ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE FIRE BY FIRE CHIEF MURRAY GORDON
SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2011
For many years Everett Fire has worked to develop a chaplaincy program but time constraints and other challenges have kept the program from coming together.
I am proud to announce a chaplaincy program for the Everett Fire Department. Officially, the program will begin October 1, 2011.
While we are just beginning our program, the Everett Police Department has had a Chaplain program in Everett for quite some time. Operating for over 25 years, the Everett Police Department Chaplaincy Program consists of volunteer chaplains who are church pastors and provide “on call” response for police officers. The chaplains respond to scenes and help with death notifications at the request of the officer.
The Police Chaplaincy has long wanted to branch out to the Fire Department as part of their mission but did not feel they could fill the need on a volunteer basis.
John Blake has been a Chaplain with the Everett Police Department for over a year. Through his training at the Police/Fire Chaplain Academy in Burien, Pastor Blake expressed interest in taking on a Lead Chaplain role at the Everett Fire Department. At the same time, Fire Inspector Steve Goforth offered to serve as the Department’s Chaplaincy Program Coordinator. Together, they have developed what I believe will be a valuable resource for us and our community.
Chaplain Blake’s experience as a pastor spans over 30 years. His missionary work has taken him to Egypt and, closer to home; he spent time as a missionary in Louisiana after Katrina. He has been a pastor in North Everett for over 10 years. He and future volunteer chaplains will be a resource for our members and will attend training with the department for more formalized CISM through the Office of Emergency Management.
Pastor Blake has been introduced to the crews and has participated in ride-a-longs and station visits for all shifts. Please welcome him and take the time to meet with him. He is available for us and will be a great resource.