In the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 25, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue and a WhidbeyHealth ambulance responded to a motor vehicle accident several miles south of Oak Harbor.
After the initial assessment, the NWFR duty officer determined that, due to the nature of the incident, mutual aid should be requested from Oak Harbor Fire and the Federal Fire Department from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Airlift Northwest was also requested to evacuate the lone occupant of the vehicle to a regional trauma center.
Our community should be glad to know that the seamless, professional cooperation between these agencies along with ICOM dispatch, Puget Sound Energy, Island County Sheriffs and the Washington State Patrol successfully effected an extremely complex rescue.
I thank God for these men and women who have studied and trained and dedicated their lives to such service in our community.
I am thankful for such an example of united effort regardless of agency or primary response area.
We all serve to provide for our friends and neighbors a degree of care and protection that our community can be proud of.
Pastor Cliff Horr, chaplain,
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue