National Fire Prevention week is Sunday, October, 8 – Saturday, October 14. This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out.” Team members of South Whidbey Fire/EMS will be visiting the schools, as well as reaching out to the local community.

Look for the fire engine and stop by to say hello from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday, October 9 at Payless Grocer; Tuesday, October 10 at Goose Community Grocer;  Wednesday, October 11 at Red Apple, Thursday, October 12 at the Star Store, and Saturday, October 14 at Bayview Farmers Market 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Part of the outreach is an urgent push to recruit more volunteers to help the department adequately staff the increasing number of fire and EMS calls.

“This is a the perfect time to ask our volunteers about the camaraderie and what they love about being a first responder. We encourage everyone to give back to our community by becoming a valuable resource to neighbors during emergency situations.” said Fire Chief H.L. “Rusty” Palmer.  “This week also provides a good opportunity to speak candidly with members about training, and the expectations involved with taking on such a significant commitment.”

October 31 is the next deadline to register for the 2018 EMT Class or Fire Academy. To learn more visit www.swfe.org or call (360) 321-1533.