Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Seattle has booked an entire downtown hotel for first responders to isolate and quarantine during coronavirus pandemic
Seattle officials have booked an entire downtown hotel for three months to house first responders and other essential city employees who’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus and can’t isolate or quarantine at home. The city is set to spend at least $2.8 million on the 155-room Executive Hotel Pacific as more firefighters, police officers and other crucial workers in Seattle and across Washington are contracting the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 7:41:34 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 02:41:34 GMT

5 Spokane city firefighters remain in quarantine after most released
The number of city of Spokane firefighters in quarantine continues to drop, but department leaders will remain vigilant and adhere to a requirement that employees wear masks around-the-clock. Only five firefighters were in quarantine on Wednesday, a precipitous drop from 33 the department reported out of work on March 19, amounting to about 10% of the workforce.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 5:19:57 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:19:57 GMT

Snohomish County fire service agencies are working together in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak
Collaboration started more than a month ago with fire chiefs sharing information in daily video conference calls with key staff, Snohomish County 911 and Dr. Eric Cooper, Medical Program Director for Snohomish County Emergency Medical Services. Now fire service agencies have taken the next step by establishing a Fire Coordination Center to provide unified tracking, planning and response to the outbreak.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 1:03:25 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:03:25 GMT

Clark County Has Among Top Needs For PPE, But Receives Little From Washington State
Almost two weeks ago, the agency leading Washington state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak reassured Southwest Washington’s highest-ranking lawmaker. Clark County, at the time home to nine positive cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, would move near the top of the list for resupplies of protective gear and testing kits.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 2:37:40 PM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:37:40 GMT

Pasco police respond to suspicious fires
Pasco police officers responded to a couple suspicious fires in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The first fire broke out around 2:41 a.m. in an alley at North 14th Avenue and West Clark Street by the Franklin PUD building. Police said someone set fire to a pile of car parts and tires, damaging a fence, pole and some stucco on the side of the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:02:39 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:02:39 GMT

Yakima business using 3D printers to make face masks for local hospitals
Doctors and nurses short of face masks has some local artists making use of their 3D printers. It's a long process, but after the group met with hospital staff about what they need, they say they're planning to make hundreds for both Astria Health and Virginia Mason Memorial. The Yakima Maker Space has been closed to the public for weeks now, but a small group of members are working to pump out hundreds of masks for hospitals in the area with their 3D printers.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW+ 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire truck flips over in north Clark County
A fire truck responding to a medical call Monday on an unpaved road in north Clark County toppled over into a small creek, likely putting the emergency vehicle permanently out of commission. Clark County Fire District 10 crews were dispatched about 8:20 a.m. to the 6200 block of Northeast 405th Street, northeast of La Center, for a report of a person having a fainting episode due to abnormal breathing.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbian
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

South County Fire Chief Doug Dahl retires; Thad Hovis named Interim Chief
South County Fire Chief Doug Dahl retired Tuesday, March 31 after nearly 34 years in the fire service. Dahl spent all but the early years of his fire service career in south Snohomish County. In 1986, after graduating from Mountlake Terrace High School, Dahl signed on as a firefighter at Pierce County Fire District 10.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 10:42:02 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 05:42:02 GMT

Bellevue dentist accused of torching boxes of medical masks, gear
A Bellevue dentist is accused of burning boxes with protective medical masks and gear in an attempt to destroy his office even as local doctors scramble to get those supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the second arson at the office in consecutive days, police allege. Firefighters were first called to a fire at the suspect's A to Z Dental office at 1515 116th Ave NE in Bellevue on the afternoon of March 23, according to court documents.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane hit-and-run collision sends car into house, setting both ablaze
A two-car hit-and-run collision on North Freya Street in north Spokane Tuesday evening sent one car into a house, setting both ablaze and closing down a major intersection. The crash into the house on the 3600 block of East Frederick Avenue was reported at about 7:40 p.m. and the female driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Spokane Police Cpl.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 11:06:58 PM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:06:58 GMT

Wineries join distilleries in making hand sanitizer for first responders
Local winemakers are stepping up to help distilleries fulfill the urgent need for hand sanitizer. UVA FUREM Winery in Maple Valley is joining other wineries in the area in providing bulk wine to local distilleries to create hand sanitizer. "We ended up getting together and coming up with almost 1,000 gallons of bulk wine that we could donate to Kim and Bryan over at Scratch Distillery in Edmonds, and they all were able to turn it into alcohol and then transfer it in to make it into hand sanitizer,” said Jens Hansen, co-owner of UVA FUREM Winery.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire crews preparing for wildfire season despite the coronavirus
Wildfire season in the inland northwest is right around the corner. However this year, there’s a series of obstacles that could impact the way the state responds to them including how to secure enough incident command teams and the rethinking of how to attack fires. “We are already trying to figure out okay if we are going to be low on the number of incident management teams when we go out.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV FOX 28 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 01 Apr 2020 07:00:00 GMT

One killed in Ferndale house fire
A woman was killed in a residential fire in Ferndale on Monday. Firefighters from Whatcom County Fire District 7 responded to a report of a residential fire in the 7200 block of Enterprise Road at about 11:15am. A man and woman were reportedly trapped inside. Fire Chief Larry Hoffman tells KGMI the man was able to escape, but efforts from bystanders to rescue the woman were unsuccessful.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 6:44:18 PM - SOURCE: KPUG-AM 1170
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:44:18 GMT

Coronavirus taking toll on Seattle area's first responders
VIDEO: COVID-19 has hit Seattle’s fire and police departments. As of Monday, there have been at least a dozen COVID-19 cases among Seattle's police and fire departments. Dozens of the city's first responders have been exposed to the deadly virus, a spokesperson for the Seattle mayor's office said. According to the spokesperson, 200 of Seattle first responders have been exposed to COVID-19, making it a challenging time and fluid situation for city leaders like Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

The ‘brain’: Emergency Coordination Center at the heart of Spokane’s COVID-19 response
There are no flames to spray water on. There is no criminal to handcuff. In an unassuming, out-of-the-way building near Spokane Community College, scores of elected leaders, emergency responders and public health officials coordinate their response to the crisis facing Spokane County. But in the Emergency Coordination Center, the current challenge is unlike any its leaders have ever taken on before.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Battle Ground blaze calls out 5 trucks, 3 water tankers
PHOTO: Five fire trucks and three water tankers were called out to a fire in Battle Ground, Washington Monday evening. Crews got the call for help around 7 p.m. and arrived at NE 239th Street to find the building fully engulfed in flames. The structure on fire was an 18,000-square-foot outbuilding/shop, according to Clark County Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOIN-TV CBS 6 Portland
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

COVID-19 testing site for first responders to open in Covington this week
A COVID-19 testing site for first responders is set to open in Covington this week, according to city officials. The site will be housed at the former Covington Elementary School site and will be used for emergency operations, along with providing virus testing. “We are so thankful for our selfless first responders and want to ensure they can stay safe as they continue to serve our greater community,” said Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 2:01:08 AM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:01:08 GMT

Spokane sewing community makes masks for first responders
As she left Joann fabric and craft store in north Spokane on Sunday afternoon, Allison Tripp donned a homemade face mask. The mask was the first of many attempts for Tripp, who had returned to Joann to buy more supplies. Tripp and people across Spokane have flocked to local fabric and craft stores for supplies to make masks for first responders.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 8:11:19 PM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 03:11:19 GMT

Fire destroys boats, boathouse at Seattle marina
VIDEO: A heavily involved fire destroyed at least nine boats and a boathouse Friday night at the Jim Clark Marina in south Seattle. Seattle firefighters were called after 9:30 p.m. to knock down the fire in the 1300 block of Southwest Spokane Street, where crews had limited access. Fire officials said it took crews about 20 minutes to get the fire under control and about 90 minutes to extinguish it.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima County firefighters taking steps to manage protective-gear supplies
Yakima County firefighters are taking steps to ensure they have enough personal protective equipment when they go on medical calls during the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the Valley’s larger departments are limiting the number of people who go in to work with a patient, stretching out the supply of masks, gowns and gloves.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 4:03:40 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:03:40 GMT

Crews knock out fire at Spokane tire shop
Crews knocked out a fire at a North Spokane tire shop early Saturday morning. According to Spokane Fire, crews responded to the 2500 block of N. Division, in the parking lot of Poor Boys Tire and Automotive, shortly after 1 a.m. There, they say a massive pile of tires and van were engulfed in flames that quickly spread to the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2020 4:03:08 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Sat, 28 Mar 2020 23:03:08 GMT

‘Stay home’ means fewer 911 calls, more breathing room for first responders in Clark County
Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide “stay home, stay healthy” order, meant to slow the spread of a deadly new coronavirus, seems to be helping local first responders by alleviating the normal flow of calls for things like vehicle accidents and other non-virus related emergencies. “It’s been very quiet, and the call volume is quite a bit lower than would be expected for this time of year,” Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart told the Post-Record today.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Small brush fires sparked by train going through Richland
PHOTO: Multiple brush fires followed each other after sparks fell from a train heading eastbound through Richland Sunday afternoon. The Richland Fire Department responded to the first reported fire near Kohl’s where there were multiple small fires. The department quickly put out each one. As the train traveled, so did the fires.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2020 2:37:34 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 29 Mar 2020 21:37:34 GMT

Firefighters contain farm shed fire in northwest Spokane
Firefighters quickly contained a farm shed fire in northwest Spokane Monday morning. Crews responded to the fire near W. Jacobs Road and N. Wood Road to find the shed fully engulfed in flames around 5:50 a.m. Firefighters quickly got the fire under control and contained it to the shed, though the structure is a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 10:05:23 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:05:23 GMT

East Pierce firefighters rescue woman who plunged 50 feet at Victor Falls
Firefighters in East Pierce County are working Thursday afternoon to rescue a woman who plunged at Victor Falls. Authorities said a 19-year-old girl was climbing down to the embankment at the bottom of Victor Falls. She was using a rope, fell about 50 feet and injured her leg, but she did not go over the falls.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima Fire Department responds to three fires overnight
The Yakima Fire Department says they responded to three fires in less than seven hours overnight. YFD says the fires began Wednesday night through March 26, Thursday morning. For the first case, the fire district says they were called to the 700 block of South 6th Street at 9:00 p.m for a propane explosion in a recreational vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW 29 Yakima
Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Clark County Fire District 6 to put levy lid lift on August primary ballot
Clark County Fire District 6’s Board of Fire Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution asking voters to consider a fire levy lid lift as part of the Aug. 4 primary election. If approved, the lid lift would fund additional personnel to respond to higher call volumes for fire and emergency medical service, improve firefighter training, make the district’s busiest fire station more resistant to earthquake damage, and add or replace aging apparatus, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Franklin County first responders in need of protective equipment
Hospitals across the state are short on personal protective equipment, but so are local fire crews. Pasco Fire Department explains they’ve been using medical supplies faster than predicted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ben Shearer from the Pasco Fire Department tells Action News the equipment is in high demand and there is only so much being made.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS/CW 19 Pasco
Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Number of Spokane firefighters in quarantine declines
Thanks largely to a loosening of health guidelines, the number of Spokane city firefighters in quarantine and out of work has dropped since last week. Nineteen firefighters were in quarantine on Wednesday, compared to 33 last Thursday, according to Deputy Chief Jay Atwood. Several firefighters have been tested for COVID-19, but the department has yet to report a positive result.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 6:11:25 PM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 01:11:25 GMT

Nintendo Donates Over 9,500 N95 Masks to Eastside Fire & Rescue
North Bend is home to the North American production facility of the world’s largest video gaming company. Nintendo has been “Putting Smiles on the Faces of Everyone Nintendo Touches”, according to their Corporate Social Responsibility statement. Today is no different. Nintendo representative Jerry Danson contacted Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) to generously donate over 9,500 N95 Particulate Respirator masks.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Bend, WA
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Coronavirus death toll reaches estimated 132 in Washington state
The statewide death toll from coronavirus climbed to an estimated 132 Wednesday as King County reported six more people had died of the disease there and Pierce County reported its second death. The Pierce County victim was a Spanaway man in his 70s who died of complications from COVID-19, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

4 Richland firefighters nearly clear of quarantine after concerns of coronavirus
VIDEO: Richland’s Fire Department will be nearly at full staff within the week after firefighters were quarantined after a potential exposure to patients with coronavirus. Four firefighters responded to a medical call, but didn’t think they were heading to a room with a person suffering from flu-like symptoms.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Upholstery business making masks for Spokane Fire personnel to protect them from coronavirus
Royal Upholstery & Fabric Center is also gearing up to potentially supply masks to the Spokane Fire Department personnel. Krista Featherstone, owner of Royal Upholstery, says that they were approached by the Fire Department about making masks for them. “We were approached by the Spokane Fire Department about our ability to make masks and were asked to come up with a prototype and we did,” Featherstone says.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Inlander
Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

1955 firetruck finds its way back home to Franklin County
VIDEO: What would you do if your community had no fire protection? For residents in Franklin County back in the 1950s, it meant petitioning for a fire district and buying a firetruck. After Franklin County Fire District #3 formed in 1953, the district bought their first firetruck in 1955, a brand new International ‘tanker’.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 4:45:59 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 23:45:59 GMT

"Suspicious fire" under investigation in Kennewick
Kennewick Police are investigating a "suspicious fire" that erupted Tuesday night. KPD reports the call came in at about 10:15 p.m to the area of East Albany Ave. and North Date Street. The Kennewick Fire Department was able to quickly extinguish the flames, and say the fire started in a bucket. Authorities say they are searching for those responsible for starting the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS/CW 19 Pasco
Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

South King Fire chief urges community to make a difference ‘that will result in better outcomes for all of us’
As two more firefighters were released from quarantine over the weekend, South King Fire and Rescue is stepping up precautionary measures to limit exposure to COVID-19. There are currently no firefighters in quarantine as of Monday, March 23, said SKFR Community Affairs Officer Lt. Andrew Lowen, who added the outbreak is a “constantly evolving” situation.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 1:42:02 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:42:02 GMT

Fire burns Tukwila's S. 129th Street Bridge
PHOTO: Tukwila firefighters were busy Tuesday morning putting out a fire that was burning a bridge. Those firefighters were called to the South 129th Street Bridge around 5 a.m., according to Tukwila Fire officials. Photos from the scene showed extensive flames burning underneath the structure when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

14 inmates make daring escape from Yakima jail; firefighters detain one at station
VIDEO: More than a dozen inmates busted through a fire door and jumped a tall fence to make a daring escape from Yakima County Jail Monday evening, and several of them are still on the loose. It was around 7 p.m. when the 14 inmates in an annex grabbed a table and broke open an exterior fire door, according the Yakima Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Suspect in Custody After Vehicle Arson in Moses Lake
Moses Lake Police and Fire responded to a vehicle fire in the 3-thousand block of Peninsula Sunday afternoon. Fire Marshal Derek Beach says the initial reports were someone was throwing rocks through a window. “When crews arrived, there were two vehicles and a boat that had fire damage. One of the cars was completely destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 1:48:05 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 20:48:05 GMT

Crews rescue woman swept over Spirit Falls in Skamania County
The Skamania County Sheriff's Office and other emergency personnel helped rescue a woman who fell over Spirit Falls, near Cook, Washington, Monday evening. According to the sheriff's office, deputies, search and rescue crews, and medics responded to Spirit Falls on the White Salmon River after receiving a call that a woman had gone over the falls shortly after 5:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS/CW 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire engulfs Quilcene residence
PHOTO: Quilcene Fire Rescue and resources from five other departments extinguished a residential fire Monday afternoon on Center Road near the intersection with East Columbia Street. No injuries were reported. Quilcene Fire Chief Tim McKern said crews responded at about 3 p.m. along with resources from East Jefferson Fire-Rescue, Brinnon Fire Rescue, Mason County Fire, Discovery Bay Fire Rescue and Port Ludlow Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 7:41:56 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 24 Mar 2020 02:41:56 GMT

We know what our job is: Spokane Valley firefighters adjust to widespread COVID-19 precautions
Spokane Valley firefighters are growing used to the unprecedented, widespread precautions they’re taking to protect themselves and the public from the spread of the novel coronavirus, while grappling with the danger of the uncertain situations they find themselves in. “We know what our job is,” said paramedic Marc Lange, a five-year veteran of the department.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 5:18:46 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:18:46 GMT

Inside Cowlitz County's coronavirus command center
Cowlitz 2 Fire Chief Dave LaFave had his own poignant social distancing story Friday: Juggling management of the county’s emergency response group with the birth of his granddaughter. “Right now, as we’re sitting here, my daughter is giving birth to my first granddaughter,” LaFave said Friday morning.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2020 5:15:36 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sat, 21 Mar 2020 12:15:36 GMT

Duvall firefighter dresses like a flamingo to spread joy during coronavirus panic
VIDEO: In Duvall, one man is making it his business to stop the spread of panic during the coronavirus pandemic by putting a smile on as many faces as possible. “What’s a grown man doing in a costume, pink flamingo inflatable costume on the side of the road?” said Greg Garat, as he stood on Main Street in Duvall in a flamingo costume holding a sign that describes what he's offering: free smiles.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Coronavirus a ‘slow-moving earthquake’ Whatcom Unified Command is working to ease
Whatcom County officials last week created a single agency to address the new coronavirus. A Wednesday, March 18, statement from Whatcom Unified Command: COVID-19 Joint Information Center was signed by the county executive, mayors of all county cities, tribal officials, some elected members of the Port of Bellingham and the Whatcom County Council, and other officials.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 3:15:34 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 10:15:34 GMT

Follow-up: Man who set Beacon Cleaners ablaze in Spokane twice within a month sentenced to 1 year, $500k restitution
The man who set the South Hill’s Beacon Cleaners ablaze twice within a month in 2017 was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail and ordered to pay more than $530,000 in restitution. Scott M. Lenway, 44, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and two counts of second-degree arson in November, according to court documents.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 7:59:24 PM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 21 Mar 2020 02:59:24 GMT

An Everett Firefighter’s Perspective On Responding To Coronavirus Calls
Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Firefighter’s Perspective by EFD Captain Jeff Pegrum. I would like to help our community understand the steps first responders are taking to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. There are many steps we are taking at the fire station to protect ourselves.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyEverettNews.com
Posted on Mon, 23 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Fire Department shifting operations as it deals with quarantines of firefighters
More than 30 members of the Spokane Fire Department are in self-quarantine in an attempt to stop the spread of sickness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The firefighters – representing about 10% of the department –were exposed to patients who had symptoms similar to COVID-19. As of Thursday morning, none of them had received a positive test for the novel coronavirus – though one firefighter is in the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 1:03:34 PM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:03:34 GMT

In a SoDo warehouse, Seattle opens first coronavirus testing site for first responders
Inside a Seattle police warehouse just south of downtown, next to a bomb-squad truck and parking-enforcement vehicles, a 6-foot wide rectangle has been marked with yellow tape on the concrete floor. Inside the rectangle — the potential exposure area — an EMT in a hooded Tyvek suit with a filtered gas mask wields a long nasal swab, ready to take samples from drivers who pull into the warehouse but never leave their car.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 6:47:16 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 01:47:16 GMT

Sequim declares COVID-19 a civil emergency
Sequim leaders have declared a State of Civil Emergency during what could become the last in-person meeting at the Sequim Civic Center for some time. Monday’s Sequim City Council meeting will be online only. City staff last Monday discussed with a room of about 20 people and four video callers that the declaration authorizes Sequim Police and city staff to minimize the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, from spreading in Sequim.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 6:48:24 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 01:48:24 GMT

4 Richland Fire EMTs monitored after possible exposure to Coronavirus
A fire crew in Richland has four EMTs being monitored for the coronavirus after assisting with a patient for another medical call. Richland Fire Chief, Tom Huntington said the 4 EMTs have been self quarantined for about 6 days and are showing no signs of coronavirus symptoms. Responders were called to a patient's home originally to assist them with another medical condition, but as they responded the patient showed signs of the coronavirus.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 8:41:50 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 03:41:50 GMT

Update: Child playing with lighter starts house fire in Burbank
A Burbank home is destroyed after firefighters say a child playing with a lighter started the fire. Around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, firefighters got a call about a fire at 232 Ringhoff Rd. They got to the home and everyone had evacuated – two children, their mother and grandmother. The grandmother had minor burns and was sent to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 5:45:39 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:45:39 GMT

Valley Regional Fire Authority ready to move personnel should COVID-19 wreak havoc
The COVID-19 virus has hit fire departments and agencies in other Western Washington cities from the Eastside, to the Puget Sound Fire Authority to Federal Way. To date, it has spared 125 personnel, among them 98 firefighters, who make up the Valley Regional Fire Authority, which provides fire and emergency services to the cities of Auburn, Pacific and Algona.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 1:06:53 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:06:53 GMT

One dead, one rescued in Marysville house fire
Firefighters rescued one man but found another dead inside a burning home in Marysville early Thursday. Firefighters were called to the home in the 7900 block of 72nd Dr NE shortly before 3 a.m. after getting a report of heavy smoke in the three-story house. Marysville fire crews found a man in a first-floor bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 6:38:12 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:38:12 GMT

Report: Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers
Federal officials say staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area. At least 30 deaths have been linked to Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. A report Wednesday from the U.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 6:40:43 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:40:43 GMT

City of Bainbridge Island seeking personal protective equipment donations for health care workers
The City of Bainbridge Island Emergency Operations Center is continuing to support the needs of our health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak and is seeking protective equipment donations from the community for these efforts. Supplies are limited due to impacts on manufacturing and the increase in global demand.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 6:57:02 AM - SOURCE: City of Bainbridge Island
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:57:02 GMT

Firefighters quickly prevent backyard fire from spreading to Spokane Valley home
Spokane Valley firefighters were able to prevent a fire in a south Valley backyard from spreading to a home early Thursday morning. According to the Spokane Valley Fire Department, crews responded to the 13000 block of E. 29th Ave. with the homeowners reporting a large fire in their backyard getting close to their home.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 6:36:55 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:36:55 GMT

How will COVID-19 impact wildfire response?
Amid the Washington COVID-19 outbreak, the state’s wildfire firefighting agencies are quietly gearing up for a season that could be anything but normal. As of early afternoon on March 18, there were more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, and 52 deaths. King County officials are expecting peak hospital demand to come within eight weeks, but the outbreak could continue until a vaccine is developed, which could take months.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 3:12:16 AM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 10:12:16 GMT

Cowlitz County agencies take steps to protect their own following battalion chief's passing
The death of Cowlitz 2 battalion chief Mickel Zainfeld has prompted local agencies and grassroots groups to boost efforts to help firefighters, police and other first responders cope with the emotional trauma of their jobs. And one way may be for both them and the public to tone down the superhero image they bear.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Three hospitalized, coffee shop a total loss after fire in Downtown Colfax
The Colfax Fire Department says a coffee shop is a total loss after a structure fire broke out on Main St., leading to one firefighter and two nearby residents being hospitalized. CFD was dispatched to the fire at the Fonk's Coffeehouse around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fire District 11 was also paged for additional personnel.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 11:37:41 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 06:37:41 GMT

One person recovering with minor injuries after Burbank home catches on fire twice in one day
A resident is recovering at a local hospital after their house was engulfed in flames Tuesday twice. Walla Walla Fire District #5 crews say they were called to the 300 block of Ringhoff Rd. at 10 a.m. Tuesday, then again at around 6 p.m. Crews say the fire was rekindled after the initial call. That is when the responders found the resident with minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 3:02:44 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 10:02:44 GMT

Bainbridge Island fire department closes stations to public, adopts anti-viral protective measures for responders
The Bainbridge Island Fire Department has canceled all ride-alongs, station tours and community room use to curb the spread of COVID-19. The department has also closed facilities to walk-in assistance. General assistance and information can still be obtained via the fire department’s main office line and website.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 2:17:41 AM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Wed, 18 Mar 2020 09:17:41 GMT

Fire damages motorhome in Camas
Firefighters quickly extinguished a motor home fire Tuesday morning in Camas. Crews with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department were dispatched at 10:14 a.m. to the 2000 block of Northwest Douglas Street for a report of a commercial vehicle fire. Four engines and two battalion chiefs responded to the address, fire department spokesman Kevin West said.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 2:16:34 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 21:16:34 GMT

Moses Lake firefighters to wear hazmat suits during medical calls
Moses Lake's fire department is asking the public to not fret over their staff's appearance when responding to medical calls. On Tuesday, the Grant County Sheriff's Office released a statement announcing that all MLFD emergency personnel will wear hazardous material suits when responding to all emergency medical calls.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:43:14 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 19:43:14 GMT

Spokane County, city leaders issue emergency declaration for COVID-19 response
Spokane County, the City of Spokane, Spokane Valley and other municipalities announced emergency declaration procedures Monday to help with the response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). According to a press release from Spokane County, the declarations are procedural and speed up the processes for the county and cities to quickly deploy funding and resources, seek state and federal resources and grant greater flexibility to work with existing local labor agreements In a press conference Monday, Spokane County Commissioners, Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward and the City of Spokane Valley signed emergency declarations.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire in Seattle's Chinatown International District engulfs homeless camp
The Seattle Fire Department responded to a large fire at a homeless encampment near South Weller Street in the Chinatown International District at around 1:15 p.m. Monday, a department spokesperson said, after a cooking fire got out of control. The fire was about 50 feet by 20 feet. While it was difficult to determine how many tents caught fire, the department spokesperson said at least one tent was burned.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 8:34:44 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 03:34:44 GMT

‘This is not a crisis’: Kootenai County Emergency Management gives update on COVID-19 response
Kootenai County Emergency Management held a press conference addressing the county’s response to COVID-19 developments. The Board of County Commissioners issued a disaster declaration on Sunday, which opened an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) for a coordinated response, and provides county-wide resources for first responders with Panhandle Health and Kootenai Health.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

5 Puget Sound Fire firefighters in quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure
Five firefighters with Puget Sound Fire are now in quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19. Captain Joe Root says none of the firefighters are showing symptoms and that this is being done out of an abundance of caution. “All five are doing fine as of (Saturday) night,” said Root. “None of them are symptomatic.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Church heavily damaged by early morning fire in Duvall
VIDEO: An early morning fire heavy damaged a church in Duvall Monday. The fire broke out around 1 a.m at the Adventure Church on NE Stella Street, according to Duvall Fire. Firefighters arrived to find large flames shooting from the structure. Crews with the help of firefighters from Woodinville managed to get the fire under control, and there were no reports of any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 3:46:31 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:46:31 GMT

Fire destroys home of Everett family of 7
A family of seven lost their home in a fire early Saturday. No one was injured in the fire in the Eastmont neighborhood in unincorporated Everett, according to South County Fire. A resident reported the fire around 8:50 a.m. at a two-story house on Del Campo Drive. “No one was in the home at the time,” said Leslie Hynes, South County Fire public information officer.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2020 2:58:46 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Sat, 14 Mar 2020 21:58:46 GMT

Firefighters dealt with 'inoperable hydrant' while battling house fire in Clark County
A non-functioning hydrant gave firefighters an added challenge while battling a house fire in Clark County early Monday morning. At around 2 a.m., Vancouver Fire crews were called out to a house fire in the 6600 block of Northeast 137th Street. In total, eight Vancouver Fire units and two units from Clark County responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Beaverton
Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Paraglider falls 100 feet off Poo Poo Point in Issaquah
A paraglider was seriously injured when he fell 100 feet off Poo Poo Point Sunday afternoon. The call for help came after the man's chute collapsed after leaping from the paragliding takeoff point, according to Eastside Fire officials. Crews set a high-angle rope rescue to retrieve the man, then flew him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2020 3:38:47 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Sun, 15 Mar 2020 22:38:47 GMT

Fire Crews Respond to Blaze in Ephrata
Grant County Fire District 13 crews responded to a blaze early Sunday morning on the 13000 block of Drumheller Road. When they arrived around 3:30 a.m., they found a fully involved trailer fire which had extended to a pump house. Fire officials say the modified trailer, which was being used as a residence, is a total loss while the pump house received substantial damage.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 5:46:23 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:46:23 GMT

Seattle mayor warns protective gear running low for first responders, medical facilities
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) says first responders and medical facilities at the heart of America’s coronavirus outbreak will run out of desperately needed protective gear if they do not receive new supplies from a national stockpile in the coming days and weeks. In an exclusive interview, Durkan told The Hill that current estimates suggest there are more than 1,100 people in the greater Seattle area who are infected with the coronavirus, many of whom show few symptoms and therefore have not sought medical attention.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 5:38:48 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:38:48 GMT

Fire in Granger destroys large shop, cars, boat and RV
A fire in Granger destroyed a large shop, a boat and several cars and an RV, according to Yakima County Fire District 5. Firefighters received a report of a brush fire at 331 Nelson Rd at about 2:26 p.m. The 911 caller said numerous cars were on fire and the flames were threatening a house. The caller said there were possibly two teenage boys inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 3:36:14 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 22:36:14 GMT

Ambulance van catches fire in Wenatchee
A LifeLine Ambulance was destroyed Wednesday after it caught fire on Wenatchee Avenue. The driver stopped and exited the “cabulance” about 4:56 p.m. near Fifth Street after hearing a pop and then fire quickly spread, said Chief Brian Brett, Chelan County Fire District 1. The cabulance was engulfed in flames when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 10:47:48 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:47:48 GMT

Firefighters respond to two-alarm blaze at Firdale Villages Colonial Pantry in Edmonds
South County Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at Colonial Pantry restaurant in Edmonds’ Firdale Village just before 8 a.m. Friday morning. South County Fire spokeswoman Leslie Hynes says there were no injuries. The cause is under investigation. Fire crews were called out around 7:50 a.m. following a report of black smoke coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 10:52:35 AM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:52:35 GMT

Energy Storage Safety and Reliability Forum Convenes at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland
It was nearly a year ago when firefighters from the Peoria Fire-Medical Department in Arizona responded to a call about a brushfire northwest of Phoenix. When they arrived on scene, they didn’t find a brushfire, but a 2-megawatt lithium-ion battery installation with white smoke wafting from its vents and doors.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 5:15:46 PM - SOURCE: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:15:46 GMT

'Hope is not a strategy,' says Kirkland city manager of coronavirus response
As an illness spread through a nursing home in Kirkland in late February, City Manager Kirk Triplett says that testing was a key missing factor that left officials unsatisfied as they responded to the outbreak. “Testing would have made a huge difference in the past two weeks," Triplett told KUOW. "Testing, even now today, could be much better, faster and more adequate.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 9:55:58 AM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:55:58 GMT

Related: 11 Kirkland first responders released from quarantine; 29 firefighters, 4 police officers remain quarantined
Eleven Kirkland first responders have been released from after undergoing the 14-day quarantine period after being exposed to the coronavirus. As of March 10, there are still 29 firefighters and four police officers in quarantine after potential coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure. According to a city of Kirkland press release, Fire Station 21 remains inactive and is being used as a quarantine site for first responders, in addition to a second unidentified facility.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 1:43:33 AM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 08:43:33 GMT

Chelan County Fire District 3 Postpones Firefighter Kimiko Nalle's Memorial Service
Chelan County Fire District 3 says that in response to the concerns over Covid-19, they are postponing the memorial service for Kimiko Nalle which was originally scheduled for Saturday. The ceremony will now take place Saturday, October 3rd. The Department says it is the day prior to National Fire Prevention Week and a fitting tribute to Nalle’s passion regarding fire prevention.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 6:39:52 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:39:52 GMT

Centralia boy, 12, escapes house fire by climbing onto roof
A 12-year-old boy escaped a house fire by climbing out of a second-story window and onto the roof of the home Wednesday in Centralia, officials said. The incident unfolded just after noon at the boy's home on Kulien Avenue. The boy was home alone when flames broke out and woke him up. Apparently his only way of escape was through an upstairs window.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 12 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Fire Department prepares for coronavirus
It's business as usual for the Spokane Fire Department when it comes to responding to calls. But they do have a contingency plan in place if they were to come into contact with someone displaying COVID-19-like symptoms. "We're extremely concerned about it. Primarily because it is a pandemic, it spreads so easily and can go through communities very quickly," Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 6:36:44 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020 01:36:44 GMT

UW Medicine expanding drive-thru COVID-19 testing to patients, first responders in North Seattle
The University of Washington is rapidly expanding its ability to test people for COVID-19. A drive-thru testing site is already up and running at UW Medical in North Seattle that can test 40 to 50 people per day. Right now it’s only available to employees and students, but UW Medical plans to expand that testing later this week to include first responders, employees at long-term care facilities and UW patients showing symptoms.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 1:47:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020 08:47:00 GMT

Selah Fire Department hosting free fire education class for home school students
Selah Fire Department Firefighters are always teaching elementary students about fire prevention and safety. This year they are getting more kids in the community involved outside the traditional school setting. SFD teaches around 14 to 18 classes of elementary students from the Selah School District.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 7:50:08 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:50:08 GMT

Follow-up: Apartment of Spokane woman battling cancer damaged by arsonist
An apartment complex on Spokane's lower South Hill is left picking up the pieces after one of the tenants lit her apartment on fire and left with a suitcase. The damage she admits she intentionally caused spread to other units. Natalia Hensz told KHQ she started the fire under a sink and watched as it grew.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 7:47:41 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020 02:47:41 GMT

Crews scramble to extinguish fire in South Seattle residential building
Firefighters scrambled to extinguish a fire in a South Seattle residential building early Wednesday. Crews responded to the scene, a large home in the 6200 block of 46th Avenue South, at about 4:30 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames spewing from the structure. After the blaze was extinguished, firefighters searched through the building but found no one inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 11 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Bill passed by state lawmakers will allow 911 dispatchers to get more help for post-traumatic stress
A bill passed by the Washington State Legislature will make 911 dispatchers eligible for workers compensation benefits if they suffer from post-traumatic stress. Under the state’s insurance laws, workers who suffer a disability or injury on the job are entitled to benefits, but rules exclude claims based on mental conditions.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Beaverton
Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Bellevue Fire mourns passing of beloved search dog
Bellevue firefighters are mourning the passing of the department's first and only Disaster Search Canine. "Libby was a fixture around the department for many years as she participated in open houses, school presentations, CERT classes and structural collapse rescue drills," Bellevue firefighters wrote in tribute on their Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters across the Tri-Cities utilizing COVID-19 medical kits to protect themselves from exposure
Fire departments across the Tri-Cities are taking extra steps to protect themselves and patients amid novel coronavirus concerns. The Kennewick Fire Department and others have COVID-19 medical kits. They were created by the department and contain multiple items such as disposable sheets, masks, pillowcases, blankets, gowns and more.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 4:45:53 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 09 Mar 2020 23:45:53 GMT

"I lit it on fire" Spokane arson suspect says she's not sorry
A Spokane woman in jail for first-degree arson says she lit her own apartment on fire because she was mad at her neighbors. Natalia Hensz, 23, told 4 News Now she doesn’t have any regrets, either. The fire broke out March 6 around 10 a.m. at the Cedar Terrace Apartments at 1405 West 8th Avenue on Spokane’s lower south hill.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 2:57:14 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 09:57:14 GMT

Richland, Pasco and Kennewick firefighters climb Badger Mountain after Seattle stair climb postponed
Fire fighters from Richland, Pasco and Kennewick grabbed their gear and climbed Badger Mountain for a good cause on Sunday. A post on the Richland Fire and Emergency Services Facebook page states that the Annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society stair climb in Seattle was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane Valley Fire Department urges alarms, sprinklers after weekend of fire calls
After several fires and alarm calls over the weekend, the Spokane Valley Fire Department is urging residents to have home inspections and to make sure that carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and sprinklers are all functional. Monday morning, fire personnel battled a fire at Longhorn Barbeque on Argonne.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 2:55:00 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 09 Mar 2020 21:55:00 GMT

Family escapes fire in Benton County, home and three cars destroyed
A family of seven is safe after a fire blazed through their home early Monday morning. Around 12:47 a.m., a single story house caught fire near Cottonwood Springs Blvd. and Kase Blvd. According to Benton County Fire District 1, the fire started in the garage and extended into the attic. The family, including five kids, was woken up by smoke alarms and were able to get out safely before fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 3:38:19 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 09 Mar 2020 10:38:19 GMT

South Whidbey Fire/EMS board appoints fire commissioner
There’s a new fire commissioner on South Whidbey. During a special meeting on Feb. 24, the South Whidbey Fire/EMS board of commissioners chose Clinton resident Lawrence Metz as its newest member. Metz hails from Los Angeles, where he was a firefighter assigned to the harbor for 36 years. He worked with the fire chief there as part of a two-person command team responding to large fires, forming liaisons with the harbor’s police force, nearby refineries and the Coast Guard.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2020 1:41:20 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 07 Mar 2020 09:41:20 GMT

Follow-up: Nursing home in Kirkland showed few signs it prepared for virus outbreak
In the days before the Life Care Center nursing home became ground zero for coronavirus deaths in the U.S., there were few signs it was girding against an illness spreading rapidly around the world. Visitors came in as they always did, sometimes without signing in. Staffers had only recently begun wearing face masks, but the frail residents and those who came to see them were not asked to do so.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 6:04:02 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sat, 07 Mar 2020 02:04:02 GMT

Despite withdrawing from agreement, Spokane pledges to remain part of emergency response program
The city of Spokane ditched a proposal by former Mayor David Condon to withdraw from the county’s emergency management agency and handle the city’s response to disasters on its own. Or so everyone in City Hall thought. The city’s agreement with Greater Spokane Emergency Management expired on Dec. 31, and a new one has yet to be signed, even though city leaders want back in.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 7:57:20 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 07 Mar 2020 03:57:20 GMT

Grant County Fire District 5 Fire Chief: Housing boom in McConihe Flats area prompts new fire station
Just south of SR 17 between Ephrata and Moses Lake sits Grant County Fire District 5’s newest fire station. Construction on the much-needed structure began in late spring of 2019 with completion in the fall. The fire hall is at 8423 Neppel Rd. in McConihe Flats. The station’s bay has the capacity to house seven fire trucks.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 2:54:21 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 06 Mar 2020 22:54:21 GMT

Local fire departments host Spokane Firefighter Stairclimb
The 2020 Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle has been postponed because of the coronavirus, but some firefighters from around the Inland Northwest made the event happen in their own way on Sunday. Spokane Fire Department firefighter Joanna Balin's team started training for the Seattle Firefighter Stairclimb back in September.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2020 8:41:15 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Mon, 09 Mar 2020 03:41:15 GMT

911 dispatchers in Pierce County are now asking callers about coronavirus symptoms
People calling 911 in Pierce County might face some extra questions from dispatchers about coronavirus symptoms. Starting Thursday, Sound Sound 911 dispatchers have started asking those who call for medical aid if they’re experiencing any coughs, fevers or shortness of breath. It’s an additional precaution to protect first responders and the people they help, said South Sound 911 spokesperson Kris McNamar.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 3:02:01 PM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Thu, 05 Mar 2020 23:02:01 GMT



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