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Mission/History of Life Support

Mission

We are committed to eliminate unnecessary death and suffering for the citizens, visitors, and travelers of rural Upper Kittitas County by securing state-of-the art emergency and medical services.

Life Support overcomes converging regional challenges, by creating innovative and sustainable solutions, forging strategic collaborations and raising critical funds.

 

Statement/Vision

The vision for Fire District 7 is to champion a Regional Fire Authority (RFA). State law provides the framework for cities, towns and fire districts to consider forming an RFA as a way to gain service efficiencies through consolidation while retaining local control regional fire protection. Service authorities were authorized in 2004. The legislature noted that the ability to respond to emergency situations by many of Washington state's fire and protection jurisdictions had not kept up with the state's needs and that efficiencies could be gained by regional fire protection service delivery.

We have a complex system in Kittitas County when it comes to Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Currently, each municipality has their own fire department which has EMTs and firefighters. For example the Cle Elum, Roslyn, and South Cle Elum fire departments are each separate entities and are all 100% volunteer based.

There are also Volunteer Fire Districts, such as Fire Districts 1, 3, 6 & 7 which serve rural areas of the county that are not covered by a municipal department (outside of city limits). These districts are also volunteer based.

District 7 is leading the way and recently hired 9 full time firefighters evolving into a combined force of career firefighters and volunteers establishing a new standard. District 7 is the largest and most complex district responding to the largest portion of the I-90 corridor in upper Kittitas County and also responding to the recreation areas within the fire district which can consist of rope rescue, winter rescue, etc. Additionally, the district covers the Suncadia Resort which can have over a 1000 guests at any time at the main lodge as well as including other rental properties. Service level demands outpace neighboring districts and municipalities. With response levels approaching 800 per year, volunteers alone can no longer provide the needed level of service without support from paid staff. Burnout is very common in overworked all volunteer agencies.

In addition, we have a separate paramedic service dedicated to the Upper County. When called on, they cover Thorp to Snoqualmie Pass and everything in between, including the back country. They are an Advanced Life Support system and are not fire based. Their primary job is to transport all patients in the Upper County and provide pre-hospital care. Fire District 7 serves the largest response area, has 4 aid cars (3 are transport units) and is back up transport for the Medic One Unit. There are often days when they cover multiple calls, sometimes all at once.

Consolidating Upper County Fire and EMS Districts would save our taxpayer monies region wide as we could reduce the duplication of equipment and training as well as centralize operations. Consolidation would improve things immensely by allowing more career staff to be hired while also reducing response time to all cities and jurisdictions. This method has proven its worth time and again state wide. Unfortunately, it will be awhile before that goal is achieved in the Upper County. District 7 has been a leader with an open door to creating this RFA planning for a future of consistent dependable and professional emergency medical and fire agency, combined with dedicated volunteers. A new Upper County Fire/EMS Department with a new name can begin a new chapter in a departments history, not a loss of its past.

 

Highlights of Accomplishments

Since its inception in August 1999, Life Support has diligently worked to raise the needed funds to improve the Emergency Medical Services and Health Care of Upper Kittitas County and surrounding communities. Life Support, which began with five community members, has since grown to over 20 wonderful volunteers and is guided by a dedicated Board of Directors.

2018

Life Support provided funds for Kittitas County Fire District 7:

Porter NitronoxTMField Unit

Porter NitronoxTMField Unit

  • Portable, Demand Flow Nitrous Oxide
    • The Porter NitronoxTM Field Unit can provide on-the-spot inhalation analgesia, bringing relief to suffering patients at the scene of an injury.
DC Fridge

DC Fridge - Freezer - Digital EMS Unit with Cooling Solutions

  • The Engel is designed to meet the needs of the EMS market for the transport of temperature-sensitive medications or having cold saline solution available for induced hypothermia.
Pro Stair Chair

Pro Stair Chair

  • The Pro Stair Chair is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of operator injury. Independent ergonomic experts found Stair-PRO users had less physical stress and risk of back injury.
  • The operator position, adjustability of handles, angle of the track, and the built-in descent control made Stair- PRO the safest chair in its product category. Stair-PRO has an innovated Stair-TREAD system that allows medics to transport a patient down stairs without lifting.
MedaSonics® CardioBeat® Doppler

MedaSonics® CardioBeat® Doppler with Ultrasound Stethoscope

  • Enhanced Detection Mode® increases Doppler sensitivity at the touch of a button, making it easier to screen patients with special needs.
  • Heart rate display calculates beats per minute in an easy to read format for added convenience.
  • Consistently detects weak pulses not obtainable with conventional auscultation, verifies vessel patency and screens for venous thrombosis.
MINI UNICUS®

MINI UNICUS®

  • MINI UNICUS® is an integrated breathing air cylinder recharging system.
  • The system design combines a BAUER high pressure compressor, BAUER breathing air purification system, air storage system, air management panel and containment fill station.
  • 2 position containment fill station accommodates SCBA or SCUBA cylinders up to 31" overall length
Lion V-Force Turnout Gear

LION V-Force Turnout Gear

  • LION V-Force turnout gear takes the best technology from combat and professional sports clothing and applies it to turnout gear. The result is the optimum balance of mobility and protection.
  • Additionally, LION's exclusive VFit design makes V-Force more comfortable than common firefighter gear.
  • The NFPA 1971 (2013 edition)- compliant PBI Max outer shell offers firefighters the best combination of break open and thermal protection, the strongest outer shell fabric in the world and the most flexible and comfortable outer shell fabric the fire service has ever seen.

Funds gifted to:

Kittitas County Search and Rescue
Kittitas County Trauma Council
Roslyn Fire Dept.
Ronald Fire Dept.
Cle Elum Fire Dept.
Kittitas County Fire District 3 ( Easton)
Kittitas County Fire District 1 ( Thorp)
Upper Kittitas County Regional Police Dept.

Swedish Mobile Mammography serving Upper Kittitas County 2 x year

Dr. Kris Nielsen Life Support Scholarships - STEM / Medical Field

2017

Life Support provided funds for Kittitas County Fire District 7:

Monitor/Defibrillator

LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator
The LIFEPAK® 15 monitor/defibrillator is the standard in emergency care, most clinically innovative, operationally effective.

Washer Dryer

Unimac Extractor Washer Dryer
To thoroughly clean after contamination volunteer responders gear. Its important to the health of every firefighter. This will be the first washer/extractor unit, that will be installed in Station 73 - (along I-90 at Golf Course Rd.)

Thermal Imaging Camera

Thermal Imaging Camera
Thermal Imaging cameras are used by fire departments during emergency incident operations.

Also, EMS equipment funding gifted to:
Roslyn Fire Dept.
Ronald Fire Dept.
Cle Elum Fire Dept.
Kittitas County Fire District 3 ( Easton)
Kittitas County Fire District 1 ( Thorp)
Kittitas County Search and Rescue
Kittitas County EMS Trauma Council

Swedish Mobile Mammography serving Upper Kittitas County 2 x per year

Dr. Kris Nielsen Life Support Scholarships - STEM / Medical Field

2016

Life Support provided funds for:

Kittitas County Fire District 7 :
Wildland:
(30) Helmet shrouds
(12) Garmin GPS Rino 650
(15) Wildland shelters
(30) Belts
(30) raido chest packs
(30) wildland leather gloves
(30) pair BDU wildland pants
(30) wildland interface coats
(30) wildland fire packs
(30) wildland helmets
(30) headlamps
(30) googles
(12) Kestrek 3000 weather equipment

PPE and Apparatus
(25) Portable radio harness
(8) Personal Escape system
(60) helmet mounted lights
(3) sawzall cordless saws
(25) sets of extrication gloves
(25) safety glasses
(8) Wheel chock mounted compliant models Cost
Salvage Tarps E781 (none) Full component (carrier, covers, runners)
Gated “Y” appliance 2 ½ to 1 ½ for E781
Storz intake appliance and adapters for (E751 or E781)
(12) sections 600’ OF 4” LDH supply hose (E751 or E781)
Brass fitting couplings to outfit fleet and hydrant bags to standard
Hazmat locker
Wall mount turnout racks

EMS :
(1) 4 Pack Infant Training Manikins
(1) 4 Pack Pediatric Training Manikins
(1) Stryker Gurney
(2) – Life Pack 1000 Training Defibrillators
(1) Life Form Advance Training Manikin

EMS /equipment funding gifted to:
Roslyn Fire Dept.
Ronald Fire Dept.
Cle Elum Fire Dept.
Kittitas County Fire District 3 ( Easton)
Kittitas County Fire District 1 ( Thorp)
Kittitas County Search and Rescue
Kittitas County Trauma Council
Upper Kittitas County Regional Police Dept

Swedish Mobile Mammography serving Upper Kittitas County 2 x year

Dr. Kris Nielsen Life Support Scholarships - STEM / Medical Field

Renewal Life Support 2014 Training Grant for departments serving in Upper Kittitas County. The grant pays for enrollment in Action Training Systems - 33 Firefighter I & II interactive training courses for one year. The training is accessible 24/7 from any location using a PC or Mac computer with an internet connection.

2015

Roger Jobs Motors National Automobile Dealers Association Ambassador Grant $2,000

Life Packs 1000

Rope - Angle Rescue Equipment

Rock Exotica Aztek Kit

Conterra Scarab

SMC Double Pulley

Harnesses

Helmets

Arizona Vortex Kit

EMS Trauma Council - Training Equipment

EMS Supplies

Dr. Kris Nielsen Life Support Scholarships - STEM / Medical Field

Kittitas County Search and Rescue - Command Rig

Cle Elum Swedish Medical Center - Mobile Mammography (Breast Cancer Screening)

Second phase build out of Fire/EMS Station 73 along I-90 at Golf Course Road Exit 82

Renewal Life Support 2014 Training Grant for departments serving in Upper Kittitas County. The grant pays for enrollment in Action Training Systems - 33 Firefighter I & II interactive training courses for one year. The training is accessible 24/7 from any location using a PC or Mac computer with an internet connection.

2013 - 2014

Roger Jobs Motors National Automobile Dealers Association Ambassador Grant $2,000

Second phase build out of Fire/EMS Station 73 along I-90 at Golf Course Road Exit 82

Life Support 2014 Training Grant for departments serving in Upper Kittitas County. The grant pays for enrollment in Action Training Systems - 33 Firefighter I & II interactive training courses for one year. The training is accessible 24/7 from any location using a PC or Mac computer with an internet connection.

Welch Allyn E-1 Vital Monitors

Rapid Intervention Rescue Pack

Pediatric Air Back Board Splints

EMS Trauma Council - Training Equipment

Dr. Kris Nielsen Life Support Scholarships - STEM / Medical Field

Citizen Patrol

EMT Kit

Portacount Pro Respirator Fit Tester

Roger Jobs Motors National Automobile Dealers Association Ambassador Grant $2,000

$65,000 EMS/Fire/ Search and Rescue

2013 Fire Station 78 Construction Completed - opened June 21st serving the far end of Lake Cle Elum and surrounding recreation area.

Polaris 800 Ranger off-road 4 wheel rescue unit with snow cat capabilities (Matt Tracks) for winter months with a rescue patient platform and trailer.

Three Flir Scout Thermal Imagining Devices in command units.

Dr. Kris Nielsen Life Support Scholarship: 2-awards of $1,000 each for Upper Kittitas County High School graduates pursing STEM education.

$250,000, Linda Nordstrom naming right pledge for exam room in Swedish Cle Elum Medical Center.

BNSF Grant $20,000.

Puget Sound Energy Grant $10,000.

2011 - 2012

$190,00 gifted to Swedish/ EMS/Fire/ Search and Rescue

Life Support secured 2 million dollars from the State Capital Budget in order to complete Lake Cle Elum Station 78 and continue construction of Golf Course Road I-90 - Station 73.

Swedish / Life Support pre-planning for naming opportunities for the Swedish Cle Elum Medical Center.

Life Support hosts tours of Fire/EMS Stations and Swedish Medical Center.

2009 - 2010

$185,000 gifted to Swedish/ EMS/Fire/ Search and Rescue

Ground breaking for three EMS facilities.

Swedish Medical Center grand opening in November.

Life Support 10th anniversary celebrations underway.

$65,000 gifted to EMS/Fire/ Search and Rescue

Purchase of first aerial ladder fire/rescue truck.

Formalized agreement with Swedish Medical Center.

2007 - 2008

$50,000 gifted to EMS/Fire/ Search and Rescue

Ride 4 Life Support Event.

First Tinsel and Glitz Holiday Dinner and Auction at Suncadia.

Final scope of project work for EMS facilities in process.

Medical Center development underway.

2007 Washington State Legislators and Governor Chris Gregoire allocates, 2.7 Million in Capital Budget for Expanded EMS facilities.

Life Support honors Wilma Olsen Foundation for continued support.

Over $100,000 gifted to EMS. (In Memory of Michael Coe, Trustee)

2005 - 2006

Provides Upper County Regional police for medical kits for patrol cars.

Retains Architects for preliminary work for Medical Center and EMS facilities.

Life Support launches Annual giving program.

Over $100,000 is gifted to Upper County EMS.

First Annual Life Support Golf Classic Invitational event.

5th Annual Life Support Dinner Auction raises $160,000.

KIMA new conference announcing gifting of over $150,000 to EMS.

2003 - 2004

Life Support becomes Incorporated 501 c3.

Established new governing board of Trustees.

Established Auxiliary.

Life Support announces plans State-of-the-Art non–profit medical center.

"Planting the Seeds for EMS" luncheon featuring Ciscoe.

Over $75,000 gifted to EMS.

Life Support begins the process of transitioning from a grass roots organization to an organization with a governing board of trustee and auxiliary.

Over $75,000 gifted to EMS.

2001 - 2002

GA Design – creates and donates Life Support Logo.

Life Support gifts over $75,000 to EMS.

KOMO People Helper airs a story on Life Support.

Life Support Board expands to nine.

First Life Support Dinner Auction “raises $41,000.”

Gov. Gary Locke signs budget with $920,000 for EMS facility. Funds were used for Cle Elum Fire Station.

1999 - 2000

Life Support is officially established as a 501 c 3 tax exempt organization.

Board of Directors established with five members

Secretary of State, Ralph Munro serves as emcee for Life Support luncheon.

Over 50,000 was raised and gifted for Emergency Medical Equipment.

First Life Pack 12 in Kittitas County

Community member, Cheri Marusa creates a vision of Life Support.

 

Your generosity has provided:

  • 4 x 4 Aid Units
  • Arial Ladder Truck
  • LP 500 Defibrillator
  • Trauma Kits
  • Oxygen Kits
  • Backboards with Collars/Straps
  • V-Vac Suction Kits
  • Holmatro Extrication Unit “Jaws of Life” angel rescue equipment
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Thermo Rescue Stretcher
  • Search Probes & Beacons
  • Orion Rescue Sled
  • Pediatric Resuscitator
  • Traction Splints
  • Ultra Glucometer
  • Rescue Gear
  • Welch Allyn E-1 Vital Monitors
  • Rapid Intervention Rescue Pack
  • Pediatric Air Back Board Splints
  • EMS Trauma Council - Training Equipment
  • High School Scholarships - STEM/ Medical Field
  • Citizen Patrol
  • EMT Kits
  • Portacount Pro Respirator Fit Tester
  • Support for the Swedish Cancer Institute's Mobile Mammography Program serving the I-90 Corridor East of Snoqualmie Pass and surrounding communities in Upper Kittitas County. Life Support accomplished bringing Swedish Medical Center - Seattle, to the community.