South Eleuthera Emergency Partners (SEEP) began its mission to protect and serve South Eleuthera by raising funds to retrofit the volunteer ambulance used for medical transportation in the area. After focusing on the ambulance, SEEP was presented with an opportunity to expand to include fire protection services through the provision of a fire engine. The goal of purchasing and delivering the fire truck to South Eleuthera was achieved within one year. With the addition of these expensive pieces of emergency equipment, a facility was needed to adequately store and maintain both the ambulance and fire truck. Construction on the Tarpum Bay emergency operations center started in 2008, and the center currently houses the ambulance, fire engine, personnel equipment, and SEEP’s office space.
South Eleuthera Emergency Partners (SEEP) is a community-led organization that serves and enriches the communities of South Eleuthera by providing fire and medical transport services as well as community outreach programs.
SEEP envisions creating safer communities by establishing a network of emergency operation centers that provide essential community services. This network will lead to community growth and economic development, which will continue to benefit future generations.
SEEP provides volunteer ambulance transport and fire services to the residents of South Eleuthera. SEEP also provides technical support to other fire stations and services on the island.
Our team of dedicated volunteers are on call 24/7.
- Operates three volunteer ambulances
- Owns and operates an emergency operations center.
- Currently working on constructing a second operations center.
- Every year tackles bush fires in the community.
- Serves as a center for alternative sentencing programs.
- Partnered with The Cotton Bay Foundation and Weymss Bight Community to build an Emergency Operations Center [EOC] in Wemyss Bight, a southern settlement.
SEEP relies upon volunteer staff along with two staff members from the Government Jobs Initiative.
SEEP is supported by a group of dedicated volunteers who assist in the areas of fire, medical transportation, and community services. Volunteers serving in fire services combat fires and maintain fire equipment. Volunteers in medical transportation are trained to operate the ambulance. Volunteers in community services assist SEEP in creating opportunities to bring the community together. This group also takes care of the much needed behind the scenes work, such as fundraising, maintaining the emergency operations center, caring for volunteers, and publicizing the organization within the community, which makes SEEP possible.
SEEP’s current Govering Structure consists of a Board, and is managed by the staff of Island Journeys. The Board consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board is in charge of guiding the overall direction of SEEP and its activities. The IJ staff member is in a managerial role directing the EOC with guidance from the Board. SEEP’s goals are to provide fire, medical transportation, and community services to the settlements of South Eleuthera. There is currently no formal administration other than the Board and staff member described above.
The Board of SEEP will appoint the officers and the management team.
The Executive Director will be accountable to the Board.
The Board is accountable to its stakeholders: members, partners, donors, and volunteers.
Organizational structure – Management
- Station Chief
- Emergency Captain
- Volunteer Fire Fighters
- Emergency Response
Organizational structure – Board of SEEP
- Chairman Director – Shaun Ingraham
- Ronald Horton – Vice President
- Secretary – Velma Dorsett
- Treasurer – Tara Fehlow