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Resources for firefighters with PTSD are expanding in Spokane County
We often see devastating disasters, car wrecks, water rescues, and shootings on TV... but in real life, the emotional weight behind it is entirely different. For firefighters, talking about what they see on the job isn't their favorite topic. It's a tragedy that made national headlines in Spokane County: four students shot and one of them killed at Freeman High School.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 7:29:26 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:29:26 GMT

Reward offered to solve arson fires in Olympia, Tumwater
An award from a $10,000 fund is being offered for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for two fires set Monday at Jehovah Witness Centers in Olympia and Tumwater. Around 8:20 a.m. Monday, Olympia firefighters were called to the Kingdom Hall in Olympia for a fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 10:06:47 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:06:47 GMT

Northwest incident management teams prepare for fire season
The Northwest region's incident management teams are getting ready for fire season. 10 teams from Alaska,Oregon and Washington all joined the annual pre-wildfire season meeting in Yakima. It gives responders a chance to review what they can expect in the season ahead and prepare what they need. In 2017 the teams responded 35 times and this year they hope it's more controllable.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 6:43:07 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:43:07 GMT

Firefighters rescue woman trapped in West Seattle rollover crash
PHOTO: Firefighters rescued a woman who was trapped when her vehicle rolled over and crashed Wednesday morning in West Seattle. Police and emergency crews responded to the scene, in the 2600 block of Walnut Avenue SW, at about 6:45 a.m. after receiving reports of a serious crash. A vehicle was found rolled over onto its side at the scene, with a woman trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Car fire burns auto repair shop owner in Yakima
A man has been burned after a car inside his auto body shop caught fire in Yakima. A crew with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) went to Central Auto Body & Painting, located at 2302 S. 1st Street, at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday. The fire prevention officer was the first to arrive and reported seeing black smoke coming from the front shop door.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA TV
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

SeaTac apartment fire sparked by cigarette butts in planter
Discarded cigarette butts in a planter sparked a fire at a SeaTac apartment building early Wednesday, officials said. The incident unfolded just before 2 a.m. when a resident at the Willow Lake Apartments spotted flames on the ground floor deck of a neighboring apartment. The resident called 911 and then ran across the courtyard and pounded on the door of the neighbor's apartment, waking up the woman who lives there.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 100
Posted on Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters: Elderly man loses home in Prosser fire
Firefighters say an 89-year-old man has lost his house in Prosser due to a fire. Benton County sheriff's deputies and firefighters were called the the home just before 1 p.m., Monday. Reports said the 89-year-old homeowner discovered smoke and flames coming from the enclosed porch of the house. He tried to put out the blaze but fire quickly reached the attic and flames spread throughout the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 4:37:08 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:37:08 GMT

Salary cap for Spokane city employees part of budget reforms proposed by Council President
No Spokane city employee could earn more than $182,000 annually under a package of changes to City Hall’s budgeting process being proposed by Council President Ben Stuckart. “We’re not the private sector, we’re the public sector,” said Stuckart, who doesn’t expect a vote on the measure until next month at the earliest.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2018 6:34:36 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:34:36 GMT

Arsonist leaves behind graffiti at Bremerton home
No one was home when a fire started in the Bremerton home. The blaze, investigators believe, was intentionally set. The woman who lives there was out of town at a funeral. Firefighters found flames coming through the roof. And a fire marshal believes the blaze, which started in the kitchen, was arson.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 9:28:26 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:28:26 GMT

Crews work to secure leaning scaffolding on downtown Seattle building
Crews worked to secure a tall section of leaning scaffolding that somehow broke loose from the side of a building under construction in downtown Seattle Monday evening. Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene at Howell Street and Minor Ave. just before 5 p.m. The scaffolding could be seen slightly leaning away from the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 9:28:25 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:28:25 GMT

Editorial: Benton County fire districts need money so they can get to you faster
We believe Benton County Fire District 1 does a solid job providing emergency medical service to people living inside the district’s boundaries, but it isn’t as good as it could be. That’s because it lacks its own ambulance service, and has to rely on other districts to fill that gap. Fire Chief Lonnie Click and his crew would like to change that, but it will take additional money.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 6:50:13 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:50:13 GMT

Person killed in fire near Prosser
Authorities say a fire destroyed an RV and killed a person inside early Sunday morning. The fire occurred on the 14000 block of North Griffin Road near Prosser. Officials say they originally got the 911 call at 1:45 AM. The caller reported the possibly-occupied RV was completely engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 6:54:16 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:54:16 GMT

Arson suspected as 2 Jehovah's Witnesses centers burn in Thurston Co.
Two worship centers operated by the Jehovah's Witnesses were damaged by fire Monday morning, and at least one was a suspected arson, fire officials said. Olympia firefighters responded to the first blaze, in the 2200 block of 22nd Avenue, at about 8:30 a.m. The blaze was extinguished, and crews then searched for hidden smoldering fires in the walls and ceilings.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 11:15:45 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:15:45 GMT

San Juan County’s best prepare for the worst in emergency training
An explosion has just destroyed the courthouse in Friday Harbor and it’s your job to keep San Juan County running. At least, that’s what the municipality’s employees were told at a March 8 emergency training. “It’s not really about the courthouse burning down,” said Brendan Cowan, director of San Juan County Department of Emergency Management, who spearheaded the event.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2018 1:00:18 PM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:00:18 GMT

Several displaced after house fire in Maple Valley
Several people are displaced after a house fire Saturday night in the 23200 block of Southeast 248th Street in Maple Valley. Three people managed to escape to safety, and no injuries were reported. Crews from Maple Valley Fire and the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority responded just before 9 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2018 10:47:57 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 18 Mar 2018 05:47:57 GMT

Lewis County: Former Mineral Fire Volunteer Gets 30 Days of Home Monitoring for Theft From District
A former Lewis County Fire District 9 volunteer accused of spending thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on fuel for his personal vehicle was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 days of electronic home monitoring. It was his second set of convictions for thefts from the district. Brady J. Mounce, 25, of Mineral, pleaded guilty Feb.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 10:14:10 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 17 Mar 2018 05:14:10 GMT

Quilcene key box program aims to expedite getting help from first responders
Quilcene Fire Rescue has established a residential loaner key box program to expedite emergency responders reaching a patient and to minimize or eliminate damage to property by forcible entry. “It’s unfortunate, but sometimes we get called by an elderly or injured resident who can’t unlock the door so our crews can begin treating them.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 2:51:56 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:51:56 GMT

Camas responds to firefighters safety complaint
After a local firefighters’ union filed an “unsafe work environment” complaint with the state, claiming the Camas-Washougal Fire Department’s low staffing levels place firefighters at risk of not being able to save lives and fight fires, the city of Camas issued a statement explaining the fire department’s staffing levels, policies and protocol.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 1:03:39 PM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:03:39 GMT

Clark County Fire District 3 picks new assistant chief
Clark County Fire District 3’s commissioners recently selected Barbara Widlund to serve as its new assistant chief. Widlund takes over the assistant chief job left open after Scott Sorenson was promoted to chief. The district said Widlund was chosen from a number of national applicants for the position.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 6:51:15 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:51:15 GMT

Rosalia firefighter arrested for stealing, pawning department's equipment
Whitman County Deputies arrested 35-year-old Kelly Brown of Rosalia Thursday afternoon while serving a search warrant on his home. Deputies had been investigating several property related crimes in the area when they received information about a vehicle that may have been involved in a burglary on Gashous Rd.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2018 12:17:19 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:17:19 GMT

Benton County Fire District #4 sends gear to New York teen battling cancer
A New York teen is getting clothes from a local fire department as part of his wish to represent firefighters from around the country while he battles cancer. Timmy Richardson was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this month and is now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Buffalo. Timmy comes from a family of firefighters, and he has grown up with plans to become a firefighter his whole life.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 8:03:09 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:03:09 GMT

Spokane Fire Lookout Museum and UI exhibition offer unique perspectives on wildland firefighting
Smokey the Bear has his own bedroom at Ray Kresek's north Spokane home, situated on what resembles a pine tree clearing in the National Forest. Really, though, it's Kresek's homage to bygone days of wildland firefighting at his Fire Lookout Museum. Thirty varieties of regional conifers and other native shrubbery fill most of Kresek's 1-acre plot, forming the backdrop for a unique structure in his backyard: a nearly 90-year-old fire lookout cabin.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 5:36:28 PM - SOURCE: The Inlander
Posted on Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:36:28 GMT

Flames consume Seattle house, causing evacuation of nearby apartments
A fire in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle consumed a building, causing a nearby apartment complex to be evacuated. Seattle fire crews said they arrived at the 400 block of Bowdoin Place early Thursday morning and worked to put out the flames at a vacant building. Residents in a nearby apartment complex were evacuated for safety, because of the heavy smoke that came from the structure.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 6:49:22 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:49:22 GMT

911 breaks free of county; last-minute changes added to charter in Cowlitz County
Applause broke out after the Cowlitz County commissioners Tuesday voted 2-1 to create an independent 911 agency, separating emergency dispatch services from county control. Commissioners Joe Gardner and Dennis Weber voted yes, while Arne Mortensen was the lone dissenting vote. Gardner said the new Cowlitz 911 agency will reduce bureaucracy by consolidating governance of emergency dispatch under a single, nine-person board of directors.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 1:36:05 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:36:05 GMT

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue called to mobile home fire in Blaine
A fire has destroyed a family's mobile home at 2590 Canada View Drive, according to North Whatcom Fire and Rescue. The fire was reported at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday. "The flames were all the way across the roof upon our arrival," Division Chief Henry Hollander said of the older mobile home. A couple and their four children lived there, but they were not home at the time, Hollander said.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2018 9:48:05 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:48:05 GMT

Land deal puts Vancouver closer on new fire station
The last time the Vancouver Fire Department added a new fire station was in 2010. Fire Station 11, which will serve Fire District 5, is now in the works, albeit a little behind schedule. “My goal was to get the property by 2017, so we’re past that,” said Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina. The Clark County Fire District 5 board approved a $1 million deal in February to purchase property in the state Highway 503 corridor, north of Orchards.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2018 6:23:16 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:23:16 GMT

Fire Commissioners to consider EMS levy for Benton County Fire District #1
Waiting a long time for an ambulance in Benton County Fire District #1 could be over. The Board of Fire Commissioners for Benton County Fire District #1 is considering asking voters to approve a levy for emergency medical service (EMS). Funding would be used to purchase, outfit and staff two ambulances to respond to emergency medical service calls.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 4:13:15 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:13:15 GMT

Pullman firefighter wins Scott Firefighter Stairclimb
A Pullman firefighter won the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday. Steve Potratz-Lee, 40, climbed 69 flights of stairs in the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. He did it in 10 minutes and 55 seconds while wearing his firefighter gear while also being on a limited air supply. Assistant Fire Chief Ryan Scharnhorst said Portratz-Lee joined the department in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 5:35:55 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:35:55 GMT

Firefighters battle house fire in Shoreline
Firefighters are at the scene of a house fire in Shoreline Tuesday. Firefighters were called to reports of heavy smoke at the home at Meridian and North 153rd Place at 3:39 a.m. The smoke was coming from the basement of the two-story home. A fire crew is looking for the source. The two people who live in the home are OK.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 11:08:08 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:08:08 GMT

East county firefighters union takes issue with staffing level in Camas-Washougal
A dispute in staffing size between the east county firefighters union and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department has gone public after the union wrote about its issues in a Facebook post that has been seen more than 180,000 times since it was published March 7. In the post, East Clark Professional Fire Fighters wrote that fire engine crews are made up of two people, when state law requires at least three to act when responding to a fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 8:12:35 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:12:35 GMT

South Snohomish County Fire Board to meet on EMS levy resolution
The South County Fire Board of Fire Commissioners will meet March 20 to discuss a proposition asking voters to approve a replacement levy for emergency medical service (EMS) during the August primary election. “EMS is the service our citizens rely on the most,” said Fire Chief Bruce Stedman. “More than 85 percent of our calls are EMS-related.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 6:53:47 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:53:47 GMT

Rural home, north of Stella, damaged in Monday afternoon fire
Firefighters were called to a house fire in the 600 block of Fall Creek Road, north of Stella, just before 5 p.m. Monday. According to a Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue press release, a resident reported seeing smoke coming from the garage door and from the basement of his house as he arrived home. Fire crews arrived to see no flames or smoke coming from the two story house, but did locate a fire in the basement.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2018 5:07:07 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:07:07 GMT

Man found slain in burned treehouse near Orting; woman shot, wounded; suspect arrested
A man was found slain inside a burned treehouse near Orting and a woman was shot and injured nearby early Monday, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. A suspect was arrested near the scene. Deputies received a 911 call at 3:27 a.m. Monday from a man reporting that a woman has been shot and transported by the suspect to a home on Pioneer Way East in the Orting area, the sheriff’s department said.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 6:25:41 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 01:25:41 GMT

Firefighters take on Columbia Tower stairclimb
VIDEO - 69 flights, 1,396 steps. Now do it in 50 lbs. of firefighter gear. Thousands of firefighters completed the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb challenge Sunday morning at Seattle's Columbia Tower. The annual fundraiser tests the strength, stamina, and determination of two thousand men and women willing to make the climb.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Fire destroys Kent mobile home; 5 escape
Five people managed to escape from a fire that destroyed one mobile home and damaged a second one early Monday in Kent. Crews responded to the scene, in the 24400 block of 64th Avenue South, at about 5:05 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames at a residence there. The home was already fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 7:28:14 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:28:14 GMT

Smoking-hot deal: Fire District 21 buys land near Arlington
Snohomish County Fire District 21 has purchased land south of Arlington to build a second station. The five acres on McElroy Road, off Burn Road, cost $121,000. The sale closed Feb. 9. The price was lower than the assessed value for the property. “We got it for a smoking hot deal,” Capt. Branden Bates said.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2018 6:51:39 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:51:39 GMT

South Kitsap Fire sued for sexual harassment
Two women firefighters are suing South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, alleging sexual harassment by a battalion chief who retired in January 2017 after the district notified him the fire chief was proposing he be fired. An internal investigation found former Battalion Chief Michael Wernet made inappropriate and degrading remarks and actions toward the women – at times repeating them to others – and once made sexually-charged comments in front of one of the women’s children.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 6:21:33 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:21:33 GMT

Spokane Co. firefighters send station shirts to NY teen fighting cancer
Firefighters across Spokane County are helping out a New York teen battling cancer. 16-year-old Timothy Richardson is a firefighter-in-training from New York. He is asking other firefighters for support after being diagnosed with leukemia in early March. While he says his cancer is treatable and he is getting chemo for the next month, his battle with leukemia will likely last years.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2018 10:08:25 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 18:08:25 GMT

Cowlitz County commissioners to make decision on 911 separation
Cowlitz 911’s long road to independence is coming to an end one way or another Tuesday night. The Cowlitz County commissioners will vote during a 6 p.m. public hearing on an ordinance creating the Cowlitz 911 Public Authority, which will make the police and fire dispatching agency independent from the county.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 7:53:10 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sat, 10 Mar 2018 03:53:10 GMT

Fire displaces family, damages home on Yakima's West Pierce Street
A Yakima family was displaced after a Thursday kitchen fire that caused some $45,000 in damage to their home and its contents. The fire at 43 W. Pierce St. was reported just before 2:30 p.m. Nearly 20 firefighters extinguished a fire in the kitchen within 20 minutes, despite thick smoke, according to a Yakima Fire Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 8:51:20 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:51:20 GMT

Accidental fire damages Pullman apartment complex
The Pullman Fire Department is investigating a fire that damaged a unit at an apartment complex in the town's College Hill neighborhood. Firefighters responded to the scene of the Morton Street Apartments just before 6 p.m. on Thursday. They arrived to find flames coming out of the windows and doorway of the second floor unit.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 2:30:09 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:30:09 GMT

Police: Bombs found inside suspicious bag in Long Beach
olice discovered two explosive devices inside of a bag near downtown Long Beach on Monday, officials with the department said. They first received a report from a man who found suspicious garbage bags near some bushes in a wooded area off of SW Third Street, a couple blocks from Pacific Way. He thought they were lost property, so he took it to the police station, where it was confirmed the items inside were two homemade jar explosives and a nail gun.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Areas of Latah County left unprotected from fire
A log house 16 miles outside of Kendrick burned to the ground Monday night, leaving little more than ash where the home used to be. The fire was reported at about 9:30 p.m. to the Latah County Sheriff’s Office. Forty minutes later, deputies were first on the scene. It was nearly an hour before the first firefighters – belonging to the Evergreen Fire Department from Clearwater County – arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 7:44:22 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:44:22 GMT

Woman found dead in Spokane house fire
Firefighters discovered an elderly woman and a dog dead Thursday morning inside a burning home in Spokane’s Perry District neighborhood. Deputy Fire Chief Mark John said neighbors were knocking on the door of the 724 S. Ivory Street home, near the corner of Ivory and Eighth Avenue, as firefighters arrived around 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 11:12:47 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:12:47 GMT

Fire heavily damages old Ridgefield-area home
Firefighters pulled an elderly couple to safety as they attempted to use a garden hose to douse a fire in their house north of Ridgefield on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the 29900 block of Northwest 71st Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said one 911 call indicated firefighters were heading to a barn fire, but it turned out to be in an old home.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 7:15:30 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:15:30 GMT

Fred Meyer president awards checks to responders of Richland store fire
After a fire in late January that caused millions of dollars in damages, the Richland Fred Meyer welcomed both the police and fire departments to thank them for their efforts in getting them back up and running. "Teamwork makes the dream work, and this is the best example I can think of is teamwork," said Joe Grieshaber, Fred Meyer's president.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 9:33:50 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 05:33:50 GMT

Update: Man arrested in Moses Lake for Spokane arson sentenced to 18 years in prison
A man who was arrested in Moses Lake after throwing lit Molotov cocktails into a Spokane home on July 21, 2016 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. The sentencing was handed down this week in a Spokane court. 38-year old Cameron Butler formerly of Broward County, Florida pleaded guilty on Nov. 9, 2017 to Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device (a Molotov cocktail), Interstate Stalking, and Possession of Child Pornography.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 6:24:39 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 02:24:39 GMT

Fire destroys Manson home
A woman escaped a structure fire in Manson this morning but the single wide trailer she was renting is a complete loss. Manson Fire (CCFD #5) Chief Arnold Baker said the woman was cooking when she noticed arcing underneath the stove. The arcing continued after she turned the stove off so she called 911 and exited the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 4:39:24 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:39:24 GMT

Yakima hires new deputy fire department chief from Sunnyside
Yakima is filling one of its two vacancies in the fire department’s command staff on Monday. Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham has been hired to replace Deputy Fire Chief Mark Soptich, who retired Feb. 16. Markham’s last day in Sunnyside is Friday. But the city is still searching for a replacement for fire Chief Bob Stewart, who retired Feb.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 11:59:25 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:59:25 GMT

Arlington, firefighters disagree on Senate Bill 6213
Officials from Arlington’s firefighters union are disappointed after a bill that would have given greater coverage for some health risks was lobbied against by an Arlington representative. Senate Bill 6213 would have added a number of cancers that are presumed to be covered by workers compensation for firefighters and would have provided some other additional health benefits for law enforcement officers as well.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 2:21:13 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018 22:21:13 GMT

Benton Co. Firefighters looking to create local EMS program
Benton Co. Fire District #1 is looking to create a local EMS program to help speed up ambulance response times. The program would be funded by a levy of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The money would go towards purchasing and staffing two ambulances to respond to medical calls. The district estimates the program will reduce response times by as much as seven minutes.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 6:42:23 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 02:42:23 GMT

These firefighters face a different kind of battle: Immigration
All they want to do is to keep fighting fires on millions of acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestlands as part of Washington state's largest on-call fire department. But the firefighting fates of Noe Vazquez and Christian Garcia Herrera, who have each fought more than 20 fires, are in limbo until the federal government reaches a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, otherwise known as DACA.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 5:33:23 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:33:23 GMT

Rescue swimmers borrow canoe to save boater in distress on Kitsap Lake
A man who had apparently fallen out of a boat on Kitsap Lake was rescued by two firefighters who had to borrow a canoe from a lakeshore neighbor. Firefighters from Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue were called to the old boat launch Wednesday morning just after 7 a.m. to help a man in the water. When crews arrived, they could hear the boater calling for help.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 9:08:56 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:08:56 GMT

Vancouver house fire sends man to hospital
Vancouver firefighters responded to a house fire Wednesday morning and found a man in the driveway suffering from smoke inhalation. The firefighters were dispatched about 6:19 a.m. to 820 N.E. 101st Court, a home in the Marrion neighborhood. They arrived at the scene of the fire within five minutes, said Vancouver Fire spokesman Kevin Stromberg.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 10:43:54 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:43:54 GMT

One dead in Raymond house fire
One person was found dead early Monday after firefighters extinguished a blaze at 623 Duryea St. in Raymond. According to a statement from the Raymond Fire Department, firefighters responded to a structure fire just before midnight Sunday and found it fully involved when they arrived and threatening a neighboring home.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 9:07:50 PM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018 05:07:50 GMT

Bellingham Fire responds to fire at Juvenile Detention Center
Bellingham Fire crews responded to an appliance fire at the Whatcom County Juvenile Detention Center at 4:55 p.m. Monday. No injuries were reported, according to Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hewett, and the facility did not need to be evacuated. “They were able to move some of the kids around in the center to safe areas, and we weren’t required to do a full evacuation,” Hewett said.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 5:52:00 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:52:00 GMT

Update: Legislature votes to ban cancer-causing foam used to fight fires
Cancer-causing chemicals like the ones threatening West Plains water supplies would be banned for local firefighters starting in 2020, under a bill that received final approval from the Legislature Monday. Fire-fighting foam that contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluorakyl, known as PFAS, are used to on flammable liquid fires, including aviation fuels.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 2:21:34 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:21:34 GMT

Sunnyside Firefighters called to stove fire
A family living in a home at 1532 Irving Ave. is without a cooking stove following a fire today, March 5. Food on the stove caught fire and the residents living inside the home called the Sunnyside Fire Department at about 12:30 p.m. Firefighters responded and the fire was extinguished, using a portable extinguisher, Sunnyside Fire Chief Aaron Markham said.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 1:04:57 PM - SOURCE: Sunnyside Sun News
Posted on Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:04:57 GMT

Selah man arrested in connection with string of weekend fires in Yakima
A 21-year-old Selah man is accused of setting four fires in Yakima early Sunday morning. Investigators identified the suspect from surveillance videos showing someone matching his appearance moving between the fire scenes shortly before 6 a.m., as well as at a nearby convenience store after the fires were set, according to a police affidavit.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 11:02:06 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:02:06 GMT

Officials investigating 3 fires in Yakima, blame arsonist
Authorities are investigating three fires that started on Sunday morning along North 6thAvenue in Yakima. Around 6 a.m. fire crews arrived to the Mariscos El Nayarit restaurant where a fire had started in the back of the alley and spread to the attic of the restaurant. A few blocks from the restaurant, an abandoned house on the corner of North 6th Avenue and West I Street had also caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2018 5:16:40 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 05 Mar 2018 01:16:40 GMT

Man suffered medical emergency before crashing his car in Thurston County
A man suffered a medical emergency before he crashed his car on Johnson Point Road Saturday morning, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and a fire official South Bay Fire District No. 8 later helped remove the man from his car and he was taken to an area hospital, Battalion Chief Les Robinette said.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2018 7:53:26 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Mon, 05 Mar 2018 03:53:26 GMT

Arlington, Marysville to send recruits to new regional county fire training academy
Arlington Fire and the Marysville Fire District have banded with several other local districts to establish a closer-to-home fire training academy. South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue District 1, a regional fire authority that serves more than 250,000 residents in Lynnwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and unincorporated south county, is hosting the academy.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2018 1:50:18 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Sat, 03 Mar 2018 09:50:18 GMT

Vancouver paramedic relives long career on road
Vancouver’s Rick Futrell leafed through his reams of newspaper clippings, photos, commendations and other documents built up over more than 40 years working on ambulances. “I think what really keeps me in the business is loading up people with stinky feet,” he joked, pointing to an old newspaper clipping where Futrell, his back visibly bent, is rolling someone with wrapped feet into the back of an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 9:14:15 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sat, 03 Mar 2018 05:14:15 GMT

Occupants flee from smoky fire at Kent home
A fire damaged a Kent home and sent thick plumes of smoke over the surrounding neighborhood Monday morning. Crews responded to the scene, a home in the 11100 block of SE 204th Street, at about 9:15 a.m. after receiving reports of heavy smoke billowing from the single-story home. Firefighters attacked the blaze, but damage appeared to be extensive.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 10:07:23 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:07:23 GMT

Airway Heights fire department using oxygen masks to save pets
The Airway Heights fire department officially has the equipment to save pets in even a better way than before with oxygen masks. Project Breathe started in Airway Heights a few weeks ago, but has been making its way around the country for a while now. It was created by the Invisible Fence Brand's corporate office in 2005, launching in Knoxville, Tenn.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 1:43:10 AM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:43:10 GMT

Centralia Council Approves New 911 Agreement With Lewis County
Centralia City Councilors voted unanimously Tuesday to enter into a new interlocal agreement with the Lewis County 911 Communications Center, expressing hope that it would mark a step forward in what has been a strained partnership. “All the problems have not been solved,” Centralia Police Chief Carl Nielsen told the council before the vote.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 6:48:39 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 02:48:39 GMT

Two found dead in McCleary house fire
Two people died Thursday in an early morning fire on Elma Hicklin Road East in McCleary, according to a statement from Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Steve Shumate. The blaze started just before 3 a.m. in a carport at the residence. Despite efforts by the reporting party to contain the fire, it quickly spread to the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 9:27:36 PM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 05:27:36 GMT

Olympia house fire sparked by heater for pet tarantulas
An overnight blaze at an Olympia home was sparked by a heater for the residents' pet tarantulas, investigators said. Firefighters responded to the home, in the 1300 block of Cherry Street SE, at around 12:30 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of flames and smoke on the second floor. Crews arrived quickly and were able to contain the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 7:39:03 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 15:39:03 GMT

House destroyed, two dogs missing following early morning fire in Martha Lake
A family of four escaped a 2-alarm fire near Lynnwood early Friday morning after the mother heard a loud bang and evacuated the home. The fire started at about 1:40 a.m. in the 17000 block of 13th Ave. W. in Martha Lake, with flames shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived. A couple and their two young children were not hurt by the fire, which firefighters had to attack from the outside because conditions were too dangerous for them to enter the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 5:09:31 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:09:31 GMT

Popular downtown Tacoma sushi and teriyaki restaurant closes due to fire
An oil container behind downtown Tacoma’s Happy Teriyaki #4 caught fire Wednesday, resulting in severe damage to the popular downtown sushi and teriyaki restaurant known for its sushi burritos and poke bowls. The restaurant at 2223 Pacific Ave. expects it will be closed about six months, but that estimate could change as damage is assessed.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 9:50:02 PM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Fri, 02 Mar 2018 05:50:02 GMT

Woman found dead after small house fire in Everett
Firefighters are investigating a deadly house fire in Everett Wednesday night. The fire broke out just after 10:00 p.m. at a small home on Lombard Avenue, between 25th and 26th Streets. Once fire crews knocked down the flames, they searched the home and found awoman's body inside. No further details about the woman were released.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Follow Up: Yakima Fire Chief retires after 30 years of service
Yakima Fire Chief Bob Stewart retired from the fire department Tuesday. Stewart spent his whole firefighting career right here in Yakima, a total of 30 years. He was a lieutenant, shift captain, training captain, deputy chief and then became chief in June 2014. Although he's taking many years of experience with him, Stewart said the department will get along just fine without him.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 7:39:21 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 03:39:21 GMT

Eastside first responders reunite with man they saved
On Feb. 28, Sammamish resident Abhishek Choudhury and his family reunited with the dispatchers, firefighters and paramedics who brought him back to life three months ago. They gathered at Eastside Fire & Rescue in Sammamish. Choudhury was at home in late November of 2017 when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and his heart stopped beating.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 5:06:18 AM - SOURCE: Redmond Reporter
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:06:18 GMT

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue seeking reimbursement for transport of Medicaid recipients
North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) is enrolling in a new state program that reimburses public organizations for transporting Medicaid recipients. The program, called Ground Emergency Medical Transportation (GEMT), was established as a result of House Bill 2007 that was passed by the state legislature during the 2015-16 session.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 5:02:12 AM - SOURCE: Northern Light
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:02:12 GMT

DNR encourages more women to become wildfire firefighters
With fire season in the not-so-distant future, preparations are already being made to make sure this year is as successful as the last. About 800 fires broke out across the state, but 96 percent were kept under 10 acres. That's thanks to the planning done by the Department of Natural Resources and the hard work of wildfire firefighters everywhere.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 8:16:56 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:16:56 GMT

Richland: Breaking ground for Duportail Bridge Project gets mixed reaction from neighbors
The City of Richland's plans for the Duportail Bridge Project are now under way. And while nobody told Action News they're excited to spend an extra $20 on their car tag to fund it, other reactions to the project are fairly mixed. Richland Fire Chief Tom Huntington said area First Responders are excited about the bridge.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 11:45:17 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:45:17 GMT

One person rescued from Spokane house fire
Firefighters were called to a house fire Tuesday evening in the 1700 block of E. Rich. When fire crews arrived they saw smoke and flames coming from the home. They also learned one person was inside the home at the time. They were able to safely get the man out of the home. Firefighters on scene say the home was destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 7:58:13 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 03:58:13 GMT

Retirement reception for South County Assistant Fire Chief Brad Reading to be held today
South County Fire Assistant Chief Brad Reading is retiring at the end of the month after 41 years in the fire services in south Snohomish County. The fire department is hosting a retirement reception for Reading on Feb. 28, 4:30-6 p.m. at South County Fire Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave. S., Everett.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 6:07:54 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 02:07:54 GMT

Fire at Mount Vernon farm facility kills 14,000 chickens
A fire at a Draper Valley Farms-owned facility Monday night killed about 14,000 2-week-old chickens. Company spokesman Bill See said the fire started in one of the farm’s chicken houses at a facility on River Bend Road. No injuries to people were reported, Mount Vernon Fire Chief Bryan Brice said. Firefighters were called at 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 4:13:20 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:13:20 GMT

Goats on the lam: Paramedics in Yelm get memorable call
PHOTO - A team of paramedics responding to a medical call in Yelm got an unexpected surprise. While loading a patient into the back of the ambulance on Monday, the patient's goats tried following their guardian. A paramedic snapped a picture of the goats and emailed it to the battalion chiefs at the Lacey Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING5 News
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

County Commissioners decide fate of Cowlitz 911 on March 13
The Cowlitz County commissioners will make the final decision on whether the Cowlitz 911 Center will separate from the county and become an independent agency at a public hearing at 6 p.m. March 13. This Tuesday announcement was made in light of the County 911 Council and E-Board unanimously agreeing to asked the commissioners to create a separate 911 public development authority in January.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 2:11:38 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018 10:11:38 GMT

Benton Co. Fire District #1 plans for levy to decrease response times
The CDC reports that every 12 seconds, an adult over the age of 65 gets admitted to the ER due to a fall...and every day, 74 of those admitted will die. To fight those statistics, one fire district is doing what it can to prevent these injuries from happening. With response times reaching upwards of 14 minutes, Benton County Fire District #1 is doing its part to be more efficient and get to their residents even faster than before.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 6:29:11 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:29:11 GMT

Olympia woman's unexpected first responder role highlights importance of CPR, AED training
An Olympia woman who spends most days helping other people save lives was thrust into the role of first responder last weekend. It's a lesson in the importance of knowing CPR and how to operate an automatic external defibrillator (AED). “You’re panicked. You're shaking all over, and someone's life is on the line right there,” said Helen Kramer, an executive assistant for the Washington State Council of Firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 6:11:18 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 02:11:18 GMT

Commissioners Cite Public Safety as Reason for Approved Anatone Tower
A hotly debated cell phone tower will be going up in Anatone. Asotin County commissioners made the final decision Monday morning on recommendation from the Planning and Zoning board. Weis Towers and Inland Cellular now have final approval to build the 299-foot tall tower on Anatone's Grider Lane. At a planning and zoning meeting earlier this month, several residents voiced concerns about the eyesore the tower would be among the heavily-wooded landscape.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Wind creates problems for Spokane Valley firefighters at Otis Orchards house fire
Spokane Valley firefighters battled wind and flames as they responded to an Otis Orchards house fire Sunday afternoon. At about 2:30 p.m., multiple neighbors called in a structure fire coming from a single-wide mobile home at 4118 North Kennedy Road, where flames and a large plume of smoke could be seen from miles away, said Shawn Pichette, spokesman for the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 7:31:18 PM - SOURCE: Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 26 Feb 2018 03:31:18 GMT

Follow Up: Yakima's fire chief calls it a career after three decades in fire department
At 27 years old, Bob Stewart and two friends made a road trip that would change his life. On a whim, the three drove from Salem, Ore., to Yakima — a town Stewart says at the time he couldn’t have pointed to on a map — to take a test to become firefighters. Some 30 years after that road trip, Stewart will retire — on Wednesday — from his post as chief of the Yakima Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Fire destroys house near Port Angeles
A blaze ripped through a Port Angeles-area home Sunday afternoon, completely destroying the building and causing multiple propane tanks to explode, firefighters said. Clallam Fire District No. 2 sent 20 firefighters to the blaze at 274 Alice Road at 3:47 p.m. Sunday and it took at least half an hour to knock down the flames, said Assistant Chief Mike DeRousie.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 8:48:07 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 26 Feb 2018 04:48:07 GMT

Mukilteo: Aid crews get a dose of digital medicine
An ambulance leaves a Mukilteo fire station at 3:06 a.m. traveling 45 mph, to rescue a child who has overdosed on his grandma’s Oxycontin at a duplex two miles away on 76th Street SW. The child weighs 48 pounds. He’s 6. How much naloxone does he need? It’s a fictional example of a math problem that doesn’t come up often for Mukilteo aid crews.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2018 3:17:35 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:17:35 GMT

Firefighters throughout the state attend the Annual Washington Fire Chiefs Training, Safety and Officers' Conference
The Annual Washington Fire Chiefs- Training, Safety and Officers’ Section Conference is taking place at the Yakima Convention Center until February 28th. During the conference, firefighters will learn new tactics to help them continue saving lives. Ted Vander Houwen, Fire Commissioner at Naches Heights and Co-Chair said different fire stations throughout Washington are attending the conference.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2018 6:44:33 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 02:44:33 GMT

Longview Fire tackles three structure fires in one night, one labeled 'suspicious'
In the span of less than six hours, Longview Fire responded to three structure fires Friday night and early Saturday morning. One of those fires is being investigated by Longview Police due to its suspicious nature. According to Battalion Chief Blake Tomlinson, the largest fire was also the latest. Longview Police responded to a fire complaint in the 300 block of 21st Avenue at around 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 2:11:19 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:11:19 GMT

Spokane: One dead in apartment fire near Liberty Park
An adult woman died early Friday morning in a fire at the Liberty Park Terrace Apartments on the lower South Hill. Spokane firefighters were called to the scene at 2 a.m. near Perry Street and Hartson Avenue. Upon arrival, they observed smoke coming from the second floor of an apartment building, according to Spokane Fire Department release.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2018 6:55:14 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:55:14 GMT

Benton Co. Fire District #1's female firefighters are proud to inspire
Small. Dangerous. Weak. These are all things some might say to describe why women shouldn't be firefighters. But the women of Benton County Fire District #1 are here to bust those stereotypes. Meet Lt. Tracy Baker, Yvette Sanders, Masha Sells, and Kayte Salter. Each one of them joined the department for different reasons, but one thing was the same: they wanted to do their part for the community.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 5:30:11 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:30:11 GMT

Crews attack early morning fire at Seattle's Beacon Hill apartments
A two-alarm fire at an apartment building in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood sent residents fleeing into the subfreezing cold early Friday. Crews responded to the scene, in the 1700 block of 17th Avenue South, at about 5:15 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control by 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2018 7:52:13 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:52:13 GMT

Animal oxygen masks donated to Tukwila Fire
Pet owners in Tukwila can now be reassured that their pets can get the proper care if trapped in a fire. The Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) donated animal oxygen masks to the Tukwila Fire Department in January. According to Gene Mueller, a veterinary and the manager at RASKC, these masks are made to fit different sized animals to ensure no air from the masks gets out, allowing the animal to get the most oxygen they can get in order to survive after being stuck in a fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 1:00:27 PM - SOURCE: Tukwila Reporter
Posted on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:00:27 GMT

Fire destroys mobile home on N. 1st Street in Yakima
No one has been hurt after a home caught fire on North 1st Street. The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) received calls of smoke in the 1500 block of N. 1st Street around 4:15 p.m., Wednesday. After firefighters and officers with the Yakima Police Department arrived, reports said they found smoke coming from an unoccupied mobile home at 1603 N.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 4:01:32 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:01:32 GMT

'She paved the way': Washington's first career female firefighter dies of cancer
Washington state's first career female firefighter has died of complications from cancer at the age of 64, the Bellevue Fire Department announced Wednesday. Jeanette Woldseth, a retired fire captain with the department who became a professional firefighter in 1977, died Monday afternoon. “Captain Woldseth was truly a ground-breaker, not only in the Bellevue Fire Department, but within the larger firefighter community,” said Bellevue Interim Fire Chief Todd Dickerboom.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:40:39 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:40:39 GMT

Wapato shake-up: Officer involved in fatal shooting named public safety director; fire chief out of a job
A Wapato police officer who shot and killed a 38-year-old man during a domestic violence call nearly two years ago will oversee the police and fire departments as the city’s new public safety director. Officer Mike Campos will be paid $75,000 a year. During a regular business meeting Tuesday night, the City Council — by a vote of 5-2 — approved eliminating the city’s police and fire chief jobs, creating a single public safety director position to oversee both departments.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 11:56:20 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:56:20 GMT

Selah firefighters get new fire truck for better response
The Selah Fire Department is getting it's first new fire truck in 15 years. Selah Fire Chief Gary Hanna said their budget has been tight so they haven't been able to get new equipment, until now. "It's like anything with age things wear out, they start becoming undependable," Hanna said. "More and more breakdowns, so having new, modern equipment will help take the pressure of that.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 6:50:37 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:50:37 GMT

Spokane firefighters prepared for the worst when it comes to catestrophic wildfires
A study of the Spokane area showed shocking numbers when it comes to fire danger in the region. The study showed 50 percent of Spokane’s structures are at risk of burning in a major wildfire. City officials said this study took many city council members by surprise. However, Spokane fire officials said they are prepared for the worst.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 6:52:50 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:52:50 GMT

Yakima house fire destroys home, family of 3 displaced
A family of three awoke to smoke coming from their home Wednesday morning. The home had flames coming from the first floor and extending to the outside in the 600 block of Viola Avenue. The family escaped without any injuries. Fire crews arrived around 6 a.m. and extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:51:56 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:51:56 GMT


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