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We have a nose for safety: PSE Foundation awards $5,200 grant to Northwest Bloodhounds

By Akiko Oda, akiko.oda@pse.com

PSE Foundation awards $5,200 grant to Northwest Bloodhounds

​(9/1/16) Committed to keeping our communities safe and prepared for emergencies, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation presented a $5,200 grant to the Northwest Bloodhounds Search and Rescue this week. The non-profit organization, along with its friendly four-legged team members: Jersey, Ruckus and Moxie, stopped by our Tacoma Business Office on Tuesday to accept the grant and provide a demonstration.

The volunteer group assists law enforcement agencies across Western Washington in searching for lost or overdue hunters, fishermen and hikers, children and walk-always from nursing homes. The bloodhounds are trained to use their keen sense of smell to track people, based on an object containing that subject’s scent.

The group plans to use the grant to purchase eight GPS microphones so the rescue dog handlers can communicate and ping their locations with one another and other law enforcement agencies.

“This is a big help. When we’re on a search and rescue assignment, we often work in remote areas where it can be a challenge to communicate with each other,” said Armin Keen, who’s a volunteer with the Northwest Bloodhounds. “And purchasing the same device for everyone will also make it easier for all of us to train on the same software and be more efficient in the field.”

The Northwest Bloodhounds was one of eight organizations in Pierce County that recently received a PSE Foundation grant to help fund safety and preparedness efforts. In total, the foundation awarded $92,700.

PSE Foundation helps Lummi Island purchase its first public generator

By Akiko Oda, akiko.oda@pse.com

Community Service managers Sandi Carson and Lynn Murphy present a $20,000 Puget Sound Energy Foundation grant to the Lummi Island Community Association.

(3/24/15) Puget Sound Energy Foundation Executive Director Sandi Carson and PSE Community Service Manager Lynn Murphy presented a $20,000 grant to the Lummi Island Community Association on March 18.

The PSE Foundation grant will be used to purchase the community's first public generator, which will be located at the Lummi Island Fire Department.

The generator will be used to assist the fire department with operating the Island's Emergency Operation Center and to back up its warming center.

Lummi Island is a unique community in Whatcom County with only a small ferry for residents to reach the mainland. There are no fuel stations on the Island and only one small convenience store.

Local residents were invited to visit and tour the fire station during the check presentation.