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Okanogan County Fire District 6 (the District) just joined Facebook to improve communication with local residents. Facebook provides a free service for the District to share information, current events, and issues in a timely manner. Community members are encouraged to "Like" the District's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OkanoganCountyFireDist6.
"Not only is it free, but it's provides another way for us to talk with the community we serve," said Fire Chief Don Waller. "It helps us reach a wider audience."
According to the online source Digitalblogbuzz.com, Facebook is used by 50 percent of all people in the United States, half of whom log in to the site every day. Washington State has the fourteenth highest amount of Facebook users in the country. Average users have 130 friends and spend 15 hours and 33 minutes per month checking their Facebook feeds and clicking on links.
Chief Waller says that the new Facebook page is part of the District's efforts to improve how it communicates with its taxpayers. In addition to Facebook, the District produces a quarterly newsletter, sends regular news releases to the media, and maintains a web site at www.okanogancountyfd6.com.
Founded in 1960, Okanogan County Fire District 6 covers an area of approximately 350 square miles making it the largest fire district in the county. The district provides fire, rescue and emergency response services from Gold Creek to Lost River, including all unincorporated areas and the communities of Carlton, Winthrop, and Mazama. A team of career and volunteer fire fighters serve 4,000 residents and protect more than 3,500 structures.
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