The McLane Black Lake Fire Department provides Basic Life Support (BLS) service to the community with Firefighter/EMT's on the Engines, Aid Units and other emergency equipment. We also have a partnership with the West Thurston Fire Consortium. This partnership allows the District to also assure that an ambulance is available in the event that a McLane Black Lake Aid Unit is not available.
Under this unique partnership, the West Thurston Fire Consortium, which includes McLane Black Lake Fire (Dist. 9) to the north, and West Thurston Fire Authority to the south, provides a BLS ambulance transport service with Emergency Medical Technicians. Together, the Consortium provides transport of the sick and injured at a substantial savings to the citizen, as compared to private ambulance service. In addition, the Fire District's ambulance usually responds priority (code 3) to calls of assistance, and can transport immediately, rather than wait for a private ambulance to respond from the Olympia/Lacey area.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) service comes from the Thurston County Medic One system, which currently places 7 units spread around various parts of Thurston County to ensure coverage of Paramedic support.
In light that of the fact that nearly 80% of calls for service are of a medical nature, a strong emphasis on medical training has been adopted by the District. In cooperation with Thurston County Medic One and the Countys' Medical Program Director, all of the District's Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) participate in weekly drills and scheduled OTEP training to ensure competency, and to meet state certification requirements