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Published: Friday, May 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Applause: Fire District 1 wins national award

  • From left, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Commissioner Karen Dingmon, Capt. Shaughn Maxwell and Fire Chief Ed Widdis receive the national Excellence...

    From left, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Commissioner Karen Dingmon, Capt. Shaughn Maxwell and Fire Chief Ed Widdis receive the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award at the National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C., on May 9.

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds on May 10 presented a $150 donation to Tom Maxson, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Tom is a Boy...

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    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds on May 10 presented a $150 donation to Tom Maxson, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Tom is a Boy Scout who is close to completing all requirements to become an Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, he will be repairing the playhouse at the Alderwood Early Childhood Center. The donation will assist in the purchase of the building supplies he will need to complete the project.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 was recently honored with a national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award, presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.
The competitive award is given annually to honor departments championing innovative practices to enhance the quality of emergency medical services. The award was presented to Fire District 1 on May 9 at the 25th annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker.
Fire District 1 was recognized for its pioneering use of EMS checklists to improve patient outcomes in such conditions as heart attacks, strokes, asthma, trauma, seizures and heart failure.
"Checklists are already successfully used in other industries where safety is paramount, such as surgery, nuclear energy and aviation. In the fire service, we've used checklists for years at fire scenes, but this is the first time the concept has been applied to improve outcomes on medical aid calls," said Capt. Shaughn Maxwell, who along with Dr. Richard Campbell, Fire District 1's medical director, developed the EMS checklist program.
Fire District 1 is the county's largest provider of fire and emergency medical services, serving nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated communities, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.
VFW installs officers
At their monthly meeting May 10, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds and its Ladies Auxiliary installed newly elected officers who will assume their year-long terms in June.
Fred Apgar was installed for a second year as commander of Post 8870. Under his leadership, the post has experienced significant growth in membership, enhanced fundraising and expanded visibility.
Other newly installed officers: Senior Vice Commander Chris Edwards, Junior Vice Commander Jim Blossey; Quartermaster Dennis Peterson; Surgeon Al Boyett; Chaplain "Rock" Roth, Judge Advocate Ron Clyborne; Third Year Trustee Tom Hallums.
Arlene Endresse also will continue for a second year to serve as president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Other newly installed officers of the Ladies Auxiliary: Sr. Vice President Julie Pounds, Jr. Vice President Mela Whedon, Secretary Constance Daily, Treasurer Charline Larson, Chaplain Nancy Diedrich, Conductress Julie Pounds, Guard Mela Wheldon.
Group helps mourning Darrington families
The Darrington Memorial Dinner committee raised $6,000 at its auction in April.
The money will be used to help supply dinners for the funerals in town.
The committee has been offering the service for Darrington families for about 60 years.
Basketball coaches to lead Arlington parade
Arlington High School varsity basketball coaches Joe Marsh and Nick Brown will be the grand marshals for Arlington's 4th of July Parade, the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics recently announced.
Marsh leads the girls team; Brown leads the boys team. Both teams went to the Tacoma Dome in February for three thrilling days of tough state-level competition. "They are perfect examples of the leaders who make Arlington a great place to live," organizers said in a statement.

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