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CK Medic One Foundation appoints new board member

The CK Medic One Foundation recently appointed Chris Christoff to its board of directors.

She will be filling an unexpired term created by the retirement of former chair Dr. Helen Butler.

"Chris brings a new perspective to our board, as most of our board members have either current or former direct contact with the fire district, while Chris does not," current chair and retired fire chief Dick West said. "She is a community and business representative that we have been seeking. Chris is the branch manager for both the Bremerton and Silverdale offices of Frontier Bank. She will be a great addition to our board, as we continue our fundraising activities and complete the drafting of the policies that strengthen our strategic plan."

Other board members are Ted Anderson, Sandra Stewart and Dr. Mark Eisenberg.

The foundation was created in the mid-’90s as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization to enhance the emergency medical program of Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR). It has donated several thousand dollars on behalf of its donors to the fire district over the past 13 years. The foundation also is a co-sponsor of the district's annual pancake breakfast scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 9 at CKFR Station 51 on Silverdale Way. The public is invited to the free event. It is a great way to learn more about the foundation and its activities.

Foundation members are currently working on a fundraising endeavor to provide the fire district with a sophisticated CO-Oximeter, which is an instrument used to measure blood levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a significant risk to both victims of, and responders to, fire scenes as well as improper home heating. However, the CO-Oximeter comes at a significant cost of $4,000 each. The foundation also is reviewing other items on the fire district's "wish list," items that fail to make the final budget, but are desired by CKFR to provide the best medical care to its citizens.

Anyone can make a donation to the foundation at CKFR's headquarters, 5300 NW Newberry Hill Road in Silverdale.

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