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Firefighters jump from training to action in north Spokane County
Theoretical and hands-on training for first responders in north Spokane county immediately turned to application on Wednesday when a wildfire broke out near Chattaroy. Firefighters from across the region are meeting this week in Deer Park for the third annual Interagency Wildfire Training Academy. The goal of the academy is to provide specialized training, and connect different agencies in the area and assist them in collaboration.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM 2
Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Fire damages Federal Way church
A Tuesday morning fire at Brooklake Church caused an estimated $150,000 worth of damage to the exterior of the building. South King Fire & Rescue Captain Jeff Bellinghausen said there was no damage to the inside of the building, 629 S. 356th St. The fire was most likely caused by a cigarette butt left on the bark outside the church, Bellinghausen said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 1:03:24 PM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:03:24 GMT

Police seek suspects in suspicious Kennewick fire
Police are looking for suspects who started a suspicious fire in Kennewick. Kennewick police said Wednesday a fire erupted in a field behind 1011 North Cleveland Street. Kennewick firefighters put out the flames. Fire crews say there was some window damage to a home, but there were no reports of anyone getting hurt.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 5:50:29 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:50:29 GMT

Discarded cigarettes cause fire at Yakima apartment
Firefighters say discarded cigarettes left on a cardboard box started an apartment fire Thursday morning. Yakima fire crews responded to an alarm around 8:50 a.m. at the Beech Street Apartments and found a fire contained to a third floor deck of one of the units. Firefighters are crediting the sprinkler system from keeping the fire from spreading to the attic which could have caused major damage.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 4:41:44 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:41:44 GMT

Fire crews prevent large fire in Kittitas County from threatening town of Vantage
Fire crews were able to contain to a large fire burning north of Interstate 90 in Kittitas County from threatening structures in the town of Vantage. The so called Mile Post 22 Fire began Wednesday evening at around 5 p.m. two miles north of Vantage and has grown to about 5,000 acres Thursday morning, said Jim Duck, operations coordinator at the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center of the Department of Natural Resources.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 10:57:50 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:57:50 GMT

Benton County Fire District 4 Chief fields unusual questions about ballot measure
Benton County Fire District 4 is asking voters to consider a bond to build and equip a station (including another ambulance) and replace three fire engines that are approaching the end of their usable lives. The station would be in the western part of the fire district’s service territory. Surprisingly, Chief Bill Whealan says that questions he receives about the proposal aren’t cost-related.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 11:58:08 AM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:58:08 GMT

2-alarm fire burns through Tacoma hotel
It took a second alarm to summon enough crews to knock down a fire Wednesday afternoon at a hotel in Tacoma's South End. Crews were dispatched about 3:45 p.m. to the Howard Johsnon, 8726 S. Hosmer St., for a report of a fire on the second floor, Tacoma Fire Department spokesman Joe Meinecke said. The fire was contained by about 4:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 1:40:56 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:40:56 GMT

Yakima County: Cowiche Canyon fire threatens home, destroys old shop
An old shop was destroyed after a brush fire sparked in Yakima County. Firefighters were called out to Cowiche Canyon Road Wednesday after reports of a fast moving brush fire. When they arrived, they said the flames were heading towards several homes near City Reservoir Road and Windcrest Drive. Firefighters said winds were blowing strong which created "erratic fire behavior.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 5:42:53 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:42:53 GMT

Woman falls 100 feet down cliff at I-90 Vantage scenic view
Firefighters from Grant County Fire Districts 10, 11 and 3 and the Bureau of Land Management rescued a woman in her 60s who fell over 100 feet down a cliff at the I-90 Vantage scenic view area Wednesday evening. She was taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center. The Grant County Sheriff's Office says she was conscious and talking to rescuers when she was pulled out.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 9:17:08 PM - SOURCE: KXLY4 News
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:17:08 GMT

Firefighters work with helicopters in Chattaroy at fire training academy
Fire season has already made its mark on the Inland Northwest and now, crews are getting ready for the heat of summer. Dozens of firefighters took training to new heights Wednesday. As part of the Eastern Washington Interagency Fire Training Academy, crews worked to load rigs onto a helicopter during a 16-hour course.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 6:09:55 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Thu, 21 Jun 2018 01:09:55 GMT

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue cancels ‘Your Call’ program, sees worsening fire protection rating
Fire district officials recently announced two changes that may affect some islanders financially. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) has discontinued its membership program, Your Call, created to offset islanders’ costs of ambulance transport to area hospitals. Additionally, the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau recently downgraded the fire protection rating for islanders at the far north and south ends of Vashon and the southern half and eastern edge of Maury Island.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 1:48:12 AM - SOURCE: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:48:12 GMT

Firefighters respond to fully involved house fire near Port Angeles
PHOTOS - Fire crews responded to a fully involved, two-story structure fire near the end of Lake Farm Road on Tuesday. All of the occupants had evacuated the house at 131 Pristine Lane, Clallam County Fire District No. 3 Chief Ben Andrews said. The house east of Port Angeles was fully involved in flames when crews arrived Tuesday afternoon, Andrews said.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 7:44:35 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 02:44:35 GMT

Fire officials say vehicle fire spread to building in Vancouver
Firefighters responded to a truck on fire in Vancouver, north of Camas, Wednesday morning. The fire was reported in the area of Northeast 68th Street at the base of Livingston Mountain at 5:17 a.m. Clark County Dispatch says there are no injuries reported. Fire officials on scene say the vehicle fire spread to a barn or shop.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Fire Burns Lewis County Garage, Vehicles
A detached garage was destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon on Teague Road outside Centralia, according to the Riverside Fire Authority. A number of vehicles and the contents of the garage, including tools, were completely destroyed. The fire was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Teague Road, Assistant Chief Rick Mack told The Chronicle.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 7:42:24 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 02:42:24 GMT

Deer Park High School Serves as Practice Fire Camp
When a wildfire ignites and firefighters are called to put it out, they not only bring the equipment they need to battle the fire. They also bring a whole logistical system to take care of their personal needs. Sometimes on the big fires, that support system becomes quite an operation. You can get a sense of what that looks like this week at Deer Park High School, north of Spokane.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 9:44:43 PM - SOURCE: Spokane Public Radio
Posted on Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:44:43 GMT

Thousands of chickens die in Tenino poultry farm fire
Thousands of chickens were killed Monday evening in Thurston County after a chicken house caught fire at Draper Valley Farms near Tenino, a spokesman for the Mount Vernon-based company said Tuesday. Thurston County Fire District 12 and other fire department crews were dispatched about 5:15 p.m. Monday to the farm in the 16000 block of Gibson Road Southwest.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 12:36:09 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 19:36:09 GMT

Hundreds to attend Eastern Washington Interagency Fire Training Academy
Hundreds of firefighters will head to class at Deer Park High School this week for hands-on training and interactive lessons as part of the Eastern Washington Interagency Fire Training Academy. About 350 firefighters from 14 different organizations will join together for leadership classes, wildfire attack plan simulations and helicopter training.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 9:11:12 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:11:12 GMT

'Hero' civilian in Tumwater Walmart shooting is pastor, volunteer firefighter and medic
An armed civilian is credited with saving several lives when he stopped a man firing shots at a Walmart in Tumwater, Washington on Sunday. The deceased gunman was identified as Tim O. Day, 44, of McCleary, Washington. He shot two people and tried carjacking six people. Day also fired shots inside the Walmart, but did not hit anyone inside the store.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCEN-TV NBC 6
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Letter: Orcas Fire Chief praises coordinated effort results in excellent outcomes for six patients in 12 hours
Responding to multiple incidents on Friday, June 15 was a powerful example of what long hours of training, effective communication, balanced coordination of resources, and invaluable medical direction can produce. Orcas Fire, SJC Dispatch, Island Air Ambulance, Airlift Northwest, and the Navy displayed coordinated efforts resulting in excellent outcomes for six patients in one day.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 12:42:20 AM - SOURCE: orcasissues news & views
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:42:20 GMT

Deck fire on rooftop of Seattle high-rise
Firefighters gained control of a fire burning on the rooftop of a building in Seattle early Tuesday morning. It was a deck fire on the rooftop of an approximately 13-story building at the 400 block of Fairview Avenue North, according to the Seattle Fire Department. The battalion chief on scene tells Q13 that they don’t know the exact cause, but believes it was accidental.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 6:39:12 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:39:12 GMT

Fire damages mobile home at Thunderbird Village in Tumwater
A ceiling fan was thought to have triggered a fire that damaged a mobile home Monday afternoon at Thunderbird Village, a senior retirement community in Tumwater. No one was injured, although the fire displaced two residents who are now staying with family, Tumwater Fire Chief Scott LaVielle said Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 10:24:27 AM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:24:27 GMT

College Place considers taking on own ambulance services
City and fire department officials are considering whether to start providing basic life support ambulance transports. College Place is the biggest user of the Walla Walla Fire Department’s ambulance services outside of Walla Walla, with about 900 ambulance runs a year to College Place, and it costs the Walla Walla Fire Department $70,344, Chief Bob Yancey said.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 11:05:59 AM - SOURCE: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:05:59 GMT

Will historic landmark have to make way for badly needed Tacoma fire station?
Across the street from where Puget Sound Energy's planned liquified natural gas plant is under construction stands a 90-year-old fire station surrounded by overgrown grass. It's styled like a low-slung, one-story bungalow, notable for its Hispanic-inspired architecture. For about a decade it's sat quietly, used only for storage.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2018 1:47:15 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Sat, 16 Jun 2018 08:47:15 GMT

Neighbors report Spokane house fire while police respond to domestic violence call
At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, the Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Fire District 9 were dispatched to a structure fire in the 7700 block on N. Maple St. on the 5 Mile Prairie. Members of the Spokane Police Department arrived on scene first and reported that the structure was on fire and had been evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2018 6:11:26 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2018 01:11:26 GMT

Negotiations begin for one emergency dispatch center for Clallam, Jefferson counties
Negotiations are underway for a regional dispatch center that would provide 9-1-1 services for the North Olympic Peninsula. The Port Angeles City Council voted 7-0 on June 5 to authorize Chief of Police Brian Smith to negotiate with JeffCom 9-1-1 for a regional emergency dispatch center and report back to the council within 90 days.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 3:27:13 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:27:13 GMT

Helicopter crashes after hitting power lines in Orondo
Fire crews from Orondo and Chelan, along with Douglas County Sheriff's deputies responded to a helicopter crash in the area of Cascade Foothills in Orondo, about four miles south of Beebe Bridge. When crews arrived they found a helicopter in the orchard sitting upright. The helicopter had heavy damage to the tail section and burn damage through the shell of the aircraft from impact with the high-tension electrical power lines.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 12:53:36 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:53:36 GMT

Processional and public service will honor fallen North Whatcom firefighter John Swobody
To honor a local firefighter’s death you will see lots of fire engines in Bellingham Saturday morning. North Whatcom Fire & Rescue announced they will have a procession of fire department vehicles from Blaine to Bellingham before the memorial service for John Swobody. They leave their station in Blaine at 8:00 A.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2018 4:54:56 AM - SOURCE: KAFE-FM 104.1
Posted on Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:54:56 GMT

In Camas, growth strains city services
It might be a bumpy road for Camas leaders rolling into the city’s 2019-20 biennium budget process. On Monday evening, department heads gathered in front of Camas City Council members and Camas Mayor Scott Higgins at a special work session to discuss their most critical needs going into the short-term future.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 1:00:47 PM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:00:47 GMT

4-year-old Woodland boy injured in two-story fall
A 4-year-old boy was hospitalized Wednesday with a serious head injury after falling from a Woodland area home’s second-story window. Firefighters were called to the 300 block of Hillshire Drive in Woodland shortly after 2 p.m. Clark County Fire & Rescue’s Tim Dawdy said a mother called 911 after her 4-year-old leaned against a window screen, which broke, and fell from the second floor into the yard.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 3:39:45 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 22:39:45 GMT

Chehalis Updates Fire Response Agreement, FEMA Grant Application
The Chehalis City Council approved a pair of requests on Monday that stand to benefit the Chehalis Fire Department. Councilors voted without objection to allow Fire Chief Ken Cardinale to join the Riverside Fire Authority and Lewis County Fire District 6 in a joint application for an Assistance to Firefighter Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:47:29 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:47:29 GMT

Maple Valley Fire, Puget Sound Fire agree to merger
Maple Valley Fire agreed to a 20-year contract to join services with Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority (RFA) on May 31. This contract was unanimously approved by both fire departments. “Maple Valley’s board of commissioners unanimously approved the contract on May 31. On June 6 our governance board for the Regional Fire Authority unanimously approved the contract,” Kyle Ohashi, Captain and Public Information Officer for the RFA explained.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 1:01:21 PM - SOURCE: Covington & Maple Valley Reporter
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 20:01:21 GMT

Fire Destroys Motor Home in Kennewick Apartment Parking Lot
A motor home caught on fire Thursday night in Kennewick. Firefighters were called to the Wendover Apartments in the 400 block of North Volland Street where the motorhome was engulfed in flames in the parking lot. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the flames. The damage was limited to the motor home and a couple of vehicles that have heat damage.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 11:36:01 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:36:01 GMT

Spokane Fire Department announces paramedic staffing achievement
The Spokane Fire Department announced full-time paramedic staffing at all of its 16 fire stations. The announcement comes after the launch of paramedics being staffed at Spokane Fire Station #8 during all shifts. "The overwhelming majority of emergencies that we respond to involve a medical nature and the complexity of those incidents are ever-increasing," said Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaffer.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 3:48:28 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:48:28 GMT

Soap Lake Fire in Grant County fully contained after burning over 2,000 acres
Firefighters say a fire that burned over 2,000 acres in Grant County is now 100 percent contained Thursday morning. The Soap Lake Fire burned 2,063 acres and destroyed one small outbuilding, according to an update from Washington State Patrol Trooper Jeff Sevigney. No people were harmed and no homes were affected from this fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 11:46:01 AM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:46:01 GMT

Benton County Fire District #1 asks voters to consider levy to improve EMS response times
Benton County Fire District #1 is asking voters to consider a levy for emergency medical service (EMS) this fall to improve patient care and ambulance response times. The fire district has been sharing how it is unable to provide advanced life support and transport patients to area hospitals, which means residents can wait more than 16 minutes for help to arrive from mutual aid.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 5:37:13 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:37:13 GMT

'A fire like this, it's not going to stop': First responders in Cowlitz County warn of firework antics
A fire suspected to have been caused by teenagers playing with fireworks luckily only burned an acre of land in Longview Tuesday night, but it could have been a lot worse. The 48,000-acre Eagle Creek Fire was also started by a teenager who threw a firework into a ravine. Dry conditions and warm weather ahead have first responders worried about this wildfire season.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBY
Posted on Thu, 14 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

‘Challenging’ fire season predicted for Washington
Early spring was cool and wet in Washington, but May was among the hottest and driest on record, which has state officials bracing for a worse-than-normal wildfire season. State residents probably won’t see the record destruction of 2014 and 2015, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 5:37:01 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:37:01 GMT

Evacuation notices lifted in Central Washington wildfire
Authorities in Grant County have lifted all evacuation notices as crews work to contain a wildfire burning grass and brush in Central Washington. Fire officials said Wednesday that one small outbuilding was lost but no injuries have been reported. The wildfire has burned about 3 square miles in a sparsely populated area north of the city of Soap Lake.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 9:09:05 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:09:05 GMT

Update: Brinnon cabin fire that killed couple, 3 boys was likely a horrible accident, official says
Autopsies completed after the devastating cabin fire that killed a family of five in Brinnon “revealed no indicators to suspect foul play,” said Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Haas. “It’s shaping up to look like a horrible accident,” he said Tuesday afternoon. Haas said more information from the autopsies would be released after he had spoken to the victims’ family members.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 9:12:36 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:12:36 GMT

Skagit County EMS unveils framework to revise ambulance system
Skagit County’s Department of Emergency Medical Services debuted Tuesday the framework for a plan to revise the ambulance system. At a meeting of EMS stakeholders, county EMS Director Jeff Sargent presented an eight-point list of initiatives the department wants to implement during the next six-year EMS levy cycle.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 7:36:33 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:36:33 GMT

2 killed as car crashes into tree, bursts into flames along East Valley Hwy. in Kent
Skagit County’s Department of Emergency Medical Services debuted Tuesday the framework for a plan to revise the ambulance system. At a meeting of EMS stakeholders, county EMS Director Jeff Sargent presented an eight-point list of initiatives the department wants to implement during the next six-year EMS levy cycle.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 7:35:43 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:35:43 GMT

'Challenging' fire season predicted for Washington
Early spring was cool and wet in Washington, but May was among the hottest and driest on record, which has state officials bracing for a worse-than-normal wildfire season. State residents probably won’t see the record destruction of 2014 and 2015, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 5:37:01 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:37:01 GMT

One dead as fire burns home in North Seattle
One person has died in a fire that burned a home in the Blue Ridge area of North Seattle. The fire broke out in the 2100 block of NW 96th Street just after 4:30 p.m., Seattle Fire officials said. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames shooting from the home. The victim was found in a living room on the second floor of the home, said SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Soap Lake wildfire forces evacuations, scorches 2,000 acres
Authorities have some central Washington residents evacuating their homes because of a wildfire. Grant County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kyle Foreman says the blaze started Monday afternoon in the Soap Lake area along State Route 17. Foreman says wind carried the fire up over a cliff and toward some homes on the east side of State Route 17 North from milepost 81 south to Soap Lake.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING 5 News
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Related: State mobilization approved overnight for Soap Lake wildfire
State mobilization was approved overnight for the estimated 2,000-acre wildfire burning about five miles north of Soap Lake. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources about 1 a.m. Tuesday at the request of Grant County Fire District 7 Chief Kirk Sheppard.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 9:20:11 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:20:11 GMT

Office of the Attorney General: Negligent target practice started wildfire, Yakima taxpayers have to pay $150,000 in costs
The city of Yakima will be held responsible for $157,227.68 worth of firefighting costs related to a fire started by Yakima SWAT team members nearly one year ago, authorities say. The state Attorney General's Office recently notified the city that it would be required to pay for fire suppression costs because it was caused by the negligence of two Yakima police officers.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 7:42:26 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:42:26 GMT

Raging 3-alarm condo fire displaces 90 residents in Redmond
Fire crews from around the east side battled a three-alarm fire late Monday night and into Tuesday morning at a condominium complex in Redmond. The fire was reported at about 11 p.m. Monday, and heavy smoke and flames were seen shooting from the roof of the Toketi Lakeshore Condominiums on West Lake Sammamish Parkway.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Tue, 12 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

2 adults, 3 children dead in cabin explosion in Jefferson County
A family of five died when a rental cabin in Brinnon, Washington exploded Sunday morning. The Jefferson County Sheriff's office said neighbors called 911 about 1 a.m. after hearing an explosion and seeing a large fire. During their investigation, firefighters initially found two people. Hours later, they discovered three additional bodies inside what was left of the cabin.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 9:23:44 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:23:44 GMT

Blaze destroys Aberdeen's historic Armory building
History was lost in Grays Harbor County after a massive fire tore through the historic Aberdeen Armory Saturday morning. Video from the scene showed flames of the three-alarm fire and a column of black smoke erupting from the roof of the 96-year-old building, frequently used for community events and houses the Aberdeen Museum of History - which has an entire section dedicated to Aberdeen native Kurt Cobain and iconic grunge band Nirvana.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 9:26:28 PM - SOURCE: KING 5 News
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:26:28 GMT

Follow Up: State Law Rules Whatcom County Firefighter’s Cancer Death in the Line of Duty
A former Whatcom County firefighter who died of cancer this week is being listed as a line-of-duty fatality under state law that classifies certain kinds of cancer as job-related. Firefighter John Swobody died Monday night after a years-long battle with lung cancer, said Chief William Pernett of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 5:38:29 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:38:29 GMT

New firefighters participate in wildland training in Wapato
Yakima County Fire District 5 conducted a wildland training field day for new and current firefighters on Sunday morning in Wapato. The training took place west of the intersection of Philip John Road and North Olden Way. The new firefighters learned how to operate pumps, how to fight fire with fire and how to create fire breaks.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 5:47:56 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:47:56 GMT

Spokane Valley: Slash fire causes explosion, sparks larger fire near East Valley High School
Homeowners near East Valley High School had an early wake-up call Saturday morning, when they heard a loud noise around 9:45 a.m. Homes in the area started to shake. "To move a house and shake everything from a percussion from an explosion like that is pretty large," neighbor James Beamish told KHQ.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2018 6:04:24 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Sun, 10 Jun 2018 01:04:24 GMT

More firework stands in Whatcom County increase chance of wildfires this summer
Despite a ban in Bellingham, and restrictions in other parts of Whatcom County, the State Fire Marshal’s Office says the County saw an uptick in firework stand licenses this year. Pierce and Whatcom County saw the largest increases with ten and nine additional licenses issued respectively. The state as a whole saw a 13.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 9:34:28 AM - SOURCE: KPUG-AM 1170
Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:34:28 GMT

Firefighter’s death first in line of duty for North Whatcom
North Whatcom Fire & Rescue reports that the June 4 cancer death of firefighter John O. Swobody is the first line-of-duty death in the fire district’s history. Swobody, a firefighter for almost 19 years, passed in the evening with family and friends at his side, the district posted. John is survived by his wife Annette and three children.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 3:11:35 PM - SOURCE: Lyndentribune
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 22:11:35 GMT

Man allegedly runs across I-5 in Woodland, sets van on fire, kicks paramedic
Woodland police arrested a man early Wednesday morning after he allegedly set his van on fire in a Safeway parking lot and kicked a paramedic in the face. According to Woodland Police Chief Jim Kelly, officers received a call at 1:30 a.m. that someone had set off fire alarms at the Rodeway Inn on Atlantic Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 12:41:37 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 19:41:37 GMT

Lyle Schools, Volunteer Firefighters Partner to Provide Job Training
There is an unusual new opportunity available for Lyle Community Schools students interested in exploring a career in emergency medical services or firefighting. The Lyle Volunteer Fire Department has developed a cadet program that will allow students who participate to earn Career and Technical Education (CTE) credits.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 1:03:53 PM - SOURCE: White Salmon Enterprise
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:03:53 GMT

Three Lewis County Fire Chiefs Host Homeowner Preparedness Classes
Three Lewis County fire chiefs have scheduled a series of classes intended to teach homeowners how to protect their property in the event of a wildfire. The classes will be conducted by Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale, Riverside Fire Authority Chief Mike Kytta and Lewis County Fire District 6 Chief Tim Kinder.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 1:57:36 PM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:57:36 GMT

Two teens arrested in arson at Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club
Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with an arson last week that caused extensive damage to the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club, police said. The two suspects, a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old, were identified based on a tip from a neighbor. Both have been booked into the Denny Juvenile Justice Center, a Lake Stevens police spokesman said.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 10:37:06 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:37:06 GMT

Retired Spokane firefighter killed in ultralight aircraft crash on Snake River
A retired Spokane firefighter was killed early Wednesday morning after authorities say he crashed his ultralight airplane on the Snake River. Whitman County Sheriff’s deputies say 64-year-old Ronny F. Weston of Cheney crashed the Solaris 16.8 ultralight aircraft on the Snake River just east of Boyer Park and Marina after taking off from a nearby airstrip at about 6:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 9:23:22 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:23:22 GMT

Talks of Regional Fire Authority ignite Mukilteo Council meeting
Discussion of the Mukilteo Fire Department’s future budget at the Mukilteo City Council meeting Monday night shifted toward the contentious possibility of the city of Mukilteo joining a Regional Fire Authority (RFA). During Mukilteo Fire Chief Chris Alexander’s presentation of the current and projected budget for the Mukilteo Fire Department, the rising cost projections sparked dialogue regarding the future of Fire and Emergency services within the city.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 1:07:59 PM - SOURCE: Mukilteo Beacon
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 20:07:59 GMT

Rep. Stokesbary receives award for fire service advocacy from Washington Fire Chiefs
Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, has been recognized for his work in Olympia to preserve and improve fire services. The Washington Fire Chiefs, a nonprofit association representing the fire department chiefs across the state, has selected Stokesbary as its 2018 Legislator of the Year and named him an “Honorary Fire Chief.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 1:04:22 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Reporter
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 20:04:22 GMT

Wildfire south of Finley burns 900 acres
Firefighters stopped a nearly 900-acre wildfire after two days of work. The fire has been burning along the bluffs overlooking the Columbia River since it was sparked by a passing train Monday afternoon. The blaze tripled in size as state resources were called in to help corral it because it had grown so large.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:42:13 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:42:13 GMT

Port Hadlock man homeless after early morning fire
A Port Hadlock man was left homeless after an early Thursday morning fire destroyed his home in the 3700 block of Oak Bay Rd. There were no injuries, according to a news release from East Jefferson Fire Rescue. The victim’s name was not readily available. EJFR was toned to the fire at 5:08 a.m. after the man returned from a quick trip to the grocery store and found his home fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 10:51:43 AM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:51:43 GMT

Yakima County fire closes portion of wildlife area; annual target shooting restrictions take effect
A wildfire that started June 2 in Yakima County has prompted the temporary closure of about 4,000 acres of the Wenas Wildlife Area near Selah to protect firefighters and help ensure public safety. Ross Huffman, regional lands manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said access from Buffalo Road and Lower Buffalo Road will be blocked until approximately June 30, while firefighters from the Washington Department of Natural Resources mop up the blaze and guard against flare-ups.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 5:37:32 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:37:32 GMT

Pasco fire chief receives award from Washington Fire Chiefs organization
A Pasco Fire Department leader received statewide recognition recently. The Washington Fire Chiefs organization honored PFD Chief Bob Gear with the Chief Dan Packer Fire Chief of the Year award at their annual conference in Kennewick. Gear was one of the nominees for the award, which goes to someone who performed exceptionally and professionally over the previous year.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 6:52:47 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 01:52:47 GMT

Man arrested after SUV explosion in Federal Way
A man was arrested after an SUV explosion rocked a Federal Way neighborhood Tuesday night, according to police. It happened around 6:00 p.m. along 4th Ave. SW, between SW 297th and SW 299th Streets, just off Dash Point Road. "It was louder than a shotgun, it was good and loud," said neighbor Tony Wilson.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Pasco Deputy Fire Chief retiring at the end of June
A big change is coming for the Pasco Fire Department. Deputy Fire Chief, Dave Hare, is retiring at the end of June. He's been with the Pasco Fire Department for 27 years. Hare began his career in 1979 in Idaho. He made his way to Denver to get his medical certificates. After, Hare made his way to Hanford then Pasco.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 5:38:26 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:38:26 GMT

Three lose their home in Yakima County following mysterious brush fire
Firefighters say three people have lost their home after fire at a row of bushes spread to the inside of a house in Yakima County. Firefighters with Yakima County Fire Protection District No. 5 were alerted to a fire outside the home at 611 Webster Road near Sunnyside around 4:39 p.m., Monday and found bushes on fire which had already spread to the exterior of the house.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 1:09:29 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 20:09:29 GMT

Two dogs survive house fire in north Spokane
Firefighters made quick work of a house fire on Havana Street near Upriver Drive Tuesday morning. According to fire crews, a passerby spotted the fire and called 9-1-1. One person was inside the home but was able to get out safely. According to firefighters, two dogs were also inside the home when the blaze started.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 7:45:45 PM - SOURCE: KAYU-TV MyFox Spokane
Posted on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:45:45 GMT

Wildfire burns 2,800 acres of Richland nuclear reservation
A wildfire spread quickly about 2,800 acres of the Hanford nuclear reservation Sunday night. No radiologically contaminated areas or buildings burned, said Rae Moss, spokeswoman for Mission Support Alliance, the Hanford contractor in charge of the Hanford Fire Department. The fire was spotted at about 6:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 8:17:14 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:17:14 GMT

House fire burns through Gig Harbor home, kills two pets
Gig Harbor firefighters tackled house fire in the city Monday afternoon in which two pets were killed and a third went missing. Fire crews were dispatched to the two-story home at Reid Drive Northwest and Hollycroft Street about 3:45 p.m. Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One spokeswoman Tina Curran said. The blaze was under control by 6:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 1:46:40 AM - SOURCE: Tacoma News Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 08:46:40 GMT

Commissioner of Public Lands Names Geissler as State Forester and Deputy Supervisor of Wildfire Operations
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced today her appointment of George Geissler as Washington State Forester and Deputy Supervisor for Wildfire. Geissler, who joined the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on May 29, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the state’s largest on-call fire department.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 6:31:03 PM - SOURCE: Department of Natural Resources
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 01:31:03 GMT

Grant County wildfire destroys four buildings
A large wildfire destroyed four buildings in southern Grant County in the town of Schwana on Sunday. Grant County Fire District 8, 10 and 11 responded to the wildfire report on the west side of state Route 243. The blaze burned at least one structure, which the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports was a temporary residence, and three non-residential buildings.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 7:29:39 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Basin Herald
Posted on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 14:29:39 GMT

2-alarm fire burns Kent apartment building
A 2-alarm fire burned an apartment building in Kent Sunday morning. The fire broke out just after 9 a.m. in Building F at the Apex West Hill Apartments on 45th Place South. Firefighters arrived to see flames visible from the building. Firefighters believe the fire may have started outside the building and spread to the attic, according to Tim Perciful with Mountain View Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Update: State fines Camas $4,800 over firefighter safety violations
The Washington Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) has issued fines totalling $4,800 against the city of Camas for violating safe workplace standards and endangering Camas-Washougal Fire Department (CWFD) firefighters. The fines and related safe-workplace violations are connected to a Feb. 14 house fire in Camas’ Northwest Prune Hill neighborhood, in which two CWFD firefighters entered a burning, smoke-filled house to rescue a man and his two dogs.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2018 1:43:21 AM - SOURCE: Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Posted on Sat, 02 Jun 2018 08:43:21 GMT

She grabbed a rock to avoid going over the falls, Whatcom Co. crews found a way to rescue her
It took "one of the better rescues we've ever done," according to Whatcom County Fire District 14 Chief Jerry Debruin, but crews were able to extract a 25-year-old female hiker/photographer from a rock in the middle of Racehorse Creek just above the large bottom waterfall at Racehorse Falls Saturday evening.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Brush fire near Selah burns almost 1,800 acres
A large brush fire that burned near Selah Saturday night and into Sunday morning is contained. According to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, that fire burned approximately 1,789 acres since it started near Buffalo Road. Several fire crews, including DNR, Selah Fire Department and the Yakima Training Center all responded.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2018 1:50:12 PM - SOURCE: KIMA TV
Posted on Sun, 03 Jun 2018 20:50:12 GMT

East Valley Fire Department partnership trial program will benefit the community
The East Valley Fire Department and American Medical Response Ambulance are now working together in a trial program. On Friday morning there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new partnership. This will help with emergency medical service in the Terrace Heights and East Valley area. The partnership between the fire department and paramedic ambulance is only a trial, depending on the amount of patients they receive the partnership may become permanent.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2018 9:02:03 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Sat, 02 Jun 2018 04:02:03 GMT

Yakima police say former officer killed in Selah-area house fire
Firefighters were called shortly after 6:20 p.m. to 1203 Pomona Road for a house fire, where they were told someone was possibly still inside, according to a news release from Selah Fire Department. Firefighters from Selah and the U.S. Army’s Yakima Training Center found the building on fire, and located a man later identified as Mark Peck inside the burning building, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 10:16:45 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:16:45 GMT

Yakima Fire Department firefighters retire after 30 years of service
After serving in the Yakima Fire Department for over 30 years Lieutenant Hans Solie and firefighter Jay Elmo are retiring. Today was the last day for the firefighters and their fellow colleagues treated them to a farewell party. Aside from being a firefighter Lieutenant Solie was an adjunct instructor for YVCC Fire Science Program and was also a fire investigator.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 5:39:48 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:39:48 GMT

Former Kennewick firefighter’s family suing drug companies
The family of a retired Kennewick firefighter and transit driver is blaming prescription opioids for his mental collapse. This week, they sued five opioid manufacturers and his Kennewick physician for malpractice and product liability. The lawsuit filed on behalf of William "Jean" Comstock, 76, claims medication prescribed for his chronic pain reduced the once engaging public servant to a psych ward patient "left to battle the horrors of a tormented mind for the remainder of his days.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Several hurt after jumping from balconies to escape Federal Way apartment fire
Five people were hurt while escaping a fast-moving fire Friday morning at a Federal Way apartment complex. South King Fire was called around 6:45 a.m. to a fourplex on S 339th Circle. Firefighters told Q13 News the fire started in a lower unit and spread quickly on the outside of the building. Five people jumped from balconies to escape the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2018 9:03:36 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:03:36 GMT

Spokane Valley firefighters gear up for swiftwater training on the Spokane River
It's an inside look at a fear that could become a very real possibility this summer. We're seeing what it looks like to drown from the eyes of a struggling swimmer. Firefighters have been on the cold and fast Spokane River today training for those critical moments. It's one of the best parts of living here in the area-- but firefighters want to remind you that it can also be dangerous.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 10:52:03 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 05:52:03 GMT

Fire department responds to fake bomb threat at UW
On Thursday, May 31 at approximately 5:30 p.m. The Quad was cleared due to a fake bomb threat in Savery Hall, the building in The Quad closest to Kane Hall. The suspect responsible for the hoax was later arrested by UWPD in front of Rancho Bravo on the corner of 43rd Avenue Northeast and University Way Northeast.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 8:07:58 PM - SOURCE: The Daily (University of Washington)
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 03:07:58 GMT

Spokane Police, Fire work together to pull body from Spokane River
Spokane Fire crews pulled a body out of the Spokane river Thursday night. Someone reported finding it around 5:00 p.m. near the waste water treatment facility, less than a mile form Riverside State Park. Spokane Police officers responded to the scene and called in the fire department to help with the recovery effort, which took more than an hour.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2018 8:17:41 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:17:41 GMT

Two buildings, multiple vehicles destroyed in Longview commercial fire
Crews responded to a fire burning at Triangle Motors in Longview Wednesday night. Longview Fire crews were called out to the fire, located at 1030 Washington Way, at 10:33 p.m. When crews arrived at the scene, they found a fully-involved commercial building with multiple vehicles on fire. Longview Fire said there were several explosions, most occurring from vehicle tires.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 10:02:52 AM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV Fox 12
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 17:02:52 GMT

Ceremony to honor Yakima fire Captain Bob Burton who died of job-related cancer
A memorial ribbon ceremony will be held Friday for Yakima fire Capt. Bob Burton, who died on Christmas day. Burton, who served with the department for 25 years, died of job-related cancer, according to the Fire Department. The 20-minute event will begin at 2 p.m. at Fire Station 91, 401 N. Front St.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2018 5:27:18 AM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 12:27:18 GMT

Benton County homeowner starts 20+ acre fire trying to kill gophers with torch
A homeowner started a grass fire that threatened homes while trying to kill gophers with a propane torch, Benton County fire officials said Wednesday. The fire damaged a home and threatened several others East Badger Road southwest of Kennewick. One trailer near the damaged home also caught fire. Officials said it burned between 20 and 25 acres of grassland, causing upward of $25,000 in damage.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 7:41:00 PM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 02:41:00 GMT

Kittias County: Over a dozen firefighters put out blazing barn fire
Over in Kittias County, a fire left a local's barn in flames. Kittitas County Fire District 1 was dispatched to a report of a barn fire on Sisters Road in Thorp at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday. 15 firefighters were able to put out the fire within an hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Kittitas County Fire Marshal, and they are still determining the total cost in damages.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 6:13:59 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018 01:13:59 GMT

Crews investigate 'suspicious' fire at Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a portion of the Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club on Monday afternoon. Investigators are calling the fire 'suspicious.' The fire started at approximately 2:30 P.M. Monday, investigators said. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found two portable bathrooms on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Fresh off river rescue, Spokane fire crews emphasize importance of water safety
Fresh off of a water rescue Monday, Spokane fire crews are voicing their concerns about the Spokane River and the danger it presents to the public. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the river is running fast, high and cold and is not safe for recreation. "Oftentimes people suffer the effects from hypothermia and don't realize it at first," Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 8:08:44 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 03:08:44 GMT

Snohomish County dispatchers now working in one location
For the first time, emergency dispatchers for Snohomish County’s 47 police and fire agencies are operating together at one location, a move that has already helped improve service and save tax dollars. Before Wednesday, dispatchers were housed at two 911 call centers: SNOCOM in Mountlake Terrace and SNOPAC in Everett.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: myedmondsnews
Posted on Wed, 30 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Man burns American flag blanket and ignites wildfire near Ephrata, firefighters say
Flag-burning can spark strong emotions — and apparently it can spark wildfires, too. A man was burning an American flag blanket Sunday afternoon when he inadvertently ignited a wildfire near the Ephrata, Washington, airport, according to fire officials in the central Washington town. The man had walked into an empty field with the blanket to start it on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 2:38:15 PM - SOURCE: Olympian
Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 21:38:15 GMT

Eastside firefighters respond to early morning apartment fire in Kirkland
The Kirkland Fire Department responded to an early morning call on May 29, reporting a large structure fire at an apartment complex at 10835 N.E. 68th St. Battalion Chief Mike Jeffery said about 15 units from Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue and Bothell responded to the call at about 3 a.m. Residents were evacuated immediately and were assisted by the Red Cross while firefighters fought the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 1:06:55 PM - SOURCE: Kirkland Reporter
Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 20:06:55 GMT

Two arrested in connection with elementary school playground fire in Wenatchee
Two kids have been arrested after setting fire to the Mission View Elementary playground in South Wenatchee on Sunday. Firefighters responded to the blaze at the school just before 6 p.m. Chelan County Fire Marshal Bob Plum says motion sensor cameras captured five kids at the playground, then it stopped filming due to lack of motion and then was reactivated by the fire that was set.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 4:42:40 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 23:42:40 GMT

Vancouver Fire Department reviews efforts to address gender bias
After a 2016 investigation revealed gender bias and cultural problems within the Vancouver Fire Department, Chief Joe Molina had this to say: “We have to get better.” Now, 17 months later, the chief points to improvements made in the wake of the report: • Stations were changed in ways the chief says better accommodates men and women working together.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2018 6:24:06 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 27 May 2018 13:24:06 GMT

New Yakima Fire Chief Starts Job June 1
Yakima has a new fire chief and he's from the Yakima Fire Department. The city has officially named Aaron Markham the new chief. Markham will start his new job on June 1. He'll soon move from his office where he served as a deputy fire chief for the Yakima Fire Department. In a news release from the city Yakima City Manager Cliff Moore says “Aaron has many years of experience in the fire service in a variety of roles.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2018 7:40:20 PM - SOURCE: KIT 1280-AM & 99.3-FM
Posted on Mon, 28 May 2018 02:40:20 GMT

Plan to combine Spokane’s regional 911 call response draws rebuke from police, fire and clerical workers
A plan to alter the way the region’s police and fire departments receive calls and send help to emergencies is drawing a unified rebuke from local labor unions and questions from the Spokane City Council. City lawmakers heard the case Thursday from Spokane City Administrator Theresa Sanders and a contractor recommending “integration” of the city’s emergency dispatch services, which they said would cut down on response times and potentially free up money for other uses by the police and fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 6:45:30 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 13:45:30 GMT

Voices: Two Lewis County Firefighters Leading Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association
Volunteer Captain Julie Johnston of Lewis County Fire District 6 and volunteer Ed Mund of Riverside Fire Authority were sworn in on the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association (WSFFA) Board of Trustees at the just-concluded 95th Annual WSFFA Conference and Fire School in Wenatchee. Johnston was also appointed Board Secretary.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 10:36:45 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 17:36:45 GMT

Clallam County Fire District No. 2 adds seven firefighter/EMTs
Clallam County Fire District No. 2 has seven new volunteer firefighter/EMTs after the new recruits were sworn in during a badge-pinning ceremony earlier this month. Board Secretary Heather Catuzo administered their oath of office while fire district commissioners, friends and family looked on at a fire commissioners meeting May 15.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2018 6:38:02 PM - SOURCE: Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News
Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018 01:38:02 GMT



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