Story last updated at 12:24 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2002

KESA position clarified
In response to Mr. Coles' comments in the article "Running against the wind," the Kachemak Emergency Services Area is, in fact, up and running. In the East End area alone, we have several members with skid pump type brush trucks, as well as two custom-designed skid pumps awaiting surplus Forestry trucks. A brand new class A pumper with state-of-the-art compressed air foam system should be delivered soon. We also have a water-tender agreement in place.

A paramedic level Advanced Life Support ambulance is stationed at Mile 10 East End Road, as well as ALS jump gear, including cardiac monitors with cardiac pacing and defibrillation capabilities, both on the East End and Diamond Ridge area. We had polled the residents, and overwhelmingly, people were most concerned with Emergency Medical Services, so this is where we started.

There is a station being designed and buildings are being leased until the time that the stations are complete. More equipment is being looked at for purchase in the near future.

At this time, KESA is paying Homer Fire to continue coverage and training for the members, as well as providing insurance and administrative duties, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

We look forward to working with the Eastland Fire Department, and would like to invite everyone who is concerned to attend the board meetings to stay informed as to what we are doing.

Brian Howard, MICP, board member

Kachemak Emergency Services Area