Washington State Regional Fire Investigation Council

Man found dead after downtown Bainbridge Island fire
An elderly man was found dead after a fire in downtown Winslow Thursday night. Emergency responders were called to Winslow Green at 8 p.m. April 18 for a two-alarm commercial fire. Photos posted on social media showed large flames escaping from windows in the upper floor of the complex, above the pharmacy and adjacent clothing store.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 1:42:05 AM - SOURCE: Bainbridge Island Review
Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:42:05 GMT

Spokane Fire Department gifts gear, firetrucks to Peruvian volunteer firefighters
As two Peruvian firefighters stood nearby, Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer settled his gaze on a cluster of boxes in the middle of a large hangar at the fire department’s training facility near Spokane Community College. “I’m gonna donate all of that to them,” he said Thursday afternoon, pointing to the half dozen boxes of coats, pants and boots.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 5:19:19 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:19:19 GMT

Arson suspect caught on camera entering Seattle bar
A man slipped into a Capitol Hill nightspot and moments later left a restroom filled with smoke and flames. Security cameras from Corvus & Co. show the man pushing past the crowd just after midnight on Wednesday. Seattle police are now using that footage to try and track him down. Owner Paul Berryman has never put a lot of restrictions on who can use the restroom at Corvus & Co.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 11:34:56 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:34:56 GMT

Funding for Southeast Thurston Fire Authority Station 22 Remodel Still in The Works
The Washington State Department of Commerce recently awarded Southeast Thurston Fire Authority a $244,440 grant to partially fund the recommission of Station 22, a small substation abandoned more than a decade ago near Lake Lawrence. Fire Chief Mark King said the fire authority is still looking to find other sources of grant funding to mitigate the cost of a potential bond.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 1:51:05 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
Posted on Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:51:05 GMT

Sam Phillips to retire as Clallam Fire District No. 2 chief
Sam Phillips is putting down the hose after spending two-thirds of his life fighting fires. The Clallam Fire District No. 2 chief will retire June 30 after 42 years answering emergency calls and supervising those who do, he announced this week. The three fire commissioners named Deputy Fire Chief Jake Patterson, a former Port Angeles Fire Department lieutenant, as Phillips’ successor Tuesday following an executive session.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chelan County Fire Commissioner Resigns Effective Immediately
Chelan County Fire District 1 Commissioner Doug Miller has resigned from his post. Fire Chief Brian Brett says Miller resigned at the end of their last meeting. “It is effective immediately. We are going to notify the auditor of the vacancy and I believe 90 days is the timeline to fill the vacancy.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:52:31 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:52:31 GMT

Firefighters respond to burning RVs in Lakeview, reportedly found woman outside laughing
Three recreational vehicles on a single property were destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon in Lakeview, according to fire officials, and investigators are looking into the cause. Callers to 911 reportedly stated that a 25-year-old woman who was taken into custody was standing outside the RV’s laughing when first responders arrived.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:49:38 PM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:49:38 GMT

King County forests face new challenges
Western Washington’s forests are one of the main attractions for residents and visitors looking to escape the grind of the city, but the expanse of rolling trees are facing increasing challenges. Western Washington and especially Puget Sound have a variety of forests and conditions which affect them.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 1:01:30 PM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 20:01:30 GMT

Small brush fire ignites in East Wenatchee
PHOTO: A small brush fire torched approximately one-tenth of an acre in East Wenatchee on Tuesday afternoon. The blaze was reported just after 11 a.m. at the corner of North Georgia Avenue and Fourth Street Northeast. Firefighter Billy Turner with Douglas County Fire District No. 2 tells iFIBER ONE News the fire started when a small residential burn got out of control and spread to a nearby gulch.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 10:40:27 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:40:27 GMT

South King Fire and Rescue commissioner remains hospitalized
A South King Fire and Rescue Board commissioner remains hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center, according to the hospital’s media relations. Commissioner James Fossos was admitted in March due to undisclosed health concerns. As of April 16, Fossos remains at Harborview in satisfactory condition, said Harborview spokesperson Barbara Clements.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 2:27:38 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:27:38 GMT

North Whidbey Fire board hears grievances from district firefighters
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters, staff and members of the public aired grievances and reiterated complaints to the three-person board of commissioners at a special meeting Monday evening. The packed meeting at the Heller Road fire station lasted over two hours and consisted of a stream of commenters addressing the commissioners in turn, with the most common criticisms being a lack of transparency, poor communication and inadequate funding.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 1:43:18 AM - SOURCE: Whidbey News-Times - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:43:18 GMT

Sedro-Woolley officer injured by spike strip while attempting to stop driver
A Sedro-Woolley police officer was injured Monday while attempting to stop a fleeing driver. About 12:30 p.m., Skagit County Fire District 4 was called to check on a motorist who appeared to be intoxicated in the 24000 block of Hoehn Road near Clear Lake, Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Lin Tucker said. The woman was unconscious when crews arrived, and they attempted to put blocks under her tires to prevent her from fleeing, Tucker said.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 2:55:30 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019 21:55:30 GMT

New Snohomish County Fire District 7 fire station opens
Fire District 7’s new Fire Station No. 33, at 19424 Fales Road, officially opened earlier this month. The new fire station is located near the intersection of Fales Road and state Route 522. The 11,000 square foot fire station will provide improved response times and accessibility to the Echo Lake and Lost Lake communities while continuing to meet the district response standards for the Maltby and Paradise Lake Road communities.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 2:30:32 AM - SOURCE: Snohomish County News
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:30:32 GMT

Spanaway woman lit house on fire while roommates slept after ‘spirits’ told her to, deputies say
A Spanaway woman who’d been drinking rubbing alcohol allegedly lit her house on fire early Tuesday with five other people sleeping inside. The 51-year-old was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation. Firefighters were called about 1:25 a.m. to a two-story house in the 20100 block of 75th Avenue Court East and found the home engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 6:56:15 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:56:15 GMT

New leadership coming to Tacoma Fire Department with chief’s retirement
There’s about to be a new fire chief in town. Tacoma Fire Chief Jim Duggan is set to retire this month after seven years at the helm, and the City Council has selected his replacement. Deputy Fire Chief Toryono Green is expected to be approved for the post at Tuesday’s council meeting. “He knows the issues the department is facing and has the courage and skills to lead the department to its amazing potential,” City Manager Elizabeth Pauli said.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 3:59:22 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:59:22 GMT

Prescribed Fire Training in Central Washington Gives Firefighters Skills to Improve Forest Health, Increase Community Protection
Wildland fire professionals from across the Pacific Northwest will be in Central Washington April 28 to May 10 to learn how to use an important tool for reducing wildfire risk on our landscapes: prescribed burning. Sponsored by the Fire Learning Network and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the 2019 Spring Cascadia Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) brings participants into a collaborative environment designed to increase shared stewardship and learning across agencies.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 11:21:37 AM - SOURCE: Department of Natural Resources
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:21:37 GMT

Report: Clark County at heightened risk of fires through July
Western Washington has a more than normal risk for wildland fires in the next few months according to a recent government report. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center released its Climate and Significant Fire Potential Outlook April 1 which showed that through July Clark County was included in an area with “above normal” wildland fire potential.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 3:28:53 AM - SOURCE: TheReflector.com
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:28:53 GMT

South Seattle man drowns in Lake Chelan when inflatable kayak capsizes
Chelan County Sheriff's Office has reported a 36-year-old man from Tacoma, Washington drowned in Lake Chelan Saturday when his two-person inflatable kayak flipped over. The incident occurred north of the dock area at Lake Chelan State Park. Around 2:49 p.m., authorities began receiving calls of two people in the water.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 12:39:43 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 19:39:43 GMT

Battle Ground contemplates merger with Fire District 3
The city of Battle Ground is asking residents for input as it contemplates its future of fire protection, potentially putting a vote to the people for annexation into the department it currently contracts with. Residents received survey letters in their mail last week and have until April 26 to voice their opinion.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 3:17:14 AM - SOURCE: TheReflector.com
Posted on Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:17:14 GMT

Firefighters break in Longview's new ladder truck
PHOTOS: On a drizzly Thursday morning at the Export Grain Terminal at the Port of Longview, local firefighters scrambled up the 100-foot ladder on a brand-new truck, practiced lowering injured victims to safety and simulated hidden brush fires. The annual training day was a chance for Longview and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue firefighters to train for a potential disaster at the grain terminal — and to become more familiar with Longview’s new $1.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 6:39:44 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Sat, 13 Apr 2019 01:39:44 GMT

Police investigate possible arson in White Swan
Yakima County Fire District was called to White Swan for a structure fire. A release sent out by the Fire District stated that there was fire damage to living room and contents, smoke damage throughout residence and an estimated loss at $60,000. The full release sent out by Officer Babcock with Fire District 5 stated the following information: YCFD#5 Station 1 was dispatched to a possible residential structure fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 9:53:46 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:53:46 GMT

Grant County Fire District No. 5 holds 1st annual spaghetti fundraiser
Grant County Fire District No. 5 successfully launched its first annual spaghetti feed fundraiser dinner Saturday, drawing in dozens of attendees in support of the volunteer firefighter association. The fire district is one of the state’s largest, servicing fire and rescue missions for around 560 square miles of territory ranging from medical emergencies in urban outskirts of Moses Lake, rescuing a stranded boat from the surface of the reservoir and firefighting in the middle of the Grant County desert.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 5:35:49 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:35:49 GMT

Spokane firefighters, volunteers team up for smoke alarm installation campaign
VIDEO: In a fire or carbon monoxide leak, every second counts. Properly installed and maintained alarms could be the difference between life and death. On Saturday, Spokane firefighters, volunteers with the American Red Cross and several other local organizations go door-to-door, armed with the proper equipment to save a life.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2019 6:35:38 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sun, 14 Apr 2019 01:35:38 GMT

Spokane firefighters use jaws of life to cut woman out of car following crash
One person had to be cut out of a car following a violent crash in northeast Spokane Friday morning. Spokane Police said preliminary details from witnesses says a car was heading north on Stone and in the process of making a turn onto South Riverton when they were hit by a minivan heading east. Witnesses told police the minivan was going too fast, however Spokane Police are in the process of confirming what happened.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 10:45:09 AM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019 17:45:09 GMT

Cigarette butt DNA links woman to Burien car wash fire nearly three years later, deputies say
Although 32-year-old Katherine Smith poured charcoal lighter fluid in the middle bay of the U-Do-It Car Wash in Burien nearly three years ago, investigators did not have enough evidence to link her to the crime until now. Smith lit a match, set the bay on fire and drove off on September 2016, according to court documents.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA TV
Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Semi-truck loses lumber load in wreck on I-5 in Everett
VIDEO: A multi-car wreck that also sent a semi-truck off the freeway brought traffic to a crawl for southbound drivers on Interstate 5 in Everett Friday morning. Washington State Patrol says shortly after 6 a.m. they got a call about a semi that lost its load on the Pacific Avenue on-ramp to I-5 southbound.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: King5 News
Posted on Fri, 12 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Pullman declares state of emergency
The City of Pullman declared a state of emergency today after major flooding caused damages to local businesses and cars on the road. Pullman Firefighter Mark Johnson said he helped other firefighters clean up and aid affected locations. He said the flood came down from the north of Missouri Flat Creek because of the flash floods and rain all day Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 10:43:12 PM - SOURCE: Daily Evergreen
Posted on Thu, 11 Apr 2019 05:43:12 GMT

Firefighters respond to ‘suspicious package’ call at Spokane County courthouse
A report of a suspicious package at the Spokane County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon prompted a large response from city firefighters. Crews were called to the historic building at 1116 W. Broadway Ave., north of downtown at about 2 p.m., where workers in the Spokane County Clerk’s Office on the third floor reported receiving a “suspicious package,” said Battalion Chief David Heizer.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 4:48:26 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019 23:48:26 GMT

Burlington Fire Department gets health, safety upgrades
The Burlington fire station is undergoing a series of upgrades designed to improve the health and safety of the department’s firefighters. In an attempt to reduce the amount of diesel exhaust trapped in the station, a source-capture exhaust system is being installed to be used in the station’s five most-used bays, Burlington Fire Chief Levon Yengoyan said.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 6:43:51 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com) - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:43:51 GMT

Camas-Washougal Fire Department forms in-house training program
When he found out earlier this year that the state Fire Training Academy would not be available to the department’s five recruits, Camas-Washougal Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Villines scrambled. Villines learned that the academy in North Bend would be closed indefinitely for remodeling. He called nearly every department in the state to make arrangements at their facilities but found each one to be either cost-prohibitive or fully occupied.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 9:29:48 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:29:48 GMT

How a Spokane Fire Marshal and a building inspector were swept up into the politically charged Ridpath development imbroglio
It was a snowy, foggy afternoon in the waning days of 2017 — the last Friday before New Year's Eve — when then-Assistant Spokane Fire Marshal Megan Phillips arrived at the Ridpath building. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were riding on what she had to say. Investors were eager to begin benefitting from the downtown project's historic tax credits.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Inlander
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Resuscitation summit held for Benton, Franklin and Adams County firefighters
Firefighters across several counties came together for a resuscitation summit, aimed to improve the work of firefighters and paramedics. Hosted by ZOLL Medical in conjunction with the Richland Fire Department, speakers came from as far as the east coast to discuss new data about the likelihood of surviving a heart attack before getting to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 11:35:42 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:35:42 GMT

Flood damages Pullman businesses, sparks rescues
VIDEOS: Heavy rain sparked flooding in the Palouse on Tuesday night, damaging businesses and homes in Pullman and Moscow, and trapping about two dozen people in businesses until they could be rescued. Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport received 1.21 inches of rain Tuesday – a record for the day – the National Weather Service reported.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 7:58:43 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:58:43 GMT

Follow Up: Damaged electrical wires caused Vancouver house fire
Damaged electrical wiring is to blame for a March house fire north of Five Corners that briefly trapped a young boy inside, according to the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire crews were dispatched at 4:38 a.m. March 6 to 9012 N.E. 91st St. The fire was controlled in roughly 40 minutes, but the one-story house and two vehicles were destroyed, Vancouver Fire Department Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 8:54:08 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019 03:54:08 GMT

Western Washington faces elevated wildfire risk in 2019
Fire authorities are gearing up for another long fire season in the Pacific Northwest after predictions were released earlier this week. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) released its April through July fire predictions for the country, and the report shows that Western Washington will be more prone to fires than usual over the coming months.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 1:03:58 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 20:03:58 GMT

Chelan County Working on Preparing for Wildfire Season
Chelan County is modifying an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service for the Stemilt Partnership fuels reduction project that reduced the area of the work to about 700 acres from nearly 900 acres. County Commissioner Kevin Overbay says it allows them to use the freed up money for other projects. “Put that towards a landscape assessment of more than 25,000 acres, so that we can fully understand what actually needs to be done, where it needs to be done and how it needs to be done up in that basin.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 11:40:48 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 18:40:48 GMT

'It saved our lives': Couple counts blessings after power pole impales car
A couple is counting their blessings after they walked away from a massive power pole impaling their car while driving on Marginal Way Friday. It started when one pole fell, then a chain reaction of poles tumbled down around them. The fact that the Cooks’ are sitting at home safe, is nothing short of a miracle.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO News
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Kittitas Valley fire station a fire hazard, firefighters hoping to revamp
No sprinklers. Rodents. A lack of exits. These are just some of the reasons Kittitas Valley Fire Chief John Sinclair says his firefighters are desperate for a new fire station. "The big issue is that the living quarters for the firefighters started its serviceable life as a livestock sales yard. It then went to an auction house, and then it was a private residence," said Sinclair.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 6:45:53 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 01:45:53 GMT

Cutting torch starts fire in large scrap pile at Spokane Valley recycling yard
PHOTO: An employee at a metal recycling yard in Spokane Valley inadvertently started a large fire while using a cutting torch Monday afternoon. The fire apparently started when a piece of hot slag fell into a scrap pile at Dickson Iron & Metal, 907 N. Dyer Road. Spokane Valley Fire Capt. Greg Rogers said the pile measured about 50 feet by 150 feet.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 8:15:56 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 03:15:56 GMT

San Juan Island Citizen’s Advisory Group recommends fire and EMS merger
With the support of the Citizen’s Advisory Group, the merger of San Juan Island’s fire and emergency medical services creeps toward fruition. On Tuesday, April 2, the committee, which consists of five representatives, presented its recommendation at a joint meeting of the San Juan County Public Hospital District No.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 4:33:44 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the San Juans
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:33:44 GMT

Pinehurst trailer receives extensive damage after fire
A single wide trailer received extensive damage after a fire in Pinehurst. Firefighters responded to Grubich Road early Saturday morning and found the trailer fully engulfed with fire spreading to a second nearby trailer. The second trailer received minor damage and was quickly handled before firefighters moved on to the main fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2019 5:11:08 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Sun, 07 Apr 2019 00:11:08 GMT

Central Pierce Fire says levy proposal would allow it to keep up with growing call volume
As Pierce County’s population grows, so does the number of people calling 911. Emergency responders at Central Pierce Fire & Rescue say they’re feeling the demand. In an attempt to keep up with call volume, the department proposed a $1 per $1,000 assessed valuation levy lid lift that voters will see on their April 23 special election ballots.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 1:42:26 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune
Posted on Tue, 09 Apr 2019 08:42:26 GMT

One killed in Everett house fire
Neighbors called 911 after reportedly seeing a fire illuminating the inside of an elderly woman's home in Everett, shortly before it was engulfed in flames Sunday night. According to the Everett Fire Department, crews responded just before 8 p.m. to the home on the 4700 block of West View Drive. Aleas Aeschleman lives nearby and said she noticed smoke billowing in her rearview mirror while driving home.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 1:54:21 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 08 Apr 2019 08:54:21 GMT

Airway Heights council welcomes fire deputy chief
The mood in the Airway Heights City Council chamber was celebratory at the council’s April 1 meeting, and not because of April Fool’s Day. The sole agenda item for the evening was the swearing in of the fire department’s new deputy chief of training Julius “Chooch” Vanis III, replacing former training chief Alex Turner who accepted a position with Spokane County Fire District 3 earlier this year.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 1:48:24 AM - SOURCE: Cheney Free Press
Posted on Mon, 08 Apr 2019 08:48:24 GMT

Kennewick house fire leaves one firefighter injured
A small house fire broke out around 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Kennewick that left one firefighter injured. This happened on the 700 block of N. Johnson St. Kennewick police closed down the street for a few hours while firefighters worked to contain the fire. The fire started in the wall next to the chimney, no word yet on what caused it.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2019 3:24:06 AM - SOURCE: FOX 41 Yakima
Posted on Sun, 07 Apr 2019 10:24:06 GMT

Orondo fire destroys mobile home, vehicle
PHOTOS: Fire broke out inside a mobile home in Orondo Friday afternoon, gutting the residence and totaling one vehicle as well. Douglas County Fire Marshal Kurt Blanchard tells iFIBER ONE News the blaze was reported around 2:20 p.m. in the Sun Cover subdivision to the north of town. Blanchard said the blaze was toned out at a two-alarm status and the resulting response was massive as a result.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 9:26:59 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Mon, 08 Apr 2019 16:26:59 GMT

Power line down, shed destroyed in Kennewick fire
VIDEO: Firefighters worked to extinguish a shed fire Sunday evening that threatened two Kennewick homes. Kennewick firefighters responded just before 6 p.m. to a fire in a shed behind a home at 3721 W. Metaline Ave. Fire officials said two homes were threatened, as gusty winds controlled the spread and direction of the flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 3:28:20 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 08 Apr 2019 10:28:20 GMT

East Wenatchee Man Dies From Injuries Sustained in Mobile Home Fire
A man hospitalized after Friday’s early morning mobile home fire has died over the weekend. Our news partner iFIBER ONE News reported the 89-year-old East Wenatchee resident passed away at Central Washington Hospital Saturday due to traumatic injuries suffered during the blaze. A 68-year-old female was also treated for smoke inhalation and later released.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2019 6:37:22 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
Posted on Mon, 08 Apr 2019 01:37:22 GMT

Fire breaks out near SR17 in Moses Lake, quickly contained
A fire broke out a little too close to home on Thursday when a small island off of State Route 17 near the Stratford exit caught flame. According to Moses Lake Fire Department officials the fire was a pretty good size by the time they got the call. MLFD arrived on site first, followed by Grant County Fire District 5.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 1:56:38 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019 20:56:38 GMT

Camas-Washougal Fire Department's James Tierney Promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic
Firefighter/Paramedic James Tierney, a 10-year veteran of Camas-Washougal Fire Department has been promoted to the rank of Fire Captain/Paramedic. Congratulations, Captain Tierney! Tierney was hired March 2, 2009, and has been serving as a Field Training Officer, also in charge of the fitness equipment.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 8:09:42 PM - SOURCE: Camas, Washington
Posted on Fri, 05 Apr 2019 03:09:42 GMT

No one hurt after fire at Spokane Valley flea market building
Two adults, two children, five dogs and a cat are all safe after a fire at a Spokane Valley business. Crews responded to a flea market business on Sprague near Mullan Friday morning. Firefighters say the fire appeared to have started in the attic of the building. The business is on the main floor and the people and animals live in the basement.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 11:44:26 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 05 Apr 2019 18:44:26 GMT

Quincy-area paramedics respond to two medical emergencies requiring Life Flight transport
Firefighter paramedics responded to two emergency medical calls Wednesday that required assistance from critical care transport service Life Flight, retrieving one individual injured by an exploding tractor tire and another that suffered that reportedly suffered a stroke during a hike. Grant County Fire District 3, which covers Quincy and much of rural western Grant County, first responded to a call on Road 5 Northwest for an individual severely injured after a nearby tractor tire exploded, according to fire officials.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 5:30:47 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:30:47 GMT

Cause of Battle Ground February barn fire undetermined
The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office was unable to determine the exact cause of a February fire that destroyed a barn in Battle Ground. Assistant Fire Marshal Curtis Eavenson ruled the cause of the Feb. 7 fire at 23019 N.E. 182nd Ave., as undetermined. But a space heater used in the building likely played a part, he said.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 8:08:20 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Fri, 05 Apr 2019 03:08:20 GMT

'It just really wiped it out!': Wrong-way driver sends semi crashing into Spanaway home
PHOTO: Luckily no one was seriously injured when a wrong-way driver sent a semi into a Spanaway home Friday morning, narrowly missing a sleeping couple. It was around 3 a.m. when a pickup driver was heading the wrong way on Spanaway Loop Road and approached a northbound semi, according to Det. Sgt. Gary Sanders with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 05 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Spokane County Fire Distict 4 invests $50K into aerial platform truck purchase
New apartment buildings and an increasing number of large commercial buildings in Deer Park have prompted Spokane County Fire District 4 to purchase an aerial platform truck that will allow them to direct streams of water onto a fire from dozens of feet in the air. The district hasn’t owned a ladder truck of any kind before, but the purchase was necessary to maintain the district’s fire insurance rating, said Fire Chief Randy Johnson.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 6:06:47 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019 13:06:47 GMT

Yakima Fire Department responds to emergencies within a few minutes
Emergency personnel in Yakima are responding at record times, just under four minutes. The Yakima Fire Department's (YFD) annual report said SunComm is answering 911 calls within four seconds. Then on average, YFD says from the time they get the call to when firefighter leave the station is 105 seconds and to the destination in under four minutes, that's faster than their target time.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA TV
Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Man burning weeds lights Richland neighbor's house on fire
A homeowner's small fire in Richland got out of control and caused four homes to lose power. The homeowner says he was burning weeds at his house on Cedar Ave., when a gust of wind carried the fire to neighboring shrubs. He then said the fire spread rapidly to a neighbor's car, home and utility pole.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2019 5:51:15 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:51:15 GMT

Fire crews quickly control Purtteman Gulch brush blaze
Crews from multiple fire agencies were able to corral a brushfire in just four hours after it ignited in the Purtteman Gulch area above Chelan. Chelan Fire and Rescue, the lead agency, worked with Entiat Fire, the state Department of Natural Resources and other departments to head off the blaze, which grew to about 7-1/2 acres and threatened to burn into neighboring Union Valley, site of about 80 homes.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 10:46:09 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019 17:46:09 GMT

22-year-old Kennewick man wanted for assaulting, kidnapping girlfriend and setting her clothes on fire
A 22-year-old Kennewick man has a nationwide extraditable warrant out for his arrest after he assaulted and kidnapped his girlfriend, set some of her clothes on fire, and then took off with their 3-year-old after being confronted by a concerned bystander. On April 1 at about 6:30 p.m., Kennewick Police officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 100 block of S.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2019 3:51:39 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 03 Apr 2019 22:51:39 GMT

Marysville Fire District officials discuss Regional Fire Authority at open house
The Marysville Fire District held an open house on March 26 to help inform residents about the upcoming vote in April to form a Regional Fire Authority. Community members came down to the Shoultes station to meet firefighters and learn about the Regional Fire Authority (RFA) measure that residents of Marysville and Fire District 12 will vote on in the April 23 election.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 1:23:03 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 20:23:03 GMT

19 displaced after Monroe apartment fire
Authorities say 19 people have been displaced after a fire at a Monroe apartment complex. It happened at about 6:43 p.m. in the 14600 block of 179th Ave. SE. Snohomoish County fire officials say the fast-moving fire damaged eight apartments. It started in the kitchen of one of the units. 179th Avenue was closed from Highway 2 to 147th Street SE while officials responded to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 11:42:47 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Wed, 03 Apr 2019 06:42:47 GMT

Orcas Fire Department saves dog choking on broccoli
Firefighters do more than rescue a cat stuck in a tree. They also dislodge vegetables from a dog’s throat. When Chantelle Hildreth’s 9-pound toy poodle Tuffy started choking on a piece of broccoli late in the evening on March 22, she knew exactly what to do: the Heimlich. She had recently seen on Facebook how to do the maneuver on canines, so she gave it a go.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 12:38:38 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:38:38 GMT

Snoqualmie Fire Department Achieves International Accreditation; Ranks in Top 1%
The Snoqualmie Fire Department received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment accreditation program. Snoqualmie joins the ranks of only 266 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status out of the more than 30,000 fire agencies internationally.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 7:13:58 AM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie, WA
Posted on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:13:58 GMT

Whatcom County woman and her dog die in RV fire in Maple Falls
A Maple Falls woman and her dog died when the RV she is believed to have lived in burned early Sunday. Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks said the sheriff’s office is still working to notify the victim’s family and her identify would not be released until then. Whatcom County Fire District 14 responded at 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 3:53:58 PM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019 22:53:58 GMT

Fire destroys home, causing about $215K in damage north of Sunnyside
Yakima Fire Department responded to a structure fire Monday evening at 2810 Maplegrove Road just north of Sunnyside. The owner of the home is still unaccounted for. Soon after firefighters arrived on the scene of the two-story split-level home, the roof and carport collapsed. The fire was kept alive and grew in strength because of the strong winds in the area.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 4:51:19 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 11:51:19 GMT

Nobody expected these to spontaneously combust, but they caused a $35,000 Whatcom fire
One Whatcom family’s unfortunate loss in a fire is a lesson for all as laundry caused an estimated $35,000 worth of damage to the outside and attic of a home on Northwest Drive early Sunday. “Even old fire chiefs can learn things from time to time,” Whatcom County Fire District 7 Chief Larry Hoffman told The Bellingham Herald.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 1:27:06 PM - SOURCE: The Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019 20:27:06 GMT

Fire damages basement of Vancouver house
Fire damaged the basement of a house Sunday morning in the Fruit Valley neighborhood. Crews with the Vancouver Fire Department were dispatched shortly before 4 a.m. to the 2000 block of Simpson Avenue for a report of a structure fire. One fire truck initially responded to the home to investigate calls about smoke pouring from basement vents, Vancouver firefighter Eva Scherer said.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 8:00:28 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
Posted on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 03:00:28 GMT

Yakima County firefighters hoping for best, bracing for worst this wildfire season
You don't normally consider wildfires a sign of spring in Washington state. From 2010 to 2018, 12 wildfires scorched 14 acres in the first quarter of each year. But this year, there have been 58 fires in the first three months of the year, including one in Yakima County. And for Josh Clark, a fire scientist/meteorologist with the state Department of Natural Resources, it’s not a good sign.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 7:19:18 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 02 Apr 2019 14:19:18 GMT

Bond would improve safety, efficiency at Mount Vernon fire stations
When it was built in 1964, Mount Vernon’s downtown fire station was the only one in the city. It housed volunteer firefighters who responded to less than 500 calls a year for the city’s 8,800 residents. Fifty-five years later, the station is now one of three in the Mount Vernon Fire Department, which responds to about 6,100 calls a year in a city of 35,000.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2019 6:42:29 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Sun, 31 Mar 2019 13:42:29 GMT

Seattle: Fire at Central District commercial building deemed arson
A fire that burned a commercial building in Seattle's Central District early Saturday morning has been deemed arson, fire officials said Monday. It was just before 4 a.m. when dispatchers received several calls into 911 reporting a fire at a building in the 700 block of 23rd Avenue, says Hilton Almond with Seattle Fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 11:31:59 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019 18:31:59 GMT

Arrest made in Port Angeles residential fire
Port Angeles police officers have arrested a woman for investigation of felony arson in the fourplex fire at Serenity House of Clallam County’s Evergreen Family Village that left three families homeless. The blaze was reported at 9:10 a.m. Friday and was declared under control at 9:28 a.m. No one was home at the time and no one was injured, according to authorities.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2019 11:43:59 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:43:59 GMT

Goat poop and hay made fighting blaze outside Coupeville a challenge
A pile of goat manure was likely the primary factor in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm outside of Coupeville that took almost six hours to completely extinguish. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a reported fire at around 4 p.m. on Engle Road. A 40-foot-long metal storage container filled with approximately 400 bales of hay had caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Smoking ignites Olympia apartment fire
Olympia Firefighters responded to an apartment fire at the 600 block of Courtside Street SW at 1:38 a.m., Monday morning. A resident called 911 saying there was smoke coming out of an apartment window. The first engine arrived six minutes later to find a two story apartment building with smoke coming out of the first floor apartment.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 8:43:10 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOneNewsRadio.com
Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:43:10 GMT

Union questions response to derailment, chemical fire that closed Eastern Washington rail line
A Union Pacific rail line in Eastern Washington has reopened after a 23-car derailment and a subsequent chemical spill and fire that left union officials raising questions about the response. The accident was caused by a March 14 rock slide near the small Adams County community of Hooper. Thirteen of the cars derailed within a tunnel.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 8:13:41 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
Posted on Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:13:41 GMT

New bill introduced to pay for more statewide wildfire suppression, forest health
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation to reduce Washington’s wildfire risk and create healthier forests. The new proposal establishes a dedicated revenue source and raises $62.5 million annually to pay for wildfire suppression and prevention.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2019 3:11:10 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019 22:11:10 GMT

Everett Fire Department to charge for safety inspections
Starting Monday, the Everett Fire Department will begin charging for annual building inspections and alarm system testing. The fee is meant to offset the cost of conducting inspections, which are outside the department’s normal operations, Fire Marshal Kurtis Brown said. Fire and safety inspections are required for all buildings deemed commercial, multi-family or vacant.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2019 9:51:34 PM - SOURCE: Everett Herald
Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:51:34 GMT

Video: Stars of "Tacoma FD" make surprise appearance at firefighter viewing party.
Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme - creators and stars of the truTV comedy "Tacoma FD" - share laughs, make $5,000 donation to firefighters' fundraiser.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2019 2:53:47 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019 09:53:47 GMT

Firefighters battle Port Angeles residential fire
PHOTO: Smoke pours from the second floor window of unit D-15 at Evergreen Family Village at 2203 W. 18th St. in Port Angeles as Port Angeles Fire Department firefighters extinguish a blaze in the building Friday morning. Firefighters said they had the fire “knocked down” after 9:30 a.m., about a half hour after it was reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2019 10:55:19 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019 17:55:19 GMT

Free smoke alarm installation this weekend in parts of Mount Vernon
The Mount Vernon Fire Department and the American Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms this weekend. Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, volunteers with the American Red Cross and fire department personnel will be in the Mountain View and Evergreen mobile home communities installing smoke detectors.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2019 6:09:59 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Fri, 29 Mar 2019 13:09:59 GMT

County to Apply for Grant to Complete Mossyrock Fire Station
Lewis County is bolstering efforts to complete construction of the fire station in Mossyrock, sponsoring a grant application for $650,000 to seek federal funds for the project. “I appreciate the support that we’ve been getting from the county on this,” said Fire District 3 Chief Doug Fosburg. “Phase 2 of this will provide sleeping quarters, a training area and a community room with a kitchen to support the (emergency) shelter.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 7:22:49 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019 02:22:49 GMT

Seattle arson suspect walks away from hospital after King County Jail declines to book her
Seattle police have arrested a woman suspected of string of arsons in the SoDo neighborhood area earlier this week. According to a news release from Seattle PD, investigators believe the 31-year-old woman first set five small fires in a construction site in the 2400 block of 3rd Avenue just before midnight on March 24.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 6:54:46 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019 01:54:46 GMT

Police, fire officials: 2 people dead after shooting in Northeast Seattle
Two people are dead after a fatal shooting that led to a car crash Wednesday afternoon in an incident along Sand Point Way in Northeast Seattle, police and fire officials said. The incident began when shots were fired near Sand Point Way and Northeast 125th Street, Seattle police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 6:40:31 PM - SOURCE: KUOW 94.9FM - Puget Sound Public Radio
Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019 01:40:31 GMT

Local first responders participate in brew off event at King County coffee house
Trail Youth hosted their first brew off event. The Boots vs. Badges event was held on March 12 and March 19. The day with the most sales won a trophy and a pizza from the losing team. During the two separate days, police officers and firefighters traded in their job duties to be a barista for a few hours.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 5:10:23 PM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record
Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:10:23 GMT

Spokane County firefighters help dog that jumped out of van onto highway
Spokane County Fire District 9 firefighters got a bit of a surprise while on their way to training Thursday morning. Engine 93 witnessed a dog leap from the window of a van and go running across the intersection of Highway 2 and Farwell Rd. The firefighters quickly recognized the pup was in danger and hopped out of the truck to chase after the dog.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2019 10:51:42 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019 17:51:42 GMT

Fire chief critical of new Electric City street plan
Fire Chief Mark Payne doesn't think Electric City should get rid of the Western Avenue branch of the Y-shaped intersection near city hall that currently branches into Western and Stevens Avenue. Part of Electric City's projects to build sidewalks and improve streets in the city involve building a sidewalk that wraps around the front of city hall and would eliminate the Western branch of the "Y" incorporating that space into city hall's parking space in what is visualized as being a city center, with trees planted in the area.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 6:03:34 PM - SOURCE: Grand Coulee Star
Posted on Thu, 28 Mar 2019 01:03:34 GMT

Clallam County Fire District 3 talks new vehicle, protective vests
Clallam County Fire District No. 3 commissioners have approved up to $52,000 for the department to purchase a facility maintenance van. Fire Chief Ben Andrews also discussed asking voters this November to renew the district’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy, which expires Dec. 31, 2020, and staff provided background research on personal protection equipment for active-shooter scenarios during the March 19 meeting.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 2:48:54 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019 09:48:54 GMT

Arlington, North County fire departments share staff members
Arlington’s Fire Department and North County Fire and EMS will share the services of some new employees they hope will improve fire services. Both agencies are sharing a medical services administrator and an assistant chief for community risk reduction. They also plan to share a community resource paramedic as well.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 1:02:53 PM - SOURCE: North Couty Outlook
Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 20:02:53 GMT

Benton County firefighters jump into frigid waters to train for rescues
The rivers might be cold right now, but firefighters are jumping in anyways in hopes to save future lives. As the water whooshes along the Yakima River’s current, a firefighter from Benton County Fire District Four leaps into the river to rescue a pretend victim. “Swim to me!” he yelled. Although the exercise may have just been a drill, it was an important one.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Stevens County Fire District responds to 20 acre brush fire
PHOTOS: Stevens County Fire District responded to a brush fire near Martha Boardman and Highway 231 Tuesday. Firefighters say they found flames on the Spokane Reservation, threatening one unoccupied house. The fire ended burning 20 acres. Fire crews believe it ignited after a nearby landowner tried burning off a field.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 3:57:24 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019 10:57:24 GMT

Clallam County Fire District No. 2’s Explorer Post receives grant from Port of Port Angeles
Clallam Fire District No. 2’s Explorer Post will be more informed and better educated once they complete their training, funded by a $2,567 grant from the Port of Port Angeles’ Community Partner Program. The fire district applied for the funding in 2018 as it continues to train and educate future firefighters who are enrolled in Explorer Scout Post 1012, said Chief Sam Phillips in a press release.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 1:46:29 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:46:29 GMT

Firefighter injured, man rescued from mobile home fire near Lynnwood
A man was rescued from a mobile home on fire after a neighbor called to report seeing flames at Serene Terrace Mobile Home Park in unincorporated Lynnwood early Tuesday morning. The call came in just after midnight in the 14300 block of Admiralty Way. A Snohomish County sheriff's deputy woke up the man so he could get out of the mobile home.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 6:45:33 AM - SOURCE: SeattlePI.com
Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 13:45:33 GMT

Clallam Fire District No. 2: New ambulances allow for quicker response time
Clallam Fire District No. 2 is reporting faster response times after the purchase of new ambulances. Chief Sam Phillips told the fire district’s commissioners last Tuesday that the two new advanced life support (ALS) ambulances have made getting patients to the hospital quicker than ever and that he believes this has improved patient outcomes.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 1:46:29 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 08:46:29 GMT

Benton County first responders help protect our community, now they need the community’s help
Bonnie Benitz dreamed of being a firefighter since she was a young girl. When the Benton County Fire District 4 captain started volunteering in Clark County, she wasn’t thinking about getting paid. “I really enjoy going out and helping people. They are having a really bad day, and sometimes I can do just a little bit to make that better,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Richland HAMMER Training Center Fire Ops 101: Day in a life of a firefighter
Seconds matter. Teamwork matters. Firefighters are out the door in less than a minute when a call comes in. At Fire Ops 101, people from around Washington state, Idaho, Montana and Alaska come to the HAMMER training center in Richland to see what it means to be a firefighter. Those people are politicians, lawyers, policymakers, reporters and more.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 6:46:42 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 01:46:42 GMT

Spokane man treated for smoke inhalation after apartment fire
Spokane firefighters found a man suffering from smoke inhalation after they were called to an apartment fire early Sunday. Firefighters responded about 2 a.m. to the Mt. Vernon Terrace apartments, 3106 S. Mt. Vernon St., after neighbors reported hearing the sound of smoke alarms, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 11:00:18 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:00:18 GMT

Port Angeles approves deal with Life Flight for fire department transport
The Port Angeles Fire Department will help move patients from Olympic Medical Center to William R. Fairchild International Airport for fixed-wing trips to advanced medical facilities. The Port Angeles City Council approved an agreement last week with Life Flight Network LLC to provide the service. Life Fight, an Oregon-based air medical transport service, began operating out of William R.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 2:40:43 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:40:43 GMT

One dead in house fire in Graham
A man was found dead in his home after a fire broke out in Graham on Sunday morning. The house is located in the 22500 block of 90th Avenue East. Firefighters were called to the scene at 10:15 a.m. after neighbors said the home was on fire. The home was burning heavily when firefighters arrived, and when they tried to enter the front door, a sign was posted warning people to stay out, saying there were explosives inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO 7 Seattle
Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

New Longview fire chief aims to close 'gap' in service
Jim Kambeitz still remembers when the Portland Fire Bureau visited his grade school to talk about fire prevention. “That had a big impact on me,” Kambeitz, 50, said at Longview’s fire station on Commerce Avenue Thursday. “I remember that when I think about the prevention work we do here: the public relations work that really has a big impact on people and a lot on our students.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 2:24:04 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:24:04 GMT

Trump signs Cantwell bill requiring new wildfire technology, smoke forecasts
A new federal law aims to protect wildland firefighters by requiring agencies to outfit crews with GPS locators and deploy drones to scout out and map blazes. The Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., was signed by President Donald Trump last week after sailing through both chambers of Congress with large majorities.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:00 GMT

Chehalis Moves to Terminate Fire Investigation Agreement With Lewis County
The Chehalis Fire Department will cease providing fire investigation services for Lewis County later this year after more than two decades of doing so. Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale wrote a letter to Lee Napier, community development director for Lewis County, dated March 20 that serves to trigger the 90-day notice of termination for the most recent interlocal agreement between the two departments.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2019 2:58:32 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Sat, 23 Mar 2019 21:58:32 GMT



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