Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Arlington Fire Department, North County Fire & EMS launch Community Resource Paramedic Program
The city of Arlington Fire Department and North County Fire & EMS have announced a partnership to launch a Community Resource Paramedic program. The Community Resource Paramedic program will be bridging a gap between the patients firefighters see regularly and the community services that already exist to help meet their needs.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North County Outlook
Posted on Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 2 recipient of grant to buy special rescue stretcher
Clallam County Fire District 2 has used a grant to purchase a special stretcher to rescue patients in remote areas. District officials announced Monday the $1,907 grant from the Clallam County Physicians Community Benefit Fund to purchase the rescue litter and wheel attachment. “In recent years, the Fire District has experienced several rescues of patients located in remote areas only accessible by trails,” Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue Chief Jake Patterson said in a press release.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 2:04:09 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:04:09 GMT

Shed Fire in Wenatchee Claims Life of Dog
Fire crews from Chelan District 1 and Douglas District 2 responded to a structure fire on Methow St. Monday night around 9:20 p.m. Public Information Officer Kay McKellar says when they arrived, they found a small, shed-type building on fire though there were no occupants. “They did locate a dog kennel and they took it out of the building.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 2:47:13 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:47:13 GMT

Whatcom County Fire District 16 reacts to fire hall break-in
A Whatcom County Fire Hall was broken into over the weekend. “We hope you are finding our chainsaws and new generator useful,” a Facebook post made by Whatcom County Fire District 16 says. Donations were requested after the equipment was stolen from the Van Zandt Fire Hall last weekend. In a comment on Facebook from District 16, insurance will cover the stolen items, minus the $500 deductible and security upgrades to the door that was used to get in.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 7:46:52 AM - SOURCE: KPUG-AM 1170
Posted on Wed, 16 Oct 2019 14:46:52 GMT

West Benton firefighters respond as car sets on fire along I-82
PHOTOS: West Benton firefighters shared intense images of a car fire that they responded to on Monday night. In a Facebook post, the department wrote that they responded to the fire on I-82 eastbound near milepost 89. The vehicle was a total loss, but thankfully they say there were no injuries. West Benton Fire Rescue tells KAPP-KVEW the exact cause of the fire is unknown.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 10:12:20 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:12:20 GMT

Buildings evacuated after natural gas leak in Seattle's University District
Buildings in Seattle’s University District are being evacuated as crews respond to a natural gas leak at a construction site. The gas leak began around 1:50 p.m. at the intersection of 45th Street and Brooklyn Ave NE — just a few blocks west of the University of Washington campus. KIRO 7 TV’s Alison Grande reports that nearby UW Tower has been evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 3:45:32 PM - SOURCE: KIRO-FM Radio
Posted on Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:45:32 GMT

Follow-up: Video shows arsonist made several attempts before setting Seattle club ablaze
A man set a nightclub on fire in Pioneer Square and surveillance cameras recorded his every move. Police are now using that footage in the hopes of tracking him down. The man appeared to be camping in front of Trinity on Occidental Ave. S when he started burning something against an outside wall. Once he started the fire he can be seen actually using his shirt to fan the flames to spread.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 11:09:25 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 06:09:25 GMT

Three Skagit County fire districts asking voters to increase levies
Three Skagit County fire districts are asking voters in the Nov. 5 general election for permission to raise their levy lids, allowing them to collect more money for services. Fire District 8, which surrounds Sedro-Woolley and extends to Hamilton, is asking voters for permission to raise its tax levy lid from 97 cents to $1.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 9:24:58 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 16:24:58 GMT

Benton County firefighters respond to fire at farm in Horse Heaven area
Benton County firefighters are working to extinguish a fire that broke out in the Horse Heaven Hills area on Monday morning. The fire is burning on the Hartley Farms property, and according to Benton County District #5 Fire Chief George Moon, firefighters have the situation under control. Chief Moon tells us the fire started around 8:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 10:48:09 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:48:09 GMT

Update: Spanaway Food Bank faces uncertain future after fire forces it to close
A devastating fire at a food bank in Pierce County forced it to close. The Spanaway Food Bank has helped people in need for decades, but its future is uncertain after a fire badly damaged the building on Friday morning. Firefighters say the food bank lost everything in the fire and the building is closed indefinitely.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Department of Ecology will collect and incinerate toxic firefighting foam
The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the state restricted its use in 2018. The same type of foam was long used at Fairchild Air Force Base and blamed for contaminating West Plains water supplies, including the city of Airway Heights' tap system.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 2:01:47 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:01:47 GMT

Veteran Okanogan County firefighter's body returned home
VIDEO: A hero was escorted home on Saturday. Okanogan County Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson died from injuries he sustained while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire this summer. On Saturday, a procession spanned from Bothell to Okanogan. Johnson served with the Okanogan Fire Department for 20 years.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2019 5:27:56 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:27:56 GMT

Winlock, Vader, Lewis County Get $2.25M in Community Development Block Grants
Winlock, Vader and Lewis County governments were awarded grants of $750,000 each through the Community Development Block Grant program for infrastructure improvement projects, the state Department of Commerce announced this week. CDBG grants are funded by the federal office of Housing and Urban Development and administered through the state Department of Commerce.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2019 1:57:41 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 12 Oct 2019 08:57:41 GMT

Possible arson at Seattle nightclub
VIDEO: Firefighters are investigating a fire at a Seattle nightclub early Monday morning. Firefighters responded to the fire around 2:45 a.m. at Trinity nightclub. It's located at the 100 block of Occidental Ave. S in the Pioneer Square area. According to the Seattle Fire Department, the fire is now under control.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 4:56:58 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:56:58 GMT

Controlled burn destroys garage, two cars at Finley home
Firefighters worked to put out a fire on Sunday afternoon after a controlled burn got out of control. Around 1:30 p.m., Benton County Fire District #1 responded to a home near Havana Street and E 45 Pr SE. When they arrived, a two-car garage was engulfed in flames. Crews worked to extinguish the fire as it started to spread to other areas on the homeowner's property.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2019 4:38:51 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 13 Oct 2019 23:38:51 GMT

Blue Flame Asian Bistro In East Wenatchee Temporarily Closed After Fire
A Friday night fire at the Blue Flame Asian Bistro has temporarily closed their East Wenatchee location for restoration. Douglas County Fire District 2 and Chelan County District 1 crews responded just before 11:00 p.m. to the restaurant on Valley Mall Park for a fire in the kitchen area. Fire Marshal Kurt Blanchard says the fire was first reported by employees of Blue Spoon Frozen Yogurt.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2019 3:34:02 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Sat, 12 Oct 2019 22:34:02 GMT

Two Alarm Fire Causes Significant Damage to Hoquiam Home
On Sunday at 4:41 p.m. neighbors called 911 to report a residence on fire in the 900 block of Wheeler Avenue in Hoquiam. The Hoquiam Fire Department along with a Rapid Intervention Team from the Aberdeen Fire Department were dispatched. The neighbors alerted the elderly resident of the house and assisted her in getting out.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 4:37:21 AM - SOURCE: KBKW 1450-AM & 94.7-FM
Posted on Mon, 14 Oct 2019 11:37:21 GMT

2 injured as major natural gas leak, fire trigger evacuations in North Seattle
A North Seattle neighborhood was evacuated and two Puget Sound Energy workers were injured after a major natural gas leak and fire erupted there, police and emergency officials said. Police and firefighters responded to the scene, just off Aurora Avenue North in the 10300 block of Midvale Avenue North, at about 10:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Douglas County Fire District 2 wins $1 million grant for new firefighters
Douglas County Fire District 2 is growing. The district was awarded $1,070,724 last month through a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to pay for five more career firefighters. “This is a huge boost to the district’s financial stability as we continue to expand services and protection to the people who live, work and visit our area,” Fire District 2 Commissioner Bob Black said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 5:52:36 PM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World
Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:52:36 GMT

2 fires burn through Pierce County food bank, apartment complex
Pierce County fire and rescue crews responded to two fires back-to-back early Friday morning. Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, West Pierce Fire and Rescue crews responded to an apartment fire in Lakewood. The fire tore through a 2-story apartment complex the Clover Creek Apartments on Addison Street. One person is in critical condition and is being transported to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 2:39:59 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:39:59 GMT

Off-duty Seattle fire lieutenant helps put out fire at University of Washington Medical Center
An off-duty Seattle fire lieutenant was at the right place at the right time when a fire broke out at the University of Washington Medical Center last week. On Oct. 2, Lt. LeRoy Sisley was visiting his wife on the seventh floor of the hospital when a fire alarm went off on the first floor. Sisley decided to rush down to the first floor to investigate.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Fire damages Edmonds townhouse
No one was injured in an early-morning fire caused more than $55,000 damage to an Edmonds townhouse. A passerby called 911 at 4:35 a.m. to report smoke and flames coming from the two-story structure in the 7800 block of 196th St. SW. “This is less than half a mile down the road from Edmonds Fire Station 16 so we had firefighters on scene within minutes,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for South County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 9:47:14 PM - SOURCE: My Edmonds News
Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019 04:47:14 GMT

Walla Walla paramedic honored for 30 years of certification
Veniamin “Ben” Granchukoff, a firefighter/paramedic with the Walla Walla Fire Department, recently received a letter from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, congratulating him on achieving 30 consecutive years of National EMS Certification. The letter, signed by the registry’s Executive Director William Seifarth, states this is a “rare achievement,” and thanks Ben for his “dedication to National Certification, your state EMS efforts and your local EMS development, as well as for providing outstanding care to the citizens of your community.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 2:07:35 PM - SOURCE: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 09 Oct 2019 21:07:35 GMT

Kent firefighters put out apartment complex garage fire
Firefighters from the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority extinguished a garage fire that broke out at about 3:03 p.m. Wednesday at the Alderbrooke Apartments in the 400 block of Novak Lane. Firefighters discovered smoke from the eaves of the detached seven-bay single story garage/storage. Firefighters contained the fire to the garage, according to Puget Sound Fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 1:45:31 AM - SOURCE: Kent Reporter
Posted on Thu, 10 Oct 2019 08:45:31 GMT

Funeral Date Set for Okanogan County Fire Assistant Chief Christan Johnson
A date for the funeral service for Okanogan County Fire Assistant Chief Christan Johnson has been set for Thursday, October 24th though a time is still to be determined. It will take place at the Okanogan County Fairground Agriplex. More details are expected to be released next week per the family’s wishes.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 6:47:09 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:47:09 GMT

Family safe after child alerts them to fire in Wiley City home
A 5-year-old boy is credited with alerting his great-aunt and mother to a fire that destroyed their Wiley City home Wednesday morning. Diana Espinoza said she was in her home in the 10700 block of Rockstrom Road around 9:30 a.m. when she said she heard what sounded like tapping at her door. “As soon as I got up, the little boy said there is a fire,” Espinoza said.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 3:36:37 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:36:37 GMT

South County Fire open house at Martha Lake Fire Station Oct. 12
South County Fire is hosting an open house at Martha Lake Fire Station 21, 16810-13th Ave. W. in Lynnwood, Saturday, Oct. 12, with activities and helpful information for all ages. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free for the public. The open house wraps up South County Fire’s Fire Prevention Week and will include activities stressing safety, care and fire prevention.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 11:50:29 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Thu, 10 Oct 2019 06:50:29 GMT

‘Thin it or watch it burn’: How Washington is chewing up trees and spitting out resilient landscapes
The trees are really dense along a stretch of bumpy, narrow road outside Cle Elum in Kittitas County. After years of keeping fire off the landscape, the forest has grown close together. That means there’s more fuel when a wildfire does burn through this area. “The density of this, it’s just a wall.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Thu, 10 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Manton Way fire grows to 8,700 acres in North Franklin County, is 70% contained
The Manton Way fire between Mesa and Connell has grown to 8,700 acres and is now 70% contained, according to Franklin Co. Fire District #1. Chief Eric Mauseth said crews have been working around the clock since the fire first broke out around 1 p.m. on Monday. Franklin Co., Walla Walla Co., Benton Co.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 5:43:12 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:43:12 GMT

Windermere employees become CPR certified thanks to Richland firefighters
Richland firefighters have trained another Richland business to perform hands-only CPR. Windermere Real Estate did employee training with the fire department last month. They're now considered a Heart Safe Campus, a program the firefighters started more than a year ago. "Our work in cardiac resuscitation statistically put us up towards the top in the country," said Battalion Chief James Hempstead.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 6:46:49 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 09 Oct 2019 01:46:49 GMT

Update: Ballard fire likely started with electrical equipment
The Seattle Fire Department is investigating how a massive fire started in Ballard Monday afternoon. Officials say the cause remains undetermined, but they think it’s likely connected to overheated electrical equipment. The three-alarm fire burned four businesses near the corner of Northwest Market Street and 24th Avenue Northwest.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 3:03:12 PM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:03:12 GMT

Semi sparks fire hundreds of acres in size near Lind
A semi engulfed in flames sparked a large brush fire south of Lind Monday afternoon. At about 4 p.m., Lind Fire Chief Kevin Staring says the semi truck driver believes the refrigerator in his sleeping quarters shorted out causing the fire. Parked on the side of SR 395 several miles south of Lind, Chief Staring says the nearby field caught fire as flames consumed the truck cab.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 4:38:13 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 23:38:13 GMT

Spokane 911 dispatch received over 120 emergency calls due to snow
The unseasonal snow October storm was in danger of overwhelming emergency resources in Spokane overnight, as 911 operators reported they were unable to respond to some situations due to "volume of calls" into their dispatch center. The Spokane Fire Department's automated Twitter feed had posted more than 50 possible fires throughout the city by 2:30am Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 4:22:41 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:22:41 GMT

Photo: South County Fire rolls in new fire engine
PHOTOS: South County Fire welcomed its new fire engine Tuesday morning with a traditional roll-in ceremony. During the ceremony, those in attendance pushed the new engine into Lynnwood Civic Center Fire Station 15. The custom dates back to the 1830s and the days of horse-drawn equipment, which could not be easily backed into the station.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 2:45:37 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 21:45:37 GMT

Several businesses destroyed after 3-alarm fire erupts in Ballard
Several businesses were destroyed Monday afternoon after a three-alarm fire erupted at a retail building in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Nearly two-thirds of Seattle's firefighting force responded to the blaze. The first units arrived just after noon as heavy smoke began pouring from the building in the 2300 block of NW Market Street.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 5:05:26 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:05:26 GMT

City of Pullman fined by Washington Dept. of Labor & Industries for flood rescue operations
The City of Pullman is being fined by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries for their handling of the flooding response in April. Three $900 violations have totaled up to $2,700 for the City, which decided to pay the fines rather than appeal them. According to the City of Pullman, Labor and Industries issued the first $900 penalty for a fire department commander allowing an unauthorized, untrained maintenance employee to drive a front-end loader with three firefighters in the bucket.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 5:08:09 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:08:09 GMT

San Juan fire districts recognized, receive FEMA grant
The four fire districts of San Juan County have received a regional Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to replace aging personal protective equipment for firefighters and increase compatibility between agencies, maximizing mutual aid throughout our islands while reducing costs to our taxpayers.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 1:57:38 AM - SOURCE: The Islands' Weekly
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 08:57:38 GMT

Everett: Social purpose corporation builds innovative, durable tiny houses for emergency response
When Amy and Brady King started experimenting with how to build durable, reusable temporary housing that would be easy to transport and assemble, they were imagining a product to assist people after natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods that usually struck far from the Northwest. But their first big customer ended up being close to home and for an ongoing, social emergency — the Northwest’s homelessness crisis.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 5:13:51 PM - SOURCE: GeekWire
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:13:51 GMT

Manton Way Fire in Franklin County estimated at 5,000 acres; 30% containment
Franklin County Fire District 3 says that the Manton Way Fire between Mesa and Connell, as of Tuesday morning, is estimated at 5,000 acres. No homes have been damaged. Crews are still on scene from multiple agencies and the fire is estimated at 30% containment. The fire started on the north side of US-395 at 4:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 11:39:26 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:39:26 GMT

South King Fire sports new shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month
South King Fire and Rescue’s uniforms may look a bit different this month — but for a good reason. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, SKFR members can be found in shirts sporting pink IAFF Local 2024 and department decals. “I personally have a passion for cancer awareness, especially in the fire service,” said SKFR Lt.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 1:01:48 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:01:48 GMT

West Plains agencies hold combined fire training academy
The West Plains will soon have a host of new firefighters to serve on the area’s four fire departments, and for the first time, all are being trained together in one location. Firefighter recruits from Airway Heights, Cheney, Spokane County Fire District 10 are all learning the firefighting trade with recruits from Spokane County Fire District 3 at its training facility on Presley Drive in Cheney.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 2:51:31 AM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Fri, 04 Oct 2019 09:51:31 GMT

Kirkland council establishes advisory group for upcoming fire ballot
The Kirkland City Council unanimously voted at its Sept. 17 meeting to establish a community safety advisory group (CSAG) for developing a fire and emergency services ballot measure. The group will review and recommend funding mechanisms, council capital and operating elements for the measure. The measure is slated for the November 2020 general election.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 1:03:43 PM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019 20:03:43 GMT

Southbound I-5 express lanes in Seattle closed after semi-truck fire
VIDEO: The southbound Interstate 5 express lanes in Seattle will be closed for the entire Friday morning commute after a semi-truck caught fire, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson. The semi-truck caught fire about 5:45 a.m. after a crash near Mercer Street, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 4:49:17 PM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019 23:49:17 GMT

Priest Rapids Dam in Mattawa evacuated due to fire in generating unit
Priest Rapids Dam was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out in one of the generating units. About 50 to 60 Grant PUD employees were evacuated when the fire started about 3:15 p.m. in the exciter cabinet of the No. 1 generating unit, according to PUD officials. The exciter creates an energy field that the unit needs to begin generating electricity.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 7:49:38 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Fri, 04 Oct 2019 02:49:38 GMT

Fire engulfs SUV, cracks nearby apartment windows in Olympia
PHOTOS: Flames engulfed and destroyed a SUV that was parked next to an apartment building in Olympia on Wednesday afternoon. The fire happened about 4:03 p.m. at 1225 Fern St. SW. The fire was so intense, it cracked some nearby apartment windows, but no apartments caught fire, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 1:42:25 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
Posted on Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:42:25 GMT

Castle Rock 'tap takeover' to benefit Zainfeld family, PTSD awareness
The Castle Rock Volunteer Firefighters Association will “take over” two downtown tap houses Oct. 12 to raise money for the family of late Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Mickel Zainfeld, who took his life on Sept. 19. Crosscut Taproom and Wine Down Dog will donate $1 to Zainfeld’s family for every drink sold that evening.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 4:41:34 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019 23:41:34 GMT

Assistant fire chief with Okanogan County Fire District 3 dies from burns suffered in September forest fire
An assistant fire chief who was badly burned during a forest fire in Eastern Washington last month has died. Christian Dean Johnson, 55, died Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he had spent the last month in intensive care trying to recover from the fire that left much of his body burned.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Semi-truck driver arrested for hitting ambulance at I-5 crash scene in Cowlitz Co.
A driver was arrested Wednesday after law enforcement says they hit an ambulance responding to a crash scene on Interstate 5. According to Washington State Patrol, no one was inside the ambulance when the semi-truck hit it four feet off the right hand shoulder of the highway near milepost 26. The semi was headed north on I-5 and crossed the fog line on his side of the road, hitting the entire left side of the ambulance, which was new, according to authorities.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV Fox 12 News
Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Fire Destroys Barn in Olympia, But Animals Rescued
A fire destroyed a barn on Boston Harbor Road Northeast Monday morning, according to South Bay Fire District 8, but the animals inside got out unharmed. The road was closed for several hours, Lt. Robert Gormley said. About 10:30 a.m., fire crews were dispatched to the fire on Boston Harbor Road Northeast and 47th Avenue Northeast.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 3:46:22 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019 22:46:22 GMT

South County Fire invites public to welcome new fire engine
The public is invited to join firefighters in welcoming South County Fire’s newest fire engine with a traditional roll-in ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. at Lynnwood Civic Center Fire Station 15. During the ceremony, those in attendance will push the new engine into the firehouse. This custom dates back to the 1830s and the days of horse-drawn equipment, which could not be easily backed into the station.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 4:43:39 PM - SOURCE: Lynnwood Today
Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:43:39 GMT

Walk this way: Students, staff, leaders join Safe Kids Seattle-South King effort
City and school leaders joined the Valley Regional Fire Authority and Kent Police for International Walk to School Day with Washington Elementary students Wednesday morning. Escorted by police, a throng of students walked down East Main Street to school – symbolic of the Safe Kids Seattle-South King, a nonprofit organization’s effort to promote pedestrian safety and healthy behavior and prevent potential injuries from car-versus-pedestrian-type incidents.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 7:00:46 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019 02:00:46 GMT

Malaga: Bulldogs Help Save the Day, Alert Homeowners of Fire
Chelan County Fire District 1 responded to a structure fire at 12:19 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The fire was off of Searles Road in Malaga. “When fire crews arrived they found a garage detached from a single wide mobile home with fire along one side of the garage,” said Chief Brian Brett. Crews were able to knock down the fire to the exterior of the building with minor extension on the inside.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 4:39:40 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:39:40 GMT

Hundreds Mourn Cowlitz Fire Veteran 'Loved By Many, Respected By All'
Hundreds of first responders and community members gathered in Longview, Washington, Tuesday to remember Battalion Chief Mickel Zainfeld, a 25-year Cowlitz County firefighting veteran. Zainfeld took his own life Sept. 19, after battling work-related post-traumatic stress. He was diagnosed in March and had been put on medical leave.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane standoff witness: Suspect drank beer, started fire with Doritos
Spokane police said on Tuesday afternoon that officers recovered an "airsoft handgun which resembled an actual firearm" from the scene of an hours-long standoff downtown on Monday night. Spokane Police Ofc. John O'Brien said in a release on Tuesday that the airsoft gun was recovered from a beverage cooler that the suspect, 49-year-old Phillip Booher, was hiding in during the standoff.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 3:48:56 PM - SOURCE: KREM 2 News
Posted on Tue, 01 Oct 2019 22:48:56 GMT

Group reminds others help is available after multiple first responder suicides in Washington
VIDEO: After multiple first responder suicides over the past month in Washington, public safety professionals are reminding one another about resources available to help them handle the stresses of their jobs. The Pierce County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 726 union posted a tribute on its Facebook page, honoring two lives lost.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019 07:00:00 GMT

South Whidbey Fire / EMS rescue horse stuck in mud
PHOTO: South Whidbey Fire / EMS responded to reports of a couple of four-legged Whidbey residents that needed rescuing over the course of two days. Sunday morning, the fire district received a report of a horse stuck in a marshy area near Lone Lake. The owners found her up to her neck in mud after searching for two hours that morning when she didn’t arrive at the feeding area, according to an incident report.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 1:51:10 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019 08:51:10 GMT

Bleyhl Co-Op donates smoke alarms to Pasco Fire Department
Inspired by tragedy in another city, Bleyhl Co-Op donated 60 smoke alarms to the Pasco Fire Department. They read a news article about two children dying in a Prosser mobile home fire this year. No smoke alarms were inside, a tragedy the store wants to prevent. "If we can help support them, then they'll help protect our community because we don't want any more lives lost for something that could be fixed with a $7 smoke alarm," said Danielle Marshall, Bleyhl's senior Store Manager.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 5:41:25 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 02 Oct 2019 00:41:25 GMT

Trio of Upper Valley Fire Districts Receive FEMA Grant
Three local fire districts, Chelan County Fire District 3, 6 and Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue (LWFR), secured the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The funding is $722,000 and will help provide the fire districts 101 self-contained breathing apparatus – equipment that can come with a steep price tag.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 9:54:11 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 16:54:11 GMT

Alger Fire Department with high number of women firefighters
For the first time in its history, Skagit County Fire District 14 in Alger has women accounting for more than a third of its 32 firefighters and staff, a marked change in a field still dominated by men. The women take pride in that the Alger department maintains the same standards across the sexes, something they say is a trait of the fire service overall.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 7:41:31 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Tue, 01 Oct 2019 02:41:31 GMT

Fire burns through home in North Vancouver, one person injured
A person escaped a burning Vancouver home with some minor injuries on Monday morning, Vancouver Fire Department officials said. The fire was reported at about 9:30 a.m. in the 12800 block of Northeast 14th Street. The column of smoke from the burning house could be seen across the city. Firefighters arrived to find flames in the front window of the single-story home.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 4:02:41 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:02:41 GMT

One person injured by fire in Yakima garage
PHOTO: Yakima County firefighters were on the scene of a large garage fire on Sunday. Just after 5 p.m. firefighters were alerted to the garage fire burning in the 200 block of North 84th Avenue. The homeowner was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns, according to Yakima firefighters. He was taken to a local hospital and has since been released.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 10:39:17 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:39:17 GMT

Grant County Fire District 13 gets grant to purchase new air packs
Grant County Fire District 13 has received a FEMA grant to replace its self contained breathing apparatus, commonly known as “air packs.” The fire district was awarded a grant of $136,926, with a five percent match from the district. The district’s current air packs were purchased in 2004 through a multi-department grant and the air packs are required to be replaced every 15 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 2:59:54 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 21:59:54 GMT

Battle Ground to consider annexation into fire district
Battle Ground residents will have two opportunities to voice their opinions on the potential for Clark County Fire District 3 (FD3) to annex the city into its jurisdiction. Though the move would raise property tax totals, it would also avoid declines in city services outside of just fire protection, city and district officials say.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 1:03:54 PM - SOURCE: The Reflector
Posted on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 20:03:54 GMT

4,000 people in Benton County lacking fire protection, rating firm says - This could be a fix
About 4,000 Benton County residents have almost no protection if a fire started in their home. That’s what the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau says about the people living within five miles of the Badger Canyon Road fire station. The organization that tells insurance companies how prepared an area is for a fire gives the area a nine out of 10, with 1 being the best rating and 10 the worst.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chelan Fire Chief Tim Lemon Memorial Services To Be Held October 14th
The memorial services for former Chelan Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Lemon will take place Monday, October 14th beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the New Life Church in Renton. According to the Facebook post with details on the service, it is taking place in Renton to be more central to all the Fire Departments that Chief Lemon served over his 40-year career.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 6:44:40 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:44:40 GMT

Home burns on North Wenas Road near Selah
More than 30 firefighters battled a blaze Saturday afternoon that damaged one home and threatened several others northwest of Selah. Fire officials responded about 2 p.m. to reports of a house on fire in the 17200 block of North Wenas Road. Arriving firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes and were able to save most of the wooded area surrounding the house, Incident Commander Joshua Redtfeldt said.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2019 7:38:03 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sun, 29 Sep 2019 02:38:03 GMT

Pasco Police & Fire Raise Money For Cancer - Pink Patch Project
Pink Patches Are Back! Both the Pasco Police Department and the Pasco Fire Departments are raising money for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and Kadlec Oncology Department with the Pink Patch Project. We are releasing our 2019 Pink Patch Project patch with a gold ribbon supporting pediatric cancer and pink ribbon supporting breast cancer.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2019 12:37:32 PM - SOURCE: KFLD-AM 870
Posted on Fri, 27 Sep 2019 19:37:32 GMT

Volunteers distribute smoke alarms at local mobile home park in Kennewick
Members of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Fire District 1, Benton County Sheriff Foundation and community volunteers joined together to hand out smoke alarms Saturday at the Metz Mobile Home Park in Kennewick. They provided homes with smoke alarms and replacement batteries. So far, they've handed out just under 500 smoke alarms.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2019 4:10:19 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 28 Sep 2019 23:10:19 GMT

Flames destroy century-old Everett home
VIDEO: Everett firefighters spent Thursday afternoon watching for any flare ups at a vacant home that went up in flames around 11:30 a.m. in the 3200 block of Lombard street. The fire started less than 8 hours after two people were arrested inside the home. “I felt intense heat permeating through our drywall,” said Demetrus Badua who lives behind the burning house.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 12:37:23 PM - SOURCE: KOMO News 1000 AM and 97.7 FM. Seattle
Posted on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 19:37:23 GMT

Fire threatens Yakima fruit warehouse; approximately 200 apple bins destroyed
About 200 apple bins were destroyed in a fire early Thursday in Yakima. The Yakima Fire Department says a large stack of apple bins caught fire next to a fruit warehouse around 4:30 a.m. Firefighters used water to prevent the warehouse from catching fire and to keep it from spreading to other stacks of bins.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 7:39:50 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 27 Sep 2019 02:39:50 GMT

Overfilled gas tank prompts evacuation at Yakima nursing home
An overfilled propane tank prompted an evacuation at a Tieton Drive nursing home Thursday afternoon. Yakima firefighters were called to Willow Springs Care and Rehabilitation, 4007 Tieton Drive, around 1:35 p.m. on a report of a gas leak from a 50-gallon propane tank. An employee of Amerigas had delivered fuel to the nursing home for its backup generator and overfilled the tank, said Michael Cleveland, Willow Springs’ administrator.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 5:34:55 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 27 Sep 2019 00:34:55 GMT

Fatal fall rate in Spokane County is higher than state, nation
pokane County’s rate of deaths from falls is more than double of that of the rest of the U.S. and Washington state as a whole, according to Spokane Regional Health District. In 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, 178 people in Spokane County died from an accidental fall; that’s 29 deaths from falls per 100,000 people.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of Business
Posted on Fri, 27 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Moses Lake Fire Department receives grant to help fund 3 new firefighter positions
The Moses Lake Fire Department has received a grant to help fund three new firefighter positions. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, awarded the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, providing about 75 percent of the total cost of wages and benefits for the first two years of the program, with a third year moving to 25 percent of wage and benefits.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 12:49:58 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 19:49:58 GMT

Cowlitz 2 Battalion Chief Mike Zainfeld memorial service details announced
A memorial service for Cowlitz 2 Battalion Chief Mike Zainfeld will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at at New Life Fellowship Church at 2441 42 Ave. in Longview, according to a Cowlitz 2 press release issued Tuesday. Zainfeld, a 25-year veteran of Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, took his own life on Sept. 19 after battling a job-related injury incurred by occupational stress, according to the agency.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Yakima Air Terminal receives one million dollars for fire vehicle
Yakima Air Terminal will be getting one million dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration's, airport improvement program. This money will go towards a new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle. "This piece of equipment is specifically required to respond within three minutes of any type of aircraft accident, " said Robert Peterson, airport director for Yakima Air Terminal.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 6:39:01 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 01:39:01 GMT

Practice Makes Perfect - Yakima, West Valley Firefighters Going To School
The best kind of training is training that most closely mirrors real life circumstances. The Yakima and West Valley Fire Departments are looking forward to unique training opportunities later this year in light of school demolitions scheduled for the West Valley School District. Apple Valley and Summitview elementary school buildings are coming down later this fall to make room for new schools which will give the firefighters a couple of months and a couple of big building in which to practice.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 1:47:43 PM - SOURCE: KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM
Posted on Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:47:43 GMT

Arson fires in Snoqualmie Azalea Park under investigation
Police are investigating two fires set off in the restrooms at Azalea Park on two September Saturdays in a row. Authorities later determined that these fires were intentionally set by an unknown arsonist. The first arson happened on Sept. 14 at the park located at 6604 Azalea Way SE in Snoqualmie. A resident was in the park and discovered the fire that self-extinguished, said Joan Pilego, communications manager for the city.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 1:42:01 AM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Thu, 26 Sep 2019 08:42:01 GMT

Stolen company truck found burned in field north of Pasco
Pasco Police are investigating after a a pickup truck was found burning in a dirt field at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday near Burns Road and Road 52 in Franklin County, just north of Pasco. Firefighters put out the fire and told officers that it looked like it was intentionally started. The truck had plates registered to a company in the 300 block of N.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 11:45:17 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:45:17 GMT

Yakima firefighters raised over $1000 for cystic fibrosis research in Portland Stairclimb
Six firefighters from the Yakima City Fire Department participated in the Portland Stairclimb Challenge this weekend to raise funds to fight against cystic fibrosis. Firefighters from across the northwest raced up 40 floors and 800 steps of the U.S. Bancorp Tower in full gear. This year, the Yakima firefighters raised just over $1,000 that will go toward research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis, care and education programs.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 7:14:37 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:14:37 GMT

Businesses damaged by fire at Puyallup shopping center
VIDEO: Two businesses sustained heavy damage after a fire broke out Tuesday night at a shopping center in Puyallup. It happened at Valley Plaza shopping center in the area of E. Main Avenue and 15th Street SE. There are at least eight businesses in the shopping center, but the fire was contained to two businesses -- a shoe repair shop and a dry cleaner -- thanks to quick thinking by responding firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 2:01:44 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 25 Sep 2019 09:01:44 GMT

Apple Watch alerts Spokane paramedics to bike crash
Bob Burdett was nearing the end of his bicycle ride just before noon on Sept. 15 to meet his son, Gabe Burdett, for an afternoon of mountain biking at Riverside State Park. The 62-year-old had already pedaled several miles from his South Hill home along High Drive Parkway, by High Bridge Park and across sections of the Centennial Trail.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 3:37:55 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:37:55 GMT

Vancouver Fire Marshal's Office awarded $224k federal grant
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Vancouver’s Fire Marshal’s Office an approximately $224,446 Fire Prevention and Safety grant. The grant will support the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Project Home Safe campaign to reduce the frequency and severity of residential fires through fire and life safety education and outreach.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 7:15:29 AM - SOURCE: City of Vancouver, WA
Posted on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:15:29 GMT

Spokane Police give more details after man arrested for string of fires on west side of South Hill
The Spokane Police Department has released more details after a man was arrested following a string of fires on Tuesday, September 24. According to police, the first of the fires was reported on the west side of the South Hill just before 10:00 am. Two witnesses came forward to the police and one provided a photo, which ultimately helped officers find the suspect.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 1:45:45 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 20:45:45 GMT

Cowlitz Fire District 6 gets funding for Mt. St. Helens area response
The Cowlitz County commissioners Tuesday awarded federal funding to Cowlitz Fire District 6 to provide emergency services to the Mount St. Helens area. The fire district, which serves Castle Rock and the northern part of the county, received funding from the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 4:47:53 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 23:47:53 GMT

Pasco third-graders learn fire evacuation plans
Dozens of third-graders spent Tuesday morning learning how to safely get out of a home. The EDITH house (Exit Drills in the Home), was brought to Robinson Elementary School. The mobile house is designed to simulate a home filling up with smoke and alarms going off. Kids split up into two groups. Pasco firefighter Ben Shearer taught one group about crouching down below the smoke if a fire starts.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 6:43:02 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 25 Sep 2019 01:43:02 GMT

Family Loses Everything in Lake Lawrence House Fire
A family of four lost everything Saturday morning as their small Lake Lawrence home was engulfed in flames due to an apparent malfunction with the building’s water heater. No injuries were reported. First responders received calls from the homeowner around 7:10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, with reports that their home at 17319 154th Way S.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 2:49:24 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:49:24 GMT

Lopez Fire and EMS Paramedic Tracie Red Elk is retiring
After 19 years of dedicated service on Lopez Island, Battalion Chief/Paramedic Tracie Red Elk is hanging up her stethoscope, stowing her fire helmet and sailing off into a well deserved retirement. Tracie began her Lopez Fire and EMS career in 2000 as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. She went on to become a paramedic in 2010 and brought those critical life saving skills to Lopez.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 1:57:53 AM - SOURCE: Islands Weekly
Posted on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 08:57:53 GMT

Clark County Fire District 3 investigating suspicious fires in Battle Ground
Clark County Fire District 3 is investigating “suspicious” structure fires of a house and workshop they responded to Sept. 19, the district announced last week. Fire personnel responded to the fires in the 1100 block of Southeast 20th Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Sept. 19, according to a fire district news release.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 1:41:33 AM - SOURCE: The Reflector
Posted on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 08:41:33 GMT

One person being treated for possible smoke inhalation after a small kitchen fire in Downtown Spokane
One person is being checked out by firefighters after they were exposed to large amounts of smoke following a small kitchen fire in an apartment building in Downtown Spokane Monday afternoon. The fire broke out just before 3 p.m. in the apartment building above Boo Radley’s on the corner of Howard Street and Spokane Falls Blvd.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 3:47:58 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Mon, 23 Sep 2019 22:47:58 GMT

Appointment of New Emergency Medical Services Director in Skagit County
The Board of Skagit County Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Josh Pelonio as the new Director of Skagit County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Prior to his appointment, Josh served as the Interim Director of Skagit County EMS beginning in late July. Josh previously served as the EMS Provider Liaison & Training Coordinator for Skagit County EMS from August 2018 through July 2019.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 7:23:29 PM - SOURCE: Skagit County
Posted on Tue, 24 Sep 2019 02:23:29 GMT

Fire ignites propane tanks in northeast Spokane garage; firefighters contain the flames
Spokane Fire Department responded to a fire behind a house on the 2500 block of North Sycamore Street early Sunday morning. The fire reportedly started in a large shop behind a row of homes, though billowed out after fire crews arrived. The initial fire spread to two nearby cars and had separated an electrical line.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2019 3:48:22 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 22 Sep 2019 22:48:22 GMT

Kennewick: City responds to former Fire Chief Beasley's announcement
The City of Kennewick responds to last night's email that was sent out by former Fire Chief Vince Beasley that said the City of Kennewick placed him on “administrative leave” and asked him to return keys and city property. The city's press release states, "City Manager Marie Mosley has been working with former Chief Beasley for an extended period of time on performance and leadership concerns.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2019 1:29:47 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:29:47 GMT

House fire in Vancouver extinguished
The Vancouver Fire Department responded to the house fire at 8:48 a.m. on Saturday with the first engine arriving at 13125 S.E. 11th Street in four and a half minutes, according to a department press release. According to the press release, firefighters found smoke and flames coming from a second-story window.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2019 3:20:34 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 21 Sep 2019 22:20:34 GMT

Update: Cowitz 2 Fire & Rescue veteran died by suicide, death considered LODD
Battalion chief Mike Zainfeld, a 25-year firefighting veteran of Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, took his own life Thursday morning while in Thurston County, the fire agency and Kelso police reported Friday . Zainfeld, 41, had been on leave and was not on shift or duty when he died. His death is related to a job-related injury incurred by occupational stress according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 11:32:33 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:32:33 GMT

Spokane firefighters experiencing volunteer shortage
Arguably one of the most important jobs in the community is becoming one of the toughest to find volunteers for. A recent report says around 65% of firefighters across the nation are volunteers. Those volunteers are becoming increasingly harder to recruit, and Spokane is no exception. “We’ve definitely seen a slight decrease in a traditional volunteer,” said Deputy Chief Orlando Sandoval.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2019 8:01:34 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Sun, 22 Sep 2019 03:01:34 GMT

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue battalion chief dies in the line of duty
A battalion chief with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue died in the line of duty Thursday afternoon, the Kelso Police Department said. Police have not released details on how Mike Zainfeld died. They said firefighters from the fire department and troopers from Washington State Patrol escorted his body to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office for examination.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 8:59:00 PM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2
Posted on Sat, 21 Sep 2019 03:59:00 GMT

Fire officials say two-year-old annual burn ban in Grant County has drastically reduced fires
The annual burn ban enforced in Grant County in 2017 is drastically reducing fires according to local fire chiefs. Two years ago, Grant County Commissioners passed a resolution that activated the ban in response to the very high volume of fires burning in the area. The ordinance places an automatic restriction on outdoor burning from June 1st to September 30th each year within the unincorporated areas of the county.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 1:36:09 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 19 Sep 2019 20:36:09 GMT

Duvall-King County Fire District 45 celebrates 60 years
Duvall-King County Fire District 45 is celebrating its 60th anniversary. On Saturday, Sept. 21, area residents are invited to commemorate the milestone at headquarters station, 15600 1st Ave NE from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events planned for the day include placing two new fire engines in service, demonstrations of vehicle extrication and CPR, tools and equipment, station tours, rides on the new fire engines, kids activities, giveaways and refreshments.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 2:46:03 AM - SOURCE: Woodinville Weekly/Northlake News/Valley View
Posted on Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:46:03 GMT

Fire, damaged water line temporarily closes Dollars Corner restaurant in Battle Ground
A small fire damaged Julie’s Cottage Kitchen in Dollars Corner early Thursday morning. A Clark County Fire and Rescue crew quickly responded around 4:36 a.m. to the restaurant at 21708 N.E. 72nd Ave. for the report of a commercial structure fire. Firefighters were there within a minute; CCFR Fire Station 26 is across the avenue from the restaurant.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:02:00 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:02:00 GMT

Burn ban in Spokane area to be lifted today
Fire Marshals around the Spokane Metro area will be lifting restrictions on outdoor burning on Friday, Sept. 20. The outdoor recreational fire restrictions that were implemented on July 24, will be lifted after almost two months, taking effect at 8 a.m. Friday. Restrictions for specified outdoor recreational fires (campfires, fire bowls, fire pits) will be lifted for the Spokane County and Spokane Metro area by order of area Fire Marshals.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 8:20:24 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:20:24 GMT



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