the beginning of their shifts, will be assigned to different neighbor- hoods or populated ar- eas, such as Dewatto. Officers will be en- couraged to get to know people and businesses in the communities they patrol, Barrett said. "We're going to try to ... through assign- ment, get officers back into the communities," he said. So far, feedback about the new pre- cinct has been positive, Salisbury said. "There has not been one negative thing about this office," he said. "They've been asking about this for years." Page A-18 - Mason County Journal- Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014