The Interwest family believes in community involvement on all levels. We enjoy sharing our time, talents, and resources with organizations and various programs that help make a difference in our local communities. Interwest is committed to supporting our employees to help build strong and active communities, improving quality of life, and making a positive difference where we live and work. Here are some ways our company and employees are connected:
Our Windsor Colorado office donated design services for a Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity Project. Our employees donated their time and energy in the construction projects for a Habitat home.
The Interwest staff participated in the reconstruction of a playground for a low-income daycare facility. Leadership Fort Collins is a program for the Chamber of Commerce. This program informs the community about the history, government, economy, social issues, needs and opportunities in Fort Collins.
This program pairs civil engineers with elementary school classrooms to teach children the importance of exploring, experimenting and sharing their creativity through engineering. Our Colorado staff has been an active participant in this chapter.
With its inaugural tournament in the fall of 2002, the Elk Grove Classic Charity Golf Tournament has generated the largest endowment fund and single largest scholarship award benefiting students in the Elk Grove community. Co-chaired by Bob Lee and Mike Kashiwagi, the scholarship proceeds from this special event have been awarded to graduating seniors who have been accepted to prestigious universities such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, M.I.T., Northwestern University and Santa Clara University.
The event features a full day of fun at Valley Hi Golf Club. The 2007 event featured opportunities for players to win a car with a hole-in-one, a weekend getaway to the Napa wine country and a grand prize golf weekend to the world famous Pebble Beach Resort.
Interwest created this event as a way of giving back to the community of Elk Grove. The event volunteers are primarily Interwest employees who play a large part in contributing to the festive atmosphere and success of this annual tournament. We are proud to participate in such a worthy cause by providing support to students seeking to further their education and ultimately enhancing their lives.
JR Rahrick, one of our Elk Grove Building & Safety engineers, is a an active Structural Specialist for the Sacramento, CA Metro Fire District Urban Search & Rescue Task Force #7 (USAR TF-7), attached to the State of California Office of Emergency Services (CA-OES), (FEMA), & the Army Corp of Engineers. He has been with TF-7 since about October of 2001, just after the 911 WTC, Pentagon, and Flight 93 disasters. Simply put, he routinely trains and is called upon in times of disaster.
He is one of approximately six to eight Structural Specialists consisting of licensed professional engineers (some chosen for various specialties), they train monthly with the task force as a necessary component to a team of other specialists consisting of fire fighters, K-9, and swift water search and rescue, hazmat, heavy lifting and rigging, medical, transportation, and communications and logistics professionals, to name a few, preparing for potential deployment as first responders to any major disaster within the continental United States.
As an example, TF-7 was deployed and responded to the 911 WTC disaster and both major hurricanes in Florida and New Orleans.
Based on task force standby rotation status, personnel rotation status, and/or specialty demands, he has only been deployed on various local or away training exercises or MOBEX’s which have lasted anywhere from 8 hours to 72 hours. MOBEX’s are annual major test training exercises requiring deployment and mobilization of the task force personnel and support equipment cache via ground and/or air transportation to a predetermined simulated disaster scenario site (typically somewhere in northern California).
The specialized training and camaraderie associated with being part of this special team of professionals has been and continues to be quite rewarding.
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