Firewise, a national program consisting of some 1,000 neighborhoods throughout the country, incudes severa on San Juan Isand. Four, Alaska Pace, Cattle Point, Mitchell Point, Roche Harbor received awards Tuesday, December 10 for their decade in the program.
These San Juan County Firewise neighborhoods have learned how to minimize the chances of wild land fires destroying life, property and resources in their immediate areas.
They were numbers 92 to 95 in the nation to become certified.
In the past ten years the San Juan County program has expanded to five communities on non-ferry served islands, two on Orcas Island, one applicant on Lopez Island, and 38 communities with three applicants on San Juan Island.
This has been due to the dedication of San Juan Island Fire Rescue’s Ron Garner and the Firewise team plus the Firewise community leaders.
Cattle Point's Denny Holm, Mitchell Point's Nancy Miller, Roche Harbor's Dick Babbitt Tom Thompson; and Barbara Wollman and firewise's team leader Ron Garner for Alaska Place received the ten year award for their communities' participation in the Firewise program sponsored by The Department of Natural Resources under the auspices of San Juan Island Fire Rescue.
The ceremony was held at the County Council Chambers on December 10, 2013. Chief Steve Marler, Council member Rick Hughes and DNR's Steve Biggs looked on. Counci members Bob Jarman and Jamie Stephens, who were at the ceremony, are not pictured. Photo by Sheila Harley