Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

1 dies in travel trailer fire in Mason County
One person was killed but another managed to escape a fire that burned their travel trailer in Mason County Thursday. Firefighters with Central Mason Fire & EMS were called to a fire just off Mason Lake. They had trouble reaching the fire due to heavy snow buildup on the private driveway and eventually arrived to find a travel trailer in flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Richland Fire Department's new ambulance is loaded with high-tech safety features
Firefighters and paramedics at the Richland Fire Department have welcomed a new member of the team -- a new, high-tech ambulance. It's the first of its kind for the department. Unlike the rest of their medic units, this one has several safety features aimed to better serve the City of Richland. "This one does have airbag crash protection in the back for the occupants and the customers that we serve," said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 6:39:03 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019 02:39:03 GMT

Body found in Anacortes house during fire investigation
A body was found this morning in the hallway of a house that was destroyed by fire shortly after midnight on the 2200 block of 13th Street in Anacortes. Anacortes Fire Chief Dave Oliveri said the discovery was made by Fire Marshal Jack Kennedy and a crew member after they returned to the scene to investigate the fire’s cause.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 2:13:01 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:13:01 GMT

National Guard helping Eastside Fire and Rescue after heavy snowfall
The National Guard is helping Eastside Fire and Rescue after a snowstorm that hit the area is still causing problems for residents in North Bend and nearby areas. At Eastside Fire and Rescue Station 87, the National Guard was helping escort fire crews and first responders to areas that were unpassable.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 News
Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Garbage trucks loses control on icy street in Kenmore, trapping driver
A harrowing rescue took place on a steep, icy road in the aftermath of our winter storms. A garbage truck lost control along a twisting section of NE 163rd St, and the driver ended up trapped beneath the rig. A utility crew driving a snow plow first came upon this wreckage and quickly discovered the driver pinned between the vehicle and the snow and ice.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Two Seattle firefighters hurt during overdose call
Two firefighters were injured during a call early Thursday in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle. Firefighters were called to a home near East Roanoke Street and Eastlake Avenue East at 2:20 a.m. for a 27-year-old man who had overdosed and was in critical condition. At some point during the response, the firefighters were injured.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 News
Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Jefferson County voters approve fire annexation, school measures
Voters in Jefferson County approved the East Jefferson Fire-Rescue annexation and two Port Townsend school levies by wide margins during Tuesday’s special election. The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office staff said voter turnout was low, at just 34.69 percent during the first ballot count, with 6,238 ballots cast out of 17,984 provided registered voters.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 1:49:28 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:49:28 GMT

San Juan Island EMS Chief Jerry Martin to retire in April
After three years of working as chief of San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services, Jerry Martin is passing the baton over to Karl Kuetzing. Martin announced his retirement on Jan. 25; he said he will work until April 1. “It’s been a privilege to serve the people,” Martin said. “It’s been a good career.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 6:27:22 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:27:22 GMT

Heavy snow caves in roof at Verizon store in Lacey
City officials are tallying up the damage Thursday after heavy snow caused a roof to collapse at a Verizon store in Lacey, rupturing the fire sprinkler system and a gas line, emergency officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, the Verizon store at 653 Sleater Kinney Road SE, at about 11:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 8:47:16 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:47:16 GMT

Marysville voters will decide about RFA in April
Voters will decide in a special election April 23 if they want to fund a new Regional Fire Authority. The City Council voted Monday in favor of the RFA, after Snohomish County Fire District 12 had previously. If approved, the RFA would be funded by a property tax rate of $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed value, or $435 annually for a $300,000 home.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:24:38 AM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:24:38 GMT

Despite advice from mayor, Spokane voters approve tax for police and firefighters
Ignoring the advice of Spokane’s mayor, voters overwhelmingly approved a $5.8 million-a-year tax that will pay for more police and firefighters. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said voters decision to tax themselves reflected what he had heard from neighborhoods for the last several years.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 9:26:02 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:26:02 GMT

Voters approve levy for Spokane Valley Fire Department
Voters on Tuesday gave strong support to a levy for the Spokane Valley Fire Department that will fund salaries, equipment, fire engines and capital projects. The $113 million maintenance and operations levy, approved by 74 percent of voters, will be spread across four years and replaces an expiring levy passed by voters in 2015.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 9:26:16 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:26:16 GMT

Fire sparks as car tries to climb snowy hill in Wenatchee
VIDEO: The hills in and around the Wenatchee Valley are not only treacherous to navigate when they’re snow-covered and slick, but they can also be downright dangerous. That’s what one motorist who was trying to climb the westbound slope on Orondo Avenue found out today when his car suddenly caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 2:58:50 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 22:58:50 GMT

Voters back taxes for Newman Lake Fire and Spokane County Fire District 8
Voters approved three tax measures for the Newman Lake Fire and Rescue, Spokane County Fire Protection District 8 and the Orchard Prairie School District in Tuesday’s special election. More than 81 percent of voters approved a replacement levy for Newman Lake Fire and Rescue. The ballot measure replaces an emergency medical services levy that’s expiring at the end of 2019.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:19:13 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:19:13 GMT

Video: Central Pierce firefighters rescue deer from icy pond
The deer was standing in the middle of a frozen pond, too exhausted to move. A passerby spotted it just before 9 a.m. Thursday and knocked on the door of the property owner on 152nd Street East.The owner immediately summoned the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue’s swift water rescue team.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

2-alarm fire damages apartment in Bremerton, injures two
Several crews responded to a 2-alarm fire in Bremerton early Tuesday morning that damaged four apartment units and injured two people. At about 1:40 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 1100 block of Wheaton Way to find the 22-unit building on fire. Two residents were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 4:30:55 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 12:30:55 GMT

Roof collapses on Sequim-area man
An 85-year-old man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a roof collapsed on him Monday. Clallam County Fire District No. 3 responded to a report of a collapsed roof at 263 Sturdevant Road near Sequim at 9:43 a.m. The victim, who was not identified, called 9-1-1 himself and reported his leg was bleeding and pinned under the roof.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 6:49:48 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:49:48 GMT

East Jefferson Fire Rescue Commissioner: City of Port Townsend and fire district better together
My career in the fire service began humbly more than 30 years ago. I started as a high school intern and progressed to volunteer and then career firefighter. For the past 17 years, I have been one of your elected fire commissioners. Soon after becoming a commissioner, it became apparent that combining district resources would help us keep up with state and federal mandates as well as the rising costs of providing service for the growing needs of our community.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Leader - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Port Angeles, Clallam County seek site for joint emergency center, dispatch facility
City and county officials are looking for a site to build a joint Emergency Operations Center and Peninsula Communications facility, the Port Angeles City Council heard recently. Meanwhile, negotiations continue for a consolidated PenCom-JeffCom 9-1-1 regional dispatch center, officials said. The Port Angeles City Council voted 6-0 last Tuesday to authorize the police and fire departments to “begin a collaborative effort with Clallam County to explore options for a joint city-county EOC [Emergency Operations Center] to be co-located with a new PenCom facility.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 5:51:40 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:51:40 GMT

Chehalis Staff Outlines Reasons For Vacating Historic Fire Station
Five-gallon buckets set out to catch water leaking through the walls. Plaster flaking off walls to reveal unenforced masonry without any insulation. Corrosion of wooden beams that looks like the work of beavers. Those were just a few of the examples highlighted by city of Chehalis staff members Monday as they outlined for the city council why it was their collective recommendation that the Chehalis Fire Department should abandon any notion of renovating the historic downtown fire station prior to a new one being built.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 10:38:04 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:38:04 GMT

Snohomish County Emergency Management unveils new tool that shows residents where hazards are
Do you live above an earthquake fault or make your home in a place at risk of burning in a wildfire? Do you regularly travel through areas prone to flooding or considered at risk of landslide? What could you expect if the Glacier Peak volcano erupted? Snohomish County’s dramatic landscape was shaped by powerful natural forces that are active still.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 6:48:10 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:48:10 GMT

'Talk about great neighbors!' Man solves snowy problem at Thurston County fire station
Firefighters with West Thurston Fire are giving a big thanks to one of their neighbors for helping solve a snowy problem at one of their stations in Olympia. The neighbor, who is tentatively identified as "Shannon" took their own snow plow and cleared the snow in front of the fire station's doors so the emergency vehicles could easily get in and out.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2019 2:43:44 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Sat, 09 Feb 2019 22:43:44 GMT

Fire displaces a family of six in Grandview
Grandview Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire on the 400 block of Klock Road on Friday night. When crews arrived around 9:17 p.m., they found fire coming from a bedroom on the second floor. Firefighters put out the fire in about an hour and a half. The Red Cross was contacted to help assist all six family members.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 4:41:31 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:41:31 GMT

Chickens, goats die in barn fire near Chelan
Several chickens and goats died in a barn fire early Sunday morning near Chelan. Chelan Fire and Rescue responded just before 6 a.m. to a structure fire off Henderson Road. Firefighters arrived to a fully-involved two-story barn, according to Fire Chief Tim Lemon. With no fire hydrants in the vicinity, firefighters had to overhaul about 300 feet of fire hose through heavy snow to engage the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2019 12:55:48 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:55:48 GMT

Update: Two killed in north Olympia house fire
Two people died in a house fire that happened north of Olympia Thursday afternoon. According to South Bay Fire Chief Brent McBride, fire units from South Bay, Lacey Fire Dist. 3, Olympia Fire and McLane-Black Lake Fire were dispatched to the 4300 Block of Lemon Road about 1:30 p.m. The two-story house and garage were completely destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 8:49:04 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 08 Feb 2019 16:49:04 GMT

Voters in the city of Asotin decide on EMS Levy that never expires
City of Asotin voters are just days away from voting on a levy to provide EMS services to its residents. Asotin County Fire District 1 has been responding to the city of Asotin for medical emergencies for years now. It has been funded through a tax on city residents but that tax expired in December, leaving questions about the future of emergency coverage.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLEW TV
Posted on Fri, 08 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Mount Vernon ambulance system prepares for upgrade
With the transition to city control behind them, stakeholders in the Skagit County ambulance system are looking forward to a technological transition. Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Sargent said the county is about a year and a half away from implementing Quickest Route, a program that tracks ambulances in real time and dispatches them to the closest 911 calls.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 6:41:39 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:41:39 GMT

Property tax levy would bolster Spokane public safety
In less than a week, Spokane County voters will decide whether to add additional police officers and retain more than two dozen firefighters. Proposition 1, which appears on the Feb. 12 special election ballot, would fund the hiring of 20 Spokane police officers and retain 30 of the 48 firefighters hired thanks to the SAFER grant two years ago.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 7:40:52 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Thu, 07 Feb 2019 03:40:52 GMT

South King Fire and Rescue Station 64 reopens after seismic upgrades
South King Fire and Rescue Station 64 is back and better than ever. After 10 months of construction, Station 64 reopened for service on Monday. The station, located at 3700 S. 320th St. in Federal Way, is now staffed 24/7. “The purpose of the construction was to make the facility earthquake resistant, improve critical infrastructure, and safety features,” said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 1:43:23 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Thu, 07 Feb 2019 09:43:23 GMT

Couple unaccounted for after overnight fire near Olympia, chief says
Fire officials say two people are unaccounted for after a fire overnight destroyed a home north of Olympia. Crews were called to the 4300 block of Lemon Road Northeast about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The two-story house and attached garage were destroyed, said South Bay Fire Chief Brian VanCamp. VanCamp said investigators are trying to determine if the man and woman who lived there were home at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 10:46:09 AM - SOURCE: The Olympian
Posted on Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:46:09 GMT

Firefighters save cat from burning home near Port Angeles
Firefighters not only managed to douse a house fire but rescue a cat trapped in the burning building near Port Angeles Thursday. It was just before 8 a.m. when Clallam County Fire District 3 firefigthers were called for a home burning in the R-Corner area on the north side of U.S. 101. When they arrived, they found a room full of contents on fire that was spreading to the inside walls of the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 9:44:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:44:00 GMT

House fire in East Central Spokane determined to be accidental
A house fire in East Central Spokane has been determined to be accidental. According to the Spokane Fire Department, investigators determined the fire was ignited when plastic furniture was inadvertently put in contact with a natural gas fueled, free standing fireplace. Crews responded to the home in the 3200 block of N.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 7:09:29 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Thu, 07 Feb 2019 03:09:29 GMT

Three escape Spokane Valley apartment fire thanks to smoke detector waking child
A child sleeping in a Spokane Valley apartment was awoken by the sound of a smoke alarm going off early Thursday morning. The boy then woke the rest of his family-- an adult and another child. The family safely got out of the apartment and called 911. Spokane Valley firefighters arrived to the 7000 block of E.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 9:20:14 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 07 Feb 2019 17:20:14 GMT

Seattle firefighters battle 2-alarm fire in subfreezing temperatures
Seattle fire crews fought a 2-alarm house fire in subfreezing temperatures that spread to a second home early Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the home in the 600 block of 23rd Avenue East in the Miller Park Neighborhood just east of Capitol Hill shortly after 1 a.m. The fire quickly spread to the attic of a second home.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 9:27:59 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Wed, 06 Feb 2019 17:27:59 GMT

Spokane firefighters forced open 2 long-lost safes in Spokane’s old Rainier brewery. Here’s what they found.
Art and pieces of Spokane history locked in two safes would have been buried in a pile of rubble if not for a discovery by Spokane firefighters. The firefighters were doing a week of training exercises in the former YWCA that will soon be demolished on the north bank of Spokane Falls when they found a 5-foot-tall safe, Deputy Fire Chief Rex Strickland said.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 2:05:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 06 Feb 2019 10:05:00 GMT

House fire displaces five people, three treated for smoke inhalation, Yakima firefighters say
A fire at a home in the 600 block of Cornell Avenue displaced five people Tuesday morning, Yakima firefighters said. Firefighters were called around 7:30 a.m. Two adults and two children from the downstairs unit and an adult living upstairs were able to get out, along with four dogs, according to a fire department news release.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 2:59:51 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 05 Feb 2019 22:59:51 GMT

Decision to move friendly elk from Cle Elum draws mixed reaction from neighbors
Tammy and Jeff Grimnes looked forward to their daily interactions with Buttons the elk. For many years, Buttons would stop in the enclosed porch of the Grimnes’ home several times a day. Her husband “even brought her (a) brush,” she said. “She loved to be brushed.” Nate Tamarack was not as fond of Buttons.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 3:14:11 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 05 Feb 2019 23:14:11 GMT

Man arrested for allegedly starting fire in abandoned Spokane house
Spokane police officers and firefighters were called to an abandoned home in northwest Spokane Wednesday morning for reports of smoke coming out at second story window. The boarded-up home is at Crown Ave. and Rustle St., a few blocks from the VA Medical Center and Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. Fire crews were able to put out the flames with an extinguisher.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 10:54:30 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 06 Feb 2019 18:54:30 GMT

Thurston County emergency leaders testify before Senate committee on need for sales tax increase.
Leaders at Thurston County’s 911 dispatch center say the radio system that emergency responders use to talk to dispatchers and each other is outdated and they are asking state lawmakers for the ability to collect more sales tax to pay for a $30 million upgrade. TCOMM 911 handles emergency calls and dispatches first responders in Thurston County with the exception of Washington State Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 8:14:21 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 05 Feb 2019 16:14:21 GMT

'No Man's Land' can leave families without help during an emergency
A fire starts in your kitchen. You call 911 and tell them what's going on. They take down your information but no help comes. And you watch your home burn to the ground. That's exactly what happened to Donald Isadore's aunt because she lived in "no man’s land". “The most hurtful part was not getting any help from anyone to help with that fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2019 7:04:10 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 05 Feb 2019 03:04:10 GMT

Sprinkler head prevents Cheney apartment fire from spreading
A fire in a Cheney apartment building prompted an evacuation, but was contained to a single apartment Monday night thanks to a sprinkler head. Monday around 8:23 p.m., Cheney firefighters responded to the fire at the Eagle Point Apartments, discovering upon arrival that a single automatic fire sprinkler head in a kitchen had activated.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 10:43:05 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:43:05 GMT

2 injured as speeding semi jumps I-90 barrier near Vantage, plows into SUVs
Two people were injured when a semitruck lost control and jumped the concrete barrier on Interstate 90 near Vantage, sparking a three-vehicle crash in icy conditions. State troopers and medics responded to the scene, about two miles east of the Vantage bridge, at around 1 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi rig.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 05 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Yakima fire chief to discuss efforts to unite departments
Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham will brief the Yakima City Council on Tuesday on efforts to unite several area fire departments under a single authority. A copy of Markham’s report indicates that there is little interest in forming a regional fire authority, something officials last looked at in 2011.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2019 6:12:08 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:12:08 GMT

Spokane celebrates life of grocery checker who touched the lives of thousands including local firefighters
Rick Chase met Andrew Vathis 25 years ago while they were working at Albertsons on the South Hill. Immediately, Chase said, he knew Vathis was a people-person because he would talk to everybody and treat them as a friend. “To him, working at the store was about the people,” Chase said. It’s that sense of friendship that drew more than 1,000 people to Ferris High School on Saturday for Vathis’ memorial.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2019 4:54:57 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 04 Feb 2019 00:54:57 GMT

‘Degrading, insulting’ behavior toward women gets Tacoma firefighter suspended without pay
A Tacoma firefighter who is president of the firefighters’ union Local 31 was suspended for 30 days without pay after an investigation found he regularly used derogatory terms to describe women and those who disagreed with him. Ryan Mudie served the suspension from Oct. 29 to Nov. 20. “Your language and behavior are degrading and insulting and absolutely cannot be tolerated,” Chief James Duggan wrote in a Sept.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
Posted on Mon, 04 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

This Payless shoe store in Lacey is closed until further notice
If you had plans to shop for shoes at Payless in Lacey, you’ll have to temporarily put those plans on hold. Why? A car backed into the building at 700 Sleater-Kinney Road SE on Thursday, Lacey Fire District 3 Battalion Chief Steve Crimmins said Sunday. The incident was reported about 1:15 p.m. An employee in the store was not hurt, and the driver was treated and released at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2019 2:54:30 PM - SOURCE: The Olympian
Posted on Sun, 03 Feb 2019 22:54:30 GMT

Food truck owners at odds with Renton Regional Fire Authority over fire safety bill in state Legislature
Food trucks are asking Renton Regional Fire Authority to support a bill that would turn fire permits to just one per year, instead of per city. Not all cities currently charge a fee or do independent truck inspections. Seattle, SeaTac and Renton are among those who do, and food truck owners believe other cities will soon get on board.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2019 7:03:23 AM - SOURCE: Renton Reporter
Posted on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:03:23 GMT

The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers; The mayor doesn’t
Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million-a-year levy to pay for firefighters and police, a tax that six of the seven members of the City Council support but Spokane’s mayor opposes. The levy would collect 30 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value, or $60 for a $200,000 home, and would pay for 30 firefighters, 20 police officers and other crime prevention services.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2019 7:18:54 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:18:54 GMT

Washington State DNR Investing Locally as Part of its 20 Year Strategic Plan
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has awarded two local organizations about $239,000 in an effort to reduce fuel on public and private land. Chelan County Natural Resources Director Mike Kaputa said DNR is identifying high-priority watersheds like the ones managed by the Stemilt Partnership.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2019 11:52:20 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 19:52:20 GMT

App helps off-duty firefighters in Spokane respond to emergencies
29-year-old Brett Gombassy moved from the west side of Washington state to Spokane Valley, and he has a passion for helping those in need. "I was looking for an opportunity to serve my community and ended up staying here," said Gombassy. Gombassy has been a firefighter with Spokane Valley Fire for close to four years mainly out of Fire Station Five off of Sullivan fighting fires and saving lives.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2019 2:44:30 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:44:30 GMT

Son of deceased Bellingham man intubated for practice, settles
Brad Ginn Jr. is speaking publicly for the first time about the day Bellingham firefighters practiced intubation on his father's dead body. His father, Bradley Ginn Sr., died in a medic unit on his way to the hospital on July 31, 2018. Bellingham Fire Department officers on leave after training on dead body When the hospital wouldn't accept his body, firefighters took him back to the Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7
Posted on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Fire causes $100,000 damage to Yakima home, displaces two people
Two people were displaced after a fire severely damaged their South Eighth Avenue home Wednesday night, Yakima firefighters said. Firefighters were called to 1602 S. Eighth Ave. around 7:30 p.m. Arriving crews found that the home’s two occupants got out of the house, and said there was no one else inside, according to a fire department news release.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2019 6:59:27 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 01 Feb 2019 14:59:27 GMT

Chehalis Firefighters Claim to Have Been Unaware of Plan to Vacate Station
An article that ran last week in The Chronicle was, according to firefighter Kevin Reynolds, how the rank-and-file members of the Chehalis Fire Department found out they would not return to the historic downtown fire station. Reynolds, who serves as union president for International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2510, claims city officials have failed to keep the firefighters in the loop as plans have taken shape to vacate the 90-year-old station at 455 NW Park St.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2019 10:43:32 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 18:43:32 GMT

City of Kent insurance rates go up after large claims
City worker compensation insurance rates were hiked 17 percent this year and the deductible raised by $100,000 after large claims because of the on-duty death of Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno and an injury to another officer during the same July incident. Chris Hills, city Human Resources risk manager, updated the City Council’s Operations Committee on Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2019 9:43:33 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:43:33 GMT

Valley Regional Fire Authority crews douse detached garage fire in Pacific
Valley Regional Fire Authority crews responded to a reported vacant, detached garage fire in the area of Skinner Road and 3rd Avenue Southeast in Pacific just after 7 a.m. Monday. Smoke was visible en route. Crews arrived to a well involved garage fire and quickly extinguished it. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2019 1:05:36 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:05:36 GMT

Firewood drying atop wood stove ignites in Port Angeles
Deputy Police Chief Jason Viada extinguished a fire atop a wood stove that was generating 1-foot flames, he said. The house in the 100 block of East 12th Street suffered smoke damage but the flames did not reach a nearby wall during the fire Monday morning, Assistant Port Angeles Fire Chief Mike Sanders said.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2019 10:23:03 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 06:23:03 GMT

New equipment, firefighting strategy key in Hazel Dell blaze
As Julie Lewis volunteered with her co-workers Wednesday at a charity fundraiser, she took a moment to recognize the cruel irony of her newfound free time. “We’re all out of work, so we had some time today,” Lewis said with a laugh. Lewis’ store, Denim & Frills consignment boutique, was one of several businesses damaged by a Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2019 8:55:23 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 04:55:23 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 2 gives awards to firefighters, volunteers, EMTs
Margie Brueckner was named the career Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year at Clallam County Fire District 2’s annual awards ceremony. Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief Mike DeRousie was recognized for his 28 years of dedication and service to the fire district and its residents during the Saturday ceremony to recognize and show appreciation to the volunteer and career firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics who work for the district.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2019 2:45:19 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:45:19 GMT

Deadly Clarkston house fire burns for hours
Clarkston Fire says there were two people in a house that caught fire this morning and only one of them survived. Firefighters say when they arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames. They called for help from the Asotin County Fire District and Lewiston Fire Department. After fighting flames for over an hour, crews were told to get out of the house for safety reasons.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2019 9:40:07 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 30 Jan 2019 05:40:07 GMT

Update: Port Angeles man still in serious condition after wreck with semitruck
An 83-year-old Port Angeles man who was driving a minivan that was hit by a semi-truck last week remained in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Timothy K. Nobuhara was listed in critical condition after the Friday morning wreck on U.S. Highway 101 and Monroe Road east of Port Angeles.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2019 3:04:11 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:04:11 GMT

Several hurt in multi-car crash on I-5 in Seattle
A crash involving multiple vehicles blocked several lanes of Interstate 5 Monday morning during the tail end of the commute. According to the Seattle Fire Department, one vehicle rolled over and crew had to remove the roof to get a person out. The extent of that person’s injuries was not known. Firefighters said two additional ambulances were called to the scene to transport other injured patients.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2019 12:05:27 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:05:27 GMT

House fire kills litter of puppies in Zillah
Yakima County Fire District 5 were called to a reported dog house fire Monday morning. The homeowners say that their daughter was woken up by the smell of smoke and as a family they attempted to get rid of the flames themselves with a fire extinguisher. Officers were later advised the fire had spread to into the families home.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2019 12:45:25 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:45:25 GMT

Fully involved car fire doused west of Port Angeles
Clallam County Fire District No. 2 extinguished a vehicle fire off U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles on Monday, Deputy Chief Jake Patterson said. The Toyota passenger car was abandoned on a dirt road near milepost 241 on the hill east of the Elwha River. Patterson said the first crew on scene was able to extinguish the blaze with water from a fire engine.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2019 3:04:12 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:04:12 GMT

From ‘surround and drown’ to smoke alarms and 911, Whatcom County Fire District 2 firefighter saw 50 years of firefighting change
When Ron Swanson started in 1967 as a volunteer firefighter with the former Whatcom County Fire District 2, the Geneva fire hall was a garage that held two aging pumpers and a loft where the guys would meet. Homes didn’t have smoke alarms, only a handful of Americans knew CPR, and defibrillators to shock a dying heart weren’t portable and easy to use.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

2 seriously injured in Tacoma house fire
Two people were seriously injured in a Tacoma house fire Saturday morning. Firefighters were dispatched at 10:09 a.m. to the fire in the 1000 block of East 49th Street. There, they pulled two adults from the burning two-story home. The two victims had smoke inhalation and burn injuries and were transported to a local hospital, said Tacoma Fire battalion chief Chris Brink.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2019 1:53:52 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Sun, 27 Jan 2019 09:53:52 GMT

Firefighters extinguish abandoned camp trailer fire Sunday morning
Firefighters from Longview and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue extinguished a fire in an abandoned camp trailer in the 1400 block of Beech Street Sunday morning. The property includes a boarded-up vacant commercial building and multiple abandoned camp trailers, vehicles and old boats, according to the Longview Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2019 9:26:36 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:26:36 GMT

One-year anniversary of firefighters saving twin girls from Everett fire
It was nearly a year ago when twins Chloe and Emma were rescued from a raging apartment fire in Everett. The twins are now 4 years old. “Just watching them grow bigger is amazing every day,” said mother Sihaya Sweum. It was Jan. 29, 2018, when fire consumed their first-floor apartment. The girls were trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 28 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Trapped driver extricated after minivan-semi collision on Highway 101 in Clallam County
PHOTO: An elderly Port Angeles man had been upgraded to serious condition after surgery Saturday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the minivan he was driving was struck by a semi on U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles on Friday. Timothy K. Nobuhara, 83, was airlifted from Olympic Medical Center to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the 10:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2019 8:41:43 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Sat, 26 Jan 2019 16:41:43 GMT

Senator Hawkins fully supportive of Washington Department of Natural Resources’s mission to fight wildfires
The Washington Department of Natural Resources unveiled their 10-year strategic plan last week. 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins was there and says it’s important to be proactive and do things like thin forests as needed, prescribed burning and reducing risks. “But we also need to make sure that we are using state resources well and being able to fight the fires through the fire suppression activities and that is what this 10-year wildfire strategic plan was aimed at.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2019 4:45:26 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:45:26 GMT

Dissolution of Snohomish County Fire District 1 goes to voters; ballots in mail the week
Ballots for the Feb. 12 special election to dissolve Snohomish County Fire District 1 are being mailed this week to voters in unincorporated South Snohomish County. South County Fire now funds and provides all fire and emergency medical services in Fire District 1. Prop. 1 would dissolve the fire district and eliminate the expense of operating and managing Fire District 1 as a special purpose district which no longer serves the purpose for which it was created in 1945.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2019 5:04:32 PM - SOURCE: MLTnews.com
Posted on Fri, 25 Jan 2019 01:04:32 GMT

Firefighters respond to structure fire on Cornell Avenue in Yakima
No one was injured Wednesday afternoon in a house fire on Cornell Avenue in Yakima. The fire started in the bathroom, and a person inside the home – alerted by a smoke detector – attempted to extinguish it with flour, making it worse, Yakima Fire Department Shift Commander Jennifer Norton said. The resident was able to safely escape, and firefighters had the fire out by 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2019 11:32:27 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Fri, 25 Jan 2019 07:32:27 GMT

City of Sequim, Clallam Fire District 3 agree to partner more on emergency operations, training
The Sequim City Council and commissioners with Clallam County Fire District 3 have agreed to work together on emergency management training and operations while sharing some resources such as labor and storage. Both the city and district decided, in separate meetings last week, to increase their partnership in dire situations through an interlocal agreement.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2019 9:11:54 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 24 Jan 2019 17:11:54 GMT

Seattle pays record-breaking $65.7M to victim of ambulance crash
Seattle and its insurers have agreed to pay $65.75 million to the family of Brooke Taylor, an amount representing the largest individual personal injury settlement in the city’s history, likely the largest in Washington state and among the largest ever in the country. The sum covers ongoing care for Taylor, as well as lost future income, after she suffered a traumatic brain injury in a crash with a Seattle Fire Department ambulance in April 2016.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2019 6:12:35 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Posted on Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:12:35 GMT

Washington organizations awarded forest health grants from Department of Natural Resources
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded nine organizations across Washington with a combined $1.8 million in new grant funding to help make forests in their communities healthier and more resilient to wildfires. Through the All Lands Forest Restoration Grant Program, DNR awarded about $1.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2019 11:32:10 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:32:10 GMT

Bellingham Fire Department chief planning to retire in March
Bellingham Fire Department Chief Bill Newbold, who has held the position for five years and worked for the department since 2013, is planning to retire in March. Assistant Chief Jay Comfort told The Bellingham Herald of Newbold’s decision in an interview Tuesday, and Newbold confirmed his decision in an email to The Bellingham Herald later in the day.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2019 5:42:28 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:42:28 GMT

2 adults, 2 dogs displaced by early morning Spokane house fire
Two adults and two small dogs were displaced from their northeast Spokane home early Wednesday morning when the garage caught fire and spread to the house. The two people inside and their pets got out safe and called 911. Spokane firefighters arrived to the home, located at 523 E. Liberty, around 2:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2019 9:18:25 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 17:18:25 GMT

1 dead, 1 injured as fire rips through 4-story Burien apartment building
A woman was found dead and a second was injured as fire burned an apartment building in Burien Tuesday evening. Firefighters arrived at the Forest View Apartments at 12200 Ambaum Boulevard SW around 6 p.m. to find flames burning on at least three floors. Family on scene told KOMO News the woman was found dead on the first floor of the apartment complex.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2019 5:58:33 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 13:58:33 GMT

Retaining wall collapses on construction worker and traps him for 30 minutes in University Place
A construction worker was rescued Tuesday afternoon after he was trapped and injured by a collapsing retaining wall in University Place. The man and his co-workers were building the wall when a section of the 3-by-5-foot blocks fell over, said West Pierce Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Scott Adams.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2019 2:51:36 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 10:51:36 GMT

All-female team makes history at Spokane County Fire District 8
When two firefighters clocked into work Monday, they didn't realize they'd be making history. In a first for Spokane County Fire District 8, an all-female firefighting team ran the paramedic unit. But Meg Williams and Jennifer Raudebaugh say despite Monday's milestone, it felt like any other day on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 8:09:15 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 04:09:15 GMT

Medical Lake, Spokane County Fire District 3 consider merger
The city of Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 are discussing a merger due to an increasing number of no-response calls by the city's all-volunteer fire department. The Medical Lake Fire Department failed to respond to over one-quarter of the calls they received in 2018, according to a city report.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 1:03:22 PM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:03:22 GMT

Assistant fire chief leaving Spokane Fire Department for job in Maryland
Just over a year after becoming the first female assistant fire chief in Spokane Fire Department history, Trisha Wolford is leaving for a new job. Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer confirms Wolford will become the new chief of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Maryland, where she began her firefighting career and where much of her family still resides.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 8:21:15 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:21:15 GMT

Yakima apartment fire leads to $70,000 of damage
An apartment went up in flames early Sunday morning in Yakima. The apartment located on the 400 block of N 6th street broke out into fire Sunday morning around 2:30 am. According to responding units the stairwell of the apartment was on fire making it difficult for firefighters to get up. There was a man located on the second floor who ended up jumping out of the building firefighters say.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 11:49:19 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 19:49:19 GMT

Couple safe after carbon monoxide reaches dangerous levels in Spokane Valley home
Spokane Valley firefighters are crediting working carbon monoxide detectors with keeping a couple safe this weekend. The Fire Department says two people, identified as Michael and Nancy, got out of their home and called 911 when their carbon monoxide alarm sounded on Sunday. Firefighters and Avista came out to inspect the house.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2019 10:46:19 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:46:19 GMT

Washington state wants to add firefighters and training academy to beef up wildfire response
Citing the devastation and expense of fighting Washington’s wildland blazes, state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz proposed a “groundbreaking strategic plan” Thursday to prevent and respond to wildfires. The plan by Franz, who oversees the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is part of her $55 million budget request to lawmakers that would boost the state’s wildfire capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 11:06:44 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:06:44 GMT

Government shutdown delays Southeast Thurston Fire Authority grant
Southeast Thurston Fire Authority commissioners authorized the transfer of about $114,000 of general funds to cover expenses within the authority’s SAFER volunteer grant that hasn’t received funding this year due to the partial government shutdown. SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants, are federally granted funds distributed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to fire departments and organizations to help them maintain firefighter training.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:06:38 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:06:38 GMT

Washington Senator Hawkins pushes for work to prevent and manage wildfires
12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins says he’s excited about wildfire prevention techniques being proposed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. “They are rolling out a 10-year, wildfire strategic plan and it includes priorities for what we can do to better fight fires, to be better prepared.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 9:52:24 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:52:24 GMT

Three Spokane Valley firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment
Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from bug bombs. The firefighters were responding to a fire alarm around 1 p.m. at Central Park Condominiums near South Eastern Road and East Sixth Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they saw no fire or smoke, but saw an overturned wheelchair and crawled through a window to find if someone was in the apartment, said Greg Rodgers, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Fire districts in Lake Stevens, Monroe could merge in 2020
Two more Snohomish County fire districts are talking about merging. They are District 8 in Lake Stevens and District 7, which is based in Monroe and also serves Clearview, Maltby and much of unincorporated Snohomish south of the Snohomish River. Together, the two agencies could provide fire protection and emergency medical services to about 160,000 people over 141 square miles.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:53:11 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:53:11 GMT

Riverside School District says it's time to cleanup 98-acre forest land to reduce fire risks
The wildfires that have choked the summer air with smoke the past few years have caught the attention of the Riverside School District, which is moving forward with a new forest management plan for the 97 acres of trees on the 186-acre school campus on U.S. Highway 2 at Deer Park Milan Road. The forest has been getting hit by Western pine beetles, which are killing some trees, said lead groundskeeper Rob Foster.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 5:19:30 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:19:30 GMT

'I've never seen anything like this': Big rock slams through roof, lands in Washougal kid's room
A Washougal family escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when a piece of rock fell from the sky, pierced their roof, and landed in their child's bedroom. Fire officials say the rock came from a nearby construction site, where crews were blasting to make way for utility lines in a new subdivision. "They were doing some blasting just above the apartment complex for utility lines," said Ron Schumacher, fire marshal with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Port Townsend: Assistant chief named at East Jefferson Fire-Rescue
Pete Brummel, a 28-year fire service veteran, has been named assistant chief for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue. Brummel replaces Deputy Chief of Training and Operations Ted Krysinski, who is retiring in a few months. Krysinski will continue with the department for another year, working on such legacy projects as the training tower that he will see through to completion.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 2:58:24 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:58:24 GMT

Shutdown cancels Federal Wildfire Training in Oregon, Washington
From aviation contracts to deals with vendors and even seasonal hiring, the partial federal government shutdown is cutting into planning and preparation for the 2019 wildfire season in the Northwest. According to Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, one training for firefighting managers has already been canceled, because the federal government has been partially shuttered.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 10:11:22 AM - SOURCE: news.opb
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:11:22 GMT

Man trapped in car for 90 minutes after 5-car crash in North Spokane
It took firefighters more than 90 minutes in below-freezing temperatures to extricate a man trapped in his truck after a five-car collision early Tuesday night in north Spokane that sent three to the hospital. No one had life-threatening injuries, said David Heizer, Spokane Fire Department battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 10:19:38 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:19:38 GMT

One rescued from burning house in Mill Creek
A fast-moving fire displaced a family of four Monday evening, with firefighters evacuating one person. No one was injured. Snohomish County Fire District 7 responded at 6:02 p.m. to a report of a house fire, with someone trapped inside, in the 17700 block of 30th Drive SE, south of Mill Creek. “When crews arrived on scene they found a fast moving fire extending throughout the back of the home,” District 7 said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 7:13:26 AM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:13:26 GMT

Spokane Valley voters asked to support $113 million fire department levy
The Spokane Valley Fire Department wants voters to approve a $113 million tax to help pay salaries, buy new fire engines and build a new Barker Road fire station and a new maintenance facility. The maintenance and operations levy will be on the Feb. 12 special election ballot. The cost would be spread across four years.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:29:21 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:29:21 GMT

Washington Senators among Dems pressing Trump to end shutdown so wildfire preparations, training can begin again
Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, of Washington state, said the federal government shutdown “puts peoples’ lives at risk” by delaying forest restoration and wildland firefighter training programs, in a joint letter with 10 other Democratic senators sent to President Donald Trump on Monday. The senators pressed him to reopen the government, which has been partially shut down for weeks, as President Trump and Democrats remain at an impasse over funding for his border wall and security proposal.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 3:53:29 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:53:29 GMT

Pasco Firefighters installing free smoke alarms
Frefighters are partnering with the American Red Cross for the Sound the Alarm Campaign. Sound the Alarm was created for the community to prevent house fires. Pasco Firefighter, Ben Shearer said nonfunctioning fire alarms are a problem nationwide. He said more than 50 percent of residential fires that they go to are in homes without working smoke alarms.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:21:27 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:21:27 GMT

Update: Cause of marina fire in Seattle's Lakewood neighborhood a mystery
Fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of a marina fire Sunday night at Seattle’s Lakewood Moorage that burned three boats, according to a spokeswoman for the Seattle Fire Department. “There was too much fire damage for them to pinpoint what happened,” spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley said Monday of the blaze that sent a 59-year-old man to the hospital with minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 3:53:28 PM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:53:28 GMT

Family of six displaced by Orchards house fire
A fire ripped through a home in Orchards early Sunday morning, severely damaging the building and displacing the family of six living there. Firefighters from the Vancouver Fire Department and Clark County Fire District 3 were called to the house, 15505 N.E. 83rd St., around 1:50 a.m. Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Bryan Fredrickson said responding firefighters arrived to find fire coming from the rear of the house on the second floor and an outbuilding engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 11:01:13 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:01:13 GMT

Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz
For the state’s Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, the smoky air that continues to choke the Inland Northwest each summer is a sign that Washington will have to battle wildfires independently in the future. “We tried to find additional air support outside,” Franz said in an interview this week, after a 2018 wildfire season that resulted in more than 1,850 blazes in Washington, the most in the state’s history.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 6:18:17 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sun, 13 Jan 2019 14:18:17 GMT



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