Ayres, MIF President, sent the following letter regarding the
fundraising campaign to all Island residents on September 27, 2019.
September 27, 2019
Dear Marrowstone Island Neighbor,
The Marrowstone Island Foundation (MIF) is asking for your help with
an urgent matter on our island. Emergency medical and fire
response time to the island is dangerously high averaging over 13
minutes. Such long response exceeds the 8-minute National
Standard, puts victims of serious medical emergencies at grave risk,
and negates the possibility of saving a home in the event of
fire. A solution is at hand, but money is needed to help defray
an estimated $80,000 to $120,000 of costs to be incurred by East
Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) to establish a 24/7 staffed Fire Station
on Marrowstone Island.
EJFR has purchased a modular fire station building to be delivered
after the first of the year. Before they can install this
facility, with its overnight accommodations, at our Flagler Road
Station, funds must be identified to construct the foundation, install
septic and other utilities, and transport the building. EJFR
also intends to acquire a water tender truck for the island due to the
lack of fire hydrants.
With on-island staff at the ready, response times will be reduced to 3
to 8 minutes! Consider the dramatic impact enabling positive
outcomes for serious medical issues and homes on fire.
Additionally, the recent increases in homeowner’s insurance premiums,
the result of distance from staffed fire stations off-island, will
return to reasonable levels. That monetary savings alone can be
We recognize our “ask” is a significant amount of money, but it is a
small price to pay for saving lives and property. Your donation
to our fundraising campaign will make a difference. All
donations collected by the Foundation will be given as a grant to EJFR
for the Marrowstone Fire Station project. On the reverse side of
this letter are several questions and answers pertinent to this
And visit the MIF website, https://www.marrowstoneislandfoundation.org
for more information and how to donate on-line. Donations are
tax deductible and may be made via check, credit card, or
Paypal. Please mail checks to: Marrowstone Island Foundation,
P.O. Box 155, Nordland, WA 98358.
We express our gratitude and appreciation for helping make our island
a safer place to be.
THE MIF BOARD
Bud Ayres, President (360) 531-1099
Bruce Carlson, Treasurer(360)
Nicole Blasucci, Vice President (901) 581-9706
Bob Barrett (360) 302-0181
John Gonnella (307) 413-5010
Ivers (360) 385-2083
Paula Anderson (360) 302-0358
Luttrell (360) 390-8858
a Life - Preserve a Home
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Regular fire and EMS property tax revenues do
not include funding for significant capital improvements. EJFR
does not have the capacity to fully fund this unique and unexpected
opportunity. Helping EJFR fund this project assures Marrowstone
Island the successful and timely completion of the station house and
assignment of staff.
Transport Station House to Marrowstone
Design and Construct Concrete Foundation
Design and Construct Septic System
Extend Water Line to Station 1-2
Water Tender Purchase:
$30,000 to $40.000
To defray these and other possible costs, we need to generate between
$80,000 to $120,000. We are asking for your help by making a
donation to MIF.
WHEN DOES THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN? Time is of the essence.
Construction of the building foundation and installation of all
utilities is being scheduled for completion by the end of the
year. Transportation and utility connections will occur early
HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU CONSIDER GIVING? The chart below illustrates
the range of donations it will take to provide the strongest possible
contribution to EJFR that we can. We recognize this is a
significant amount of money, but believe it is a small price to pay
for saving lives and property. MIF appreciates any and all
donations you may consider giving.
# Donors Total
$20 to $50 (average $30)
50 $ 5,000
25 $ 6,250
15 $ 7,500
$5,000 and Up
5 $ 35,000
ARE THERE OTHER BENEFITS FOR YOU? Yes! For many on
the island, (particularly those on the northern half), your
homeowner’s insurance will be reduced because you will have a fire
station within 5 miles of your home. Your insurance agent can
determine your premium reduction, and these savings recur every
year. In addition, MIF is a 501(c)(3) organization which means
your donation is eligible to be deducted from your income taxes as a
DO YOU MAKE A DONATION? Your donations may be made by check,
credit card or Paypal.
Please make checks payable to:
Marrowstone Island Foundation, with “Station 1-2 Campaign” in the memo
Mail to Marrowstone Island Foundation at P.O. Box 155, Nordland, WA
Credit card and Paypal donations may be made on-line at https://www.marrowstoneislandfoundation.org
by clicking the donate button on the "How You Can Help" page. Please
include your name and contact information with "Fire Station Campaign"
in the Special Instructions box at the PayPal donation site.
Any other questions, please contact:
Bud Ayres, President (360) 531-1099, or Bruce Carlson,
Treasurer (360) 385-1756