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Three-year-old boy, dog die in Spokane house fire
A 3-year-old boy who died in a fire late Friday night in Hillyard was found huddled with his dog, who stayed by his side, and a teddy bear. “They died together,” said Spokane Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer. The two adults home at the time were able to rescue three other children from the fire in the 4000 block of East Longfellow Avenue, which was reported around 11:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2016 9:06:29 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sat, 22 Oct 2016 16:06:29 GMT

East Pierce Fire captain dies in dirt bike crash
A firefighter with East Pierce Fire and Rescue died Saturday in a dirt bike crash. The man, Capt. Tim McCoy, was a longtime firefighter. He was taken to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries and later died there. McCoy, 59, joined the Bonney Lake Fire Department around 30 years ago. The department became part of East Pierce Fire and Rescue in 2000, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2016 9:06:06 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:06:06 GMT

Cowlitz County police, fire agencies want to use Vancouver's 911 center
Local police and fire officials say the answer to the county’s trouble with the emergency dispatch system may lie in Clark County’s 911 center. On Oct. 9, local police and fire chiefs asked the Cowlitz Comm Center’s governing board to study consolidating with the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, known as CRESA.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2016 2:11:28 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:11:28 GMT

Lynnwood Fire, Snohomish County Fire District 1 considering merger
New merger talks involving the Lynnwood Fire Department and Snohomish County Fire District 1 are starting Monday. The city and the fire district are exploring the possibility of forming a regional fire authority, a new government body that would levy its own taxes to provide fire protection and emergency medical services.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2016 1:55:19 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:55:19 GMT

Update: Body of missing King County firefighter found in Grant County
A body recovered Saturday in western Grant County was identified as the King County firefighter missing since last Saturday, authorities said. There were no signs of foul play, sheriff’s deputies said. Ken Ward, 43, was last seen October 15 in Roslyn, Wash. Dozens of people joined the statewide search.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2016 1:33:37 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:33:37 GMT

Firefighters tackle fire at Brownes Addition apartment building in Spokane
A ground floor fire in a Browne’s Addition apartment building led to a big response Friday morning. Spokane firefighters responded to a fire at the Greentree Apartments at 1919 W Pacific Ave around 9 a.m. Neighbors said they saw smoke and flames coming from the apartment building. Firefighters evacuated residents and cut a hole in the side of the building to go after the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 11:07:11 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:07:11 GMT

Blaze rips through Montlake home, firefighter taken to hospital
A firefighter was taken to Harborview Medical Center on Thursday night after battling a fire in a two-story home in the Montlake neighborhood. Shata Stephenson, a Seattle Fire Department captain, said the firefighter was evaluated for overexertion in a hot environment. “He left in pretty good shape,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 8:51:49 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:51:49 GMT

Update: Injured Spokane firefighter returns to work on light duty
Only weeks after suffering significant burns, a Spokane Fire Department fireman is back at work Thursday on light duty. Getting back into the swing of things could not come fast enough for Chuck McKenzie. “It’s great to be back in the station. It’s great with the guys, but getting back to the job is what I am looking forward to,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 8:19:08 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:19:08 GMT

Man and dog escape as flames destroy Federal Way home; heater blamed
A man was able to escape with his life as flames destroyed one home and damaged an adjacent one early Friday in Federal Way. Crews responded to the scene, in the 1600 block of South 333rd Street, at around 3 a.m. after receiving reports that a fire had broken out at the home. When they arrived, the home was completely engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 7:48:49 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:48:49 GMT

Have you heard of us? Lacey Fire District 3 seeks greater community awareness
The board of fire commissioners at Lacey Fire District 3 hunkered down Thursday, suggesting ways in which the district might raise its profile and increase community awareness during a special workshop. The workshop was led by meeting facilitator J. Marie Riche, while the five-member commission — Tom Nelson, Sylvia Roberts, Judy Wilson, Gene Dobry and Frank Kirkbride — listened and provided comments.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 3:52:07 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:52:07 GMT

Mom of missing King County firefighter: 'He can come home and be safe'
Off-duty firefighters are searching on both sides of the Cascades looking for Ken Ward. He is a fellow firefighter who has been missing since Oct. 16. Ward has been a firefighter at Mountain View King County Fire District #44 for 10 years and always shows up for work. When he didn't show up Monday, fellow firefighters and his family knew something was wrong.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 4:37:01 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:37:01 GMT

Anacortes Fire Department focusing on cancer prevention
The Anacortes Fire Department is implementing new procedures and adding new equipment to help reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens. The state Council of Fire Fighters recently released a best practices program to “encourage safe and healthy practices from the first day as a fire fighter to retirement.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 2:25:07 AM - SOURCE: Go
Posted on Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:25:07 GMT

Seattle firefighters respond after truck tips while lifting dumpster with concrete on Capitol Hill
PHOTO: A truck tipped over on Capitol Hill Thursday morning while loading a dumpster filled with concrete and rebar. The yellow truck was on its side on Boylston Avenue, between Prospect and Aloha streets, as firefighters were sent to the scene just before 9 a.m. Eric Kaufman, who lives about 15 feet from where the truck flipped, said the truck had successfully loaded the dumpster but then it “swung off to the side and pulled the truck over.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 10:47:16 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:47:16 GMT

App Helps Save Seattle Man In Cardiac Arrest
If your heart is going to stop, right outside a hospital is not a bad place for it. And if 41 people within a 330-yard radius have a cellphone app alerting them to your distress, so much the better. That’s what happened in Seattle last week when Stephen DeMont collapsed at a bus stop in front of University of Washington Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 10:41:49 AM - SOURCE: CBS Seattle KSTW-TV & KPTK-AM
Posted on Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:41:49 GMT

Missing King County firefighter last seen in Roslyn
A missing Western Washington firefighter was last seen in Roslyn, authorities say. Ken Ward, 43, has not been seen since Saturday, when he may have visited acquaintances in the Kittitas County town, said Tim Perciful, a spokesman for Auburn-based Mountain View Fire and Rescue. Ward apparently mentioned that he would be traveling to Spokane, but his current whereabouts are unknown.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 7:27:00 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:27:00 GMT

Fire, emergency medical service levies before voters in Snohomish County
Some Snohomish County cities plan to introduce revised fire and emergency medical service levies on the November ballot. Two levies are slated for a slight increase, while one will remain the same. Levies are the primary source of revenue for fire departments. Mill Creek proposed an increase of the EMS levy, which is set to expire after six years, city spokeswoman Kelly Chelin said.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 4:00:33 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:00:33 GMT

Fire closes Hill's Restaurant in Kennewick
Hill’s Restaurant is closed after a fire damaged the well-known Kennewick restaurant on Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to 24 Vista Way around midnight after reports of people seeing flames and smoke in the dining area. The cause has not been determined, but fire crews saw most of the fire around a deep fryer in the kitchen, said Kennewick Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Crowley.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 11:18:26 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:18:26 GMT

Update: Federal judge dismisses Ride the Ducks suit
The parents of one of the student victims of the September 2015 Aurora Bridge crash lost a round in federal court as they tried to hold the sightseeing company accountable for their emotional distress suffered over the death of their daughter. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly ruled that as per Washington state law, parents cannot recover these kinds of damages if the parents didn’t rely on the child for support.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING5
Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Explosion, fire injure Bellingham man; damage Sehome home
An explosion and fire injured a Bellingham man and displaced four other tenants of a Sehome neighborhood house about 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. “There were reports of butane containers involved,” said Battalion Chief Cary Gustafson of the Bellingham Fire Department. “When we arrived, the patient was outside and we had a very small fire on the second floor landing.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 1:59:05 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:59:05 GMT

South Kitsap Fire van will help firefighters during a call
South Kitsap Fire and Rescue soon will debut a new mobile rehab unit in an effort to shore up an aspect of fire service many don't think about: the health of the firefighters on the ground. The rehab unit is a modified transit bus formerly used by the Yakima Fire Department to keep its firefighters rested, fed and hydrated.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 11:28:38 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:28:38 GMT

Spokane Fire Department hiring 48 new firefighters
The Spokane Fire Department is looking to hire nearly 50 firefighters and the addition won't cost taxpayers. The money is all coming from a federal grant. Recruits in the Spokane Fire Department must complete strenuous tasks in simulated building fires. Breaking down doors and dragging dummies are just some of the tests included in the 13 week fire academy.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 7:52:44 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:52:44 GMT

Olympia man rescued after getting stuck in tree after taking pictures of storm
A man in his 50s had to be rescued from a tree Saturday night after he fell and got stuck while trying to take pictures of the storm, according to the Olympia Fire Department. The man had climbed toward the top of a tree in the area of 18th Avenue Southeast and Amhurst Street Southeast about 7 p.m. and then fell about 30 feet, said Battalion Chief Pat Noonan.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 3:46:14 PM - SOURCE: The Olympian
Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:46:14 GMT

Follow Up: 63-year-old Finley woman dies after a fire at her home
By all accounts Cathie Albers was a fighter. The Finley woman survived a heart attack, stroke and brain tumor operation that doctors thought she wouldn’t live through. Cathrine “Cathie” Albers. Cathrine “Cathie” Albers. Courtesy Bobby Dale Albers But the burns she suffered last week when her bedroom caught fire proved too much.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 7:47:17 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:47:17 GMT

Redmond firefighters rescue man dumped into garbage truck
A man who was sleeping inside a trash bin was rescued after he was accidentally dropped into a garbage truck Tuesday morning in Redmond. Police say the trash collection crew with Waste Management was making its rounds on NE 80th Street near Redmond Elementary School when it emptied the trash bin into the truck.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 7:51:20 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:51:20 GMT

Vancouver fire engine crashes with minivan, one injured
A woman was injured when a Vancouver Fire Department fire engine crashed into a minivan in east Vancouver this morning. Firefighters were heading north on Southeast 162nd Avenue about 8:30 a.m., returning from a commercial fire, when a minivan van spun into their path near Northeast 7th Street, Vancouver Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Steele said.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 9:48:36 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:48:36 GMT

Uproar over fire-station site selection could undermine Bellevue levy
A property-tax levy to bring city fire stations up to current seismic codes doesn’t usually generate much controversy. Voters typically consider fire stations, like schools, essential public facilities whose occupants should be safe in an earthquake. But in Bellevue, one part of a 20-year, $120 million fire facilities levy on the November ballot calls for a new downtown station to ensure rapid response times for all the new high-rise office and apartment buildings in the commercial center.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane: 25 years later, lessons from 1991 firestorm make a difference
The pine needles were two inches thick. That was all 12-year-old Kevin O’Connell focused on while walking to school one windy day 25 years ago. “Man, I’m going to have to go home and do all this work,” he remembers thinking. Things didn’t turn out that way. Instead, O’Connell came home to his house ablaze, the surrounding hills covered in smoke and his father fleeing an exploding shed.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 9:20:50 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:20:50 GMT

Boat sinks in Eagle Harbor after catching fire
A 24-foot-boat in Eagle Harbor caught fire and sank Saturday morning. A liveaboard on the boat escaped serious harm but was taken to a Seattle hospital for treatment of minor injuries, said Assistant Chief Luke Carpenter of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The boat was moored in Eagle Harbor and not at a dock; no other vessels were in danger during the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2016 2:44:13 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Sat, 15 Oct 2016 21:44:13 GMT

Kalama begins own 911 digital radio system
Longview Police Department Chief Jim Duscha can’t hear police radios or talk to his officers in the field in many places in Cowlitz County, but one radio “dead spot” is particularly ironic: his own office at the downtown police station. Whenever they respond to incidents at the Port of Longview, Longview firefighters know radio transmission will be difficult.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2016 2:12:28 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:12:28 GMT

Firefighters quickly put out west Yakima garage fire
Firefighters who responded to a garage fire in west Yakima on Sunday afternoon were able to keep it from spreading to nearby homes. Eighteen firefighters from the Yakima and West Valley fire departments initially responded to the blaze, located on Saddle Brook Court, said Yakima Fire Battalion Chief Jennifer Norton.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2016 7:04:46 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:04:46 GMT

Lewis County: Mossyrock Fire Station Crumbles From Dry Rot, Rust and Rain
For three Lewis County Fire District 3 residents, a routine visit to the district’s main station in Mossyrock last month served as a major wake-up call. “We have natural skylights — that means holes,” said Ron Palmer. Palmer, along with Fire District 3 residents Jack DeGoede and Butch Senter, were aware that the November ballot would include a third attempt by the district to replace the cramped, aging building, but didn’t understand the scope of the problem until they saw the rust-pitted walls and roof for themselves.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 3:11:49 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:11:49 GMT

Clark County firefighters, crane pull trapped cow from rising creek
With the help of a crane, firefighters hoisted to safety a cow trapped in a rising creek northeast of the fairgrounds Thursday morning. Clark County Fire & Rescue Division Chief Tim Dawdy said firefighters got a call around 11 a.m. from a local rancher, Gary Allen Brooks, who said one of his cows was stuck in a creek on his property.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:59:11 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:59:11 GMT

Seattle wind storms: A historic look at fatal weather events
On Oct. 12, 1962, the Columbus Day Storm killed dozens of people on the west coast, set rain records in two major California cities, closed the Seattle World's Fair early on the day of the storm, and caused at least $230 million in damage. It was the Washington's worst weather disaster of the 20th century.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 5:38:51 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:38:51 GMT

Lewis County: Meaningless Dispatcher Vote Not Considered in Hiring of Manager
Lewis County officials are defending their recent decision to hire controversial interim manager David Anderson to continue leading Lewis County’s E911 Communications Center, despite continued concerns from law enforcement leaders and a vote of no-confidence from his own staff. Lewis County Central Services Director Steve Walton summed the matter up as “old news” while confirming that the Centralia and Chehalis police departments were not involved in the process, despite pointed criticism of Anderson earlier this year.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 3:22:26 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:22:26 GMT

Semi-truck driver killed in rollover crash on northbound I-5 in Seattle
The 39-year-old driver of a semi-truck was killed when his big rig hauling a trailer overturned in the express lanes underneath Interstate 5 Thursday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. The express lanes on I-5 were reopened just after 7 a.m. The patrol identified the driver as Varinder Deol of Abbotsford, B.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Fire destroys outbuilding on Marrowstone Island
A structure fire that broke out on Griffiths Point Road destroyed an outbuilding Wednesday afternoon. According to Bill Beezley, East Jefferson Fire-Rescue spokesman, Fire-Rescue and Port Ludlow fire crews responded to a call at 4:30 p.m. to find a roughly 25-foot-by-15-foot outbuilding — similar to a large garage of workshop — engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 8:05:35 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016 03:05:35 GMT

Dissonance among North Whatcom Fire and Rescue commissioners swells in wake of recent legal dispute
An internal dispute between North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) commissioners came to a head after one of the five commissioners elected to serve the district filed suit against it – the issue is now in the public eye thanks to a special meeting held September 28. The nearly hour-long debriefing described months of back-and-forth between NWFR commissioner Dean Berkeley and fire chief William Pernett, as well as the previous chief Ron Anderson.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:00:13 AM - SOURCE: Northern Light
Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:00:13 GMT

Kennewick fire officials see a spike in potted plant soil fires
Kennewick fire officials say too many people are carelessly snuffing out used cigarettes in something that’s extremely flammable with no idea they are putting themselves and loved ones at risk. A potted plant is a common thing many of us have near our front doors, but this soil is flammable so when someone snuffs out a smoke.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 7:46:36 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:46:36 GMT

Olympia family escapes home after flames spread from fireplace to attic
An Olympia family escaped with their lives overnight after an alert dad noticed fire spreading in the ceiling near their fireplace of their home, fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, in the 300 block of West Bay Drive NW in Olympia, at about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday after the man called 911.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Letter: Former Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief endorses Proposition 1 for Regional Fire Authority
Fire Districts 38 and 10 commissioners are proposing a formal "coming together as one" on the upcoming ballot. The vision for such a measure is to maximize efficiencies, maintain service levels, and secure funding to meet current and future needs. As a 40-year fire service veteran and your former fire chief, I fully endorse this measure to form a Regional Fire Authority (RFA).
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 1:08:32 PM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:08:32 GMT

Spokane Fire's ARU program to run 24/7 in 2017
Spokane Fire’s Alternative Response Unit is about to get a major expansion. As part of the ARU program, two-person crews respond to less serious emergencies. Firefighters say it is all about better safety and efficiency. They not only save lives, but also your tax dollars. And soon, they will be used more than ever before.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 7:37:40 PM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:37:40 GMT

City of Lynnwood to move forward with Regional Fire Authority
After several years of on-and-off discussions, the Lynnwood City Council voted Monday night to move forward with the development of a Regional Fire Authority, which would essentially combine Lynnwood Fire with Snohomish County Fire District 1. The Lynnwood City Council voted Monday to adopt a resolution to form a planning committee to develop a Regional Fire Authority Plan, which will be presented to area voters in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 6:05:49 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:05:49 GMT

Pasco Fire Department will visit elementary schools and teach fire safety
Fire prevention week is one of the longest running health initiatives in the United States, sparked by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The Pasco Fire Department is reaching out to elementary schools in the district to teach students about fire safety. This year's fire prevention theme is Don't Wait, Check The Date.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 8:31:04 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 12 Oct 2016 03:31:04 GMT

Snohomish County Fire District 7 bringing out bells, whistles for open house
This weekend brings Snohomish County Fire District 7’s Fire Prevention Week open house, a free, family-friendly event held every year in Monroe. The 2016 open house takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Monroe’s Station 31, 163 Village Court. It is being held in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week, a fire safety awareness campaign.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 1:11:45 PM - SOURCE: Monroe Monitor
Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:11:45 GMT

Abandoned Kent commercial building destroyed by overnight fire
An abandoned two-story commercial building being used by transients was destroyed by flames overnight in Kent. Firefighters responded to the building, in the 200 block of East Morton Street, after receiving reports of smoke and flames there, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi of the Kent Regional Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 7:46:15 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:46:15 GMT

Families reach $60 million settlement in Oso landslide case
Survivors and family members of people killed in the nation’s deadliest landslide have reached $60 million in settlements with the state of Washington and a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse. Just as opening statements were due to begin in a Seattle courtroom Monday, Grandy Lake Forest Associates agreed to settle liability claims for $10 million.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 2:53:40 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:53:40 GMT

Yakima firefighters warn of rise in smoking-related fires
Firefighters say they've seen more smoking-related fires recently. People are putting out their cigarettes in flammable areas before making sure it's completely out. Firefighters say you should never put out a cigarette in a potted plant because the soil is usually flammable. Wood chips and other material in the soil make it the perfect kindle for a fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2016 7:40:52 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 11 Oct 2016 02:40:52 GMT

Grants, Levy Lid-lift Increase Staffing for Chelan and Douglas Counties
The future of firefighting in Chelan and Douglas counties is looking brighter this fall, thanks to two federal grants and one levy lid-lift. By January, 13 more full-time professional firefighters will be on duty in Wenatchee and Chelan, it was announced Friday. Their salaries will be paid for two years by federal grants awarded late this summer.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Cowlitz Co. fire destroys building, 3 vehicles
A Washington fire destroyed a building and 3 cars that were nearby on Monday morning. The Cowlitz County fire took place in the 100 block of Spruce Creek Road at 12:26 a.m., according to fire officials. By the time fire crews arrived, the building was fully engulfed. The estimated loss from the fire was $48,000, and the cause is still under investigation, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOIN
Posted on Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Eglon club wants property back from North Kitsap Fire and Rescue
The Eglon Improvement Club appears poised to reclaim a piece of property it gave away in the 1960s. The half-acre parcel along Eglon Road is currently owned by North Kitsap Fire and Rescue, and is the site of a small building that was used as a fire station until 2012. Eglon is located on the eastern shore of the Kitsap peninsula, about halfway between Kingston and Hansville.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2016 9:07:49 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:07:49 GMT

Two trapped as tree falls on Port Angeles mobile home
Three West Edgewood Drive residents are safe after a tree fell on their mobile home early this morning. Assistant Chief Mike DeRousie said that Clallam Fire-Rescue District No. 2 responded to the home at 2221 W. Edgewood Drive at 5:18 a.m. after a cottonwood tree fell on it, trapping two residents inside.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2016 3:48:51 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:48:51 GMT

Body discovered in Kennewick car fire
The Kennewick Police Department is investigating a body found in a burning vehicle at Columbia Park around 2:30 p.m. Friday. Officials say the call came in from drivers on highway spotting smoke from a small dodge truck near the pond at Columbia Park. When firefighters arrived, they quickly put out the fire and a body was discovered inside the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2016 2:33:41 AM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:33:41 GMT

Seattle officials uncover possible pot operation after home burns in Beacon Hill
Seattle Fire officials are investigating after an early morning fire in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the home engulfed in flames. The house was two-stories and had a basement, fire officials said. Firefighters say that when they arrived, the fire had spread to all three floors.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2016 10:39:25 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:39:25 GMT

Bellevue residents demand transparency in Fire Station 10 process
As Bellevue acquires property in the Northtowne neighborhood to clear space for the pending Fire Station 10, some residents say they felt left out of the process and are now paying the price. Fire Station 10 is a proposed addition to the Bellevue Fire Department's coverage area mainly impacting Downtown Bellevue.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 1:05:38 PM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
Posted on Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:05:38 GMT

Seattle firefighters pay tribute to fallen brethren at downtown memorial
Seattle Fire officials gathered Friday morning to pay homage to firefighters who have died in the like of duty. The local ceremony, which took place in front of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in downtown Seattle, is a part of a nationwide fallen firefighter tribute this weekend. The 35th Annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial will be held this weekend at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2016 9:53:05 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:53:05 GMT

Yakima Valley first responders may soon have new overdose prevention and response training
Imagine finding a loved one unconscious. They’ve overdosed and now on the verge of life or death… you rush to call 9-1-1. In Yakima County, the only first responders equipped with a drug-reversal treatment are the paramedics and that could be a problem. "Paramedics generally speaking are not going to be the first ones there and in fact the paramedics typically are trailing law enforcement officers and fire fighters by quite a few minutes because the paramedics are responding from the base stations that might be in town in the Yakima Valley,” said Mike Russell from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA TV
Posted on Fri, 07 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Owner says dog missing after house catches fire in Seattle
One person was treated for minor burns after a fire broke at a two-story home in Seattle early Friday morning. Firefighters arrived at the home, located on 19th Avenue in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, just after midnight. Firefighters doused the flames but have not entered the house. Fire officials say the structure is still too unstable.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2016 7:44:47 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 07 Oct 2016 14:44:47 GMT

Fire on Key Street in Bellingham displaces five
A basement fire with explosions displaced five people at a duplex Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 5, in the Sehome neighborhood of Bellingham. A woman living in one of two upper floor apartments at 908 Key St. noticed smoke coming from the basement around 5:20 p.m. Her significant other went downstairs with a fire extinguisher to put out any flames, said Bellingham Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hewett.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 1:53:46 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:53:46 GMT

Spokane assistant fire chief briefly named finalist for top job in Nebraska city
Spokane Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer was briefly named one of four finalists to be the next fire chief in Omaha, Nebraska, Wednesday before withdrawing his name from consideration. Schaeffer said he applied for the position early this year while the city was immersed in turmoil of the firing of former police chief Frank Straub.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 7:19:58 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:19:58 GMT

Pierce County investigators search for arsonist who torched memorial of beloved educator
Pierce County investigators say a memorial for a beloved educator who died after a battle with cancer was torched in the middle of the night. Guidance counselor Colleen Blauvelt died in 2013. A bench was placed just outside the main entrance of Peninsula High School to mark her memory. But on Sunday night, September 26, surveillance cameras captured a man leaving his own mark on Colleen’s memorial.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 10:49:01 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:49:01 GMT

Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue awarded national honor for innovative programs
Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue is being recognized for some unique work they've done to help keep community members safe. "This award is just kind of a feather in everybody's hat," said Kittitas County Fire District 2 Commission Board Chairman Pat Clerf. It's an award that Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue is truly cherishing.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2016 5:48:30 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:48:30 GMT

Tacoma spending plan includes more cops, firefighters
Despite fairly gloomy budget projections and a May memo sent to department heads telling them to prepare to curtail spending by 2 to 4 percent, the proposed 2017-18 budget for the city of Tacoma is notably absent major cuts or reductions in service. In fact, it includes many adds that City Council members — and residents — have been seeking.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 1:45:28 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:45:28 GMT

Firefighters keep blaze from spreading at Arlington business
A fire at Universal Aerospace, Inc., was extinguished within minutes by the Arlington Fire Department Oct. 4. Universal Aerospace employees evacuated the facility prior to the arrival of fire crews and reported no injuries. At about 10:25 a.m. crews were dispatched to reports of a fire in a building in the 18600 block of 59th Dr.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 2:08:31 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:08:31 GMT

NTSB releases likely cause of 2014 KOMO helicopter crash
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its final report on the deadly KOMO Air 4 helicopter crash in March 2014. Investigators could not say for certain what caused the crash. But the NTSB report pinpoints a likely scenario, stating that the probable cause of the accident was a loss of hydraulic boost to tail components at take-off, followed by a loss of hydraulic boost to the main rotor controls after take-off.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

911 pocket dials are overwhelming dispatchers in King County
King County dispatchers are launching a new public awareness campaign to try and prevent accidental calls to 911. The King County E-911 program office now says 1-in-5 calls are accidental, and in most cases, they are so-called pocket dials that tie up the phone lines. Dispatchers say these calls are diverting their attention because protocol requires them to stay on the line to ensure the call is an accident and not someone in distress.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: King 5
Posted on Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

2-alarm fire guts Everett apartment building; 7 residents left homeless
The Red Cross is helping at least seven people who were displaced after a two-alarm fire ripped through their Everett apartment complex early Tuesday. Firefighters responded to the scene, in the 8300 block of 11th Drive West, at about 12:15 a.m. after receiving reports of flames and smoke at the building.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2016 7:42:30 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 14:42:30 GMT

Ellensburg fire and rescue station receives national award
A local fire and rescue station has won a national award, and are being recognized for their accomplishments tonight at the Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Station at 6:00 p.m. Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Station has been awarded for excellence in emergency medical services. The crew has implemented several new programs which allow them to assist and treat the people of Ellensburg in a more efficient manner.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 7:02:09 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 02:02:09 GMT

Yakima house fire leaves 11 people without a home
While most people were sleeping or getting ready for bed Sunday night, The Yakima Fire Department was trying to put out a house fire. The fire happened on the 500 block of North 22nd Avenue in Yakima, and firefighters got the call at 10:45 p.m. "No one was home at the time and they were out," said Jennifer Norton, Yakima Fire Department Shift Commander.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 7:56:29 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 02:56:29 GMT

Follow Up: Tacoma marina fire cause under investigation
In the light of the day after the fire, this is all that remains of the five boats that once occupied these slips at the Tyee Marina in Tacoma. One boat is underwater. Two are nearly submerged. And the two that are still floating are beyond repair. So once the fire was out, the concern shifted to the 100 gallons of fuel estimated to be on board the five boats.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 8:35:46 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 03:35:46 GMT

Spokane: Workers in critical condition after receiving burns at Waste to Energy facility
Two workers at the city’s Waste-to-Energy Plant were burned Tuesday morning in what officials called “a serious accident” and are in critical condition. Spokane firefighters arrived at the city’s trash incinerator shortly after 10 a.m. after a report of multiple victims being burned, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said in a video posted to Twitter.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2016 11:14:43 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:14:43 GMT

North Whatcom fire commissioner sues own district, as chief questions if he lives in Canada
An elected commissioner of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is suing his own fire district in small claims court over $1,000 in personal gear that went missing. Meanwhile, the district’s fire chief questions whether the commissioner, Dean Berkeley, is even eligible to serve, in light of a statement he made at a city council hearing in July in White Rock, a border city in British Columbia just north of Blaine.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

State pilot project is using fires to help fight wildfires
About 10 miles from where hundreds of firefighters were working to contain the 1,300 acre Rock Creek Fire, a much smaller crew was purposefully lighting the dry forest ablaze last week. The prescribed fire in the Rattlesnake Creek watershed to the west of Nile is an example of growing interest from forest managers — facing skyrocketing wildfire costs — in fighting fire with fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2016 1:52:51 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Sun, 02 Oct 2016 08:52:51 GMT

New device helps Spokane fire crews respond to emergencies faster
Fire departments in Spokane now have access to a device that could help them get to emergencies faster. The traffic signal device could improve emergency response times across the Inland Northwest. Scott Fitzgerald knowns how critical a fast response can be when your family is in danger. "First thought was to grab the phone and get my kid and get out the house,” said Fitzgerald.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 7:13:04 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:13:04 GMT

Tacoma fire investigating boats burned in early morning blaze
The Coast Guard says as much as 100 gallons of fuel spilled when a fire damaged boats at a marina in Tacoma. Six boats burst into flames Sunday morning at Tyee marina in Tacoma, sending up clouds of black smoke and scattered debris. Two boats partially sank and one sank completely A witness on nearby says he was awakened by the explosion and saw the boats engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 03 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Convicted arsonist arrested in Port Angeles after escaping facility in Alabama
Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 24-year-old convicted arsonist who escaped the Frank Lee Work Release Center in Alabama. Dylan Carroll escaped from the center in Deatsville, Ala., on Sept. 23, stole a 2016 Chevrolet pickup and drove to the Olympic Peninsula, according to a press release from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2016 3:44:31 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 02 Oct 2016 22:44:31 GMT

Everett fire chief plans to retire after 40 years of service
Murray Gordon grew up on the hill near Forest Park. It was a neighborhood where kids sledded in the snow and deer darted through the backyard. His parents, a dairy products salesman and a dietician, often repeated time-old sayings. One favorite was, “If you’re going to do something, do it right.” Another one was finish what you start.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 2:34:23 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:34:23 GMT

Snohomish County Fire District 3 and Fire District 7 finish merger
Snohomish County Fire District 3 in Monroe will soon be gone. As of Saturday, the district will be merged permanently into Fire District 7, based in Clearview. The two agencies have combined firefighters, administrations and budgets. New decals and uniform patches are in the works, spokeswoman Heather Chadwick said.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 2:25:13 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:25:13 GMT

Crews investigating suspicious fire in Finley
Firefighters had a tough time getting on a property where a brush fire destroyed landscaping equipment Friday morning. Crews from Benton County Fire District One were called near Cochran Road and S.R. 397 around 2:45 a.m. to find a shed, two cars and more equipment up in flames. They had a hard time getting in because of a steel gate and barbed wire fence that surrounds the property.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 6:50:57 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:50:57 GMT

Waste Management driver dumps load of flaming cardboard in Spokane Valley area
A recyclable truck driver for Waste Management was forced to ditch a load of cardboard after it caught fire inside the truck Wednesday. The dramatic video was taken in a gravel lot at Kenworth Sales. According to Waste Management, the truck driver was collecting cardboard in the Spokane Valley area when he noticed a fire in the rear of his truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 7:40:51 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:40:51 GMT

Vancouver Fire Marshal's Office awarded $142K FEMA grant
The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office was awarded a $142,753 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to promote fire safety. The funds from the Fire Prevention and Safety grant will go toward the agency’s Project HomeSafe campaign, which aims at reducing the frequency and severity of residential fires through education and outreach.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 11:08:31 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:08:31 GMT

New Yakima firefighters practice rescues from burning building
Some of Yakima's new firefighters are training on life-saving techniques. They're practicing how to rescue people from a burning building at their training facility. Part of the training involves getting a person out of a window from three stories up. They also practiced going into a smoke-filled room and rescuing a firefighter in need.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 8:22:14 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:22:14 GMT

2 men airlifted after rollover crash splits pickup in half in Centralia
Two men are hospitalized in serious condition Thursday after their truck rolled over an embankment and nearly split in half. Police and medics responded to the scene, near North Gold Street and Ham Hill Road in Centralia, just before 10:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a rollover crash. Responders found that a pickup had rolled more than 20 feet down an embankment.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Maintenance worker helps save people in West Seattle fire
A man risked his life to save others when the flames were raging at a West Seattle apartment complex Tuesday. Smoke rising from the fire could be seen for miles as crews fought the multiple-alarm fire at the Lam Bow Apartments on Delridge Way. A building maintenance worker is being credited for saving lives, along with the firefighters who were still at the scene Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 9:48:19 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:48:19 GMT

Update: Everett man who turned in missing 9/11 flag identified
Another mystery in the 9/11 ground zero flag disappearance has been solved. Police learned how an Everett man came to possess the missing historical flag, and turn it in to officials. An iconic 9/11 photo showed an American flag being raised by three New York City firefighters over Ground Zero. It disappeared several hours later, only to found in Everett over a decade later.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 9:47:36 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:47:36 GMT

Fire in Pasco being investigated as suspicious
An early morning fire kept Pasco Police and Fire crews busy throughout most of Wednesday morning. The fire, being investigated as suspicious, happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of South 4th Street. When firefighters got on scene they found a 10-by-10 shed completely engulfed in flames. Authorities say a man had been living in the shed, but say no one was in the out-building at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 9:39:22 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:39:22 GMT

Taking a look into the history of the Yakima Fire Department
Yakima Fire Department has certainly fought plenty of historic fires in the past, but they've done a lot more than fight fires over the years. Reporter Haley Gibbs spoke to a firefighter who actually created a documentary to show new firefighters and the public just what they bring to the table. "It's a department that's over 125 years old, that's pretty, pretty impressive," said Alex Langbell, Training Captain for YFD.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 6:06:16 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:06:16 GMT

Follow Up: Communication is biggest lesson from mass-rescue drill near Port Angeles
Coordinating communications among some 14 agencies was among the top priorities during the U.S. Coast Guard-led international mass-rescue drill in the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Tuesday. The Coast Guard worked with several local agencies — including law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics — as well as Canadian first responders to simulate rescuing 60 people from the Strait after a maritime disaster about six miles north of Port Angeles.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 2:26:14 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:26:14 GMT

Spokane: SNAP experiment will give patients rides to urgent care instead of the ER for people with less-serious conditions
When she worked as a paramedic, Ginifer Wallace saw people call 911 for sore throats or mild cases of the flu. In those situations, responders usually have two choices: do nothing or take someone to the emergency room in an ambulance, racking up huge bills for the patient and their insurance company.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2016 4:40:07 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:40:07 GMT

Transfer delays of 911 calls a difference of life and death in Snohomish County
Snohomish County has two different 911 centers. Every day, more than 130 calls to 911 need to be transferred between them. The average transfer has a 21-second delay. If the other 911 center is busy, the caller gets a recording: Stay on the line until someone is available. That happened July 30 to four people who were reporting a mass shooting at a Mukilteo house party.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 2:04:47 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:04:47 GMT

Fire destroys motorhome in Bellingham’s Birchwood neighborhood
A fire destroyed an RV behind a Bellingham home Monday afternoon, Sept. 26. A neighbor, Cari Duffy, said she noticed white smoke drifting from a backyard at 3206 Cherrywood Ave. around 1 p.m. Moments later an Itasca Cambria motorhome parked next to a storage shed behind the house erupted into flames with two or three loud explosions.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 2:07:32 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:07:32 GMT

Fire ruins shed near La Center, doesn't reach nearby house
Firefighters were able to keep a fire that destroyed a pole shelter and barn from spreading to a home west of La Center on Monday evening. Firefighters responded to the fire at 35107 N.W. 32nd Ave. around 5:30 p.m. “When they arrived, they found a fully involved outbuilding, and fire was being transmitted to this huge barn,” Clark County Fire & Rescue Division Chief Tim Dawdy said.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2016 9:06:35 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:06:35 GMT

Kent four-plex gutted by early morning blaze
At least seven people were left homeless Monday morning as flames swept through a four-plex in Kent, fire officials said. Fiefighters responded to the scene, in the 8400 block of 266th Street, at about 1:15 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames coming from the residential building, said Randy Droppert of the Kent Regional Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2016 7:42:31 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:42:31 GMT

Court documents: Accused Burlington mall shooter confesses to killings
Arcan Cetin has admitted that he took a rifle to the Cascade Mall on Friday night and shot and killed five people, court documents say. The court documents, however, offer no clue about a motive for the shooting. Cetin, 20, faces five charges of premeditated first-degree murder and is being held on $2 million bail.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Wildfire safety fuels hot debate
When a wildfire is rolling toward a house built with a cedar shake roof, surrounded by decorative juniper up to the windowsills, and the only access road is overgrown and narrow, firefighters will likely skip it. “People think that we’re going to save their house,” said Paul Tester, Southwest Washington’s fire training coordinator at the state Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2016 6:08:06 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:08:06 GMT

Man airlifted after explosion, fire at Enumclaw home
A man was airlifted with serious injuries Friday after an explosion and fire at a home in Enumclaw, emergency officials said. Firefighters and medics responded to the scene, in the 43900 block of 284th Avenue SE, at about 10:40 a.m. after receiving reports of a fire at a home there, said Enumclaw Fire Chief Randy Fehr.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 1:39:47 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:39:47 GMT

Spokane police, firefighters helping kids with autism get comfortable around first responders
When Spokane fire Lt. John Goodman took his mask out, 3-year-old Lexi Mortlock buried her face in her dad’s shoulder and started sobbing. But within a few minutes, Lexi had calmed down and was running around a garage at the Spokane Fire Department’s training complex, happily accepting a toy whale from Goodman.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2016 1:55:22 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:55:22 GMT

Coast Guard, emergency responders, to conduct international mass rescue exercise in Port Angeles
The Coast Guard and emergency response organizations are teaming up with members from 14 agencies to conduct a full-scale international maritime mass-rescue exercise in U.S. waters near Ediz Hook Light with a triage staging area at Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2016 12:03:28 AM - SOURCE: San Juan Islander
Posted on Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:03:28 GMT

Agreement would give Camas-Washougal chief command of two fire agencies
Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart would also take command of East County Fire & Rescue under an agreement in the works between the city and fire agency. The Camas City Council and East County Fire & Rescue commissioners had a workshop Monday night to discuss the agreement, in which the city would provide administrative and management services to ECF&R by contracting for part of Swinhart’s time on a monthly limited basis.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2016 8:19:02 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:19:02 GMT

Follow Up: Arlington signs fire, EMS coverage contract with District 21
Less than a week after the three commissioners of Arlington Heights Fire District 21 agreed to a new Emergency Medical Services and mutual aid contract with the city of Arlington, the City Council voted unanimously to approve it Sept. 18. City administrator Paul Ellis explained that District 21 has agreed to pay the full balance for EMS and mutual aid services provided to the district by the city in 2015.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 1:44:35 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:44:35 GMT

Authorities Still Seeking Cause of Chehalis Fire as Story of Rescue Emerges
Few developments have been released as the investigation into a house fire in Chehalis last week continues. No follow-up reports have yet been filed by investigators, but Chehalis Police Chief Glenn Schaffer said those investigating the fire are checking video footage and waiting to determine what could have caused it.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2016 3:21:00 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:21:00 GMT


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