The primary purpose of any fire department is to protect and serve its community’s lives, property, and environment. To better accomplish this, Camano Island Fire and Rescue has updated our Mission, Vision, and Values to bring clarity to the processes and relationships (both internal and external) necessary to fulfill our mission. It is our goal that the following document provides the foundation for what we do and how we do it.
Working together to safely protect our community’s lives and property.
We fulfill this mission through high quality:
Emergency Medical Services
Technical Rope and Marine Rescue
Fire Prevention and Public Education
What does it mean?
‘Working together’ involves providing a coordinated effort and service by District personnel (paid, part time, volunteer, and staff) and appropriate partners (ICSO, SCIS, Mutual Aid agencies, Red Cross, US Navy, auxiliaries, tax payers, etc) to prevent or mitigate harm.
‘Safely’ means using best practices to avoid putting the community, our partners and ourselves at unnecessary risk. ‘Safely’ necessarily includes public education, comprehensive training, and mitigating unsafe situations.
‘Protect’ includes mitigating, minimizing, isolating, educating, inspecting, pre-planning and responding.
‘Our community’ consists of those we serve including Camano Island residents, visitors to the island or its waters, boaters, fire district members / employees, and partners.
‘Our community’s lives’ refers to the health, well-being, and comfort that make up our quality of life.
‘Our community’s… property’ are those public and private things that we are called to protect and includes dwellings, vehicles, pets, public lands, forest, water ways, roads, utilities, businesses, fire stations, fire vehicles, and all their contents entrusted to us by the community.
- Good ethics
- Walking the talk
- Doing the right thing when no one is looking or when it is unpopular
Trust / Trustworthiness
- Feeling safe
- Must be earned
- Willingness to break the cycle of distrust
- Respect our partners and co-workers
Pride and Ownership
- Appearance and uniform – Dress and act appropriately
- Self Motivation – Foster an entrepreneurial attitude; Take the opportunity to go above and beyond
- Emphasis on Customer Service
- Standards – Let people know what is expected of them
- Embrace diversity and creativity
- Open communication (internally and externally)
- Community Involvement and Information
Camano Island Fire and Rescue will be a premiere agency and industry leading role model for combination fire departments, which include full time, part time, and volunteer personnel. We will focus on providing high quality, cost-effective, and cohesive service that will exceed community expectations. We will accomplish this vision by utilizing a physically fit, healthy, and diverse workforce that is well trained and empowered with a high level of involvement in our success. We will emphasize pro-active communication at all levels, and ongoing transparency to our community. Camano Island Fire & Rescue will be a positive and valued part of the community.