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West Pierce paramedic accused of stealing drugs from ambulances
A West Pierce firefighter is accused of stealing various prescription drugs from ambulances and replacing them with saline to support his addiction. The 42-year-old paramedic was arrested Thursday and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He is expected to appear in court Friday.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2017 2:06:06 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Fri, 26 May 2017 09:06:06 GMT

Follow Up: Four big challenges Brian Schaeffer will face as Spokane's new fire chief
Brian Schaeffer was only eight months old when a flame from a scented candle lit the fire that could have killed him. Schaeffer was in his crib in a mobile home in Freeburg, Illinois, when the candle caused the drapes to catch fire. And he was alone. His adoptive mother was across the street, borrowing something from a neighbor.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 6:34:58 PM - SOURCE: The Inlander
Posted on Fri, 26 May 2017 01:34:58 GMT

Smoke seen for miles as home burns in north Seattle
Smoke was seen for miles Thursday as firefighters doused flames at a home in Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood. The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion from oil staining rags and was deeded accidental, fire officials said. The estimated total loss due to the fire, including damage to an adjacent home, is $310,000.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 4:44:18 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017 23:44:18 GMT

Hairspray can explodes in Vancouver woman's hot car, breaking through windshield
A can of hairspray shattered a Vancouver woman’s windshield earlier this week, and firefighters say the intense heat inside her parked car was likely to blame. Portland Fire & Rescue said many other everyday items you might leave inside your car could turn dangerous as temperatures heat up. Karmen Ayres said she noticed the can embedded in her windshield Tuesday when she walked to her car after work.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 7:04:49 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 26 May 2017 02:04:49 GMT

New Spokane fire chief making response times top priority
When you’re in trouble and every second counts – will help reach you in time? In Spokane, the distance of just a few blocks can double the amount of minutes it takes for first responders to arrive. But Wednesday, there’s a new fire chief in town and he’s making response times one of his top priorities.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 3:22:14 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017 10:22:14 GMT

Fire in Chelan County now 78 percent contained
A wildfire burning at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination is largely under control after burning for two days. Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan says the fire near the town of Leavenworth was 78 percent contained Thursday morning. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 11:26:09 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017 18:26:09 GMT

Man critically injured in Tacoma apartment fire
A man has been critically injured in a fire at a Tacoma apartment Thursday. The fire broke out around 6:30 a.m. in an 11th floor unit at the Orion Apartments on St. Helens Avenue, according to Joe Meinecke with Tacoma Fire. Firefighters arrived to find the apartment unit full of smoke, but credit a sprinkler system from keeping the fire from spreading to adjacent units and helping firefighters douse the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 7:24:35 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017 14:24:35 GMT

Kittitas County moves fire marshal under CDS Department
Kittitas County will move the fire marshal position under Community Development Services starting June 1. The move comes after the county failed to find a replacement for the fire marshal position in 2016, Commissioner Laura Osiadacz said. The county also considered contracting out fire marshal services with Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, but decided consolidation made more sense.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 1:52:39 AM - SOURCE: Ellensburg Daily Record
Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017 08:52:39 GMT

Neighbors evacuated after man pours several gallons of gasoline on floor of Kent home
Several homes in Kent were evacuated Wednesday night after reports that a man had poured gasoline all over his house. It started as a call to Kent Police about possible person in crisis, at a home on 134th Place SE around 7:00 p.m. Firefighters and police discovered the floor of a home had been saturated with three to five gallons of gasoline by the occupant.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 4:48:25 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017 11:48:25 GMT

Firefighters stop towering brush fire from spreading to structures at Honeywell plant in Spokane Valley
A wall of flame shut down Sullivan Road outside the Spokane Valley Honeywell plant and prompted a heavy response from the Spokane Valley Fire Department Wednesday afternoon. The fire consumed a long row of tall arborvitae bushes that lined the road. When crews arrived the bushes were a wall of flame and embers were blowing across the busy road, said fire department spokeswoman Melanie Rose.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 7:48:38 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 25 May 2017 02:48:38 GMT

Brian Schaeffer named Spokane Fire Chief
The City of Spokane has named Brian Schaeffer the new chief of the Spokane Fire Department. Schaeffer, who has served as interim chief since Bobby Williams announced his retirement last fall, has been with the fire department since 2005. Before that, he worked for departments in Yakima, Washington and Wright City, Missouri.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

State crews mobilized for fire burning near Leavenworth
State fire assistance was mobilized Tuesday night to support firefighters working to put out a fire burning in Chelan County, three miles north of Leavenworth. Officials said about 100 homes were on the level 3 evacuation as of about 5:00 p.m. The evacuation is for Sunitsch Canyon to Eagle Creek, all of Spromberg Canyon and both sides of Chumstick Highway.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 24 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

North Whidbey Fire proposes levy lid lift
Officials with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue are asking voters in the district to increase property taxes in order to replace aging equipment, fix up crumbling fire houses and keep up with an increasing call load. Not everyone, however, is convinced that a tax hike is necessary. Fire commissioners voted last month to place a 35-cent levy lid lift on the Aug.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 2:24:18 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times
Posted on Wed, 24 May 2017 09:24:18 GMT

Terrace Heights brush fire spreads rapidly through acres of land
Yakima firefighters are working to determine what started a brush fire on Hartford and Marsh Road near Terrace Heights. Fire crews were called at around 7 o'clock tonight to put out a brush fire that damaged two acres of land. The fire went through a few yards, fences, and railroad tracks. Firefighters say the heavy winds made the fire spread rapidly.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 2:43:39 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 24 May 2017 09:43:39 GMT

Crews battle house fire near La Conner
Two women were airlifted to a hospital after they were hurt in a house fire near La Conner early Wednesday. A 7-year-old boy was able to escape the home unharmed. Firefighters were called to the home in the 12400 block of Downey Road in Skagit County for a report of a house fire with someone trapped inside at about 3:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 5:07:37 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Wed, 24 May 2017 12:07:37 GMT

Grant County Fire District 3's Luke Garrison named state Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year
Grant County Fire District 3 volunteer Luke Garrison was named Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year at a state conference on Saturday. Lt. Garrison was honored during the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association’s 94th annual ceremony held in Wenatchee. Garrison’s award is for the 2016 fire season, one of the worst on record in Washington.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 3:15:31 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017 10:15:31 GMT

Follow Up: Fire marshal searches for cause of Federal Way strip mall fire
The fire marshal and the ATF were back at Center Plaza Mall in Federal Way Monday, searching for the cause of a fire that destroyed one of three buildings that make up the complex. The estimated price tag for the losses is $5 million. All of it went up into smoke Sunday morning in a two-alarm fire that tore through the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Snohomish firefighters use CPR to save dog
Firefighters from Snohomish Fire District 7 saved a dog from a house fire in Bothell Monday afternoon. Fire crews were called to a home near the 17600 block of Valley Circle Drive around 3:05 p.m. When they arrived, firefighters noticed smoke coming from the windows of the home. Everyone had made it out of the home safely, but a dog was still inside.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 7:51:35 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017 02:51:35 GMT

Federal Way home destroyed in fire
Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed an elderly man’s home in Federal Way early Monday morning. South King County Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to the blaze at the residence in the 3700 block of Southwest 332nd Place shortly after 4:30 a.m. to find it engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 1:02:18 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Mon, 22 May 2017 20:02:18 GMT

Ten Federal Way businesses gutted in strip mall fire
Ten businesses in a Federal Way strip mall were destroyed in a fire Sunday morning. The call came in around 4:20 a.m. after a person reported seeing smoke coming out of a coffee shop at a strip mall near The Commons. Firefighters from several districts quickly responded and crews spent several hours battling the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2017 7:44:05 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 22 May 2017 02:44:05 GMT

Jury awards $9.5M in case involving North Kitsap fire engine
A King County Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded $9.5 million to the family of a Kingston man who died in a collision with a fire truck. On the morning of July 4, 2014, Jason Foster was was riding a motor scooter on Miller Bay Road, approaching its intersection with West Kingston Road. The traffic signal turned yellow, and he continued.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2017 5:42:19 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Sat, 20 May 2017 12:42:19 GMT

Plenty of ‘grassoline' as fire season begins in Central Washington
Mark Martinez plans to move his family’s 4,000 head of sheep to grazing areas west of Naches and north of Ellensburg next week before fire season gets underway. But given the unusually rainy spring, he’s worried about just how much cheatgrass has grown in those areas. “Especially with the (warm) temperatures forecast next week,” he said recently.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2017 4:48:52 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Sat, 20 May 2017 23:48:52 GMT

Man pinned by rock killed near Index
A 21-year-old man is dead after being pinned under a rock off Highway 2 near Index, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say the man was scrambling across a rockfield near Heybrook Lookout when a rock fell on him. He was with three other friends hiking the back side of Heybrook Lookout, just off the logging road, according to Snohomish County Fire District 7.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2017 7:28:40 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Sat, 20 May 2017 14:28:40 GMT

Seattle: Several boats burn as flames rip through Salmon Bay boat house
Several boats were burned when a fire ripped through a boat house on Salmon Bay, Seattle fire officials said. The fire broke out just before 8 p.m. in the 5100 block of Shilshole Avenue Northwest in Ballard, sending a plume of smoke visible throughout much of the Seattle area. Fire officials said a 70-foot wooden boat inside the boat house was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 7:52:31 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Mon, 22 May 2017 14:52:31 GMT

Skagit County Fire District 1 to take further look at proposed services contract
A lawyer representing Skagit County Fire District 1 suggested to district commissioners Thursday several edits to a proposed services contract with the city of Mount Vernon. Among Richard Davis’ suggestions was to negotiate a lower annual rate with Mount Vernon. Fire District 1 has no fire station or firefighters of its own, and instead relies on having Mount Vernon provide services.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2017 4:12:27 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (
Posted on Sat, 20 May 2017 11:12:27 GMT

Vancouver fire chief chosen for FEMA subcommittee
Vancouver Fire Department Chief Joe Molina has been selected to serve on a Federal Emergency Management Agency subcommittee focused on emergency response training and hazardous materials incidents involving railroads. Molina, serving with 22 others including two fire chiefs, was selected to the FEMA National Advisory Council RESPONSE Subcommittee.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 6:13:12 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 19 May 2017 13:13:12 GMT

Three hurt in fall from Ferris wheel in Port Townsend
Three people, including a child, fell an estimated 15 feet from a Ferris wheel ride at a festival on Thursday. An injured 59-year-old woman had to be airlifted to a hospital. She is in critical but stable condition. Firefighters said the whole tub tipped over before they fell. The accident occurred at Port Townsend's annual Rhododendron Festival carnival.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXG
Posted on Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane firefighter gets a big suprise: Firefighter of the year
Spokane firefighter Jhareme Fuller didn’t know until arriving at Thursday’s Lilac Festival luncheon that he was there to be recognized as the firefighter of the year. And if that wasn’t surprise enough, Fuller’s table included his wife, Carolyn, and four other family members, some of whom had traveled across state lines to be there.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 11:40:28 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 19 May 2017 06:40:28 GMT

New ferry crews train to fight emergencies on the water
A brand new fleet crew with Washington State Ferries are learning how to fight fires this week. For two days, 70 employees have been participating in fire training as part of two week training program preparing crew for emergencies on the water. "We do firefighting, we do in-water rescue and we do first aid," said Washington State Ferries Director Amy Scarton.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 7:05:36 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 19 May 2017 14:05:36 GMT

Naches: Students get inside look at wildfire training academy for 400+ firefighters
Several state agencies and fire districts are preparing for another wildfire season. But this time, they're training together for the fires they will fight together. Some students from Naches Valley Middle School got an inside look at that process on Thursday. Thirteen state agencies, 27 fire districts, and 100 kids who got a sneak peek at training for more than 400 firefighters at the Central Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 7:11:45 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 19 May 2017 02:11:45 GMT

Fire damages garage, vehicle in Yakima
A garage fire Thursday afternoon heavily damaged the building and destroyed a vehicle inside, the Yakima Fire Department said. Firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of South Seventh Street shortly after 4 p.m., according to a department news release. The first crews arrived to find smoke coming from the eaves.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 7:56:13 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 19 May 2017 02:56:13 GMT

Erik Hicks named new Skyway fire chief
King County Fire District 20 (Skyway Fire) named Erik Hicks the new fire chief on Monday, May 15. Hicks, the former Everett Fire Chief and Renton High School graduate, started off volunteering at KCFD 20 “after realizing his career path in electrical engineering wasn’t for him,” according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 1:07:42 PM - SOURCE: Renton Reporter
Posted on Wed, 17 May 2017 20:07:42 GMT

Man found dead after Tacoma house fire
A Tacoma man and his two dogs died in a house fire early Thursday. The man, in his late 60s, has not been identified. Central Pierce firefighters were called to the home in the 12200 block of Steele Street South about 1:30 a.m. “When we arrived, there was fire through the roof and it was heavily involved,” Central Pierce Fire spokesman Guy Overby said.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 10:34:56 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Thu, 18 May 2017 17:34:56 GMT

Medic 1 fee hike for new emergency personnel approved in Port Angeles
Would you rather pay higher fire insurance rates on your home and get nothing or a higher Medic 1 fee for emergency medical services to hire new firefighter-paramedics? Facing that conundrum, Port Angeles City Council members Tuesday night resoundingly acceded to Fire Chief Ken Dubuc’s request for new emergency personnel, the department’s first new staff in 26 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 11:01:48 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 18 May 2017 18:01:48 GMT

Proposed salary increases for Longview non-union employees including fire chief
Campbell, who is not slated for a raise under the proposal, said Longview needs to keep wages for its employees competitive so it can attract and retain talented workers. The proposed plan would bring the average salaries of PTA employees to 1.04 percent below their peers. Fire Chief Phil Jurmu, Police Chief Jim Duscha and Public Works Director Jeff Cameron would all get a 6.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 2:15:59 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 18 May 2017 09:15:59 GMT

Bothell fire chief retires
After a 36-year career in the fire service, Bothell Fire Chief Bob Van Horne has retired. His last day on the job was Monday, and he spoke with the Reporter a few days before then. “I have loved the fire service,” he said. “I am the chief servant of the department, and I make sure that the responders have the resources they need … to have a successful outcome.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 1:05:19 PM - SOURCE: Bothell Reporter
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 20:05:19 GMT

Spokane Firefighters Union president steps down as chief search continues
The president of the union representing Spokane firefighters has stepped down amid calls from the group for more input in the search for the city’s next chief. John Goodman has informed International Association of Fire Fighters Local 29 of his intention to step down as president, citing “personal reasons” that had “nothing to do” with the current recruitment process.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 9:24:13 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 17 May 2017 16:24:13 GMT

Three-alarm fire at Bellevue commercial building causes $1 million in damage
A large portion of a commercial building was destroyed by fire Tuesday night at the Columbia Business Park in Bellevue. Bellevue firefighters were called to 13427 Northeast 20th Street in North Bellevue at 9:22 p.m. Several calls were made by businesses reporting that fire was coming from the building's windows.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 6:32:56 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Wed, 17 May 2017 13:32:56 GMT

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue's buildings, vehicle fleet are aging, require attention
The fire department’s facilities and fleet of vehicles are at an advanced age and not serving the district as well they should, creating limitations that will need to be addressed in the weeks and months ahead. Vashon Island Fire &Rescue Chief Charlie Krimmert delivered that message in a presentation last week as part of a series of presentations about the state of the fire district.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 1:07:54 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 20:07:54 GMT

Man injured in Hazel Dell motel fire
A man was taken to an area hospital after suffering burns in a fire at a motel in Hazel Dell early this morning. Crews from Clark County Fire District 6 and Vancouver Fire Department were called to a blaze at Value Motel, 708 N.E. 78th St., just after 4 a.m. today. Firefighters arrived and found flames coming out of a broken bottom floor window, Fire District 6 Battalion Chief Bryan Baum said.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 7:53:59 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 17 May 2017 14:53:59 GMT

Update: Victim in March fatal Vancouver house fire died of carbon monoxide intoxication
A former Columbian reporter turned Vancouver social activist killed in a house fire in March died of carbon monoxide intoxication, ruled an accident, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said Wednesday. Brian Willoughby, 56, was the victim in a fatal house fire at 516 W. 30th St on March 28. A passer-by called 911 to report the fire at 6:42 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 8:50:12 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 17 May 2017 15:50:12 GMT

Spokane County Fire breaks ground on new facillity
Deer Park and Spokane County Officials gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Spokane County Fire District 4's new facility. Station 41 has long been Spokane County Fire District 4's busiest station. "It's a big deal for the community," explained Chief Randy Johnson. "The station we're currently working out of we lease from the city of Deer Park , we've been there for 32 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 8:02:46 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 03:02:46 GMT

Firefighter injured in Greenwood explosion suing Puget Sound Energy
A Seattle firefighter who says he was knocked out by the force of the Greenwood natural-gas explosion last year is suing Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and its contractor over the blast. In the lawsuit filed Friday, Jeff Markoff said he was about 90 feet from the epicenter of the alleyway explosion that leveled two buildings and damaged dozens more.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 6:33:25 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 13:33:25 GMT

Related: Puget Sound Energy willing to pay record fine for Greenwood explosion
Puget Sound Energy is willing to pay a record fine following a natural gas explosion in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. PSE has proposed paying a $1.5 million settlement for its role in the explosion. The blast in March 2016 injured nine firefighters, destroyed three businesses, and damaged dozens of buildings.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 4:03:16 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 11:03:16 GMT

Man burned during fire at Seattle home
A man was hospitalized early Tuesday morning suffering from a severe burn during a fire at his home. The fire started just before 12:30 a.m. in the 800 block of S. Cloverdale Street. Firefighters arrived to find the mattress on fire and got it quickly put out. The man inside had to be taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of burns.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 9:31:46 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 16:31:46 GMT

Rig full of cows overturns, blocks Timmen Road south of La Center
A rig full of cows overturned early this morning, creating a chaotic scene that closed Timmen Road south of La Center. Emergency crews were called to Timmen Road near Spencer Road at about 1:45 a.m. for a single-vehicle crash, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said. A truck was traveling north when it went off the west side of the road, shearing off a power pole, rolling and coming to rest in a ditch, Dawdy said.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 8:14:07 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 15:14:07 GMT

Spokane Valley Firefighters offer warning after man killed while fixing plumbing
Spokane Valley firefighters are telling people to be careful while doing work around the house after a man accidentally died Monday morning. Fire crews responded to the 600 block of S. Carnahan Road. A caller told firefighters a man wasn't breathing and said he was stuck in a hole under his home head first.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 4:55:06 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 11:55:06 GMT

Arson investigated at Mukilteo elementary school
Classes were canceled Monday at a Mukilteo school after an arson damaged buildings and shut down the school's phones and internet service. The fire was reported late Saturday night at Columbia Elementary School on Harbor Pointe Boulevard. Investigators say someone set two portable toilets on fire. The flames spread to the exterior of the building and traveled up into the eaves, ruining computer and electrical equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2017 7:51:43 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017 02:51:43 GMT

Clarkston City Council 'Agonizing' over Future of Fire Department
After months of research, the Clarkston City Council is getting closer to making an "agonizing" decision about the future of the city's fire department. Keeping a fire station staffed around the clock is a budget buster for cities of all sizes, the mayor said, and Clarkston is no exception. That's why many areas, such as neighboring Asotin County and the city of Moscow, rely so heavily on trained volunteers for fire control.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Cutting Cars: Puyallup firefighters practice accident rescues
“Find the weakest spot and cut!” shouts Jeff Pugh to a group of firefighters armed with hydraulic cutter. Like a pair of oversized scissors, the cutter slices through the steel frame of the Cadillac, detaching two side doors with a crunch. Then firefighters yank off the doors, exposing the right half of the smashed-up vehicle’s interior.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2017 2:14:13 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 14 May 2017 09:14:13 GMT

Hanford: From fighting fires to hitting fairways
After a busy week, Hanford firefighters were able to take a break today for their annual golf fundraiser. The golf tournament raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Burn Foundation. This year was the 20th year for the golf tournament, 36 teams checked in, made up of 144 golfers.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2017 2:38:13 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Sat, 13 May 2017 09:38:13 GMT

Father, baby girl dead in 3-vehicle wreck on Mount Baker Highway
A Maple Falls-area man crossed the center line of Mount Baker Highway, hitting two cars and causing a horrific Mother’s Day wreck that killed a father and his infant daughter near Mosquito Lake Road, authorities said Sunday. “It was a tough, tragic situation,” said Chief Jerry DeBruin of Whatcom County Fire District 14, which serves the rural communities of Welcome, Kendall and Sumas.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 1:41:37 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017 08:41:37 GMT

Semi-truck crashes through home in Roy
A semi-truck driver suffering a medical emergency rammed his semi truck into a home near Roy Sunday evening. The truck was heading north on SR-507 around 6 p.m. when the driver lost consciousness, according to Trooper Shaneka Phillips with the Washington State Patrol. The truck veered off the road, striking a home near 342nd Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2017 7:51:19 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017 02:51:19 GMT

Email from City Hall urges fire department brass to support interim Spokane chief in hiring process
An email written by a city employee heading recruitment of a new Spokane fire chief raises questions about the impartiality of the selection process. Meghann Steinolfson, the city’s human resources analyst in charge of setting up the recruitment process, sent an email to members of the department’s command staff Monday urging them to attend the public forum and “not only meet the candidates, but to support Chief (Brian) Schaeffer.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2017 9:01:25 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 12 May 2017 04:01:25 GMT

Kent's Puget Sound Fire starts search for new chief
The search is on for a new Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority chief. Annual pay for the position will be between $187,800 and $207,000, according to RFA documents. The RFA board hired Issaquah-based Prothman Company for $19,500 plus expenses to conduct a nationwide search. The application deadline is June 11.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2017 3:55:32 AM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Fri, 12 May 2017 10:55:32 GMT

Driver leaving bar plows through road sign, careens into Bremerton home
A suspected DUI driver was arrested Thursday night after plowing through a road sign, clipping a tension cable, spinning through a bush and crashing into a home. The driver lost control of the car while headed south on East 24th Street, the Bremerton Police Department says. The crash caused extensive damage.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Fri, 12 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Man burned trying to save dog as RV erupts in flames in Auburn
A man was burned and his dog died in a fire that broke out in their RV early Friday morning. Firefighters were called to the motor home which was parked outside a home at S. 360th Street and 42nd Ave. S. near Auburn just after midnight. As firefighters fought the flames, medics were called when the man inside was found to have first and second degree burns to his hand while trying to save his dog.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Fri, 12 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Five residents lose home to fire in East Yakima
Five residents are without a home after a house became engulfed in a fire in East Yakima. Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to a brush fire Wednesday around 8:07 a.m. at 1623 S. 16th Street. Two additional crews responded along with two initial fire crews after callers later reported the fire had spread to the nearby house.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2017 4:45:23 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Wed, 10 May 2017 23:45:23 GMT

Former Centralia Apartment Manager Sentenced to 21 Months for Arson
Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense remarked Wednesday on the odd nature of the crime Kathrin Turner pleaded guilty to last month — setting fires at the apartment complex where she worked to scare a resident into moving. “It’s a bizarre set of facts why the fire was set in the first place,” said Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2017 3:21:34 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 11 May 2017 10:21:34 GMT

Washington to fight homelessness by reducing wildfire risks
Washington will help fight homelessness by trying to prevent wildfires in its northeast counties. A bill signed Wednesday directs the state Department of Natural Resources to provide funds to Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties for radio equipment and to develop programs to reduce the risk of wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2017 10:19:07 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 11 May 2017 17:19:07 GMT

No Serious Injuries Reported After Minivan Crashes Into Chehalis Building
Investigators are eyeing a malfunctioning accelerator as a possible cause of a van crashing into a building Wednesday afternoon in Chehalis. Neither of the van’s two occupants were seriously injured, Chehalis Police Chief Glenn Schaffer told The Chronicle. Police received a report of the gray Chrysler minivan crashing into the building at the corner of Park and Pacific avenues at around 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2017 3:15:07 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 11 May 2017 10:15:07 GMT

Did Spokane fire chief position bring in diverse applicant pool?
Spokane City leaders have said that increasing diversity is a top priority, especially as the search continues for the next Spokane Fire Chief. Just last week, the mayor said the position “appealed to a diverse and very qualified applicant pool.” KREM 2 dug deeper and learned four of the five finalists for the position are still middle aged white men.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2017 4:43:34 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 23:43:34 GMT

Grain elevator catches fire in Kalama
A grain elevator caught fire Tuesday afternoon in Kalama, Cowlitz Fire officials said. No one was hurt in the fire. Reports of the fire came in just after noon at the Temco facility on the Columbia River. Cowlitz Fire Dit. 5 Chief Vic Leatzow called out a second alarm after seeing the thick smoke coming from the tower that offloads barges.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU News
Posted on Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Car crashes into Seattle adult family care facility killing woman
A 72-year-old woman died after a car crashed into her bedroom Tuesday morning in Seattle. Seattle police and fire were called to the 10700 block of 38th Avenue Northeast after getting reports of a car that had crashed into an adult family care facility. Emergency crews found a 2004 Mercedes sedan lodged inside the house driven by an 88-year-old woman.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 3 firefighters put out small brush fire at Clasen Cove Estates
Clallam County Fire District 3 personnel quelled a small brush fire at the Clasen Cove Estates just east of Sequim Community Church off of Fifth Avenue on Tuesday morning. Ed Evans of KSQM reports homeowner Gary Steele said he was burning some dry leaves with a propane burner when it got out of control.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2017 1:05:31 PM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 20:05:31 GMT

Chief Umtuch Middle School students get CPR lessons from Clark County Fire District 3
Fire District 3 Chief Steve Wrightson and his crew have made plenty of educational rounds to local high schools to teach the fundamentals of CPR, but they’d never visited a middle school. Last week, though, members of District 3 went to Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground for a few hours to teach seventh- and eighth-graders the basics of hands-only CPR.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2017 2:12:15 AM - SOURCE: The
Posted on Wed, 10 May 2017 09:12:15 GMT

Olympia Fire Department Captain battles industry's higher cancer risk, alongside his disease
A firefighter’s smoke-stained gear and burn-marked helmet are almost badges of honor, says Olympia Fire Department Capt. Jim Brown, but they’re examples of subtle dangers contributing to higher rates of cancer among people in the industry. At age 49, Brown flashes another image these days. “Hold Fast” is tattooed with the letters on his fingers just below the knuckles.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2017 7:38:55 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 02:38:55 GMT

Elderly woman receives 2nd degree burns from Richland house fire
An ambulance rushed an elderly woman with extensive 2nd degree burns to the hospital after firefighters found her on the floor of a burning home Monday evening. According to the Richland Fire Department, fire crews were called out at 6:34 P.M to 200 Adams St. for reports of smoke. RFD says neighbors had seen smoke coming from the home and knocked on the doors and windows to see if anyone was inside, but no one answered.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2017 2:34:01 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 09:34:01 GMT

Fire guts roof of Tacoma building
Firefighters were busy Tuesday morning dousing a storage building that went up in flames. The call came in just before 1 a.m. for flames coming from a building in the 3500 block of 104th St. E. Firefighters from Central Pierce Fire arrived to find a large fire burning on the roof. They were able to get the fire under control a short time later.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2017 8:04:26 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 15:04:26 GMT

Emergency declared at Hanford as portion of tunnel containing nuke waste collapses
A portion of a storage tunnel that contains rail cars full of radioactive waste collapsed Tuesday morning, forcing an emergency declaration at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington state. The U.S. Department of Energy said the Tuesday collapse covered about 400 square feet (37.1 square meters) instead of the 16 square feet (1.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Bellingham and Fire District 8 look at combining forces
The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County Fire District 8 in Marietta are looking at combining their efforts. The City Council gave preliminary approval to form a committee to explore a partnership. If that group decides to move forward and the council and fire commission agree, a measure would go to voters in the city and district.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2017 5:32:12 PM - SOURCE: KPUG-AM 1170
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 00:32:12 GMT

Tacoma firefighters rescue dog after fall over bluff in Point Defiance Park
A dog tumbled 60 feet down a bluff in Point Defiance Park Monday and was rescued by Tacoma firefighters. Its owner was walking Bug, the 13-year-old border collie, in the park — something they do regularly — when the dog got too close to the edge and fell over. Several passers-by got a rope and were attempting to rappel down the cliff themselves to reach the dog when an off-duty Tacoma Fire Department lieutenant spotted them and advised them to wait.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Tue, 09 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Small fire brings large haz-mat response to Duwamish metal yard in Seattle
A fire sparked inside a pile of metal sent a large emergency response to Seattle Iron & Metals Corp. on Sunday. A general fire alarm alerted emergency crews to the flames shortly before 10 a.m., Lieutenant Harold Webb with Seattle Fire said. Firefighters found a pile of metal in the yard on fire, and upgraded the call to a hazardous material response as metal fires can be difficult to extinguish.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2017 12:55:25 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 07 May 2017 19:55:25 GMT

Couple suffers burns, dogs killed in two-building fire in Whatcom County
A fire at a cabin in Birch Bay left a man and a woman with burns, smoke inhalation and other injuries early Friday, when they tried to rescue their dogs from the flames, according to fire officials. The couple, in their 40s, awoke to the smell of smoke around 1:45 a.m. in their one-story cabin at 8112 Birch Bay Drive in The Idlesse Condominiums, along the shore of Birch Bay, said Mitch Nolze, an investigator with the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2017 1:52:27 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Sat, 06 May 2017 08:52:27 GMT

Red Cross, Longview Fire fight fire with free smoke alarms at Delray Mobile Home Park
It’s the middle of the night and you’re deep asleep. A piercingly loud beeping jars you awake and you quickly realize it’s the smoke alarm. You gather your loved ones and safely escape. When it comes to a house fire, getting everyone out safely is the best possible outcome. On Saturday, local American Red Cross volunteers joined with the Longview Fire Department to reduce the risk of a fire by installing free smoke alarms at the Delray Mobile Park.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2017 2:14:52 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 07 May 2017 09:14:52 GMT

Dog killed, second rescued as truck catches fire in Olympia
One dog was killed but another was saved when a truck caught fire outside an Olympia building on Sunday evening. Olympia firefighters were called to a burning truck near Martin Way. As they arrived, they were told there was a dog trapped inside, and a Good Samaritan was there attempting the rescue. Unfortunately, one dog didn't survive.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2017 8:37:15 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 08 May 2017 15:37:15 GMT

Fire at South Tacoma home 'suspicious'
Firefighters say a blaze at a Tacoma home they are calling suspicious may have been caused by squatters. The fire near 36th Street and East Roosevelt Avenue was called out at about 2:42 a.m. Monday when neighbors called 911. At one point, flames were shooting through the home’s roof. No one was seen inside.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2017 7:26:55 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Mon, 08 May 2017 14:26:55 GMT

Spokane: Activists and politicians pursue a series of long-shot gambits to prevent disaster
Every day, on average, nearly 200 tanker cars carry close to 6 million gallons of crude oil through Spokane. Each one of those cars can hold as much as three tanker trucks' worth of some of the most explosive crude in the country. Spokane serves as a bottleneck into the state for trains traveling from the east across the northern U.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 7:12:38 PM - SOURCE: The Inlander
Posted on Fri, 05 May 2017 02:12:38 GMT

Bothell Fire Chief to retire
Fire Chief Bob Van Horne has announced his retirement, effective May 15, after 36 years in the fire service. Chief Van Horne has been Bothell's Fire Chief since 2009. He has served a total of 36 years in the fire service. The City has engaged a search firm to manage the selection process for a new Fire Chief.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2017 8:44:14 AM - SOURCE: Bothell, WA
Posted on Fri, 05 May 2017 15:44:14 GMT

12-year-old Bellingham boy dies after apparent rope swing accident
A Bellingham boy has died from injuries he suffered days earlier in an accident on a rope swing, according to police. Benny Capp, 12, a seventh-grader at Kulshan Middle School, was flown to Seattle Children’s Hospital Saturday evening after a family member found him hanging from a rope swing outside a house in the Whatcom Falls neighborhood, said Bellingham Police Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 5:13:53 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 05 May 2017 00:13:53 GMT

Fire destroys RV in Jefferson County
A recreational vehicle was destroyed by fire in the Glen Cove area late Thursday morning. No injuries were reported, said Bill Beezley, spokesman for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue. Firefighters were called to a blaze near the intersection of Sixth and Stevens streets at 10:27 a.m. after two men driving by the recreational vehicle saw a plume of smoke, flames and downed power lines across the road, then called 9-1-1, Beezley said.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2017 7:44:07 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 05 May 2017 14:44:07 GMT

4 injured in fiery crash along Pacific Hwy. South in Federal Way
Four people were injured, one of them critically, in a fiery crash Friday morning along a busy Federal Way highway, police said. Emergency crews responded to the scene, in the 35600 block of Pacific Highway South, at about 5:15 a.m. after receiving reports of a serious collision, said Cathy Schrock of the Federal Way police.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

East Pierce Fire and Rescue proposes levy lid lifts to maintain services
The East Pierce Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners approved to place two propositions surrounding levy lid lifts on the primary election on Aug. 1 as the emergency call volume continues to increase rapidly across the district. One proposition lifts the Fire Protection Levy Lid back to the previously approved $1.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 1:37:06 PM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 03 May 2017 20:37:06 GMT

Firefighters investigating suspicious fire in Yakima
Right now firefighters are investigating a Wednesday night house fire. It started around 6:20 p.m. On the 1500 block of W. Lincoln Ave. When firefighters got on scene, they found smoke coming out of a vacant house. Fire crews were able to get access from the back of the building and found the main fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 9:03:50 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 04 May 2017 16:03:50 GMT

Update: RFA measure to officially appear on ballot after Snohomish Co. FD1 approval
Following unanimous approval of a joint resolution by the Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners, residents within the City of Lynnwood and Fire District 1 boundaries will officially see a measure on the ballot this August to create the South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Regional Fire Authority (RFA).
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 10:27:56 AM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Thu, 04 May 2017 17:27:56 GMT

Small plane crashes on busy Mukilteo street
VIDEO - A small plane crashed in Mukilteo Tuesday afternoon, blocking traffic on State Route 525. A single-engine Piper PA32 crashed on Harbour Pointe Boulevard Southwest and Mukilteo Speedway about 3:30 p.m. immediately after taking off the runway at Paine Field, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: King 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 04 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima firefighters take part in water rescue training
As the weather heats up, more of us will head outside to enjoy the weather, and maybe spend the day on the water. But that could put people in potentially dangerous situations. Reporter Veronica Padilla got an up-close look at how officials across the region are getting ready for water rescues. Yakima firefighters say the Yakima River that runs through town is pretty dangerous.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 3:30:07 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 04 May 2017 10:30:07 GMT

Five finalists named to become next Spokane fire chief
Those vying to replace longtime Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams will include two candidates with long ties to the region’s firefighting efforts. Interim Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer and Spokane County Fire District 8 Chief Tony Nielsen are among the five finalists to permanently succeed Williams, who led the Spokane Fire Department for 28 years, the longest tenure in the history of the agency.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 2:46:21 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 02 May 2017 21:46:21 GMT

Seattle firefighters rescue woman from Elliott Bay
A Seattle Fire dive team rescued a woman from the water off Pier 54 on Elliott Bay on Tuesday evening. Firefighters were called to the pier just after 5 p.m. after reports the woman had jumped into the water. Crews said the woman was not hurt. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a mental evaluation.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 2:28:41 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 03 May 2017 09:28:41 GMT

Clark County Fire District 3 develops ‘contingency plan’ for possible fire levy lid lift
Clark County Fire District 3 is preparing for good times or bad. The fire district, which serves 40,000 people, is considering asking voters to approve a fire levy lid lift in November. If they decide to go to ballot, the Board of Fire Commissioners want residents to know they have a plan in place whether the measure passes or fails.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 2:15:27 AM - SOURCE: The
Posted on Wed, 03 May 2017 09:15:27 GMT

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s ability to respond to emergencies questioned as volunteer force falls
Facing a decline in its volunteer ranks, many at Vashon’s fire department say personnel numbers have become so low that they are concerned they will not be able to respond adequately to fires or a cluster of medical emergencies. Last week, Chief Charlie Krimmert, who began his position in January after 16 years as a volunteer with the department, addressed the staffing issue at a Sunday board retreat and at the regular commissioners’ meeting two days later.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 1:01:25 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Tue, 02 May 2017 20:01:25 GMT

No confirmed danger from problems with Pierce Countys 911 system, investigator finds
Trouble with Pierce County’s 911 system hasn’t put the public or law enforcement in specific danger, according to a recent whistleblower investigation. A Puyallup emergency dispatcher alleged in a December whistleblower complaint that the county’s computer-aided dispatch system had been routinely freezing.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 1:55:36 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 03 May 2017 08:55:36 GMT

Snohomish County: Voters dissolve 2 area fire districts
Voters in the April 25 special election overwhelmingly agreed fire districts 14 and 18 (Stanwood and Kackman areas) should be dissolved. In District 14, more than 86 percent of voters favored dissolution, while 83 percent of voters favored dissolution in District 18. Both districts have received fire services from North County Regional Fire Authority (North County) since it formed in 2008, and will continue to do so.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 3:22:00 AM - SOURCE: Stanwood/Camano News
Posted on Wed, 03 May 2017 10:22:00 GMT

At least 1 burn victim reported in Renton house fire
At least one person was injured in a Tuesday morning house fire that sent heavy smoke drifting through a Renton neighborhood. Firefighters and medics rushed to the scene, in the 4900 block of NE 1st Street, at about 9:40 a.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of heavy smoke and flames spewing from a home there.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2017 2:02:44 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 01 May 2017 21:02:44 GMT

Firehouse Subs donates $60,000 to Getchell and Darrington Fire Districts
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated about $60,000 to local fire districts to purchase new equipment. The Getchell Fire District, the Darrington Fire District and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources all received funds from the foundation and gathered on April 26 at the Lakewood Firehouse Subs to celebrate the donations.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 10:47:11 AM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 02 May 2017 17:47:11 GMT

Windows broken, nine arrested in Olympia May Day protest
Police arrested nine people Monday night after May Day protesters broke business windows, threw rocks at police and fought with onlookers in downtown Olympia.Two police officers were struck with flying rocks. They sustained only minor injuries, and didn’t require hospitalization, said Lt. Paul Lower, of the Olympia Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 2:15:39 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 02 May 2017 09:15:39 GMT

Clallam County Fire District No. 2 firefighters knock down car fire
PHOTO - Firefighters responded Sunday after a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle caught fire south-east of Port Angeles. The car’s owner, David Louden, told Clallam County Fire District No. 2 firefighters he had traveled less than 100 yards when the car backfired and he noticed flames coming from the engine compartment, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 7:33:45 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 02 May 2017 14:33:45 GMT

West Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighter saves lives, even on his way to the movies
Jonathan Tinsley once rescued a woman being stabbed in the middle of a Lakewood street. Another time, he dove into a frigid Lake Steilacoom to try to save a man whose canoe had overturned. And last month, he tackled a man who attacked several people at a Tumwater gas station. The 35-year-old West Pierce Fire & Rescue firefighter can’t explain how he finds himself involved in others’ life-or-death situations, both in uniform and out.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2017 1:14:12 PM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:14:12 GMT

Update: Massive Lynnwood fire - No cause but foul play not suspected
Fire investigators have not been able to determine what cause a massive fire that destroyed an apartment complex under construction in the Seattle suburb of Lynnwood in January. Lynnwood Police Detective Brian Jorgensen says there was too much damage. Investigators, however, have found no reason to suspect foul play.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2017 10:27:41 AM - SOURCE: Q13 Fox
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:27:41 GMT

Oak Harbor considers second fire station to shorten response times
Oak Harbor firefighters pulled a 79-year-old woman from a house fire last week, just in time to save her life. After getting the 911 call, it took firefighters less than three minutes to get to the Southeast Sixth Avenue residence, where they found the woman and her 92-year-old husband inside. They were too late to save the man.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2017 8:53:06 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:53:06 GMT


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