Stuck in an elevator? ARFF to the rescue!

Cross-posted from Plane Talk Ever thought about what happens if you get stuck in an elevator? If you’re at the King County International Airport, the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) unit, recently trained in elevator rescues, would be the first to respond. Read more.

Meet Wellness Hero Damont Cain

Cross-posted from Balanced You Meet Damont Cain, Power Technical Assistant at King County Metro Power and Distribution, whose team was instrumental in bringing an activity center to his worksite location. Damont talks about why staying physically strong is important to his job and mental health, and what he is doing these days to find calm and be his authentic self. Read more and watch the video below.

Winners of the Metro 2022 Wall of Fame and General Manager’s Award

Cross-posted from Metro Matters The Wall of Fame is an annual award that recognizes the valuable and impactful work of current Metro employees—both individually and as part of a team—who help to improve regional mobility and quality of life in King County. Read more.

ARFF EMTs get hands-on training

Did you know that all Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) employees at King County International Airport are Emergency Medical Technicians? And that they all take quarterly training to maintain their EMT certification? “ARFF provides many critical services to the employees, tenants, and visitors of the airport,” said ARFF Chief Greg Thomas. “They take pride in keeping those skills sharpened.” The most recent training took place June 29 and July 6. Topics included Epinephrine injection for anaphylactic shock, donning/doffing medical personal protective equipment (PPE), infectious disease prevention, and a “full-dress rehearsal” of a simulated… Read More

Business Impact NW: Introducing Devra Gartenstein as the new King County Farm Business Support Specialist  

Crossposted from Keeping King County Green King County farms and related businesses will soon have professional support to boost their operations through Business Impact NW, an organization dedicated to supporting local entrepreneurs through coaching, classes, and access to capital. As the new King County Farm Business Support Specialist, Devra Gartenstein will provide direct one-on-one navigation and coaching for King County farm and food business owners through the Business Impact NW’s Food Business Resource Center (FBRC), which is expanding with the support of King Conservation District. Read more.

Chauntelle Hellner takes the wheel at Fleet 

Cross-posted from Executive Services Express Chauntelle Hellner, who has served as Deputy Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC) for the past five years, is the new Director at Fleet Services, replacing the retiring Jennifer Lindwall. “This is a big opportunity and I’m really excited,” said Hellner, who began her new position on June 21. Read more.

Metro’s Operators of the Month for May and June

They are as unique as the people who ride with them every day: A baker. The operator of a soul food catering company. Someone who started driving to supplement her income and chose to stay with Metro. Another who enjoys collecting M&M candy dispensers and calligraphy. A driver who is being recognized by his peers for a fifth time. And those who love driving and giving back to their community. They are transit operators with more than 150 years of experience at Metro, and the May and June Operators of the Month…. Read More

Honoring Probation Officers and District Court staff during National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week, July 19-25, 2022

By Meagan Terlep-Boxley, Probation Manager with King County District Court The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) annually celebrates over 100,000 community corrections professionals around the country who work hard to keep communities safe during National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. This year’s theme for the week is Restoring Trust, Creating Hope. Learn more about APPA here. King County Probation Officers (POs) have worked extremely hard the past few years in making a huge shift to do their jobs. They have been incredibly flexible in their willingness and ability to conduct… Read More

Emergency Management employees save co-worker’s life

Crossposted from the DES Express Sheri Badger, Public Information Officer for Emergency Management, is used to being behind the scenes, responding to media inquiries, writing social media posts and other content, and orchestrating regional gatherings of communicators. But after surviving a cardiac arrest at work, thanks to the quick response of co-workers who performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), she agreed to share her story. Read more.

Executive Constantine, Mayor Harrell appoint experienced leader as Director of Public Health

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell have appointed Dr. Faisal Khan, a 25-year leader in public health at global, state and local levels – as the Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Dr. Khan has the experience and expertise to lead Public Health into the next phase, and he brings a fresh perspective to serving the people of King County,” said Executive Constantine. “We look forward to his leadership as our dedicated employees continue our national reputation for excellence in public health and health equity… Read More