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Bellevue Deputy Fire Chief LaFave retires after 36 years with city
While watching the flames leap up from the Chimneys condominium during October’s fatal fire, former deputy chief of the Bellevue Fire Department Marty LaFave was in awe. But not at the disaster, the likes of which he has seen many times during his 36-year career as a firefighter. “I really got to see how far the [fire] department had matured.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2016 2:01:15 AM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
Posted on Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:01:15 GMT

Two bodies discovered after house fire in Colville
Authorities in Colville say two people are unaccounted for after an early morning house fire in Colville. The call came in from a paper delivery woman at around 5:00 a.m. and firefighters found the house at 158 Aladdin Road fully engulfed in flames. Crews say surrounding cars were also engulfed. Details are limited at this time, but authorities say there were three people inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2016 11:38:18 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:38:18 GMT

One injured when tree falls into Camas house
Another person was injured when a tree fell into a Camas house this morning. Firefighters from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department were called to a house at 2547 N.W. 11th Ave. just before 11 a.m. today for a report of a tree that fell into the house, Fire Chief Nick Swinhart said. One adult who was in the room that the tree fell into suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:43:27 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:43:27 GMT

Authorities: Squatters seeking refuge from cold inside vacant buildings pose dangers
Joe McLaughlin has been in the construction management business for 40 years and he thought he’d seen everything – but when he walked into a massive shuttered office building in Ballard last month he was so stunned that he had to return the following day to make sure what he saw was actually real. The walls of the 40,000-square-foot former Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) office were covered in graffiti featuring skulls, curse words and nudity.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 3:45:18 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:45:18 GMT

Contractor rescued from empty water tank in Grant County
A contractor was rescued after he took a long fall in Grant County Wednesday morning. Officials said the contractor fell about 20 feet into the bottom of an empty water tank near Roads A and 11-Southeast. Grant County Fire Districts 10 and 11 helped with the rescue. Authorities said the victim, a man in his twenties from Western Washington, was transported by LifeFlight to Tri-Cities hospital with serious injuries.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 7:58:24 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:58:24 GMT

Firefighters hang Christmas lights after man falls off ladder in Central Pierce County
Erik Gaines had just begun putting up this year's Christmas lights when the accident happened. Right from under his feet, the ladder slipped. Gaines crashed to the ground, breaking several bones in his leg, ankle and shoulder. His family called 911 and a crew from Engine Company 66 arrived at the family house in Puyallup.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: King5
Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Benton County Fire District 4 passes 2017 budget
The Board of Fire Commissioners for Benton County Fire District 4 passed its 2017 budget at a recent meeting. Overall, the fire district is financially healthy with a balanced budget, another clean audit, and adequate reserve funds in case of an emergency. “We want to thank the community for renewing our levy for emergency medical service,” said Chief Bill Whealan.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 6:32:28 PM - SOURCE: kndu
Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:32:28 GMT

Poulsbo Middle School students sickened by suspected carbon monoxide
Emergency crews have responded to Poulsbo Middle School after receiving reports that some students have become ill with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Jody Matson of the Poulsbo Fire Department said a nurse called for the emergency response after several students began displaying symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO
Posted on Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Police investigate ambulance crash in Snohomish County
Arlington Police are investigating after an ambulance went off a road and crashed while transporting a woman to a local hospital. Granite Falls Fire Chief Jim Haverfield tells The Daily Herald that two Granite Falls firefighters had a patient on board Friday when their ambulance went into a ditch filled with water and also hit some trees.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 11:08:30 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:08:30 GMT

Men who started 110-acre wildfire to pay state $2.3 million
The three young Vancouver men responsible last year for recklessly setting 110 acres of forest near Woodland on fire will together have to pay the state more than $2.3 million in firefighting costs. As a practical matter, though, they will never be able to pay the costs, and it looks like none of them will spend any time in jail after their initial arrests.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 8:36:27 PM - SOURCE: The Daily News
Posted on Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:36:27 GMT

Vashon fire district commissioners approve 2017 budget
Vashon fire commissioners approved the department’s 2017 budget last week, a $3.6 million spending plan that indicates financial challenges ahead and reflects some large changes at the district, including the upcoming departure of the paramedics and the hiring of two firefighters. The budget, approved 4-0 on Tuesday, Nov.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 1:08:33 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:08:33 GMT

Firefighters put out garage fire in Pasco
A fire broke out in a residential area in Pasco Tuesday morning. Firefighters received multiple calls about smoke and flames seen at the 800 block of West Henry Street. Crews arrived on scene to find a detached garage in flames in the alley. Firefighters were able to contain the fire quickly and keep it from spreading to nearby houses.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 7:43:11 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:43:11 GMT

Firefighters battle flames at North Seattle home
Firefighters are out in freezing temperatures Wednesday morning battling a fire in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of North Seattle. The fire at a home on Northeast 94th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast was called out at about 4:20 a.m. Firefighters say the home started in the basement, extended out the window, up the side of the building and into the attic.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 6:44:17 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:44:17 GMT

City of Seattle expands team focusing on code violations inside derelict buildings
After a fire swept through an Oakland warehouse last weekend, killing 36 and leaving rescue crews facing a grim recovery effort, the Seattle fire chief reviewed how the city investigates code violations inside derelict buildings. Chief Harold Scoggins said Seattle has a multi-agency effort to immediately shut down buildings deemed to be in violation.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 7:35:37 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:35:37 GMT

Spokane assistant fire chief says Oakland warehouse fire was 'completely predictable'
A building with no sprinklers, no smoke alarms, and no permits for residential living became a death trap for those trying to escape the blinding smoke and billowing flames Friday. The grim search for victims is far from over as firefighters continue to sift through the ashes of a charred shell of a converted warehouse in Oakland.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 2:40:44 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:40:44 GMT

Injured driver rescued after plunging down steep slope in Olympia
Firefighters rescued the injured driver of a car who plunged down a steep embankment overnight near Watershed Park in Olympia. Police and emergency crews responded to the scene, at 22nd Avenue SE and Boundary Street SE, at about 9 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of a vehicle going over the embankment.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 8:01:12 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:01:12 GMT

Update: Duck boat company to pay up to $1M for violations after Seattle crash
Ride the Ducks International has agreed to pay up to $1 million in civil penalties under a consent order reached with federal transportation officials. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday the Branson, Missouri-based manufacturer of amphibious vehicles violated motor vehicle safety laws when it failed to report a defect in a front axle or initiate a full safety recall.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Congress nears decision on help to fight wildfires
After months of suggesting different ways the federal government could do a better job of helping fight wildfires, Congress may approve two of them before quitting for the year. The two potential changes are to thin at-risk forests so they are less likely to experience catastrophic burns and to designate wildfires as natural disasters with money set aside to fight them.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 11:00:46 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:00:46 GMT

Large fire at propane-supply company hurts 3 on Vashon Island
An apparent explosion and fire at a propane supply company on Vashon Island sent three people to area hospitals Friday afternoon, one with third degree burns. 911 dispatchers got a call around 12:30 p.m. of an explosion at Vashon Energy at 20317 Vashon Highway Southwest. Witnesses said passers-by went into the one story building that was already on fire to help employees escape.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Region: Mosier derailment’s costs adding up
Six months after a Union Pacific train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, state agencies in Washington and Oregon, residents of the tiny town of Mosier, Ore., and others affected by the fiery crash are in the midst of tabulating a bill to send to the railroad.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbian
Posted on Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

None hurt in Lynnwood fire at makeshift trailer park
A camper that caught fire near Lynnwood on Monday morning appeared to be part of a makeshift trailer park set up in an industrial lot, officials said. One woman was taken to the hospital as a precaution, said Leslie Hynes, spokeswoman for Snohomish County Fire District 1. About a dozen travel trailers are on the lot at 16906 17th Ave.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 11:06:44 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:06:44 GMT

Cowlitz County Fire District 6 holds training burn in Castle Rock
Castle Rock residents might have seen lots of flames and activity at 145 B Street SW on Saturday, but they didn’t have anything to worry about. The structure at the address was part of a previously scheduled “training burn” for Cowlitz County Fire District 6 firefighters. The house that was burned was across the street from Castle Rock United Methodist and Castle Rock City Hall.
- PUB DATE: 12/4/2016 2:12:04 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:12:04 GMT

Woman taken to hospital after blaze breaks out at Walla Walla apartment building
One woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in an apartment building Friday morning in Walla Walla. A news release from the City of Walla Walla said fire crews responded to the blaze in the 900 block of E. Alder Street around 6:45 a.m. Friday. Firefighters found apartment number 1, of the four units, on fire when they arrived on scene according to crews.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 11:22:54 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:22:54 GMT

Yakima fire officials urge holiday fire safety after hundreds of structure fires
Yakima firefighters responded to hundreds of structure fire calls this year - many at people's homes. Fire officials are urging the public to follow safety precautions to avoid cooking and electrical fires this holiday season. As holiday lights go up, and festive decorations adorn homes, it's also a peak time for fires.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 8:00:09 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:00:09 GMT

Fire at Pasco home being investigated as arson
An early morning fire at a Pasco home is being investigated as arson according to Pasco firefighters. Investigators said they responded to a home in the 600 block of Borth Cedar Road in the early morning hours on Thursday. Fire crews said the six residents of the home were able to get out safely and a neighbor doused most of the flames with a garden hose.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 5:16:30 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:16:30 GMT

Mailman saves mail before scrambling from burning truck in Freeland
A United States Postal Service truck burst into flames in Freeland on Wednesday, sending the driver scrambling to exit the vehicle and save what he could of the day’s mail. The mailman, 73-year-old Goss Lake resident Sam Wolfe, wasn’t injured in the incident. Wolfe was on his afternoon route on Mutiny Bay Road near Robinson Road just after 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 1:07:39 PM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:07:39 GMT

Seattle Fire Dept. launches hybrid ambulances
When firefighter paramedics Morlon Malveaux and Mark Pedeferri learned that their powerhorse diesel ambulance was going to be traded for a gas-powered hybrid they were more than a little concerned. The two, who run a Medic One rig stationed at Harborview Medical Center, questioned power, performance and how the new ambulance would climb big hills.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 11:15:15 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:15:15 GMT

Clarkston City Council Wants Chiefs to Make More than Firefighters
The Clarkston City Council wants department heads to make more money than their subordinates. At a budget workshop Wednesday night, the group was leaning toward 5.5 percent pay raises for the fire and police chiefs, clerk/treasurer and public works director. If approved, the salaries of the four managers will go from $76,550 a year to $80,760 in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Yakima firefighters pull man from Naches River
Firefighters are asking people to stay out of the water after a man was rescued from the Naches River Wednesday afternoon. Yakima Firefighters were notified of a man in the river around noon Wednesday and responded to the Greenway near the 1600 block of N. 16th Avenue. Firefighters found a man nearly submerged in the water, up to his neck and semi-conscious, when they arrived according to Shift Commander Tom Schneider with City of Yakima Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 4:36:45 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:36:45 GMT

Clark County council approves fire safety inspection ordinance
The Clark County council unanimously approved an ordinance on Tuesday that will increase the frequency of fire safety inspections of businesses located in unincorporated areas of the county. Under the current code, inspectors conduct annual inspections only of businesses that are at a higher risk of catching fire such as schools, medical centers, hotels and motels, as well as manufacturing facilities and other companies that use certain flammable chemicals or materials.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 7:42:52 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:42:52 GMT

Omak: Flames destroy from the North Country Pub
The North Country Pub, a longtime downtown restaurant and watering hole, was destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday, Nov. 29. Details about the fire and its cause were not known at Chronicle press time. Omak and Okanogan fire departments and LifeLine Ambulance were called at 1:40 a.m. Omak Fire Chief Kevin Bowling called a few minutes later for the Okanogan County Public Utility District to respond and shut off electricity.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 3:12:45 AM - SOURCE: Omak Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:12:45 GMT

New addressing standards aim to hasten Spokane County emergency response
Spokane County residents living on East Jackson Road may dwell in homes up to 25 miles apart. Identical addresses along Jackson Road in Elk and Greenacres are just some of the many issues discovered by city and county workers looking to harmonize addressing ahead of implementing a countywide computer-aided dispatch system for law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 12:36:32 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:36:32 GMT

First-degree arson In La Center allegedly the result of a tough break up
Last week, a woman living in a mobile home in La Center allegedly set her house on fire while she was inside of it. The resident, Cindy Jo Clem, 50, was apparently upset about a recent breakup, according to police. Emergency responders who arrived at the scene included the La Center Police Department, Clark County Fire and Rescue and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 2:32:45 AM - SOURCE: The
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:32:45 GMT

Whatcom County EMS levy approved by razor-thin margin; no automatic recount
Voters have narrowly approved a ballot proposal to fund the county’s emergency services, by 64,252 to 42,767 votes, a margin of 60.04 percent, according final election figures from the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office released at 5:15 p.m. Monday. Because it is a property tax, local Proposition No. 2016-1 required a 60 percent approval margin in order to pass.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 1:46:02 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:46:02 GMT

Tri-Cities area fire districts train new recruits, struggle to retain experienced responders
As the Tri-Cities area continues to grow so does the need for first responders. And after weeks of training, thirty-three new recruits are on their way to filling the empty positions. "This is the first time that there's been live fire in the buildings for us," said Sam Monds, a firefighter recruit. Monds is one of the recruits going through the fire structure academy.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 11:14:17 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:14:17 GMT

New Jefferson County emergency management director on tap
An emergency management official now working in Everett is in line to replace Bob Hamlin as the director of Jefferson County’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM). The Jefferson County commissioners today will consider approval of an employment agreement with Lynn Sterbenz, who was “the top pick from a field of 15 candidates,” said County Administrator Philip Morley.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 9:38:40 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:38:40 GMT

Spontaneous combustion may have caused Lacey laundromat fire
Lacey Fire District 3 responded to a small fire in a laundromat on Monday evening at the Tanglewilde Shopping Center, in the 7000 block of Martin Way East. The fire was reported at 10:28 p.m., according to a Thurston County dispatcher. No injuries were reported, the dispatcher said. The fire was contained to two dryer units, according to a post by Lacey Fire on Twitter.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 9:45:42 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:45:42 GMT

Spokane: Two families displaced after duplex fire in Logan neighborhood
Two Spokane families were displaced after a large fire caused heavy damage to an upper level duplex unit on Monday night. Just after 7:00 p.m., Spokane Fire Department crews responded to a structure fire near East Augusta Avenue and North Astor Street. Crews found fire involvement in the upper level of the multi-story duplex.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 9:21:53 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:21:53 GMT

VIDEO: Fire engulfs part of home in Kirkland
Firefighters are investigating what caused a house fire in Kirkland Friday night. The fire broke out just before 9:00 p.m. at a home on 86th Place Northeast. Video captured by a neighbor showed flames shooting out of the attic area. Crews were able to quickly put out the fire. They don't believe anyone was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2016 12:37:55 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 26 Nov 2016 08:37:55 GMT

Spokane fire captain contests discipline after incident with patient
A Spokane firefighter is contesting a three-shift suspension he received after being charged with assaulting a patient on a medical call. Capt. Greg Borg, who has been working for the department since 1979, threw a patient to the ground during a June 25 call after the patient spat and swore at him, according to an Oct.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2016 6:01:32 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:01:32 GMT

Arsonist targets Tacoma Lutheran church
A Tacoma congregation gathered for Sunday morning service for the first time since an arsonist targeted Our Savior Lutheran Church. Investigators say early Friday morning, someone set one fire in the lobby and two fires in the sanctuary. Lead Pastor Brian Banke says he knows the congregation wants answers.
- PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 6:45:49 AM - SOURCE: KING 5
Posted on Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:45:49 GMT

Bremerton: Woman, 21, arrested for Thanksgiving morning arson
Bremerton Police have arrested a 21-year-old woman accused of setting fire to a house on early on Thanksgiving Day. Police Chief Steven Strachan says in a news release Friday that detectives believe the woman had been drinking, damaged a couch with a knife and then used a propane torch which set the couch on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2016 11:29:42 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:29:42 GMT

Arson caused two-alarm fire in downtown Spokane building, fire spokesman says
A two-alarm fire early Saturday morning that damaged a building undergoing renovation in downtown Spokane appears to be arson, a fire department spokesman said. Spokane Fire Department crews were called to 819 W. Riverside Ave. at 3 a.m. Saturday and found heavy smoke and fire on both floors of the two-story building after they forced their way inside, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said Saturday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2016 2:04:48 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:04:48 GMT

Minor burns in explosive flash aboard boat at Port of Bellingham
A man suffered minor burns Tuesday when a flammable liquid, possibly gasoline, ignited in a brief flash aboard a fishing boat on a trailer in the parking lot of the Port of Bellingham offices, 1801 Roeder Ave., near the Squalicum Harbor boat launch. Bellingham Fire Department officials said the man was examined by firefighters, and he decided to seek medical attention on his own.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 2:17:36 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:17:36 GMT

Kennewick Fire Department names staff of the year
The Kennewick Fire Department recognized four people during their annual awards in front of the city council. Eric Nilson is the Officer of the Year, Ben Singley is the Paramedic of the Year, Ann Smith is the EMT of the Year, and Tracy Rutledge is the Firefighter of the Year. The awards are based on the recipients’ commitment to the city’s core values – integrity, inclusiveness, stewardship and communications, according to spokeswoman Julie Passey.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 7:34:15 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2016 03:34:15 GMT

Spokane fire officials will visit residents by request to assess risk and form escape plan
Sienna Kaufman’s most treasured possessions are four stuffed animals and her dog, Bella. She is 8 years old and lives with her mom Ryna Kaufman in a neat manufactured home in Otis Orchards. Last week, the Kaufmans had a visit from Spokane Valley Fire Department, not because they had a fire, but because they are doing their best to prevent one and be prepared just in case something happens.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 2:00:55 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:00:55 GMT

Snoqualmie firefighter earns Fire Officer designation
Lieutenant Jacob Fouts of the Snoqualmie Fire Department has received the official designation of Fire Officer from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC). Fouts’ designation makes him one of nine in Washington State with that title and one of 356 worldwide. The CPC awards the fire officer designation based on education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, professional contributions and community involvement.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 1:04:44 PM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:04:44 GMT

Marysville Fire District makes student 'Chief for a Day'
Nate Heitman, a local high school student, got to be "Chief for a Day" with the Marysville Fire District on Nov. 9. The "Chief for a Day" program is something the fire district provides to local kids as a way to help raise funds at charity auctions, according to Marysville Fire Chief Martin McFalls.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 1:09:01 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:09:01 GMT

In new count, Whatcom EMS is passing by 14 votes out of 106,000
A proposed Whatcom County levy for emergency medical services was passing by a microscopic margin of 14 votes out of over 106,000, in a new tally released Friday. Over the past 1 ½ weeks ballot counts showed the measure failing by over 170 votes – still a slim margin. The gap had closed to five by the middle of this week, and this is the first time the “yes” vote has exceeded the 60 percent threshold needed to pass, with 60.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

15 large apartment complexes in Snohomish County missing fire alarms
Nearly a year after a fatal New Year's Eve fire in Everett, a crackdown on fire codes has revealed 15 more apartment buildings without fire alarms. The fire marshal says the worst scenario is learning about a code violation after a major fire, which happened in a Dec. 31, 2015, fire at the Bluffs apartments along West Casino Road.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO7
Posted on Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Kent apartment resident dead after car crashes through wall
A man was struck and killed by a car after it plowed through his Kent apartment while he was lying in bed Saturday night. The crash happened around 6:22 p.m. at an apartment at SE 240th and 109th SE places. When firefighters arrived, they found a small car had crashed through the exterior wall and was halfway inside the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

2 dozen kids graduate Tacoma police/fire youth academy
Tacoma police and firefighters Thursday evening celebrated the graduation of nearly two dozen middle schoolers from the city’s first youth academy. The academy concept came out of Project Peace, a city project to improve relations between Tacoma city employees and the residents they serve. “It’s important for us both as police officers and firefighters to be out and get to know you, get to show you what we do for a living, in the hopes that someday you want to be a police officer or firefighter,” Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell told the graduates.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Bellingham: Tonka truck pulled from shelves after fire
Toys "R" Us is pulling a toy off the shelves after a scary situation for a Bellingham family. The Hardens bought a Tonka truck from Toys "R" Us as a Christmas present for the grandson Friday night. On the drive home, they say it ignited in flames. They stopped at a rest area to put out the fire, but when they drove back to Toys R Us to return the toy, it burst into flames again and set their truck on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM2
Posted on Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Responders find man dead at Woodland fire scene; police investigating as homicide
Investigators were hush about the circumstances of a house fire in Woodland, Wash., Tuesday morning where responders reportedly found a man dead at the scene. Cowlitz County officials confirmed crews found one person dead, and Clark County officials said firefighters discovered a "crime scene" after extinguishing what was an active house fire when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 10:48:57 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:48:57 GMT

Maple Valley: Church's box truck destroyed in possible arson
A box truck used by a Maple Valley church to deliver items to people in need was destroyed in an arson overnight. The truck belongs to Generational Hope Christian Center. A neighbor told KIRO 7 that transients had been living on the property and that one person had been living near the van that caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 10:30:31 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:30:31 GMT

Spokane Safeway evacuated for Hazmat investigation after natural gas leak
The Safeway on Hamilton and Mission was evacuated Tuesday morning after employees inside smelled natural gas around 5:30am and called 911. The Spokane Fire Department responded to the scene, shut off gas supply to the building and make sure everyone was evacuated safely. Avista arrived on scene just after 7am to investigate where the leak is coming from.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 11:23:47 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:23:47 GMT

Firefighters rescue three women trapped after crash in downtown Seattle
Three women had to be extricated from a vehicle after a crash in downtown Seattle Thursday night. The crash happened just before 11:00 p.m. at the intersection of 5th Avenue and University Street. The car was flipped on its side with a shattered windshield. Firefighters eventually rescued the three trapped women.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2016 4:45:40 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:45:40 GMT

Spokane: Police, firefighters working to piece together confusing water rescue
Police and firefighters are trying to piece together a confusing story after a man was rescued from the Spokane River near the TJ Meenach Bridge, found grasping a tree branch screaming for help. However, the events that led up to it have police stumped on how he actually got there. “He was extremely hypothermic, his body temperature was very low.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2016 9:31:00 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:31:00 GMT

Hunters find missing former firefighter, family alive in Mason County
Hunters found a Washington state couple and two of their children walking along a remote logging road southwest of Seattle on Thursday, two days after they failed to pick up their older kids after school and were reported missing, authorities said. Jason and Melissa McAlister had gone for a drive Tuesday with their 8-month-old and 2-year-old, and got stuck when the road gave way as they tried to maneuver their van around a downed tree north in the rugged country in Mason County.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1
Posted on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Update: Cause of big downtown Bothell fire in July remains unknown
After a monthslong investigation, Bothell officials said Thursday the cause of the massive fire that swept through the city’s downtown in July is undetermined. Due to the extensive damage, investigators could not pinpoint an exact area where the fire originated in the historic Mercantile Building, according to a city news release.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2016 8:17:35 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:17:35 GMT

Bellevue Fire Department, family send memorial for fallen firefighter to Rose Parade
Two years ago, around 150 Bellevue firefighters lined the halls of Virginia Mason Hospital to say goodbye to their comrade, Deanna Carr. An American flag had been draped over the body of the firefighter of 22 years as doctors wheeled her body into the operating room to start the organ donation process.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2016 1:00:54 PM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
Posted on Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:00:54 GMT

Everett’s new fire chief faces the challenges of a growing city
As Everett’s next fire chief, Eric Hicks wants to embrace change and innovation while also keeping close the department’s rich history and traditions. It was announced Wednesday that Hicks, a longtime Everett firefighter, will succeed Chief Murray Gordon who is set to retire in January. Hicks will lead the department as more people are moving to the city, and developers are building higher.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 8:05:24 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:05:24 GMT

Prosecutor: Woman who set fire to Dollar Tree Store in Kent was upset there were no shopping carts
A 64-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with first-degree arson in connection with a fire that destroyed several businesses in a Kent strip mall Sunday. The King County Prosecutor’s Office charged Linda Katherine Poplawski with first-degree arson. Bail was set at $225,000. Several businesses in the strip mall at 23406 Pacific Highway S.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 7:39:51 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:39:51 GMT

Horrific Everett fire death sheds light on dangerous door locks
This tragedy is tough to forget; a tiny coffee stand in Everett was consumed by flames last January. 26-year-old Courtney Campbell got out of the stand alive by throwing herself through a window. She told investigators she had been trapped for eight grueling seconds. Courtney died four days later with burns covering 90-percent of her body.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 5:47:07 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:47:07 GMT

Update: Four different options on the table for the future of Clarkston Fire Dept.
We begin tonight with a meeting where Clarkston, Lewiston, Asotin and city and county officials met to discuss the future of the Clarkston Fire Department. The meeting was called to discuss 13 options for the funding of the Clarkston Fire Department. Of all 13 options, four were chosen as the most viable.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW
Posted on Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Medical oxygen fuels Vancouver mobile home fire
Medical oxygen fueled a fire early this morning at a Vancouver mobile home, displacing a woman and her pets. Crews with the Vancouver Fire Department were called to the Vista Del Rio Mobile Home Park, 17401 S.E. 39th St., just before 2 a.m. today for a blaze reported at one of the units. Fourteen firefighters arrived and doused the blaze, bringing it under control in about five minutes, firefighter and agency spokesman Kevin Stromberg said.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 9:23:58 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:23:58 GMT

Former Pend Oreille County paramedic focus of state case concerning stolen painkillers
A former paramedic who underwent two shoulder surgeries and injured his knee became addicted to painkillers and stole dozens of boxes of prescription drugs from his employer, the Pend Oreille County Fire District 2, according to legal filings. Joshua E. Hicks, 27, has already been convicted of reckless driving, theft and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription in June.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2016 3:38:58 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:38:58 GMT

City of Woodland talks fire protection issues
Discussions regarding fire protection in Woodland were a focus of the city council’s Nov. 7 meeting as decisions regarding consolidation and a future fire station were considered by the board. Clark County Fire and Rescue Chief John Nohr spoke before council regarding recommendations from the regional fire authority planning committee.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 2:11:49 AM - SOURCE: The
Posted on Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:11:49 GMT

Clarkston City Council meeting will discuss funding, staffing for fire department
Clarkston City Council will be holding a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss staffing and budgeting options. At this meeting the council will be looking into 13 options for funding Clarkston Fire and EMS services along with Clarkston Fire, County Commissioners and other city officials will all be in attendance.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Nearly one year later, Spokane Co. Fire Dist. 8 Division Chief recalls close call during November windstorm
Like a scene from a movie, the might of the November windstorm snapped power poles in half, creating an endless entanglement of hissing and sparking power lines. Like dominoes, it toppled trees, pulling their roots from the ground. And from the hands of an invisible giant, the siege ripped roofs off countless homes.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2016 7:46:35 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 03:46:35 GMT

Update: Woman arrested for strip mall fire in Kent
A 64-year-old woman is accused of setting a fire that gutted a Kent strip mall on Sunday. The woman walked into a store and made comments about burning it down, court documents say. She went to the greeting card aisle and came out 90 seconds later to announce the store was on fire, court documents say.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2016 5:14:42 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 01:14:42 GMT

Snohomish County: Veterans join team helping elders injured by falls at home
The first fall can be a warning sign. Perhaps a new glasses prescription is long overdue. Or a throw rug needs to be moved so it doesn’t catch toes. Falls are one of the top reasons for 911 calls in Snohomish County, particularly for older adults. To prevent these accidents, Snohomish County Fire District 1 is enlisting help from veterans.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald Net
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

NTSB chairman: Mechanical failure led to Ride the Ducks crash in Seattle
The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says an investigation into a deadly amphibious tour boat crash in Seattle found it was caused by a mechanical failure. NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said Tuesday the Ride the Ducks vehicle had a fractured left axle housing. Five people died and 69 people were injured in the Sept.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Two Treated for Smoke Inhalation After Centralia House Fire
Two people escaped without injuries but were transported to Providence Centralia Hospital for treatment for possible smoke inhalation after a fire that damaged a Centralia home Monday morning. At 6:45 a.m. on Monday, crews from the Riverside Fire Authority responded to a report of a fire in the 800 block of J Street.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2016 3:12:15 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:12:15 GMT

3-alarm fire damages strip mall in Kent
Area firefighters put out a fire that severely damaged a small strip mall along Pacific Highway South in Kent on Sunday. There were no reported injuries, the Kent Regional Fire Authority said. The fire all but completely destroyed a Dollar Tree merchandise store, tobacco shop and U.S. Post Office. The fire also damaged a beauty salon, specialty food store and a fitness gym at the mall, according to the Kent RFA.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2016 1:46:24 AM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:46:24 GMT

Pierce Co. firefighters honor Captain who died in dirt bike crash
Bonney Lake firefighters honored a long-time friend Saturday, recognizing 30 years of service. Capt. Tim McCoy, died last month in a dirt bike crash while off-duty. The fire department honored his memory Saturday by lowering their stations flags to half-mast and pasting black bands across their vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2016 3:31:50 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 12 Nov 2016 23:31:50 GMT

Commissioners approve $2.7 million South Whidbey Fire/EMS budget
The South Whidbey Fire/EMS Board of Commissioners OK’d the 2017 budget with no qualms at the monthly commissioners meeting Thursday night. Chief Rusty Palmer presented the budget to a nearly full room occupied by commissioners, deputy chiefs, paid and volunteer firefighters and district staff. The overall budget, which is $2.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2016 3:09:19 PM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Sat, 12 Nov 2016 23:09:19 GMT

Elderly woman escapes from Renton home fire
An 83-year-old woman managed to scramble to safety when her home caught fire Sunday evening. The blaze broke out just before 9:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Lake Ave. South. The woman smelled the smoke, then managed to get outside before the flames spread. Two firetrucks initially arrived, but had to call in six others in a second alarm once the extent of the fire became apparent.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2016 8:41:21 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:41:21 GMT

Woman killed while helping child from suspected DUI crash near Arlington
A woman helping a child involved in a suspected DUI car crash was hit and killed Saturday night. The woman pulled over to help the child as she was passing the accident scene, Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said. The girl, 9, was riding in a pick-up truck when the driver smashed into a guard rail on Highway 530 approximately 3 miles east of Arlington.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Rockford, Spangle approve levies to fund fire and police services
Levies to fund police, fire and emergency medical services in Rockford and Spangle were winning easily on election night and some added to their lead in a second vote count on Wednesday. The town of Rockford had two levies on the ballot to replace expiring levies, one to fund fire protection services and one to fund emergency medical services.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2016 8:06:47 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 10 Nov 2016 04:06:47 GMT

Gunman shoots into crowd outside downtown Seattle 7-Eleven, injures 5
Two men are in serious condition after a gunman opened fire near a busy bus stop Wednesday night, shooting five people just outside a 7-Eleven. Two of the other three victims, a man and a woman, are in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center. The third victim, a man, has been released from the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

Update: Spokane's North Central High School fire ruled accidental
The fire at North Central High School on Wednesday morning has been ruled accidental by Spokane Fire investigators. Just before 10 a.m., firefighters were called to the school for a report of smoke coming from the roof. Firefighters contained the fire within minutes. The fire started in the west portion of the school that is currently under construction.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2016 1:38:25 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:38:25 GMT

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue will have two new stations
Voters overwhelmingly approved an $11 million, 20-year bond that Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue will use to build two new fire stations and buy a new fire engine. The money will be used to replace the crumbling Lexington station and the earthquake-vulnerable Baker’s Corner station in West Longview. The bond got a 66 percent “yes” vote in Tuesday’s general election.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2016 2:43:13 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:43:13 GMT

Bothell Deputy Fire Chief Frank Shasky retires
Veteran firefighter, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Frank Shasky is retiring from the City of Bothell today, Nov. 8. He has served at the City nearly 30 years. “Frank set aside personal vacation plans to help manage the response and recovery from the Main Street Fire this summer and I’m very proud of him,” said Bob Jean, Interim City Manager.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 3:38:40 PM - SOURCE: Bothell, WA
Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016 23:38:40 GMT

Nineteen Firefighters Graduate from State Fire Training Academy
State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy announced that 19 firefighters have graduated from the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend, Washington. Graduation was held on Sunday, November 6th, 2016, in Snoqualmie, Washington. On August 13, 2016, the 19 firefighter recruits listed below began an 11-week Recruit Academy that meets National Fire Protection Association 1001 and 472 Standards for Firefighter Professional Qualifications at the Firefighter I, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Levels.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 12:38:24 PM - SOURCE: State Patrol
Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:38:24 GMT

Fire damages brand-new Gig Harbor home
A Tuesday evening fire damaged a brand-new Gig Harbor home occupied for only two weeks, according to Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One. Firefighters were called about 6:45 p.m. between floors of the home in the 10500 block of Sentinel Drive, department spokeswoman Nanette Tatom said. “The fire started between floors of the home,” Tatom said.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2016 2:39:09 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:39:09 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Department celebrates 75 years
The Spokane Valley Fire Department celebrated 75 years of service with a day of free family fun at Otis Orchards Station 4. Many families checked out their Open House on Saturday afternoon. "The kids can get involved and get up close and personal and see what they do behind the scenes," said Brenda Baetty, who brought her son, Jocavie to the event.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2016 4:46:32 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sat, 05 Nov 2016 23:46:32 GMT

Moses Lake man arrested after barricading himself in home, lighting it on fire
Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputies report a 42-year-old Moses Lake man is in custody after a four-hour standoff with police. Deputies were called about 11:30 Monday morning to the 3100 block of Valley Road Northeast for a domestic disturbance. Deputies learned from the homeowner that a man identified as Joel Koch had recently come to stay at the home.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2016 8:56:21 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016 04:56:21 GMT

Roof repairs spark early morning fire at Quality Inn hotel in Kent
Fire broke out at a Quality Inn hotel in Kent early Tuesday, but no one was injured. Firefighters responded to the hotel, in the 1700 block of West Meeker Street, at about 5:15 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke billowing from the building. Flames and smoke were found coming from an exterior wall.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 6:52:41 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:52:41 GMT

Arlington Fire Department inspection reminder firefighters, EMTs ready when alarm sounds
During the Fire Department annual inspection two years ago, attendees got a dramatic firsthand look at Arlington firefighter-EMTs’ professionalism in action when they rushed to administer Narcan to revive an overdosed heroin addict whose desperate brother brought him to Station 46. “Our first responders saved that person’s life right in front of our eyes,” Fire Chief Bruce Stedman said.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 1:43:56 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Times
Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:43:56 GMT

Six new Firewise communities recognized in Yakima County
The Firewise Communities program, which encourages residents to protect themselves from wildfires, is growing in Yakima County. Six communities will be recognized for their recent efforts as Firewise Communities by the Yakima County Commissioners today. The Firewise program emphasizes fire-resistant home building materials, thinning trees and brush to create defensive space around homes, and safe accessibility for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2016 6:04:10 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:04:10 GMT

Spokane fire chief retiring after 28 years
Spokane's fire chief is retiring early next year after more than 28 years serving the city of Spokane. The city announced Monday that Chief Bobby Williams will retire January 22nd. Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer will serve as interim chief while the city conducts a national search. "I'm honored to have served alongside the incredible men and women who are always there when someone calls for help," Chief Williams said.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2016 9:40:02 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:40:02 GMT

Occupants run for their lives as flames destroy Pierce County home
Flames destroyed a home in Graham early Monday, but all of the occupants were able to escape with their lives. Crews with Graham Fire & Rescue responded to the scene around 2 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames billowing from a home there. The house was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived, but all of the occupants were outside.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMT

New network would help first responders communicate
When disaster strikes an area, cell service is often knocked out. That's why first responders are looking into a product called FirstNet -- which would could help keep the lines of communication open. The people behind FirstNet are working to convince first responders in our area that we need a new cellular system assigned just for them.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2016 2:40:50 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:40:50 GMT

Dog rescued from house fire east of Port Angeles
Firefighters rescued a dog after a blaze ripped through a home on Blue Valley Road on Sunday morning. Firefighter Bryce McGinley found the family pet, Koda, under a bed in the back bedroom of the home east of Port Angeles, said Marc Lawson, captain for Clallam County Fire District No. 3. The dog was up and walking shortly after firefighters gave him water and oxygen.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2016 3:36:49 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 06 Nov 2016 23:36:49 GMT

Bainbridge Island's Fire Station 23 marks 24/7 staffing commencement with open house event
The people have spoken. The votes have been tallied. The will of the public has been done. And there was much rejoicing. Obviously, that’s not always the case (I’m looking at you, inevitably disappointing presidential election), but sometimes everybody really does win. Case in point: the wildly popular support island voters put behind the proposals to expand the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s staffing and the start of 24/7 manning at Station 23, which officially began on Tuesday and will be celebrated with a special station open house event Saturday, Nov.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2016 2:59:56 AM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Sat, 05 Nov 2016 09:59:56 GMT

New ambulance to enhance Walla Walla County Fire District 4 Services
For the past two years the City of Walla Walla ambulance service is transporting an average of 250 patients for Fire District 4.But since the fire district has just purchased a new ambulance unit, this is expected to cut the city's services by half. The new ambulance will be for emergency calls of patients needing basic life support.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2016 5:05:51 PM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:05:51 GMT

AMR pays thousands in fines for being late to calls in Spokane
If you live in Spokane and you need to go to the hospital, they will take you. American Medical Response, or AMR, handles 45,000 calls in the Spokane area each year, according to their website. The company maintains that on average they get to calls for help faster than they are required to. Data obtained by 2 On Your Side revealed, AMR continues to pay the City of Spokane tens of thousands of dollars in fines, or liquidated damages, for arriving late to calls.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2016 2:41:47 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:41:47 GMT

Methane gas leak prompts evacuation of homes in Auburn
A naturally occurring methane gas leak prompted the evacuation of 16 homes here early Friday morning. Residents were being allowed to return to their homes later in the morning. A crew with Puget Sound Energy was doing routine checks Thursday night and discovered the methane gas, said a spokesman for the Valley Regional Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2016 6:43:53 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:43:53 GMT

Bremerton firefighters have new contract, will get new chief
The Bremerton Fire Department has a new union contract and will get a new chief but has yet to pop its ballooning overtime budget. The City Council passed a three-year agreement Wednesday night between the city and its firefighters' union. It includes a 2.5 percent bump in pay for 2016 that will cost about $141,000 this year, with subsequent increases of 2 percent in 2017 and between 1.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2016 7:24:15 PM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 03 Nov 2016 02:24:15 GMT


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