The recent fire at the Olympic ski jump facility in the early morning hours is a stark reminder that a fire can start almost anywhere at anytime. It is also a great reminder that volunteer firefighters - and other first responders - stand at the ready to protect and serve this community.
It doesn't matter if it is 2 p.m. or 2 a.m., the volunteer fire departments of the Olympic Region answer the call when needed. It is easy to take fire departments and first responders for granted when we need emergency services.
The response of emergency crews do not happen by magic.
First of all, fire department members are volunteers. When an alarm goes off and their scanner goes off, they stop what they are doing to go to a fire, car crash or other emergency scene.
They don't have to get out of bed in below freezing temperatures in the middle of the night. They don't have to get off the Lazy-Boy recliner and go out in bad weather. But they do.
These folks are also members of our community and this message serves to give all first responders thanks - we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
So, here are kudos to all the volunteer firefighters and first responders who serve our region.