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Asotin Fire Department makes plea for support from mayor and council
Tonight (Monday) the city of Asotin firefighters made an emotional plea for support to the mayor and city council. This comes after the council discussed the possibility of building a coffee shop near the station in downtown Asotin. The firefighters voiced their concern that this could hinder their daily activities.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW TV
Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Fire at marijuana shop sends smoke billowing through Seattle neighborhood
A fire at a recreational marijuana shop sent smoke billowing through Seattle's Lake City neighborhood early Tuesday morning. Crews responded to the scene, Greenside Recreational at 9804 Lake City Way NE, at about 1:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from the owner of the pot shop, who said he could see smoke and flames spewing from the basement.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 9:05:24 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:05:24 GMT

Clarkston City Council question fire chiefs on future of Clarkston Fire Dept.
Local fire chiefs’ met with the Clarkston City Council Monday night to discuss the options for the future of the Clarkston Fire Department. The main options discussed were annexation with Asotin County Fire District 1 or contracting with Lewiston Fire Department to create a valley wide fire and EMS service.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW-TV CBS 3
Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighter Mark Wagner receives San Juan Island Fire Department's highest award
Firefighter Mark Wagner and Lieutenant Erin Graham received San Juan Island Fire Department’s highest awards Saturday night when the department celebrated the 2016 contributions of its members. The firefighters and support members were honored for their dedicated service at the annual awards banquet, which was held at Downriggers Restaurant.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 5:17:02 PM - SOURCE: San Juan Islander
Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2017 01:17:02 GMT

Roof collapses, crews battle crematorium fire in Cowlitz County
Fire crews arrived at the Longview Memorial Cemetery crematorium to flames coming through the roof Monday evening. Cowlitz County and Longview firefighters took a defensive stance and contained the flames in less than an hour, a release said, but not before the building's roof collapsed. There was no information released concerning estimated damages or possible causes for the fire, pending investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU
Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Early morning fire kills child, injures mother in Spokane Valley
A girl is dead and her mother injured following a house fire in Spokane Valley early Sunday morning. Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighters were called to a fire at 10410 E. Springfield Ave. at about 3 a.m. They received reports of a person possibly trapped in the basement, according to a fire department news release.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2017 5:09:51 PM - SOURCE: Spokesman Review
Posted on Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:09:51 GMT

Review of fatal Twisp fire calls for more training, possible change to policy on protecting rural homes
Crews near Twisp were working to protect homes on a dead-end road when they were overrun by a wildfire in 2015. Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died that day, leading to a first-of-its-kind examination of the event and, potentially, new guidelines about the lengths to which crews should go to protect rural homes.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2017 8:13:52 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:13:52 GMT

Woman and Spokane officer recount incredible rescue from burning car
A woman and Spokane Police officer spoke out Sunday about an incredible rescue the two were involved in Friday evening. Spokane Police Officer Tim Schwering was first on scene to a vehicle fire where a woman, Kim Novak, was trapped inside. Officer Schwering said he was "glad he was there at the time.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM
Posted on Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Mukilteo Fire won't drive trucks to some Naketa Beach homes
It’s a message no homeowner wants to hear. The Mukilteo Fire Department sent letters this past summer to about a dozen addresses on the private stretch of waterfront at Naketa Beach. The letters said that firefighters no longer will drive their trucks into the neighborhood. That’s a decision likely to delay emergency response.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2017 2:06:26 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:06:26 GMT

Ice creates extra difficulty as firefighters extinguish Buena church fire
Yakima County Fire (YCF) Department extinguished a fire after a Yakima Sherriff Officer (YSO) reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of the Buena church. Firefighters arrived at 820 Buena Road early Thursday morning to find the fire covering about half of the church, according to a report from YCF District 5.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 3:39:26 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:39:26 GMT

Man accused of murder, arson a regular customer at Vancouver store
The Vancouver man accused of robbing and killing a clerk at a Sifton area convenience store before lighting the building on fire was a frequent customer of the store, according to court documents filed in the case. Mitchell Heng, 21, admitted to police that he went to the Oasis Market early Sunday morning to rob Amy Marie Hooser, the 47-year-old supervisor, court records state.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 10:43:29 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:43:29 GMT

Firefighters battle Yakima house fire
Quick action on an increasingly snowy morning helped firefighters prevent a fire from spreading Friday morning at a house on McKinley Avenue. At least five fire trucks responded the single-story structure at 1301 McKinley Avenue about 8:30 a.m. No one appeared to be inside the tan-colored house, where the exterior white trim and tall brick fireplace appeared to have been untouched by flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 9:41:22 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:41:22 GMT

Insufficent EMT staffing at state sex offender facility on McNeil Island breaks rules, audit finds
Emergency medical technician staffing at the sex offender center on McNeil Island often has not been at proper levels for at least two years, a new state auditor’s report shows. Auditors found the state Department of Social and Heath Services is not requesting money in the next budget cycle to fund four firefighter positions required to meet state rules.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 1:56:25 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:56:25 GMT

Small fire breaks out in downtown Seattle apartment
A small fire in a downtown Seattle apartment was quickly extinguished Wednesday evening. The fire broke out just 5:00 p.m. in a second floor unit of the complex located at 4th Ave. and Vine St. in the Belltown neighborhood. Crews said the fire broke out in the kitchen. The resident and two pets made it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 7:44:24 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:44:24 GMT

Shooting drill preps Bainbridge Island emergency responders for the real thing
Sean Liberman met the group of stretcher-carrying medics and their police escort at a side entrance to Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. It was a silent and gruesome greeting. Liberman was “dead,” sprawled out in front of the double-glass doors, with a bullet hole in his forehead. The grisly scene stretched out left and right, down a hallway where scattered groups of the wounded victims of a mass shooter sat in shock, down stairwells and through classrooms, offices and restrooms on the church’s basement floor.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 1:02:49 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:02:49 GMT

Fire causes $400,000 in damage at Gig Harbor house
A two-alarm fire caused an estimated $400,000 in damages at a Gig Harbor house late Tuesday, according to the Fire Department. Crews were called about 7:45 p.m. to the home in the 9600 block of Kopachuck Drive Northwest by a neighbor who spotted smoke coming from the wall and ceiling of the front porch.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 1:45:53 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:45:53 GMT

At least 2 suspects stole firearms from burned Bi-Mart in Yakima
Yakima police say they believe firearms were stolen around the time a Bi-Mart caught on fire early Tuesday morning. Authorities say the fire was set deliberately. The burglary involved at least two people, police spokesman Mike Bastinelli said Wednesday. He added that video surveillance shows a third person in a vehicle may have been involved.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 7:36:36 PM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:36:36 GMT

Bremerton firefighter's death considered in line of duty
A firefighter died Tuesday morning from a type of cancer that he likely got because of his job, according to colleagues. Jimmy Hendryx, 47, is Bremerton's first firefighter to die in the line of duty in the history of the department, which stretches back 114 years. Hendrix was an avid bag pipes player, and would often perform at memorials for fallen firefighters and police officers.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 11:32:37 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:32:37 GMT

Seattle arsonist Martin Pang on the hook for nearly $3M in restitution, other legal costs
Martin Pang, the arsonist who set the deadliest blaze in the Seattle Fire Department’s history, will have to pay nearly $3 million in restitution and other legal costs when he’s released from prison, according to an opinion published Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals. Pang, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for setting a massive warehouse fire in January 1995 that killed four firefighters in the Chinatown International District, filed a motion in King County Superior Court in August 2015 seeking relief from his legal financial obligations, known as LFOs.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 10:37:09 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:37:09 GMT

37-year-old man charged with arson for fire at Islamic Center of Eastside in Bellevue; bail set at $1M
Wayne Isaac Wilson, 37, of Bellevue, was charged Tuesday with second-degree arson for the fire at the Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue that heavily damaged the structure early Saturday morning. Bail was increased to $1 million based on his lengthy criminal history. The prosecution also said Wilson was convicted of fourth-degree assault and disorderly conduct last year for an assault on a member of the Islamic Center of the Eastside.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 5:09:08 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:09:08 GMT

Update: Officials ID Vancouver woman found dead in 'intentionally set' strip mall fire
Authorities have identified a woman whose body firefighters found while searching the rubble of a three-alarm Vancouver strip mall fire over the weekend. According to our news partners at The Columbian, the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed 47-year-old Amy Marie Hooser, of Vancouver, died of smoke inhalation and blunt force injuries to the head.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 11:41:55 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:41:55 GMT

Kennewick fire chief awarded the Martin Luther King Spirit Award
Despite the cold weather, many people stood outside at Columbia Basin College today to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 27th Annual MLK Day bell ringing. Despite the ceremony's name, he wasn't the only man honored by the event today. After the outdoor ceremonies, everyone moved inside for the awarding of the Martin Luther King Spirit Award, which is given to a community member who truly embodies the ideals that MLK was so passionate about.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 7:12:56 PM - SOURCE: KNDU
Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:12:56 GMT

Clallam County Fire District No. 2 hires deputy chief
Clallam County Fire District No. 2 has hired former Port Angeles Fire Department Lt. Jake Patterson as deputy fire chief for the rural fire district that surrounds Port Angeles. Patterson, 45, will begin in the new position Tuesday and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the district including oversight of emergency operations, staffing, fleet and facilities.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2017 9:37:09 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:37:09 GMT

Guests displaced by 2-alarm fire at Olympia motel
An electrical malfunction may have been the cause of a two-alarm fire that broke out at an Olympia motel Monday, officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, the Holly Motel in the 2800 block of Artin Way East, at about 9:35 a.m. after receiving calls about smoke spewing from the building, said Greg Wright of the Olympia Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 12:40:02 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:40:02 GMT

West Benton firefighter offers snowplowing service in honor of two Prosser men lost
A West Benton firefighter is giving his time to a mourning community in honor of the two local young men whose lives were lost. Flags are flying at half staff around Prosser today in the wake of the deaths of James Wildman and Dylan Bolt, Prosser natives who died in a car accident last Saturday. The flag outside the West Benton Fire and Rescue Station is at half staff as well, but someone inside is taking it one step further to bring the community together: by plowing snow, and plowing it wherever it's needed.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 6:25:11 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:25:11 GMT

Fire destroys $315,700 Yakima County home
VIDEO: The occupant of an East Valley home that burned Sunday night was home but did not call 911, allowing the fire to spread throughout the residence, according to the first firefighters to arrive on the scene. “It was fully involved when we got there,” said East Valley Fire Department Lt. Trevor Lenseigne.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 5:22:21 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:22:21 GMT

Colfax home to nine a total loss after fire
Firefighters have yet to determine the cause of a Sunday afternoon fire that destroyed a house on the 900 block of South East Street in Colfax. What is known is that the structure was a 100 percent loss and its nine residents have lost their homes. John Huntwork, 25, and Bethany Huntwork, 23, a married couple who had lived in an apartment at the back of the house for two-and-a-half years, said the fire took everything they owned, including their wedding rings.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Olympia firefighter now fighting battle of his life
A fire captain who dedicated his life to helping others is in need of help himself. It’s one battle Olympia Fire Department Capt. Jim Brown never thought he’d have to fight, and a tragic consequence of the job he’s loved for so long. For more than two decades, Brown has been fighting to save lives. Though he knew risks were attached to every call, he had no idea his biggest battle was yet to come.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Fire destroys Ocean City home
A fire early Thursday morning destroyed a home in the 2700 block of State Route 109 in Ocean City, but the couple who lived there escaped without injury. The fire closed both lanes of the highway for several hours as crews from Grays Harbor Fire District No. 7 responded to fight the blaze in the double-wide mobile home, along with help from neighboring Ocean Shores and other rural districts.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:35:17 PM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:35:17 GMT

Prosser flags lowered to honor firefighter, Marine
Flags are flying at half-staff from Friday through Jan. 21 in Prosser to honor firefighter James Wildman and former Marine Dylan Bolt. The Prosser men died Jan. 6 when their vehicle flipped into the Naches River. Mayor Randy Taylor called for the flags to be lowered for the week. Wildman, 23, was driving when he lost control of the 2002 Toyota Tundra a mile east of Naches, the Washington State Patrol said.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 8:44:15 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:44:15 GMT

Shropshire appointed fire commissioner of Mountain View Fire and Rescue
Monroe Shropshire is the newly appointed fire commissioner of Mountain View Fire and Rescue. Shropshire took the oath of office on Tuesday. He fills a vacancy on the five-member board that had been open since mid-December. He will hold the office until the November 2017 elections are certified, at which time the person elected will be sworn into office.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 1:46:21 AM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:46:21 GMT

Fire destroys rural Washougal home
Snow and a lack of fire hydrants caused problems for emergency crews called to the scene of a house fire this morning. According to a press release from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department, the blaze was reported at 5:36 a.m. at the 30000 block of Northeast 10th Street, in Washougal. When emergency crews arrived, the single-family house was already fully involved in fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 1:43:55 AM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:43:55 GMT

Bill would let Spokane officials order railroads to go slower through downtown area
Spokane officials could make railroads slow down on their way through the city under a bill proposed Wednesday. SB 5098, sponsored by Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, would give major cities, along with the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, the authority to declare a local safety hazard and set lower speed limits than the federal government allows in certain cases.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Exploring options for the future of Clarkston Fire Dept.
Continuing coverage now on the future of the Clarkston Fire Department. A tentative date is set for you to voice your opinion, Tuesday night community leaders and local fire chiefs met to discuss options. One option is to keep the Clarkston Fire staff at 12 full-time firefighters, but funding is a problem.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW-TV CBS 3
Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Asotin Fire Captain Resigns Over Coffee Shop Proposal
A longtime Asotin firefighter resigned during a heated discussion at this week's Asotin City Council meeting Monday night. Shawn Balzer, a captain at the volunteer department, reportedly said he was quitting after a clash over a proposed drive-through coffee shop near the downtown fire station. Firefighters said they're concerned about access to the station and parking during an emergency.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Follow Up: Man accused of decapitating 2 women, covering it up with house fire in Tacoma
Two women found dead inside a Tacoma house after an arson fire were decapitated by a friend who claimed he became “possessed” while the group did drugs, according to court records. Pierce County prosecutors Wednesday charged Matthew Leupold, 32, with two counts of first-degree aggravated murder and first-degree arson in the deaths of Mary Buras, 22, and Theresa Greenhalgh, 31.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 3:40:04 PM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:40:04 GMT

Woman killed in wrong-way crash with ambulance on I-5 in Seattle
An Oregon woman is dead after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 Wednesday morning in Seattle and crashing into an ambulance, the Washington State Patrol reports. The collision happened at about 2 a.m. in the HOV lane of northbound I-5 near Michigan Street. Emergency crews responded and found the wreckage of a red Ford Expedition and an ambulance at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVAL
Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Seattle artists advocate for space safety after California's 'Ghost Ship' fire
Members from the Seattle Arts Commission met with city officials Tuesday to advocate for increased safety measures for Seattle artists. The meeting comes just over a month after a warehouse fire in Oakland, California that killed 36 people. The ‘Ghost Ship’ warehouse, that served as a performance space and housing unit for artists, was not up to city codes operated without a permit.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 9:38:54 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:38:54 GMT

Yakima: Fire causes $50,000 in damages, family cat dead
Yakima firefighters say a family of four was displaced and the family cat died in a Monday night fire that caused an estimated $50,000 in damages to a west Yakima home. No people were injured in the fire that burned on the second floor of a house on the 4800 block of McCargar Street, said Yakima Fire Department Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 4:37:20 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:37:20 GMT

Naches River crash victim, firefighter taken to final resting place in Prosser
One of the men killed in Saturday's deadly crash in the Naches River is heading to his final resting place in Prosser. The body of 23-year-old James Wildman was received by Prosser firefighters on Monday at the Yakima County Coroner's office. Yakima County firefighters also joined and paid their respects.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 5:37:47 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:37:47 GMT

VIDEO: Clark Co. firefighters save family of 4 after crash on way to school
On the way to school Monday, a Clark County mother strapped her kids in their car seats and headed out to school, presumably like any other day. Then her van veered off the road and ran over an embankment. Clark County firefighters rushed to the scene and were able to get everyone out of the van to safety, one-by-one.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 8:27:26 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:27:26 GMT

Update: Three arrested after two people found dead in Tacoma house fire
Authorities say two adults and a juvenile have been arrested after two people were found dead in a Tacoma house fire. The fire was reported at 2:45 a.m. Friday in the 3700 block of South Yakima Avenue, near Lincoln High School. Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke says firefighters arrived to find the home in flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 10:35:54 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:35:54 GMT

Kennewick firefighters respond to increasing number of traumatic injury calls
Kennewick firefighters are seeing an increase in traumatic injury calls compared to this time last year. It's a horrible accident that EMS fire officials said can be easily prevented. The ice, too close for comfort as people hit the ground. "That is everything from people slipping after climbing out of their car, to walking into a store, or they are walking down their driveway and they slip on the ice and fall," said Cpt.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 8:20:20 PM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:20:20 GMT

Lake Tapps house fire destroys everything except family's Seahawks flag
A family of Seahawks fans, including a photographer who works for the team, are trying to salvage anything they can from their Lake Tapps house, which was destroyed in a fire. About all that's left of the Debbie and Cliff Blumenthal’s home is a Seahawks flag hanging out front. “Pretty tough,” said Jeff Marsh, who grew up in the house and returned to survey the damage, Monday.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING5
Posted on Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Tacoma firefighter's overdose death raises questions about how he got hired
Ramsey Mueller dreamed of saving others, but he couldn’t save himself. A year ago, he took the first steps toward his lifelong dream of becoming a Tacoma firefighter. Seven months later, he died in his Tacoma home of a heroin overdose at the age of 27, a day after resigning from the department, two days after coming late to a morning shift, slurring his words and nearly hitting another vehicle while briefly taking the wheel of a firetruck.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 1:41:37 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:41:37 GMT

Two bodies found after house fire in Tacoma’s Lincoln district
Two bodies were found Friday in a home in Tacoma’s Lincoln District after an early morning fire. The blaze was reported at 2:45 a.m. in the 3700 block of South Yakima Avenue, near Lincoln High School. Firefighters arrived to find the house in flames, said Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke. During a search after the blaze, firefighters found the bodies.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2017 1:49:48 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Sat, 07 Jan 2017 09:49:48 GMT

Follow Up: With EMS changes shot down in Skagit County, some are asking 'now what?'
When the Skagit County commissioners organized a group of 24 to look at the future of emergency medical services, many thought it was an opportunity for candid talk about the county’s ambulance systems. Now, after a meeting in late December where the commissioners went against a recommendation to continue looking at how emergency medical services should be governed, some members of that group are feeling their eight months of work was all for nothing.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 4:22:02 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (
Posted on Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:22:02 GMT

Body found in Arizona pond is that of missing retired Seattle firefighter; death called 'suspicious'
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says a body found in a Sun City West pond on Friday is that of a man who's been missing for a week. Edward Patrick Powers, who goes by Pat or Patrick, was last seen on Dec. 30 leaving his Sun City West home near 135th Avenue and Deer Valley Drive. MCSO is calling his death "suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Ambulance struck on I-90 while responding to separate collision near Moses Lake
A collision involving an AMR ambulance left one person injured in Interstate 90, about seven miles west of Moses Lake. Haylie L. Warren, a 24-year-old West Richland woman, was driving a 2012 Ford Econoline ambulance with lights and sirens on west on I-90 Monday afternoon, responding to a collision, according to the Washington State Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2017 3:11:57 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:11:57 GMT

Fire burns building above popular Downtown Seattle pub
Crews battled a fire in downtown Seattle Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched just before 3 p.m. to 1919 First Avenue, the same building that houses Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub. "All I knew is that someone screamed to me the building was on fire," said Karen McAleese Kells, who owns and helps manage the restaurant on ground floor.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 3:40:38 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:40:38 GMT

Duke the labradoodle rescued from frigid lake in Poulsbo, learns hard way about being on thin ice
Firefighter crews rushed to a water rescue Thursday at Island Lake in Poulsbo as a caller told them someone was in the water and could be heard yelling. But when they arrived, they quickly discovered the yelling was coming from bystanders at the lake — and a 4-year-old labradoodle named Duke was struggling in the icy water.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 7:55:54 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:55:54 GMT

Blaze damages Kennewick house in frigid weather
Kennewick fire crews quickly extinguished a house fire Friday morning despite the frigid weather. The residents were away from the house at 4506 W. 20th Ave. for a time but returned about 8 a.m. to the smell of smoke and the screech of smoke alarms, said fire inspector Brian Ellis. The cause is under investigation but a problem with the furnace in the attic is suspected.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 10:38:34 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:38:34 GMT

18 dogs killed in fire at warehouse-like building near Tumwater
Firefighters responded to a warehouse-like building near Tumwater where 18 dogs died of smoke inhalation. The deceased included three mothers and their 15 puppies. Thurston County Animal Services said 19 other dogs were found safe in kennels inside the building. Another dog and cat were rescued and treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 5:38:53 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:38:53 GMT

Newborn baby alerts Kennewick family to house fire
A local Kennewick family is now displaced after flames sent them running for their lives early Wednesday morning. The hero that first alerted the family to the fire was a newborn, who's not even two weeks old. “He woke up and so we were making him a bottle and I was holding him and that's when I heard the noise outside that sounded like a band or a thud,” said father Blake Sickler.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2017 12:36:32 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:36:32 GMT

Firefighters rescue 2 teen boys who fell through ice on Lake Serene
VIDEO: Two 15-year-old boys who fell through a frozen Lake Serene were rescued by firefighters Wednesday afternoon. Dive teams and rescue crews raced to the Lynnwood lake just after 3:30 p.m. after getting a report that two teens walking along the ice had fallen through about halfway out toward the middle of the lake.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 5:36:46 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:36:46 GMT

Ben Franklin Transit provides a special kind of backup for police and fire crews
When it comes to battling blazes and fighting crime, local firefighters and law enforcement aren't left out in the cold - or the heat. A local company does their part to ensure that our hardworking responders have backup when they're facing the elements. For a few years now, Ben Franklin Transit has actually been offering up their services by sending buses and even vans to properties where local law enforcement and fire crews are dealing with either hot or cold temperatures.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 7:38:49 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 03:38:49 GMT

1 killed in overnight motorhome fire under West Seattle Freeway
VIDEO: One person died in a motor home fire early Thursday morning under the West Seattle Freeway. Someone at the Port of Seattle spotted the flames and called 911. Firefighters arrived around 3:30 a.m. and found one adult dead inside the RV which was parked alongside several others on 1st Avenue South & S Spokane Street.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2017 9:17:13 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:17:13 GMT

Spokane County firefighters battle both flames, extreme cold temperatures
While many of us hunker down inside during these extremely cold temperatures, first responders are braving the elements to keep the community safe. On Tuesday evening, Spokane County Fire District 4 responded to a shop fire near Chattaroy and fought the flames until almost 4 a.m. as temperatures dipped almost to zero.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 7:37:57 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 03:37:57 GMT

Richland Fire Department reports 2016 busiest year on record
The Richland Fire Department reported 2016 as the busiest on record. Officials said they see an increase in calls almost every year as our Tri-Cities area continues to grow. From 2015 to 2016, they had a three percent jump in calls. RFD responded to 5,000 medical calls, 100 structure fires, 80 wild land fires and several other crashes and accidents.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 5:36:45 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:36:45 GMT

Seven forced into cold weather as fire guts Snohomish home
Several people are out of a home after a large fire at a Snohomish County duplex early Wednesday morning. Fire crews responded to 142nd Drive Southeast near Three Lakes Road at a bit after 2 a.m. People who live at the duplex say they evacuated their home after their smoke alarms woke them up. One victim told fire crews that he had to evacuate his family through his garage.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 7:41:33 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:41:33 GMT

Retired Seattle firefighter missing in Arizona; Family pleads for help
A Valley family is asking for the public's help in finding a man that a Silver Alert was issued for. Edward Patrick Powers, who goes by Pat or Patrick, was last seen leaving his Sun City West home near 135th Avenue and Deer Valley Drive. "He didn't have his cellphone. He didn't have his wallet nor did he have a jacket," said Leslie Powers, the daughter-in-law of Patrick.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Flu reaching epidemic levels in Wash. state; 4 new deaths reported
The flu is already proving deadly in Washington state - with another four deaths reported in the past 10 days. And now state health officials say we are reaching epidemic levels, with emergency room doctors throughout Western Washington reporting large numbers of patients coming in with flu-like symptoms.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 7:41:23 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:41:23 GMT

Woman in critical condition after snowmobile crash near Ronald
A 46-year-old woman is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center after a snowmobile crash near Ronald. Crews with Kittitas County Search and Rescue and Kittitas County Fire District 6, as well as paramedics responded to reports of a snowmobile crash about two miles northeast of Ronald Friday, December 30 around 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 3:40:35 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 03 Jan 2017 23:40:35 GMT

Elderly man killed as TV sparks fire in Snohomish home
A man in his 90s was killed early Tuesday in a house fire reportedly caused by a malfunctioning TV set that burst into flames, officials said. Emergency crews responded to the scene, near the 16300 block of Roosevelt Road, at about 4:20 a.m. after receiving reports of a TV on fire and heavy smoke at a home there, with one person trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 6:42:51 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:42:51 GMT

Large home gutted by fire in Tacoma
A large home was gutted by a fire in Tacoma. Dispatchers received a call about the fire in the 800 block of Tacoma Avenue at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. The home was occupied by two adults who got out safely. Firefighters said there was heavy damage to the second floor. There is the possibility that a dog may have died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 10:39:09 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:39:09 GMT

Spokane house fire prompts smoke detector reminder
The Spokane Fire Department is reminding the public about the importance of functioning smoke detectors after crews extinguished a fire in Northeast Spokane early Tuesday morning. SFD responded to a report of a structure fire near East Nebraska Avenue and North Helena Street. The two occupants of the home told fire officials they were alerted to the fire by the smell of smoke.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 8:53:19 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:53:19 GMT

Cause under investigation after fire destroys Sequim home
A Carlsborg man is still looking for answers after a blaze destroyed his home on New Year’s Day. Firefighters searched Monday for the cause of a fire that took the two-story home and a single-wide mobile home at 426 Martha Lane, but didn’t find any answers, said Capt. Chris Turner of Clallam County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 7:46:54 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:46:54 GMT

2 firetrucks collide, sending 8 firefighters to hospital, damaging Seattle storefront
PHOTOS - Police are investigating a crash involving a Seattle fire engine and a ladder truck that sent eight firefighters to the hospital Sunday morning, damaged the storefront of a massage business and smashed the ladder truck so badly that it’s out of service. Alice Kim, spokeswoman for the Seattle Fire Department, said the trucks were responding to an automatic fire alarm when the crash occurred just before 8 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2017 4:38:49 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:38:49 GMT

Boy killed, four others injured when tree strikes SUV in Clallam County
A 5-year-old boy died New Year’s Day and four other people believed to be from the same Federal Way family were seriously injured when a tree fell on a white SUV travelling east around Lake Crescent on U.S. Highway 101, Clallam Fire District No. 2 Chief Sam Phillips said. Highway 101 was blocked in both directions Sunday afternoon and into Sunday evening, with traffic being diverted to state Route 112, after the 18- 20-inch-diameter tree fell on the vehicle, which was reported to authorities at 2:16 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2017 6:59:03 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 02 Jan 2017 02:59:03 GMT

Firefighters rescue couple and dog from Vancouver apartment fire
A fire at the Parklane Apartments in north Vancouver Friday night consumed one unit and displaced 31 people. Clark County Fire District Six reported to the scene at about 8 p.m. to see thick smoke pouring out of one of the upstairs apartments and two people and a dog on an upstairs balcony. Crews put up a ladder and rescued the people and their dog.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2016 1:50:50 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:50:50 GMT

DOT officials: 4 killed in private plane crash near Hood Canal
Crews have found the bodies of four people at the scene of a plane crash near the northern Hood Canal area of Dabob Bay, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday. The plane wreckage was spotted Friday morning in a heavily wooded ravine where crews had been searching for a missing private plane that disappeared Thursday evening.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2016 3:39:37 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:39:37 GMT

Spokane Valley Firefighters extinguish attic fire
Spokane Valley Fire Department say they responded to a residential structure fire at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. The homeowner was outside shoveling snow and says when he went back inside, he noticed a light fixture in the kitchen flickering. When he removed the bulb, he says smoke poured into the room, so he called 911.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2016 3:37:39 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:37:39 GMT

New non-profit benefits Kennewick Fire Department
The Community Fire Foundation was created with the goal of providing equipment and training to Kennewick firefighters. Kari Olson came up with the idea to form the foundation while sitting on the Police Department foundation board. "I thought why isn't there something like this for the fire department they need a lot of the same things they have a lot of equipment that is not allocated in the city budget that would totally enhance what they're trying to do in our communities," said Olson, both the founder and president of the foundation.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 8:14:48 PM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:14:48 GMT

West Seattle Mom Saves Kids from Burning Car
What was supposed to be a casual play date with a friend turned into a life-or-death situation Tuesday: A West Seattle mom with two kids, trapped inside a burning car on a busy downtown street. On Thursday, the family laughed and giggled in their friend’s living room. It’s those moments that mean the most to the Melake Family, with 3-year-old Aliana and 19-month-old Jaiden at the center of their world.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 8:58:20 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 30 Dec 2016 04:58:20 GMT

Franklin County: Volunteer Firefighter Numbers Decrease
Volunteer firefighter numbers nationwide continue to decrease in communities where surrounding fire departments rely heavily on volunteer help. Pete Lorea has been a volunteer firefighter at Franklin County Fire District 3 for over 5 years. When he's not working his day job he's either checking the fire trucks or running to the next call.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 5:20:32 PM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Fri, 30 Dec 2016 01:20:32 GMT

Anacortes Fire Chief says fatal Christmas day blaze in Skagit County was preventable
With cold temperatures in the forecast, firefighters across Puget Sound are reminding families to be extra careful when trying to stay warm. Graciela Ramirez died in a fire early Christmas morning in Skagit County. Fire officials said her death was avoidable. The fire smoldered inside Ramirez’ hotel room for nearly an hour, according to firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 5:20:01 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 30 Dec 2016 01:20:01 GMT

Officers save elderly Bremerton couple from 2-alarm house fire
Law enforcement officers saved an elderly couple stuck inside a burning house Wednesday night. Firefighters responded to the 200 block of Northeast Vena Street at approximately 9:25 p.m., Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue said. Law enforcement officers arrived on scene first and evacuated the couple before firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 2:22:33 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:22:33 GMT

Lynnwood Fire Chief Scott Cockrum resigns; Brad Reading serving as Acting Chief
Fire Chief Scott Cockrum resigned from his position on Monday, Dec. 26. Lynnwood Fire and Fire District 1 recently combined administrative staffs, and Cockrum has been chief for both departments. Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith said Wednesday that Cockrum has been on family medical leave for a couple of weeks already, and will remain on leave until Jan.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 3:37:34 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:37:34 GMT

Clark County Fire District 6 is buying into growth
Clark County Fire District 6 has purchased two new properties in the Salmon Creek area, inching closer toward a planned upgrade to its fire station in the bustling neighborhood. Fire officials confirmed Wednesday the agency bought a lot at 1119 N.E. 136th St. for $630,000 on Dec. 15, as well as an adjoining lot for $133,500 in November.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Mattawa, Grant County Fire District No. 8 at odds over cost of services
The City of Mattawa and Grant County Fire District No. 8 have had two discussions of fee increases the Fire District wants for service to the city, and there is no agreement. The Fire District position is that the cost of service to the city is rising. The city’s position is that it can’t go up as much or as rapidly as the Fire District wants.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 6:35:02 PM - SOURCE: Sun Tribune
Posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 02:35:02 GMT

Skagit County opts not to create EMS district
The Skagit County Commissioners opted not to make any changes to the way emergency medical services are delivered across the county. The commissioners decided Dec. 20 against following a recommendation by a county EMS advisory group to explore the idea of an EMS district. Commissioners instead would like to see the current system strengthened and enhanced.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 2:22:52 AM - SOURCE: Go
Posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:22:52 GMT

Vancouver Costco worker, wearing elf hat, performs life-saving CPR
Friday was a day of firsts for longtime Costco employee Mathew Rios – he typically has the day off, and he’s certainly never performed life-saving measures while dressed as a Bavarian elf. It was shortly before 10:30 a.m. and Rios had just started his shift at the Vancouver warehouse. He’s worked for Costco for 22 years, half of them at that store.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 4:42:00 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:42:00 GMT

Kent Regional Fire Authority to become Puget Sound Fire on Jan. 1
Hello Puget Sound Fire. Goodbye Kent Regional Fire Authority. Starting Jan. 1, the Kent RFA will officially change its name to Puget Sound RFA, but use the name Puget Sound Fire. The RFA board approved the change in July to give the department a name that reflects its regional reach. The fire authority serves Kent, Covington, SeaTac and Fire District 37.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 1:01:42 PM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:01:42 GMT

Follow Up: Vancouver Fire Department reforming after damaging gender bias report
The Vancouver Fire Department is trying to create a better work environment for women after an investigation revealed several cases of gender bias. Fire Chief Joseph Molina said the problems came to light after an incident at Fire Station No. 10. That’s where crew members had turned the women's bathroom into a men's locker room to accommodate other firefighters who shared the facility for training.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kgw
Posted on Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Lynnwood’s new budget spends heavily on police, firefighting
The city has adopted a $327.3 million budget, including capital expenses, for the next two years. The estimated spending from the general fund is $125.4 million. The City Council adopted the budget Nov. 28. The vote was 4-3. “The budget is a complex entity, and there are always lots of opinions on how to make it work best,” Council President M.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 2:38:32 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:38:32 GMT

Camano Island Fire and Rescue looks to ‘smaller and faster’ future
Camano Island Fire and Rescue’s board of commissioners recently approved a strategic plan update that guides fire and EMS services on Camano for the next 10 years. The crux of the plan is to be “smaller and faster,” Chief Michael Schick said. Not a smaller force, but a force that’s organized to be nimble, efficient and cost-effective.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 12:12:28 AM - SOURCE: Stanwood/Camano News
Posted on Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:12:28 GMT

Clallam deputies suspect arson in house fire east of Port Angeles
Deputies booked a 58-year-old man into the Clallam County jail for investigation of setting his own home on fire, according to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office. Andrew G. Helman was booked into the Clallam County jail for investigation of arson within an hour after the fire started at 833 Cottonwood Lane east of Port Angeles on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 8:37:14 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:37:14 GMT

Ferndale firefighter battles cancer, prepares for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Stairclimb fundraiser
When Tiffany Moyes added an EMT certification to her Firefighter I credentials in May, she thought she was well on her way to a career as a firefighter. Instead, the 19-year-old Ferndale native was facing six months of chemotherapy and a fight for her life against advanced blood cancer. “I could’ve cried about it, but what good would that do?” said Moyes, who comes from a family of firefighters, nurses and law enforcement officers.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2016 1:47:26 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:47:26 GMT

Woman killed in fire at Anacortes hotel
A woman was killed in a fire early Christmas morning at an Anacortes hotel, officials said. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene, the Sunrise Inn Villas and Suites in the 900 block of 20th Street, in response to a fire alarm on Sunday morning. When crews arrived, one room in the 26-unit hotel was found to be ablaze.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2016 5:03:50 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 27 Dec 2016 01:03:50 GMT

Nine residents escaped house fire in Snohomish County
A house in unincorporated Lynnwood was heavily damaged Sunday during a house fire. Nine people were inside the home at the time. All safely escaped. No injuries were reported. Fire District 1 crews responded and quickly got the fire under control. The house, in the 3500 block of Lincoln Way, suffered heavy damage as a result of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/25/2016 11:27:35 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:27:35 GMT

Warrant Issued for Centralia Apartment Manager Charged with Arson
A Centralia woman charged with intentionally setting fires at an apartment complex she managed was issued a $10,000 arrest warrant Wednesday after she failed to appear for her first appearance in Lewis County Superior Court. Kathrin Turner, 44, was charged this month with one count of first-degree arson.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2016 3:12:26 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:12:26 GMT

Two arson suspects arrested after Forks home burns on Christmas Day
Two people have been arrested for investigation of arson after a mobile home in Forks burned early Christmas morning. Forks Police Chief Rick Bart said the two suspects were arrested within hours of the blaze, which started at about 3:30 a.m. and left the residents without a home. Adolfo Martinez Rodriguez, 29, was booked into the Clallam County jail by 2:44 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2016 7:42:05 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:42:05 GMT

Investigation finds gender bias at Vancouver Fire Department
Women firefighters in Vancouver faced greater scrutiny because of their gender and were criticized when they raised concerns about adult magazines left in the workplace and a lack of privacy in the restrooms, according to an investigation obtained by The Columbian. The report highlighted the difficulty the women faced when trying to speak freely about their work environment.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 8:29:41 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016 04:29:41 GMT

Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue tries sleek new helmets
It looks more like a motorcycle helmet, is lighter weight, offers a reduced profile and improved balance. But there’s one barrier standing in the way of the new firefighting helmets that Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue firefighters recently unpacked from boxes. Tradition. “The iconic American firefighter with the traditional-style helmet is kind of an identity thing,” said Central Whidbey Fire Chief Ed Hartin.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Whidbey Examiner
Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

One Dead in Packwood House Fire; Cause Under Investigation
A yet-to-be identified body was found in the charred remains of a manufactured home in Packwood Tuesday after crews spent several hours battling the fire, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. The body has not yet been officially identified, according to the Sheriff’s Office, however, authorities believe it is likely to be the 57-year-old man who lived in the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 11:20:58 PM - SOURCE: The Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016 07:20:58 GMT

Spokane Valley firefighters demonstrate Christmas tree hazards
VIDEO: There's nothing more “Christmas” than a tree draped in lights and surrounded by family and friends. When you're not around, though, that unattended Christmas tree could be trouble. On a cold December morning, just days before Christmas, Rick Freier and about a dozen other Spokane Valley Firefighters proved just how devastating the Christmas tradition can be.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2016 7:46:39 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016 03:46:39 GMT

Ocean Shores Fire Chief Lique resigns
Ocean Shores again is searching for a new fire chief, following the resignation of Chief Thomas Lique. “We wish Tom the best in his new endeavors. The city will be seeking a new Fire Chief over the next few months,” Mayor Crystal Dingler said in a statement. Lique was hired in June 2014 after serving his entire career prior to that with the Key Peninsula Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2016 10:41:14 PM - SOURCE: The Daily World
Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:41:14 GMT

RV Fire in Yakima prompts firefighters to remind people to be cautious with portable heaters
Yakima firefighters want you to be extremely careful with portable heat sources after a man's motor home was destroyed by a fire Monday night. Fire crews were called to the 1100 block of South 18th Street just before 9:30 p.m., but weren't able to save the RV. Investigators say the occupant was using a faulty portable buddy heater that had been adapted to feed from a small propane tank.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2016 5:36:15 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:36:15 GMT

Family displaced after fire rips through Kent home
A fire ripped through a Kent home Tuesday afternoon and displaced a family, fire officials said. The fire happened at 26700 40th Avenue South. A power line fell onto one of the responding fire engines, hampering efforts. Red Cross responders will assist the family displaced by the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2016 3:41:13 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:41:13 GMT

Mother, 2 young children die in Oak Harbor house fire
A 25-year-old mother and her two children, 3 and 5 years old, died in a house fire Sunday. At around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a neighbor called 911 to report the fire. As crews were working to extinguish the flames, the husband/father drove up to the scene. He told police he had been shopping at Costco the whole time.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2016 7:05:52 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:05:52 GMT


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