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  • Mason County needs volunteer fire chaplains

    Renee Wassenaar|Aug 25, 2022

    Are you looking to serve your community in a way that will truly make a difference? The Mason County Fire Chiefs Association is seeking applications for its Volunteer Fire Chaplain Program. Fire chaplains meet emotional and spiritual needs in times of crisis. They provide comfort, reassurance and guidance to those in Mason County who are displaced by fire or experience a traumatic event. Additional duties include assisting with contacting family members or pastors as needed, as well as...

  • Be aware during National Poison Prevention Week

    Renee Wassenaar, North Mason Regional Fire Authority|Mar 17, 2022

    More than 2 million poisonings are reported yearly to the nation’s poison control centers, which can be reached through the Poison Help line, 800-222-1222. Established in 1961, National Poison Prevention Week is observed during the third week of March every year and was established to focus national attention on the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, 93% of poisonings happen at home, with 45% involving children under t...

  • Be safe during National Burn Awareness Week

    Renee Wassenaar|Feb 3, 2022

    Next week is National Burn Awareness Week, an event sponsored by the American Burn Association that’s designed to educate people about the dangers of burn injuries. This year’s theme is cooking burns. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking-related fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. By following a few safety tips, you can prevent these type of fires. The best time to cook is when you are wide awake. If you’re tired or have consumed alcohol or m...