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One dead in Gold Bar house fire
One man is dead after a fire consumed a home Monday night on Maycreek Road in Gold Bar. The call came in at about 8:59 p.m., with local responders arriving around 9:07 p.m., said Gold Bar Fire Lt. Brandon Vargas. “When we arrived the whole house was fully involved,” he said. “Fire was coming out of every window and door, and was extending to a garage attached by a covered breezeway.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 2:18:40 AM - SOURCE: Monroe Monitor
Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:18:40 GMT



3 WSU students charged with starting 2016 Snake River wildfire
Three Washington State University students have been charged with gross misdemeanors in connection with the start of a wildfire that burned about 11,000 acres last summer. Blake Rogers, 22, Isaiah Weber, 23, and Jonathan Whitley, 22, all of Pullman, were each charged Monday with second-degree reckless burning for allegedly starting an illegal campfire that grew into the Snake River Fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 3:07:55 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:07:55 GMT



Snohomish County Fire Commissioners who made racially insensitive remarks reprimanded
Jokes about race, even those made in private, serve to normalize discrimination, former Snohomish County Executive and Sheriff John Lovick said Tuesday. Lovick, now a state lawmaker, sent a statement to Fire District 1 before a public meeting that focused on racially charged comments made earlier this month by two commissioners.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 10:43:38 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:43:38 GMT



Babysitter rescues kids from Spokane house fire
Firefighters responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon at a home near 40th and Cook on the South Hill. At the time of the fire a babysitter was home watching multiple children. The babysitter was able to get the kids out of the home safely. Firefighters say the fire was started because there was a combustible too close to the fireplace in the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 3:43:41 PM - SOURCE: KQNT-AM 590 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:43:41 GMT



Cannabis pipe cleaning sparks 2-alarm apartment fire, injures Bellingham woman
A Bellingham woman cleaning a marijuana pipe Tuesday set off a two-alarm fire that left her with minor burns, gutted her boyfriend’s apartment, and caused $100,000 in damage, according to the Bellingham Fire Department. On Tuesday morning the woman was using a torch to clean a cannabis pipe in a bedroom of Apt.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 3:05:36 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:05:36 GMT



Vacant NE Spokane home catches fire for second time in two days
Early Wednesday morning firefighters responded to a fire in the 5000 block of N. Lee St. in northeast Spokane. Firefighters tell us they responded to a fire at the same home the day before, Tuesday afternoon. The cause of that fire was determined to be electrical but it’s not certain what caused the home to reignite.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 6:41:54 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:41:54 GMT



Small fire in Seattle condo leads to discovery of woman's body
Crews made a tragic discovery after responding to a small condo fire in Seattle's Wedgwood neighborhood overnight, officials said. An elderly woman was found dead inside the unit, but it wasn't immediately clear if her death was related to the fire. Firefighters responded to the scene, a condominium in the 2300 block of NE 89th Street, at about 2:25 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 8:10:36 AM - SOURCE: seattlepi.com
Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:10:36 GMT



Snohomish County fire commissioner clarifies controversial comments
Three days after a videotape was released that shows two Snohomish County fire commissioners making controversial comments, David Chan is fighting back. "This is a character assassination. I am being persecuted by two sentences," said Commissioner Chan. During a break in a meeting on March 7, an open microphone captured a conversation between Chan and Commissioner Bob Meador.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2017 7:47:03 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:47:03 GMT



911 center could separate from Cowlitz County
Cowlitz County 911 Center officials are considering separating from the county to speed up decision making and rid themselves of a widely criticized and cumbersome governing structure. Members of the 911 E-Board have agreed to hire a consultant to study the 911 center’s governing structure and also consider alternatives: user agencies’ switch to using Clark County’s 911 center (Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, known as CRESA) or making the 911 agency independent from the county.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 2:11:44 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:11:44 GMT



Crews respond to 2-alarm fire in Gig Harbor strip mall
Crews responded Tuesday to a two-alarm fire at a Gig Harbor strip mall that sent a column of smoke over the area. A spokesperson for the Gig Harbor Fire Department says the blaze was in a teriyaki restaurant in a strip mall in the 6800 block of Kimball Drive. Firefighters extinguished the flames, but the street is likely to remain closed for some time as crews mop up at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 8:27:03 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:27:03 GMT



Crews from Wenatchee and Chelan County Fire District 1 respond to diesel spill
Quick work by a truck driver and emergency responders Monday afternoon prevented a spill downtown of about 20 gallons of diesel from becoming worse. Matt Klym, driver for Hicks Transportation of Albany, Oregon, was pulling his Peterbilt 18-wheeler out of the parking lot of cold-storage facility, Lineage Logistics, when one of the rig’s fuel tanks scraped a bump in the pavement and lost the tank’s drain plug.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 3:12:15 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:12:15 GMT



Apology, but no discipline after Snohomish County fire commissioners make insensitive racial remarks on video
Two Snohomish County fire commissioners apologized Friday night for making racially insensitive comments when they joked about hiring “cheaper” Mexican laborers for a paramedic position. But an attempt to impose disciplinary action failed on a 2-2 tie vote by the commissioners for Fire District 1. Commissioner Jim Kenny asked that the two board members, David Chan and Bob Meador, receive a written reprimand.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT



La Conner Fire Department gets improved rating, new gear
The new year has brought positive changes to the La Conner Fire Department, including an improved fire protection rating that will lower fire insurance rates for residential and commercial properties. The department recently received an audit from the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau that evaluated the department’s fire protection capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2017 4:12:13 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:12:13 GMT



Spokane Valley firefighters reunited with baby they helped deliver
It wasn't the wake up call that Mike and Rebecca Jolstead were expecting seven months ago on a warm August night. "I woke up sometime around 2 a.m. and just felt a really large contraction and my water broke," Rebecca remembers. That's when Mike started to make the calls to family, letting them know that baby Madison was on her way into the world two weeks early, but the next call was to 911.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2017 7:46:37 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:46:37 GMT



Snohomish County District 7 Fire Commissioner resigns due to election to state office
Snohomish County Fire District 7 Commissioner Guy Palumbo has resigned from his position on District 7’s Board of Fire Commissioners. Palumbo was recently elected to the Washington State Senate, and although his desire was to finish the rest of his term as a Fire Commissioner, his primary focus is now on his new duties as a Senator, said District 7 spokeswoman Heather Chadwick.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2017 10:19:14 AM - SOURCE: Sky Valley Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:19:14 GMT



Fire reported at Orting High School in Pierce County
All four schools in the Orting School District are on a two-hour delay after fire crews in Pierce County responded to a roof fire at Orting High School Thursday morning. The first call came in shortly after 4:30 a.m. By 5:30 a.m. crews had the fire out. According to the school district's website, the fire started in a maintenance area above the boys locker room at the gymnasium.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2017 9:03:55 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:03:55 GMT



Update: Forest Health Bills Gain Consensus in Washington Legislature
When wildfires roared through Washington during the summer and fall of 2014 and 2015, they caught people’s attention, even Democratic state lawmakers from the Puget Sound area such as Rep. Larry Springer. “We come back to Olympia after each of those years needing to spend tens of millions of dollars to reimburse those efforts to put those fires out," Springer said.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR.org
Posted on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Fire damages half of Vancouver duplex
Fire damaged one half of a duplex early Friday in Vancouver’s Hough neighborhood, according to the Vancouver Fire Department. The fire was reported at 2:25 a.m. at 1013 W. 24th St., according to dispatch records. Vancouver firefighter Joe Spatz said the first crews arriving reported fire coming through a front window of the single-story duplex.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2017 8:00:15 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:00:15 GMT



WDFW plans controlled burns on wildlife areas in eastern Washington
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to conduct controlled burns this spring on parts of three wildlife areas in the northeast and southcentral areas of the state to reduce wildfire risks and enhance wildlife habitat. Controlled burns could begin as early as late March on at least 300 acres of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Okanogan County and 200 acres of the Sherman Creek Wildlife area in Ferry County, depending on weather conditions and approval from the state Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2017 5:17:40 PM - SOURCE: Fish and Wildlife
Posted on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:17:40 GMT



Richland firefighters fundraise for cancer cure
Once again Richland firefighters finished strong this past weekend, climbing 69 flights of stairs in Seattle, all in the name of fighting cancer. Out of 1,800 firefighters, Richland firefighter Andy Sabin came in 34th and Adam Hardgrove come in at 46th. Every year, the Richland Fire Departent, along with others from around the world raise money to support Leukemia and the Lyphoma society.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2017 5:11:13 PM - SOURCE: KAPP-TV Yakima
Posted on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:11:13 GMT



Seattle firefighters mourn loss of captain to kidney cancer
The community is mourning the loss of Seattle Fire Captain Craig Aman who lost his battle to kidney cancer on March 14. The captain's passing is considered a line-of-duty death as kidney cancer is a recognized "presumption of occupational disease for the fire fighters," Seattle Fire Department Lieutenant Harold Webb said.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2017 11:10:16 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:10:16 GMT



Flooding forces evacuation of Hunters fire station in Stevens County
Flooding has forced the evacuation of the Hunters Fire Station in Stevens County Fire District #2. Fire Chief Rick Anderson told KHQ he has lived in the area his whole life and the area is experiencing unprecedented flooding and it was an "abandon ship" mentality when they decided to leave the fire station.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2017 10:47:26 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:47:26 GMT



Update: Man hit before Seattle gas station inferno crash has died
A man hit by an SUV in North Seattle Monday night shortly before the SUV hit a gas pump and exploded has died, Harborview Medical Center confirmed Wednesday. The 35-year-old victim died sometime Tuesday, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. The car that caused the wreckage was a 2007 Nissan X-Terra driven by a 60-year-old male driver, driving for Uber at the time, with a 40-year-old woman passenger, police reports say.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2017 4:47:17 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:47:17 GMT



Firefighters struggle to fight fire at Mukilteo home
Firefighters struggled to extinguish an early morning house fire because they couldn't get to the back of the home. The home, in the 9300 block of 60th Avenue West, is on a hill. The fire started in the home's attic around 3:30 a.m., fire officials said. Crews say the fire was challenging to fight because they could reach only the front of the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2017 7:35:51 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:35:51 GMT



Firefighters prepare for live fire training in Kennewick
A lot of smoke will be created by firefighters practicing in Kennewick. The Kennewick Fire Department, Benton County Fire District 1 and several other agencies are conducting live fire training between March 15 and April 1 at the Joint Fire Training Center at 1811 South Ely Street. “Because this training produces a noticeable amount of smoke in the air, it is recommended that residents in the area keep their doors and windows closed as much as possible during this period,” said officials.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2017 2:55:39 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:55:39 GMT



Disease, Overgrowth Mean Millions Of Acres In Washington At Risk Of Wildfire
Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said 2.7 million acres of state land is in poor health and some of that is at risk of catastrophic wildfire. Franz has asked the state Legislature for $38 million this year -- a big ask in a year when the legislature is mandated to solve an education funding deficit and has other requests.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2017 5:45:21 PM - SOURCE: Northwest Public Radio
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:45:21 GMT



Official: Vancouver fire likely caused by charging tablet
The fire that heavily damaged an apartment above a Vancouver restaurant Monday was likely started by a charging electronic tablet, according to investigators. The blaze, reported just before 3:10 p.m. at Igloo Restaurant, 3128 E. Evergreen Blvd., caused an estimated $75,000 fire and smoke damage, Vancouver Lead Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Drone said.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbian
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Follow Up: Woman’s body found in Medical Lake house fire
A woman was found dead in the debris of a one-story home that burned early Tuesday in Medical Lake. Firefighters were called to the home near 703 E. Barker St. at 12:45 a.m., said Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory. When they arrived on scene, firefighters saw flames and lots of smoke coming from the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2017 2:07:25 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:07:25 GMT



Seattle: Surveillance video shows ball of flames after SUV hits gas pump
Surveillance video shows a gas pump burst into a ball of flames after being hit by an SUV on Monday night in North Seattle. That crash ended a series of incidents into which another driver was seriously injured. Police say the SUV driver is the employee of a ride-share service. The events began just before 8:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2017 11:00:09 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:00:09 GMT



Body found in Spokane County house fire
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office confirms a female victim died in an early-morning house fire on Tuesday. Firefighters responded to the call near Barker and Stanley around midnight. It wasn't until after the flames were out that the body was discovered. Home was fully involved when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2017 10:46:22 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:46:22 GMT



Spokane program provides transport for non-urgent medical situations
Firefighters deal with a lot of 911 calls that aren't exactly emergencies, and now the city is unveiling its solution to the problem: a six-month pilot program called Spokane Ride to Care. City officials created the idea for this program nearly three years ago. 10,000 times a year, the Spokane Fire Department heads to an emergency call, and doesn't find an emergency on the other end.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 7:48:07 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 02:48:07 GMT



Spokane Valley firefighters save boy's birthday
There’s a reason why 11-year-old Mason Allan has a face filled with excitement. Mason’s mother sent out 12 invitations but the friends he invited did not show up. “The night before, I was a mess because he was having a break down. Nobody is coming. I should just cancel,” said Mason’s mother Danielle Thomas.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 7:46:45 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 02:46:45 GMT



Brother of fallen firefighter climbs for a cause
"I remember him every day." Every day, the Wildman family remembers their son...their brother. James Wildman was taken too soon. Wildman and 25-year-old Dylan Bolt, both from Prosser, were killed January 7th near Naches after a day of skiing when Wildman lost control of his truck and the pickup landed in the Naches River.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 5:41:04 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:41:04 GMT



Spinal injury? Whatcom County firefighters probably won’t use a backboard
You’ve seen it in the movies and on TV: Someone hurt in a car wreck is strapped to a rigid backboard and rushed to the hospital by ambulance or aboard a rescue helicopter. That’s how firefighters, paramedics and others have approached patients with suspected spinal injury since the nation’s modern fire-based EMS system began some 50 years ago.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Generator inside shed blamed for massive Lynnwood house fire
Investigators say a generator, stored inside a shed, caused a fire in Lynnwood Sunday morning displacing five people. “There’s never been a fire right here,” said Leon Bennett who has lived on Madison Way for 40 years. However this morning, he told Q13 News he woke up to massive flames and a large plume of smoke coming from the house next door.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2017 9:35:26 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:35:26 GMT



Edmonds: Popular hiking trail remains closed after 17-year-old girl killed by falling tree
Snohomish County deputies on Friday night were investigating a tragic accident in which a large tree toppled over, crushing and killing a 17-year-old girl who was hiking with friends in Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds. According to Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies, a 17-year-old girl was walking with a group of friends off the main trail when the tree fell.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 10:17:37 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:17:37 GMT



Region: Montana firefighter captures top spot again in Seattle Stair Climb
If they're looking for someone to star in the next Marvel superhero movie, Missoula firefighter Andy Drobeck might be a good candidate. Drobeck showed his "superhuman" athleticism and big heart for a good cause for the seventh year in a row as he zipped to the number one finish in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPAX
Posted on Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Log cabin-style home severely damaged in Issaquah fire
A log cabin-style home was severely damaged in a fire Sunday night. Firefighters were called to the 13000 block of 244th Ave. SE just before midnight and found flames coming from the two-story home atop a steep hill, according to Capt. Steve Westlake with Eastide Fire & Rescue. There were no hydrants in the area, but firefighters were able to get water to the scene, Westlake said.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2017 8:00:09 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:00:09 GMT



Klickitat County EMS District grant request for equipment turned down
It was a good news, bad news kind of meeting for Klickitat County Emergency Medical Services District No. 1’s board of directors. On Feb. 23, the directors learned that the EMS District’s grant application to a federal agency for funding to pay for equipment replacements and one new advanced life support ambulance had been turned down.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 1:14:47 PM - SOURCE: White Salmon Enterprise
Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:14:47 GMT



Geodesic dome fire displaces couple in Whatcom County
A house fire displaced a couple Thursday north of Custer, in an apparent accident with a soldering torch. Residents called for 911 for a fire in a geodesic dome around 11:55 a.m. at 8302 Valley View Road. Firefighters rushed to the building, in a small clearing in the woods about 7 miles west of Lynden.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 3:07:34 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:07:34 GMT



Tacoma home destroyed by fire
Tacoma Fire will investigate what sparked an intense fire that burned a waterfront home to the ground. Firefighters arrived at a home on the 3600 block of North Waterview Street just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Crews fought the flames from the outside of the home because it was too unsafe to go inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 7:25:07 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:25:07 GMT



Plans underway for Monte High School fire cadet program
Montesano High School may soon have a number of fire cadets walking the halls. The Montesano Fire Department has partnered with the high school to offer a fire cadet program set to begin at the start of the next school year. “It’s an idea I had back in 2015. We started talks with the school but couldn’t get it all together in time for this school year,” Montesano Fire Chief Corey Rux said.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 1:03:42 PM - SOURCE: The Vidette - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:03:42 GMT



One dead after house fire east of Yakima
One person is dead and another is hospitalized after a fire at a home off Birchfield Road this morning. An investigation has begun, but most details remain scant this morning. The fire was reported at 5:54 a.m. at 1603 Birchfield Road east of Yakima. Except for a black smoke stain beneath the eves, there was little visible evidence of a fire from outside the one-story home.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 8:31:53 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:31:53 GMT



Bellevue receives pushback on Fire Station 10 site
As the City of Bellevue continues its acquisition process for land it says is needed for Fire Station 10, residents urge the need for relocation. The site slated for Fire Station 10 — a 2.82-acre plot located on the northwest corner of 112th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 12th Street in the Northtowne neighborhood of Bellevue — will require the acquisition of up to nine parcels of land bordering one another.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 1:09:21 PM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
Posted on Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:09:21 GMT



Vacant house fire in Spokane Valley ruled suspicious
Wednesday evening Spokane Valley firefighters responded to a reported house fire a 7222 E. Boone Ave. Crews arrived at a vacant single story house just after 5 p.m. and found smoke coming from the eaves of the house. Firefighters called for more units to respond and quickly extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 9:01:40 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:01:40 GMT



Former Thirtymile Fire crew chief sentenced in DUI crash
A former U.S. Forest Service manager who fled from a DUI accident last summer was sentenced Wednesday to 45 days in jail. Ellreese N. Daniels, 56, of East Wenatchee pleaded to a felony charge of hit and run and a count of driving under the influence in the July 8 wreck, which injured a Snohomish County motorist and his passenger, both 20.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 4:43:56 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:43:56 GMT



Mobile home fire in Poulsbo kills dog
A fire that began on a porch spread to a mobile home in Poulsbo on Wednesday. The fire killed one dog. A second dog was taken to a veterinary clinic. Firefighters went to the Poulsbo Mobile Home Park about 12:40 p.m. Police arrived first, and fire officials said an officer was able to use an extinguisher to put out much of the porch fire, slowing its spread.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 4:43:25 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:43:25 GMT



Woman killed in West Seattle house fire
A woman was killed in a fire that broke out in a West Seattle home early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the home in the 9800 block of 44th Ave. SW just after 4:30 a.m. to find the home fully engulfed in flames. A man who lived in the home told KOMO News he and his roommate were working outside in a shed while their two mothers slept upstairs.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 7:50:18 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:50:18 GMT



Judge says NKF&R negligent in fatal crash; share of fault to be determined by jury
A King County Superior Court judge ruled March 2 that North Kitsap Fire & Rescue was negligent in the crash that caused the death of a motor scooter rider in 2014. Judge Ken Schubert also rejected the fire district’s argument that the lawsuit was frivolous. But Schubert ruled that a jury would determine whether the rider of the Yamaha YP400 Majesty scooter, Jason T.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Daily News
Posted on Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:00:00 GMT



Fire District 10 joins Clark County Fire & Rescue in pursuit of a levy lift
On April 25 as part of a special election, voters within Fire District 10 will be asked to vote on a levy lid lift. The measure seeks to raise property taxes from the current 69 cents per $1,000 to $1 per $1,000. The increased funding would go toward paying for full-time staffing. The district covers 64 square miles of rural homes in the northeast corner of Clark County.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 2:20:16 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector.com
Posted on Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:20:16 GMT



Mercer Island firefighters to climb up Columbia Center for cancer research
Ten Mercer Island firefighters are participating in the 26th annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on March 12, ascending 69 flights of stairs (1,356 steps) in the Columbia Center to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The annual fundraiser is open solely to firefighters, and completed in full structural firefighting gear, including boots, pants, coat (liners intact), helmet, gloves and a breathing apparatus.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 1:07:29 PM - SOURCE: Mercer Island Reporter
Posted on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:07:29 GMT



Homeless fund could help prevent wildfires in northeast Washington
Residents in Washington’s northeast counties would get help preparing their homes to withstand wildfires through a fund set up to help the homeless. The House unanimously passed a bill that allows four counties – Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille – to use money collected from the $40 fee charged to record documents to educate homeowners about wildfire risks and prevention measures.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 3:10:47 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:10:47 GMT



Iconic Central Whidbey barn burns to ground
Fire took down an iconic Central Whidbey barn Monday night, turning the historic structure into charred rubble. Firefighters with Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a house and barn fire shortly after 8 p.m. and arrived to find the Smith Barn on Ebey Road in Coupeville fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 2:18:56 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times
Posted on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:18:56 GMT



South King Fire & Rescue proposes redirection of $5 million bond funds
Following the passage of a $39 million capital bond measure in November 2015, the South King Fire &Rescue board of commissioners is recommending a redirection of $4.8 million of those funds. Instead of making just less than $5 million in site improvements to property the fire district owns across from fire station 64, the district, instead, wants to purchase new property at 35100 Pacific Highway S.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 1:51:10 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:51:10 GMT



6 adults, 4 children, several pets escape Ridgefield house fire
The Red Cross is helping a family of 10 after fire destroyed their home on Northwest 11th Avenue Monday night. Six adults, four children, and several pets escaped, according to Red Cross officials. The house was fully involved in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene at about 9:40 p.m. Firefighters had to use water tankers to haul water from three miles away to fight the fire, because there were no hydrants nearby, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue officials.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 11:01:48 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News
Posted on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 19:01:48 GMT



Skagit County Fire District 3 chief retires after 44 years
After 44 years, Skagit County Fire District 3 is looking for a new chief. Longtime Chief John Van Pelt turned in his gear and his keys at the district’s Cedardale Station surrounded by friends and family — including his son Eric, a third-generation firefighter who works with the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2017 4:12:04 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Sun, 05 Mar 2017 12:12:04 GMT



Firefighters step up to save lives in Seattle
Firefighters are used to saving lives.That can involve carrying someone out of a burning building or even rescuing a cat from a tree. On March 12, local firefighters will don their gear for a much different lifesaving effort. Local firefighters are participating in the Scott Firefighter Stair Climb in an effort to fight deadly diseases.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2017 12:41:23 PM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:41:23 GMT



Update: ATF offers reward in Yakima Bi-Mart arson that caused over $1 million dollars in damages
Burglars set a Yakima Bi-Mart on fire causing more than $1 million dollars in damage. and stealing dozens of guns. Two of the firearms have been recovered and one suspect has been arrested. However, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms (ATF) says there are two more suspects to catch and is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2017 8:47:11 AM - SOURCE: KVEW-TV ABC 42 Kennewick
Posted on Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:47:11 GMT



Port Angeles Medic 1 rate to increase, but by how much?
City council members have endorsed a Medic 1 residential rate increase of at least 56 cents a month by July 1 to fund two new firefighter-paramedic positions — the first fire department staff increase in 26 years. The rate increases would affect 10,185 ratepayers beginning July 1. But the Port Angeles City Council took a wait-and-see attitude at a Feb.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2017 2:51:29 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:51:29 GMT



Prosser man escapes burning RV trailer, loses home
A man escaped his burning motorhome parked between Prosser and Grandview on Saturday night, but lost his home and car. Winds spread the fire from his 30-foot RV he was living in to his car and a wood shed. By the time West Benton Fire & Rescue Chief Doug Merritt arrived at 9401 N. Griffin Road at 7:15 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 11:30:37 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:30:37 GMT



Lacey fire chief wins praise and raise from board, which boosts salary to $170k
Based on his job performance in 2016, Lacey Fire District 3 Chief Steve Brooks has been rewarded with a 2.5-percent cost-of-living adjustment to boost his 2017 salary to $170,832 from $166,660, according to a copy of his performance appraisal. The Olympian requested the document through a public records request.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2017 3:33:15 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:33:15 GMT



Firefighters recover man's body from Des Moines Marina
A South King Fire and Rescue dive team recovered a body from the Des Moines Marina Thursday night. Police were called to the scene just before 8:30 p.m. when someone reported seeing the body in the water. The dive team was called in and pulled the body of a man from the water. Investigators said the man appears to be between 50 and 60 years old.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2017 12:20:58 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:20:58 GMT



Driver injured after crashing into Camas fire engine
A Washougal man was seriously injured after a vehicle crashed into a fire engine that was about to leave the scene of another crash on state Highway 14 in Camas. At about 9:20 p.m., crews with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on the westbound highway just east of the 192nd exit, according to the fire agency and Washington State Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2017 7:59:54 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:59:54 GMT



Former Morton Woman Charged With Arson for 2015 Fire
A Morton woman accused of burning her house down in 2015 has been charged in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree arson. Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke issued Kristin H. Skiles, 39, of Morton, a $25,000 arrest warrant after the woman failed to appear for her first scheduled hearing in the felony case on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2017 3:36:34 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 02 Mar 2017 11:36:34 GMT



DUI-related deaths up as police scale back enforcement
Jason Ley’s name was recently added to a growing list of people killed by drunken or drugged drivers in Washington State. His mother, Catherine Ley, received an early morning visit at her Yelm-area home last October from a police officer and a chaplain. They told her Jason was killed in an accident on Interstate 5 near Lakewood.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2017 6:31:11 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:31:11 GMT



South King Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Ed Plumlee to retire after 40 years of service
With nearly 40 years of service behind him, Assistant Fire Chief Ed Plumlee will be retiring from South King Fire and Rescue at the end of the month. The work he has done to make the greater Federal Way area as safe as possible will live on, however. “I’ve loved it. It’s been a great career,” Plumlee said.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2017 2:39:41 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:39:41 GMT



Seattle firefighters stand by decision that led to gridlock
Monday's gridlock on Interstate 5, caused by a rolled-over tanker carrying propane, had an impact that could be felt across the nation. At home, people were stuck in traffic for hours. But for Seattle firefighters who made the call to shut down both directions of I-5. the decision was all about potential catastrophic results.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 5:32:46 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:32:46 GMT



Clark County Fire and Rescue seeks response time solution
Revenue constraints resulting in slower response times are making Clark County Fire and Rescue look at options to pick staff numbers back up with a ballot measure raising the fire levy likely in August, a press release from the department stated. CCF&R had 11 fewer firefighters in 2016 as a result of lost revenue after losing a bid for a service contract with Battle Ground, the release stated, leading to $2.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2017 2:12:44 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector.com
Posted on Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:12:44 GMT



Burned man walks next door to Kennewick fire station
A man burned by hot grease walked next door to get help Tuesday. Luckily, his neighbor is Kennewick Fire Department Station 5. Firefighters were surprised when the man living next to the newly opened South Kellogg Street station walked in about 11:30 a.m. asking for help. Some tended to his burns while others rushed to his house with fire extinguishers, said Battalion Chief Mike Barnett.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 2:39:04 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:39:04 GMT



Ray Lamoureux takes the reigns as Pullman Fire Department Deputy Chief
The Pullman Fire Department welcomes their newest deputy fire chief. Ray Lamoureux takes over a deputy chief of training for the department. He fills the spot that Gabriel Benmoussa held previously. Before coming to Moscow Lamoureuz was a lieutenant with South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. He says he is excited for a new challenge in his position as chief officer.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW tv
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT



Neighbor Arrested for Suspected Arson in South Seattle Neighbor
“Thank God I'm alive,” Eli Lu said. Lu said it's still surreal walking out of her South Seattle home and seeing this next door, the neighbor's house gutted by fire. Authorities say her neighbor, Sothy Kem, started the fire in the bottom floor, which he was renting. Her dad's car, which was parked on the side of her house, was also burned.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2017 8:03:59 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:03:59 GMT



Hoverboard causes garage fire in east Vancouver, officials say
A garage fire in east Vancouver that displaced a family of five was caused by a hoverboard, according to fire investigators. Residents at 3329 N.E. 124th Ave. smelled smoke and went to find fire in the attached garage at about 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said. They called 911, sending firefighters to the residence where they found flames coming from the garage.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2017 11:11:23 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:11:23 GMT



Man survives 5 days trapped in car near Sequim
A man says he was trapped in his car for five days after it went down an embankment. He was found alive Monday morning. Nicholas Hoffman was walking his dog, Parker, along Sequim-Dungeness Way when he spotted the 1991 Toyota Celica about 20 feet down a steep embankment, surrounded by trees and brush.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 6:45:16 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:45:16 GMT



Car fire inside Kaman Auctions on Highway 99 in Edmonds
A car caught on fire inside the Kaman Auctions LLC building in the 23100 block of Highway 99 in Edmonds early Monday afternoon. Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said the call came in around 12:50 p.m. Firefighters extinguished the fire and there were no injuries. The blaze was contained to the car although there was some smoke damage in the building, Hynes said.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2017 7:48:10 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:48:10 GMT



Clark County Fire District 6 corrects error that overpaid three chiefs
Clark County Fire District 6 has corrected a clerical error that led to three battalion chiefs being overpaid for three years. Beginning in 2014 and lasting through nearly the end of 2016, three battalion chiefs were overpaid an average of $3,127 a year, resulting in a total loss of $28,150, fire district spokesman Dave Schmitke said.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2017 5:01:06 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:01:06 GMT



Benton County Fire District 6 ready to expand
A fire hall expansion and the addition of dorm rooms will more than double the number of firefighters able to respond to emergencies in rural southern Benton County. Benton County Fire District 6 voters approved a sales tax increase in 2015 so the district could hire two more full-time firefighters and add 2,000 square feet to the station.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2017 7:46:38 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:46:38 GMT



Washington adds most 'firewise communties' in U.S. for 2016
More residents are taking proactive steps to protect their homes and property from wildfire. The state added 32 new firewise communities in 2016, including six in Yakima County and four in Kittitas County. The communities use fire safety practices to clean up forests and surrounding areas to protect their homes and reduce wildfire risk.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2017 3:24:50 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:24:50 GMT



Fire destroys huge Auburn home
An Auburn home was completely destroyed by fire Sunday morning, according to the Valley Regional Fire Authority. Firefighters received a call of smoke in the 30700 block of 124th Avenue Southeast about 6:15 a.m. and found a 5,000-square-foot two-story home fully involved, spokeswoman Kimberly Terhune wrote in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2017 11:08:43 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:08:43 GMT



One injured in Longview apartment fire
One person was injured in a fire that heavily damaged at least one unit at Valley View Apartments in Longview. Shortly before 4 p.m., crews were called to the apartment complex just outside the city limits at 2120 46th Avenue. Firefighters received a report that "fire was coming out the window and something blew up.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2017 2:23:09 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:23:09 GMT



Fire damages Hazel Dell commercial building
Firefighters doused a fire that sparked in the roof of a business complex in Hazel Dell Friday night before it could do greater damage, and no one was injured. Firefighters were first called to 6204 N.E. Highway 99 shortly after 7:45 p.m. A second alarm was called after reports indicated multiple units at the complex were on fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2017 9:27:39 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:27:39 GMT



Clark County Fire & Rescue to seek tax increase
Clark County Fire & Rescue, citing the loss of its service contract with Battle Ground, intends to ask voters for a levy rate increase in May’s election. The proposed levy lid lift would increase the district residents’ property tax rate from $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.50 per $1,000.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 8:51:54 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:51:54 GMT



Spokane Valley fire causes substantial losses
A Spokane Valley man and his wife lost an outbuilding, a brand new truck, and 70 years worth of tools in a fire on Thursday. Firefighters arrived at the home in the 20000 block of East Micaview Drive at around 11:00 a.m. and found an outbuilding engulfed in flames. A neighbor was the one who initially saw the smoke and notified the owners.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 3:37:00 PM - SOURCE: KQNT-AM 590 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:37:00 GMT



Garage destroyed by fire in Maple Valley
A late night fire destroyed a Maple Valley garage but firefighters were able to able to save a nearby house, officials said. Firefighters were called to the home in the 20600 block of SE 276th Street around 11:30 p.m. for report of a detached garage on fire. They arrived to find the garage full engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2017 7:47:57 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:47:57 GMT



Early morning Spokane RV fire sends one man to hospital for minor injuries
An early morning RV fire near downtown Spokane sent one man to the hospital early Friday morning. Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 4 a.m. The RV was parked on the corner of Cowley Street and Short Avenue. Spokane Acting Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said flames could be seen from Fire Station 1, in downtown.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2017 11:27:55 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:27:55 GMT



Follow Up: Medical Examiner confirms death of Pasco man after fire
The Spokane County Medical Examiner's office confirmed to KEPR Action News Thursday morning that 66-year-old Terry Keister, of Pasco, died after several days of hospital care following a fire on February 14th. The Medical Examiner said Keister died from an existing heart condition that was made worse from smoke inhalation and respiratory failure.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 11:12:15 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:12:15 GMT



Exclusive look inside the town hall meeting deciding the future of Clarkston Fire Dept.
Wednesday night Clarkston City Council held a town hall meeting, encouraging citizens to voice their opinions about the future of the Clarkston Fire Department. Tempers flared and emotions were high as many pleaded for the city to keep their trusted department. "I’m a volunteer with the Clarkston Fire Department, and you guys answered a previous question saying no one would be losing their job, but if we switch over to Lewiston I would actually be losing my job.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEWtv
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT



Fairchild Air Force Base ending use of hazardous fire-extinguising foam
Crews at Fairchild Air Force Base are changing the way they handle petroleum fires to avoid contaminating the area's water supplies. The base has stopped using a pair of flame-smothering chemicals to protect ground water both on and off the installation. You would assume that with all the re-fueling that Fairchild does, the most likely contaminant out there would be gas for jet engines.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 7:28:33 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:28:33 GMT



Benton County Fire District 1 plans for the future of emergency services delivery
Benton County Fire District 1 is planning for what the future of emergency services will look like for the communities it serves. The fire district serves 17,800 people over 320 square miles, including the communities of South Kennewick, Finley, Rancho Reata and Badger Canyon. “Benton 1 is the one thing that unites all these different communities,” says Fire Chief Lonnie Click.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 3:26:15 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:26:15 GMT



Hold on, baby! Mother nearly delivers infant on Valley Freeway near Pacific
Troopers had their hands full -- almost literally -- trying to assist a mom who went into labor a bit earlier than expected while on the Valley Freeway Thursday morning. Troopers received a report around 6 a.m. that a mother was on her way to the hospital in labor, but didn't think she was going to make it before the baby was born.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT



Frying donuts spark two alarm apartment fire in Pullman
A Washington State University student who was frying donuts in his apartment kitchen Tuesday night apparently sparked a two-alarm fire in Pullman. By the time firefighters from Pullman and Whitman County arrived at the Cougar Crest Apartments at 2024 NE Terre View Drive at 7 p.m. the apartment was in flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 10:22:31 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:22:31 GMT



Tacoma Fire revises hiring policies after firefighters drug-related death
Tacoma Fire Department leaders have revised their hiring practices in the wake of a News Tribune story about a firefighter who died of a drug overdose in July 2016 after showing up for work impaired. Deeper scrutiny of criminal background check information and broader questions about illegal drug use are the key changes the next round of job applicants will face in April, when the department will begin filling 16 positions — 12 new positions authorized in the city’s latest budget and four existing slots to account for retirements.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 1:58:18 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:58:18 GMT



Illegal marijuana growing operation uncovered during Bellevue house fire
Firefighters battling a house fire in the Woodridge neighborhood Tuesday morning uncovered an illegal marijuana growing operation. Around 6:47 a.m. on Feb. 21, the Bellevue Fire Department was alerted to a house fire in the 1300 block of 121st Ave SE. A dozen fire trucks and other apparatus’ sped to the scene and were able to put the fire out in 14 minutes, according to the department.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 1:08:53 PM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
Posted on Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:08:53 GMT



Mercer Island firefighters respond to chimney fire on Wembley Lane
Mercer Island Fire Department’s Battalion 91, Engine 91 and Engine 92 responded to a residential structure fire, based on reports of flames seen on a roof of a house near the intersection of Island Crest Way and Southeast 46th Street, on Feb. 19. Battalion 91 upgraded the incident from “unconfirmed” en route, and initiated a confirmed structure fire response from multiple Bellevue Fire Department units and one Eastside Fire Department unit.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 1:02:44 PM - SOURCE: Mercer Island Reporter
Posted on Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:02:44 GMT



Budget for Clark County Fire District 3 strained because of workload
Clark County Fire District 3’s call volume has increased almost 40 percent in the past 10 years, the district said, prefacing a likely levy lid-lift proposal, which would mean a hike in district homeowners’ property taxes. Last year saw a record-setting 1,479 calls for service, the district said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2017 6:37:29 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:37:29 GMT



Crews rescue father, son from grounded boat in Carnation
King County Marine Rescue and Eastside Fire and Rescue firefighters responded to a father and his 13-year old son who were stranded in their boat in the middle of the Snoqualmie River, off Carnation Farms Road, on Monday night. The King County Sheriff’s Office said gravel got into the intake of the boat’s engine, and the father and son ended up getting caught on a sandbar.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2017 9:45:08 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:45:08 GMT



Lacey Fire District 3 approves fee-for-service arrangement with Nisqually Tribe
The Lacey Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners has signed off on a fee-for-service proposal that could come before the Nisqually Tribal Council as early as next week, the district’s fire chief announced last week. “That’s great news,” Commissioner Sylvia Roberts said. Fire Chief Steve Brooks said the district has provided fire and medical emergency services to the tribe since the late 1970s, and it is one of the district’s “higher response areas.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 2:09:02 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:09:02 GMT



Marysville restaurant suffers $1 million in fire damages
Damage is estimated to be at least $1 million from a two-alarm fire that erupted early Sunday morning at the Village Restaurant, a local landmark with a history dating to the 1930s. “This is a big loss for the Marysville community,” said Marysville Fire Department spokeswoman Christie Veley. “It’s an iconic restaurant and a cherished landmark for all the people here.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2017 8:12:52 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald
Posted on Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:12:52 GMT



The women of South Whidbey Fire/EMS: changing perceptions one fire at a time
The fire service has traditionally been dominated by men, and continues to be in many departments across the country. But that isn’t the case for South Whidbey Fire/EMS. “When I first got here, one of my realizations was that there were a lot of females because I came from a department that didn’t have many,” said Deputy Chief Wendy Moffatt.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2017 2:07:50 PM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:07:50 GMT



Yakima Fire Department up for $477K federal grant to alleviate staffing shortage
The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is up for a $477,000 federal grant after getting the green light from city council to apply for it last week. It's funding the department severely needs, with service calls up in 2016 and a staffing shortage that's continued this year. The SAFER grant from the Department of Homeland Security covers portions of a firefighter's salary for three years and would help YFD fill its ranks.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 8:56:26 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:56:26 GMT



Fire knocked down at old Puget Sound Hospital in Tacoma
Tacoma firefighters were investigating the cause of a fire Thursday at old Puget Sound Hospital after battling the blaze for about an hour, spokesman Joe Meinecke said. He gave this account: Firefighters arrived about 2:45 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the first floor. They cut their way into the building through metal doors and escorted at least two people off of the fifth floor.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 1:51:24 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:51:24 GMT



 

 
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