Bellingham woman on AmeriCorps crew helping with Oso mudslide response


A Sedro-Woolley-based AmeriCorps crew, including a Bellingham woman, has joined the response to the landslide disaster in Oso.

The Department of Ecology’s Washington Conservation Crew leader is disaster response specialist Jay McMillen. The Concrete resident has led WCC AmeriCorps members on multiple response missions, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Joining McMillen are AmeriCorps crew members Gina Boland, Bellingham; James Luttrell, Concrete; D.J. Otis, Burlington; Morgan Gilchrist, Longview; and Courtney Gilgore, Long Beach.

Established in 1983, the Washington Conservation Crew is made up of young adults between 18 and 25 years old. WCC members receive job training, help restore and protect the environment, and provide emergency assistance to citizens in Washington and across the nation, according to an Ecology news release.

WCC members attend a series of paid trainings throughout the year such as advanced wilderness first aid, wildland firefighting, and flood and hazardous material response.

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