Northwest NEWS

October 28, 2002


Eagle Scout recognized for trail safety

eagle.jpg (l-r) Deputy Chief Bud Backer, Eagle Scout Michael Rehse and Councilmember Kathy Lambert. Rehse was honored for his work on marking the trails at Gold Creek Park. Photo by Ian Gleadle
     King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert and the Woodinville Fire and Life Safety District recently honored Eagle Scout Michael Rehse for his work on marking the trails at Gold Creek Park.
   Trails in the area, while a benefit for residents, are often a challenge for firefighters since there is no way to determine the exact location of a person in need of medical help.
   Rehse solved the problem by making the park trails at 16020 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville, his Eagle project. He broke the trail system into four distinct trails assigning each a color. He and his volunteers then made 20 signs, each color coded and numbered. The signs were placed at strategic spots throughout the park and a map was made of their locations. This work reduced the amount of time for rescue workers to locate and retrieve patients from within Gold Creek Park.
   "With regard to trauma patients, firefighters work within 'The Golden Hour,'" said Deputy Chief Bud Backer. "Our goal is to have a patient stabilized and in the operating room within an hour of a traumatic event.The less time firefighters spend locating and removing a patient, the greater the chance the patient has to survive. Michael's work definitely increases that chance."