Spokane Fire Department air packs found to be clear of contaminants
Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks. The test results, announced by the city Thursday morning at a news conference, come from health consultant companies Veritox, Inc. and TRI Air Testing, which both found no traces of toxic metals in firefighter’s self-contacted breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: spokesman.com
Posted on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Fire damages two homes in West Seattle
A large fire damaged two homes in a West Seattle neighborhood Thursday night. The fire broke out just after 10:00 p.m. in the back of a home in 5200 block of 36th Ave. SW and spread to a home next door. "I just heard the neighbors screaming," said neighbor Impala Nance. "I came out to see what was happening and I saw that the back of the neighbor's house, one house down was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 3:24:12 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:24:12 GMT
Fire breaks out at Auburn motel as cops respond to report of body
Police responding to a report of a death at an Auburn motel arrived just as a fire broke out early Friday, sending guests fleeing from their rooms. No one was injured in the blaze, and police later said the deceased victim at the motel had died of an unrelated cause before the fire - related to some kind of medical issue.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: komonews.com
Posted on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Family of 5 wakes up to burning Richland home
Five people, including a baby, escaped safely from an early fire that destroyed a south Richland home. Flames started about 6 a.m. behind the house at 118 High Meadows St. off Leslie Road near the Meadow Springs Country Club. One of the four adults living there woke up to the smell of smoke and alerted the others, said fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 11:21:22 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:21:22 GMT
Grant County Fire District 8 in Mattawa buys land to build new fire station
Its official, Grant County Fire District 8 now owns the property it plans to build a new fire station on in Mattawa. The county finalized its purchase the 10-acre parcel at the corner of Highway 243 and Road 22.5 on Feb. 13. The parcel is situated just south of the Ginkgo Forest Winery. The existing fire station is located across the street from Mattawa City Hall along Government Way.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 3:11:26 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:11:26 GMT
Commercial fire destroys building at Longview business
A fire in a commercial area near the intersection of Oregon Way and Alabama Street in Longview gutted a building at a mobile home business Wednesday afternoon. At around 4 p.m., Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue were dispatched after 911 operators received several calls about smoke and flames coming from a real-estate office.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2018 2:11:34 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:11:34 GMT
Firefighters cut hole in Camas garage to rescue man
Firefighters cut a hole in a Camas home’s garage to rescue a man inside as a small fire pumped smoke through his house Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews were called to a single-story home at 1610 N.W. 27th Ave. in Camas around 2:20 p.m. for a report of a smoke alarm. Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Ervin said firefighters found the house and garage were filled with light smoke.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 2:54:47 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:54:47 GMT
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue increases personnel, adds firefighting staff, volunteers
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has reached a new agreement with the local firefighters’ union that ensures a minimum of three career firefighters will be on duty at all times, while the district continues to train new volunteers and evaluates its new part-time staffing program. This agreement with the union, finalized on Jan.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 1:03:53 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:03:53 GMT
Pasco Fire Department gets 9 new firefighters
The Tri-Cities just keeps growing, and that's why nine new firefighters are joining the Pasco Fire Department. The unique thing about this recruiting class is these firefighters are training with other departments. This time, it's Richland and Pasco working together. This gives them the chance to get to know each other before there's a real emergency.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 8:12:47 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:12:47 GMT
Brief fire at Vancouver medical building clears floor of patients, employees
The Vancouver Fire Department responded to what was likely an electrical fire at PeaceHealth Southwest’s Memorial Campus on Tuesday morning, but hospital staff already had it extinguished. Fire engines were dispatched to the hospital at 7:48 a.m., said Vancouver firefighter and paramedic Pete Adams.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 8:55:22 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:55:22 GMT
Firefighters: Vacant Yakima house catches fire for second time in six months
Firefighters are working with the city to try to remove a vacant house that has caught fire twice, likely due to warming fires. Officials with the Yakima Fire Department said this house, located at 713 N 6th Avenue, has previously caught fire since September 3, 2017. Firefighters said it appears squatters broke into the boarded up house and went into the basement, that was damaged from the previous fire, and possibly started another fire to keep warm.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 12:59:12 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:59:12 GMT
Diamond Point residents seek upgraded helipad for emergencies
Diamond Point residents look to rally the community and local Boy Scouts to help improve Diamond Point Airport 2WA1’s helipad. Currently, the helipad is a 40-feet-by-40-feet mowed space along the airport’s runway with four inconspicuous white concrete blocks, but with funds and support, members of the Diamond Point Airport Association, or DPAA, hope to create a safer hub for airlifts to Seattle.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 1:48:24 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:48:24 GMT
Clark County firefighters film dramatic squirrel rescue
Clark County firefighters responded to a furry critter trapped in a flue Sunday night. Paramedic Jordan Scott said the call came in around dinner time from a resident in the Hazel Dell area. She said there was a squirrel stuck in her fire box. Firefighters responded and spotted the tail, but the squirrel ran further up the flue.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU
Posted on Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Yakima fire chief, deputy chief to retire this month
Two Yakima fire chiefs are on the verge of retiring from the department. According to a City of Yakima press release, Yakima Fire Chief Bob Stewart and Deputy Fire Chief Mark Soptich will retire in February 2018. Stewart has served as chief since June 2014 and has spent his entire firefighting career with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD).
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Man lost 3 days without food & water rescued in Thurston County
A 42-year-old man, who said he was lost for three days without food or water, was rescued from the Black River in Thurston County on Monday, according to West Thurston Fire. Firefighters received 911 calls around 5:30 p.m. after people heard a man yelling for help in the river, near 173rd Ave. SW in Rochester.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 6:23:38 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:23:38 GMT
State working on bill to increase coverage of cancer in firefighters
Washington state lawmakers are currently working on the details of a proposed bill that would increase the presumptive disease coverage for firefighters by nine cancers as well as MRSA and stroke. The bill would also apply the presumptions to publicly employed fire investigators and paramedics. The new cancers recognized as presumptive would include mesothelioma, stomach, esophageal, buccal, pharyngeal, nonmelanoma skin cancer and adenocarcinoma.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2018 4:59:11 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:59:11 GMT
Two injured, nine without a home in Yakima house fire
Nine people are now without a home after a house fire hurt two people. Action News has learned firefighters battled flames at 1211 S 29th Avenue that fully engulfed a home housing nine people, according to Yakima Fire Department reports. Firefighters responded around 2:40 a.m., Tuesday, to find visible flames from the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
One killed in small plane crash in Whatcom County
One person was killed when a small plane crashed in Whatcom County Monday night, according to the Sheriff's office. Crews received reports of an aircraft down around 10 p.m. in an area about five miles south of Bellingham International Airport. The Sheriff's office said the plane had lost radio contact with air traffic control.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2018 6:23:40 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:23:40 GMT
Yakima Fire Department getting hundreds of more calls a year, staff trying to keep up
The Yakima Fire Department had 372 more emergency calls in 2017 compared to 2016. That's adding more than a call a day to the already thousands of them firefighters get throughout the year. While that may not seem like a huge increase, Jeff Pfaff with the Yakima Fire Department said it has left a toll on those who answer these calls from people in need of help.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2018 5:38:35 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:38:35 GMT
Kayaker who drowned in Snoqualmie River was Gold Bar volunteer firefighter, EMT
Hearts were heavy Sunday as firefighters, friends and community members in Gold Bar learned about the loss of one of their own. The Gold Bar Firefighter's Association confirmed that Sam Grafton died Saturday while kayaking near North Bend on the Snoqualmie River. Grafton was with a group of friends on the river when he somehow ended up in the water and drowned, according to rescue crews.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2018 3:51:00 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:51:00 GMT
Two Everett firefighters recount rescue of 3-year-old twins
The girls might as well have been invisible, coated in soot in a room flooded with smoke. Three stories of flames had been beaten down by Engine 7, just enough for Capt. Nick Adsero and firefighter Brent Duckworth to skirt past a broken sliding glass door and into a burning living room at the Olin Fields Apartments.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2018 10:46:55 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:46:55 GMT
State Senate votes to largely prohibit sale of firefighting foam linked to water pollution in Washington
The state Senate passed legislation Saturday to sharply restrict the sale of a class of firefighting foams linked to water pollution in Washington and elsewhere in the nation. State Senate Bill 6413, approved 39-8, would largely prohibit — as of 2020 — the sale of firefighting foams containing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl chemicals — known as PFAS.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2018 3:05:35 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:05:35 GMT
Yakima firefighters honor late retired Captain Burton
Fire officials in Yakima have come together to honor the death of retired Captain Robert Burton. Burton died last year on Christmas Day, and today was his funeral. Dozens of firefighters joined Burton's family at Stone Church in Yakima to say their final goodbyes. Burton died on Christmas Day of last year due to complications from job-related cancer.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2018 3:59:39 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:59:39 GMT
Spokane EMT went into cardiac arrest; his wife's CPR training saved him
It was a life or death situation with little chance of making it. A Spokane area firefighter and medic went into cardiac arrest at his home on Mt. Spokane. Luckily someone close to him who he trained more than three decades ago was there. “If she wasn’t here I would have died,” Rick Stone said. It was a Saturday night and Carol Stone and her husband had just gotten home from dinner when he told her something was wrong.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2018 5:04:47 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:04:47 GMT
Graham fire chief stumps for levy, warns of shortfall and fire station closures
Graham Fire & Rescue Chief Pat Dale wants voters in Pierce County Fire District 21 to know that a little item on Tuesday’s special election ballot could make a big difference for a small department contending with runaway growth. The district’s maintenance and operations levy, last approved by voters in 2014, is up for renewal.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2018 2:41:28 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:41:28 GMT
Monroe firefighter calms couple with piano after emergency call
VIDEO - A firefighter from Monroe, Washington helped calm residents after a stressful night of emergency calls - with a serenade on their vintage piano. Greg and Meagan Bennett were home when one of their carbon monoxide alarms went off. They checked the batteries and the alarm stopped. But two hours later, the other alarm sounded, so the couple called for help.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 10:57:19 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:57:19 GMT
Follow Up: Power line falls on ladder truck as Seattle firefighters battle blaze
As Seattle firefighters were battling a house fire Thursday morning, a live power line fell onto a ladder truck but no firefighters were inside at the time, said Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley. Firefighters arrived at the fire at 15th Avenue and East Cherry Street at 11:20 a.m., got the blaze under control in 19 minutes and saved a neighboring house that sustained some damage, she said.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 1:45:48 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:45:48 GMT
2 dump trucks collide west of Marysville
A main road is closed about three miles west of Marysville after two dump trucks collided, emergency officials said. Firefighters and Snohomish County deputies responded to the scene, on 140th Street NW near 56th Avenue, at about 12:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a serious crash. Two heavily damaged dump trucks were found at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 3:27:33 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:27:33 GMT
South Kitsap Fire lieutenant charged with sexting with teen
A South Kitsap Fire and Rescue lieutenant has been charged with a felony for allegedly sending sexually-charged texts to a 15-year-old girl. Richard Dean Christenson, who started with the fire department in May 1990 according to his profile on LinkedIn.com, was charged Tuesday in Kitsap County Superior Court with communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
Posted on Fri, 09 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
At least 4 injured in Benton County crash
Multiple people were injured in a rollover crash Thursday afternoon on Badger Canyon Road. Five people were inside the vehicle. Three occupants were transported by ambulance and one more by Life Flight, according to Benton County Fire District #1. Two of them were pinned under the vehicle and had to be extracted.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2018 7:45:17 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:45:17 GMT
Crews respond to 2-alarm structure fire near Seattle University
Firefighters put out a a two-alarm fire late Thursday morning at a residence on 15th Avenue and East Cherry Street near Seattle University, according to the Seattle Fire Department. There were no reported injuries, according to Seattle Fire. Fire investigators also responded to the scene. It is unclear what the extent of the damage is at this time.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 11:52:45 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 19:52:45 GMT
Olympia woman dies after emergency crews tried to sedate her, police say
Police in Olympia say a 35-year-old woman died after emergency crews tried to sedate her early Wednesday. Olympia firefighters responded to a fire alarm at an apartment complex on the 1200 block of Fern Street Southwest shortly after 1 a.m. The woman pulled the fire alarm “while in crisis ... apparently suffering from mental illness and/or acute effects of substance use,” according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 1:41:22 AM - SOURCE: Olympian - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:41:22 GMT
Fire at Lynnwood auto repair shop snarls Mukilteo Speedway traffic
A fire at a Lynnwood auto repair shop snarled traffic on Mukilteo Speedway, also known as Highway 525, during the early Thursday morning commute. Fire crews responded to the scene, Mike’s Performance auto repair shop near Mukilteo Speedway and Beverly Park Road, at about 5:15 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames coming from the building there, said Leslie Hynes of Snohomish County Fire District 1.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 6:45:19 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:45:19 GMT
Three pets die in Castle Rock fire
A house fire in Castle Rock killed two dogs and a cat Wednesday, according to Cowlitz 6 Fire & Rescue. The fire broke out at about 9:52 a.m. in the 100 block of Milton Road and was confined to one room in a one-story single family residence. Captain Andrew Schneider said no one was home at the time, and firefighters had it out by 10:10 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 2:31:57 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:31:57 GMT
Tiny house burns in Port Townsend
An early morning blaze left a transient woman without shelter after it destroyed the tiny house in which she was staying Wednesday. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire at one of the model homes at GreenPod Development, 1531 W. Sims Way, said Bill Beezley, spokesperson for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 2:34:57 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:34:57 GMT
One Person Suffers Smoke Inhalation After Trying to Rescue Cat From Elma Fire
One person was transported from the scene of an Elma apartment fire yesterday. A joint press release from Fire District #5 and the Elma Fire Department said that they were dispatched to a commercial structure fire in the 300 block of S 2nd St in Elma at 5:23 pm on February 7th, 2018. The structure, an apartment complex had a reported fire from the back side on an upper story apartment.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2018 9:24:28 AM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:24:28 GMT
Off-Duty Seattle Firefighter Pulls Man From Burning Truck on I-5 in Chehalis
An off-duty Seattle firefighter driving south on Interstate 5 Tuesday morning stopped and pulled a man from a flaming pickup truck, possibly saving his life, said Chief Ken Cardinale of the Chehalis Fire Department. “There was a hero on the scene,” he said. “He was just on his way to work and came upon the accident and the most serious injury was in the pickup truck, and the pickup truck was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 3:21:19 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:21:19 GMT
Timber worker rescued after spending night 20 feet down sinkhole in Grays Harbor County
A timber worker was rescued Tuesday after getting stuck overnight 20 feet down a sinkhole in Grays Harbor County. It happened in a logging area off W. Satsop Road, about six and a half miles northwest of the town of Brady. According to Grays Harbor Fire District 2, the man was out surveying on Monday and marking areas that could be prone to sinkholes when one opened up and he fell in.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2018 11:47:52 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 07:47:52 GMT
Compiled data helps Spokane Fire Department pinpoint wildfire hot spots
Even though we’re still in the middle of winter, it’s never too early to start thinking about fire season. The Spokane Fire Department recently compiled data from wildland fire response activity over the last five years, showing the areas that saw the most calls within the city. Josh Mulvey lives in one of those “hot spots” near Minnehaha Park.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 7:22:54 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:22:54 GMT
Clallam County Fire District 3 considering levy lid lift
For two consecutive years, Clallam County Fire District 3’s call load has risen above 7,000 and thousands more than a few years prior. In 2017, the Sequim-area had 7,224 emergency calls with about 86-percent, or 6,187 of those Emergency Medical Service-related, or EMS, reports Fire Chief Ben Andrews.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 2:29:27 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:29:27 GMT
Fire damages several apartments in Seattle's Beacon Hill
Investigators believe a fire at complex in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood Tuesday afternoon was intentionally set. Firefighters were dispatched about 2:40 p.m. to the building at 3601 14th Avenue S. near South Spokane Street. When they arrived, the saw flames coming from several apartments. Beacon Hill fire Investigators said the fire started in the kitchen of a unit on the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2018 4:36:43 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:36:43 GMT
Clallam County Fire District 3 names Firefighters of the Year
Sequim natives. Wives. Mothers. And now Firefighters of the Year. Fellow career and volunteer firefighters with Clallam County District 3 selected Stefanie Anderson, a career firefighter/paramedic, and Anaka Hughes, a volunteer firefighter/EMT, as 2017’s Firefighters of the Year. Anderson was named Career Firefighter of the Year and Hughes Volunteer Firefighter of the Year on Jan.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2018 1:56:56 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:56:56 GMT
Judge Dismisses Onalaska Fire Commissioner Recall Request
An effort by the former chief of Lewis County Fire District 1 in Onalaska to recall the district’s two sitting commissioners will not reach Onalaska residents’ ballots. Lewis County Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke ruled to dismiss all 11 charges in the recall request in a written order Friday, following a hearing Jan.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2018 3:14:46 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:14:46 GMT
Spokane County firefighter crashes into tree after medical emergency
A Spokane County firefighter is recovering after crashing his truck into a tree on Sunday afternoon. Spokane County Fire District 4 Assistant Fire Chief Lonnie Rash says it happened on Colbert Road just east of Highway 2. Paramedics say the firefighter behind the wheel had a medical emergency when he lost control of the truck and swerved off the road and crashed.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 5:24:20 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Tue, 06 Feb 2018 01:24:20 GMT
Bellingham Firefighters face man with gun while responding to medical call
Bellingham firefighters responding to a medical aid call found themselves facing a man with a gun, prompting a police standoff Saturday that closed roads in the Barkley neighborhood for about four hours. “Shortly after they arrived, our crew reported that someone pointed a gun at them,” said Assistant Chief Bill Hewett of the Bellingham Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Woman found dead inside burning Tukwila apartment complex
A woman was pronounced dead after she was pulled from her burning apartment Monday morning in Tukwila, emergency officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, in the 5700 block of South 152nd Street, at about 8:05 a.m. after receiving reports of a fire at the Hampton Heights Apartments, said Marty Grisham, emergency manager for the city of Tukwila.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: komonews.com
Posted on Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Benton County Fire asking voters to help fund a new fire station
Benton County firefighters say they need more resources to keep up with a growing population, and they're asking for the public's help. West Richland has grown by almost 25 percent since 2010, and call times have increased by about 60 percent. Firefighters say response times on the western side average about 16 minutes, and they'd like to get those down to around 6.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 11:41:22 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 03 Feb 2018 07:41:22 GMT
Follow Up: New Vancouver fire station sparks inspiration for kids
Four-year-old Sadie Wehling loves to pretend to put out fires and rescue relatives. When her family drives by a fire station, she asks “What’s in there?” That curiosity led her and many other hopeful firefighters to Vancouver Fire Department’s Fire Station 2 on Saturday, blipping around a crowd of more than 50 who attended its grand opening.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2018 10:33:56 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Sun, 04 Feb 2018 06:33:56 GMT
Off-duty firefighters in Pierce County show support for Proposition No. 1
Off-duty firefighters in Pierce County turned out across several communities Saturday in hopes of drumming up support for Proposition No. 1. Voters will decide in the Feb. 13 special election whether or not to renew the operations and maintenance levy. The levy was first passed in 2014, and if it's not renewed firefighters say it could lead to slower emergency response times throughout the county.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 10:35:07 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Mon, 05 Feb 2018 06:35:07 GMT
Clallam County disaster airlift plan first in state; neighbors in development
Private pilots will provide a lifeline to the North Olympic Peninsula after a catastrophic earthquake destroys the region’s bridges and highways, emergency planners say. Clallam County has become the first county in the state to gear up for the big one by adding a disaster airlift response plan to its comprehensive emergency management plan, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 7:08:04 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:08:04 GMT
Benton County firefighters suiting up and climbing for a cause
Thousands of firefighters are getting ready to suit up and climb all 69 floors of Seattle's Columbia Center Tower next month for the 27th Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. But they have to earn $300 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society first. Firefighters from Benton County Fire Districts 2 and 4 suited up and spent Sunday raising the funds one step at a time.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 8:46:34 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Mon, 05 Feb 2018 04:46:34 GMT
Vancouver firefighters settle into state-of-the-art stations
In one day, 53 firefighters packed up two fire houses and left behind the stations they knew and loved. That day, Jan. 23, Vancouver’s two new fire stations were deemed complete — complete enough, anyway, to unlock the doors and put the state-of-the-art facilities into service. “It’s definitely still a work in progress,” said Vancouver firefighter and paramedic Pete Adams.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 9:53:25 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018 05:53:25 GMT
Fire completely destroys storage building in East Pasco
A fire completely destroyed an agricultural storage building in East Pasco this morning. Officials say that the fire burned a Balcom and Moe storage building just off of Highway 12 near Pasco Kahlotus Road (also known as PK Highway). Pasco Police say that the building only contained potatoes. The storage facility completely collapsed and is a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 7:47:16 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:47:16 GMT
Judge to Rule Friday on Request for Recall of Onalaska Fire Commissioners
Frustration in Onalaska following the recent firing of the Lewis County Fire District 1 chief, resignations among volunteers and the district’s commission and the forced closure of its main station by the state Department of Labor and Industries came to a head last month with the filing of a request to recall remaining commissioners Rich Bainbridge and Bill Kassel.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 3:43:16 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:43:16 GMT
State urges new approach to fighting growing wildfire threat
Firefighting agencies around Washington state met in Tumwater to try and come up with ways to react faster, and in closer coordination, when battling the state’s growing wildfire problem. “We know we don’t have the full equipment, the capacity to be able to fight the fires we’re seeing today,” said Hilary Franz, Washington’s lands commissioner heading the state’s largest firefighting agency, the Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Tacoma Fire handing out Narcan kits to opioid overdose patients
Tacoma first responders are tackling the heroin crisis in a new way. The Tacoma Fire Department is one of the first departments in the state to start giving out rescue kits with Narcan to overdose patients When Tacoma first responders answer a life or death overdose call, they carry Narcan—the drug that reverses the effects of the overdose.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 11:35:02 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018 07:35:02 GMT
Update: The fire cost Richland Fred Meyer millions. Police say it was for heroin.
The fire that shuttered Richland’s Fred Meyer for almost three days and caused millions worth of damage to the store and merchandise allegedly was started to cover up the theft of a PlayStation. Daniel R. Wright was going to trade the video game console with Eliseo J. Garcia for heroin, court documents show.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 7:58:39 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:58:39 GMT
Everett firefighter case moved to state Court of Appeals
A legal dispute over staffing at the Everett Fire Department has been moved to the state Court of Appeals. The city of Everett is asking the court to overturn a decision by a state labor board. In October, the board ruled that the city can’t set minimum firefighter staffing levels without negotiating the numbers with the union.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 9:08:07 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:08:07 GMT
Fire annexation: Taxes in Port Townsend could rise from $32 to $205 a year on $300,000 home
The possible annexation of the city of Port Townsend into Jefferson County Fire District 1 for firefighting and emergency medical services would result in higher taxes – somewhere between a low of $32 and a high of $205 a year on a $300,000 home in Port Townsend. City Manager David Timmons said that the amount of the tax increases depends on what the community and City Council decide to do with levy funds, such as possible improvements to housing infrastructure, streets or parks.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
Posted on Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Fire destroys trailer at Lake Merwin camp in Amboy
A fire destroyed a trailer parked at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway on Wednesday afternoon. No one was hurt, said Capt. Tony Barnes of Fire District 10. Firefighters were called to the private campground club at 3:20 p.m. Barnes said the fire burned a roughly 28-foot trailer, along with a shelter, deck and what appeared to be an extra room built around the trailer.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 10:43:17 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:43:17 GMT
Firefighters: Closed bedroom door likely saved twin girls' lives in Monday Everett fire
A closed door helped save the lives of twin sisters trapped in a raging apartment fire in Everett on Monday, according to firefighters. The Everett Fire Department said the two 3-year-old girls’ survival is a lesson for us all. Firefighters said flames covered every inch of the exterior of the girls' first floor apartment and then jumped to the second and third floor apartments.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 10:18:06 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:18:06 GMT
Vancouver Fire offers tours of two new stations along high call corridor
Vancouver Fire is inviting the public to come check out their two new fire stations on Saturday afternoon. The stations are located just over a mile-and-a-half apart along Fourth Plain Boulevard, which is one of the city’s highest call volume areas. Vancouver Fire said the new stations will help improve response times and make for more efficient coverage from all four locations in the southwest part of the city.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU.com
Posted on Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Graham firefighters push for support ahead of levy vote
Firefighters with Pierce County Fire District #21 believe some big cuts will need to be made if voters don't approve Proposition 1, a maintenance and operations levy next month. Fire District 21, which covers Graham, Frederickson, and Kapowsin, has seen tremendous population growth in recent years firefighters told KOMO News Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 6:49:49 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 31 Jan 2018 02:49:49 GMT
Chelan County Sheriff's Deputy and Fire District vehicles collide
A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in an accident with a Chelan County Fire District vehicle Sunday near the Big Y on SR 97. The Washington State Patrol incident report indicates Deputy Jeremy Mannin was driving eastbound on SR97 when he saw a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 3:25:18 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 23:25:18 GMT
Mercer Islands new Fire Station 92 earns national architectural award
The city of Mercer Island was recently notified that the American Institute of Architects has recognized its rebuilt Fire Station 92 with a national award, presented to project architects Miller Hull Partnership. Selected from roughly 500 submissions, 17 recipients located throughout the world will be honored at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 1:48:35 PM - SOURCE: Mercer Island Reporter
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:48:35 GMT
Marysville Fire District welcomes new members
The Marysville Fire District introduced a new board director, swore in two new firefighter/paramedics, and introduced a new mechanic joining the district's staff on Jan. 17. New Board Director Tom King was elected to the Marysville City Council in November. A longtime Marysville resident, King served as a volunteer firefighter for the city's fire department from 1974 to 1982.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 1:03:16 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:03:16 GMT
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue rescues man trapped in a well
Fire and rescue crews rescued a man trapped in a well Tuesday evening. The well was located inside a home in Port Orchard. Crews responded to the residence on Garfield Avenue SE around 5 p.m. Rescuers lifted the person out of the well shortly before 6 p.m. and transported him to a nearby hospital, according to South Kitsap Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 6:11:44 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:11:44 GMT
3-year-old twin girls pulled from burning Everett apartment
Twin sisters were pulled from a burning apartment in a three-alarm fire in Everett Monday. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The girls, both 3 years old, were rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A hospital spokeswoman said the girls were in intensive care. One is satisfactory condition.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 1:45:29 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:45:29 GMT
Clark County firefighters rescue injured man at sewer project in Ridgefield
Firefighters rescued a man who was injured by a piece of equipment while working on a sewer project several feet underground in Ridgefield. The man was taken to a hospital with moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, according to Clark County Fire and Rescue. Crews were working on a sewer project in a subdivision near Northwest Hillhurst Road and 229th Street when the man was injured Monday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kgw.com
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Car plows into cannabis shop in Lacey
A car plowed through the front of a cannabis shop at a strip mall in Lacey Monday night, according to Lacey Fire District 3. Firefighters responded to the shop located in the 4800 block of Yelm Highway. Crews said no one was hurt, but the building was badly damaged. Firefighters worked to stabilize the building so they could remove the car.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 8:03:31 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:03:31 GMT
No Injuries Reported After Truck Catches Fire on Centralia-Alpha Road in Centralia
A man had just finished repairing a vintage truck’s carburetor when it caught fire in the 200 block of Centralia-Alpha Road Monday afternoon, according to the Riverside Fire Authority. The incident was reported at 12:42 p.m. Monday. Fire crews responded and found the truck “well-involved in fire with flames consuming the engine and passenger compartments,” according to the RFA.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 3:25:26 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:25:26 GMT
Police arrest second Fred Meyer arson suspect in Kennewick
A second suspect is in custody in connection with an arson case at Fred Meyer in Richland. Eliseo Garcia, 33, was taken into custody Monday afternoon near Zintel Canyon in Kennewick. He is also connected to trafficking stolen property, police said. Garcia and Daniel Wright, 35, are suspected of causing thousands of damage Friday night by starting a fire in the store around 9 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 3:51:29 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:51:29 GMT
Bainbridge Island Fire Dept. hosts Mega Code training for Medic One student paramedics
There were 48 heart attacks on Bainbridge Island last Saturday — and all in the same location. But that’s OK. It worked out as well as it could, because there was plenty of help around. Actually, if you were going to have a massive heart attack last weekend, Saturday, at the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s Station 23 on Phelps Road, was kind of the ideal place to do it.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2018 1:01:10 PM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 21:01:10 GMT
Crews battle Renton house fire; one person suffers burns
Crews battled a two-story house fire Sunday morning that sent plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen throughout Renton. One person was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering burns, firefighters told KOMO News. It is unclear on what caused the fire. About eight people were reportedly living at the home at 13265 89th Ave.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Washington State Fish and Game helicopter crash kills 1 during deer survey
Officials say one person has died following the crash of a helicopter contracted by Washington state's Fish and Game department to help with mule deer surveying. Garfield County Sheriff Drew W. Hyer says the crash happened at about 2 p.m. Saturday. The investigation has been turned over to the Washington State Patrol, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Neighbor pulls woman from burning apartment in Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley Fire Department units responded to a reported structure fire at 512 N. Pines Rd in the Pines Village Apartments at 1:50 pm today. One elderly woman was in the apartment at the time the fire started. A neighbor heard her screaming for help, called 911 and rushed across the walkway to get the woman safely out of her burning apartment.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2018 6:50:49 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Sat, 27 Jan 2018 14:50:49 GMT
Lower Yakima Valley Ranchers' $15M Lawsuit Claims Army Sparked Wildfire
The late July day was hot, dry and windy. But the training with live ammunition at the Yakima Training Center went ahead as usual. A gunner fired at a target and the burst of ammunition ricocheted onto the ridge line, sparking a fire that spread across 275 square miles and threatened the Hanford nuclear reservation, according to a lawsuit filed this week in federal court.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
One injured in large Seattle fire, possibly arson
One person was burned after a home was possibly set on fire in the Bryn Mawr-Skyway area. Firefighters responded to the home located on the 13200 block of 89th Ave South at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Heavy smoke could been seen throughout the downtown area of Renton. According to Renton police, the structure was believed to be abandoned.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2018 9:13:41 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:13:41 GMT
Spokane Valley Fire captain terminated for religious messages can sue, state Supreme Court finds
A former Spokane Valley Fire Department captain fired for sending religious emails through his work account can file a lawsuit claiming damages, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The department violated Jon Sprague’s First Amendment rights, according to the Supreme Court, when he was terminated in 2012 for repeatedly using work email to send messages to his Spokane Christian Firefighters Fellowship group.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Firefighters in Graham campaigning door to door to prevent layoffs and slower response times
It’s not everyday firefighters show up at your front step when you don’t have an emergency. But on Thursday, Graham firefighters went door to door personally asking for help. “Without these folks there wouldn’t be us,” firefighter John Corak said. On February 13, voters will determine whether a $4 million levy will get renewed.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 5:28:55 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:28:55 GMT
NTSB report: Amtrak engineer missed speed-limit signs before train crashed south of Tacoma
The engineer on the Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma this past month, killing three people and injuring dozens, said he didn’t see or didn’t recognize the signposts and signals indicating a drastic drop in the speed limit, a new report from federal investigators says. It was the engineer’s second time operating a train in that direction on a newly opened stretch of track, known as the Point Defiance Bypass.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2018 2:58:03 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:58:03 GMT
Clallam County Fire District 2 issues awards
Ian Brueckner has been named Clallam County Fire District 2 career Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year, Chief Sam Phillips has announced. Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief Dan Huff was recognized for his 40 years of service to the district at the Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue’s awards ceremony Saturday. All told, 20 awards were bestowed to 42 volunteer and career firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2018 2:49:03 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:49:03 GMT
Fire at Fife motel snarls traffic on Pacific Hwy. East
A fire at a Fife-area motel is snarling traffic on a major arterial through the area. Firefighters responded to the scene, the Sunshine Motel in the 3800 block of Pacific Highway East, at about 7:20 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of smoke spewing from a second-floor unit there. Crews quickly exringuished the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2018 8:17:50 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:17:50 GMT
1 found dead after Mount Vernon house fire
One person was found dead after a two-alarm house fire Tuesday in Mount Vernon, emergency officials said. Crews responded to the scene, in the 1500 block of East Spruce Street, at about 3:40 a.m. after receiving reports of a home fully ablaze there, said Mount Vernon Fire Chief Bryan Brice. A second alarm was sounded and additional firefighters arrived on scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
At least 1 missing after SUV plunges into water at Anacortes ferry dock
A rescue operation is underway after a Jeep Cherokee crashed through a barrier and plunged into the water at the Washington State Ferries terminal at Anacortes, officials said. At least one person was inside the vehicle. The emergency has forced the ferry system to suspend service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands for several hours.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
San Juan Island firefighters honored
The San Juan Island Fire Department celebrated another year of service at their annual banquet at Downriggers, Saturday, January 20, 2018. As part of the festivities, Chief Brad Creesy presented many members with awards and recognition for their dedication to the department. In addition, five members were recognized for their dedication to Public Education, including school visits, the safety fair, and fire extinguisher training.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 6:16:22 AM - SOURCE: San Juan Islander
Posted on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:16:22 GMT
Mercer Island Fire Station 92 Earns National Architectural Award
The City of Mercer Island was recently notified that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognized its rebuilt Fire Station 92 with a national award, presented to project architects Miller Hull Partnership. The AIA intends its prestigious award program “to highlight exemplary projects that show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 6:56:29 AM - SOURCE: Mercer Island, WA
Posted on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:56:29 GMT
Puyallup: Extrication training group loses practice tools
A group who’s dedicated their lives to helping others, the Puyallup Extrication Team, needs the public’s help to continue their training program. Since 2000, the team has been training first responders in the art of extrication. This often includes training on how to use the ‘Jaws of Life’ to rescue people trapped as a result of car crashes.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
Spokane Valley Boy becomes pen pals with firefighter heroes
11-year-old Mason Allen a fifth grader who falls on the autism spectrum scale from Spokane Valley caught the attention of firefighters across America from Kennebunk Port, Maine all the way to Anchorage, Alaska. But Mason never had the chance to meet his pen-pal hero. 38-year-old Garrett Paiz, a firefighter from Noel, Missouri, reached out to Mason in March 2017, after seeing our story about Mason, since then the two had been in contact talking almost every week, "We would talk to each other on Facebook messenger back and forth," said Mason.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2018 3:53:33 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:53:33 GMT
Washington state Legislature takes up bills to restrict chemicals used in firefighting foam, packaging
Firefighting foams containing a class of chemicals linked to water pollution would face major new restrictions under a bill introduced in the Washington state House of Representatives. Some polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl chemicals — known as PFAS — have turned up in state waterways and drinking-water wells, and surveys indicate they are present in the blood of most Americans.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 9:18:32 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:18:32 GMT
Bill to help first responders with PTSD in Washington state legislature
A bill making its way through the state capital that aims to help our first responders with PTSD. It’s House Bill 1655, which would allow first responders to file an occupational disease claim for PTSD. Michael White, a legislative liaison with the Washington State Council of Firefighters, says the repeated and cumulative exposures is what’s causing the PTSD.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 9:55:15 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:55:15 GMT
Colmore retires after 23 years with Marysville Fire District
After 23 years of service with the Marysville Fire District firefighter/paramedic Russell Colmore will head into retirement. Colmore served for a total of 33 years in the fire service, volunteering in Santa Barbara and working in Virginia before coming to Marysville. "Russell was like the family guy here," said Marysville Fire District captain Basil Bailey.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 1:04:44 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:04:44 GMT
Man severely burned as propane tanks explode in woods outside Sultan
A man was burned all over his body Wednesday morning as a propane tank exploded in the woods between Monroe and Sultan, fire officials said. Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 5 responded to the scene, in the 28000 block of 176th Place SE, at about 5:50 a.m. after receiving reports about a burn victim and a propane tank fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 7:39:09 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:39:09 GMT
Teen injured in Amtrak derailment meets Tumwater firefighters who saved him
After more than a month in the hospital, Timmy Brodigan met the first responders who treated him after the Amtrak derailment. “I’m feeling thankful,” Timmy said as he waited for them to arrive. “I get to meet the people who saved my life.” On December 18th, the 16-year-old was on Amtrak 501 on his way to see cousins in Oregon when the train derailed near DuPont, Wash.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2018 9:37:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:37:00 GMT
Man arrested in arson at Everett apartment complex
A man has been arrested in an arson at an Everett apartment building that injured one woman and may have led to the death of a second woman. Firefighters battled the three-alarm fire at 2229 Colby Avenue on Dec. 21. One woman was hurt when she jumped from a second-floor balcony to escape. A 76-year-old woman, who was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, later died.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 1:56:43 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
Posted on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:56:43 GMT
Yakima County District 3 firefighters trying to move on from old grocery store building
Yakima County Fire District 3 covers one of the largest zones from Naches all the way to White Pass. Fire Chief Alan Baird said that due to the large zoning area, they need equipment for house fires to water rescue and the room to store all their gear is just about full. “Fire services change. The amount of calls, the type of calls.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 10:53:06 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:53:06 GMT
Clark County firefighters, paramedics taking extra flu precautions
Firefighters and paramedics in Clark County are taking extra precautions to protect themselves and you from the flu. Firefighters have to wear masks when they go into a burning building. But for the next couple of months, they're going to wear masks on every call they respond to. Clark County firefighters and paramedics are now required to wear drop isolation masks.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kptv.com
Posted on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT
State legislators revive debate over nuclear evacuation plans
Washington’s emergency management personnel could once again think about the unthinkable and make plans to evacuate cities ahead of a possible nuclear attack. Critics argue, however, that lifting the Reagan-era prohibition would only help bolster an “illusion” that nuclear war is winnable. A bill before the House Public Safety Committee on Monday would lift a 1984 ban the state has on creating plans to evacuate or relocate people in advance of a possible nuclear attack, a restriction that puzzled Chairman Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 8:34:24 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:34:24 GMT
Region: Court date set for Vancouver teen accused of igniting Columbia Gorge fire
A Vancouver, Wash., teenager who is accused of setting the Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge last summer is set to appear in court for the first time next month. The fire was first reported Sept. 2, 2017 near the Eagle Creek Trail, where police say a 15-year-old boy threw a firework down a ravine during dry, hot weather.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 2:37:00 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:37:00 GMT
Compressor stolen Sunday night from Stevens County fire station work site
Thieves broke into the work site of the new Stevens County fire station in Suncrest and stole an 80-gallon air compressor Sunday night. Investigators say the thief or thieves used a grinder or torch to cut into a storage unit to reach the compressor. Officials say the Eagle 7.5 horsepower, 24.6 CFM, 80-gallon compressor was still shrink wrapped and on a pallet.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2018 12:36:51 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:36:51 GMT