Washington News

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fire forces Ephrata family out of home

A Wednesday morning fire at a home on Basin Street displaced an Ephrata family. The fire broke out in the basement of a home in 400 block at around 10. Ephrata fire crews along with Grant County Fire District 13 raced to the scene to knock out the flames, "We had a small fire downstairs, crews were quick to respond, it was a personal contents fire," said Ephrata Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Graaff. One of the women living in the home says she and her baby were at risk of getting hurt, "it could have burned one of us because it was big." The Ephrata Fire Department says clothes under the stairs caught fire.

Several RVs burn in early morning fire in Federal Way

Multiple RV's were gutted early Thursday morning in Federal Way as firefighters worked to extinguish a fire that broke out along Pacific Highway S. At about 3 a.m., South King Fire and Rescue crews responded to S. 373rd St. and Pacific Highway S. to find three to four RV's on fire. They put out the fire before it spread to large garage nearby, but the RV's were heavily damaged. According to fire authorities, at least one man lived at the property, but no one was hurt in the fire.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

New Lynden Fire engine in service soon

At the funeral of city fire chief Robert Spinner in July, the Lynden Fire Department had a new engine parked outside — a purchase made possible, in part, due to the budgeting efforts of Spinner himself. Now, fresh out of additional shop prep, the engine is almost ready for service, providing an upgrade over a 1997 engine. According to current chief Gary Baar — coming out of retirement to fill in until a new chief is chosen — the department recently picked the engine up from a shop in Tacoma, where it was receiving a few minor tune-ups.

Woman injured in 2-alarm fire at vacant Capitol Hill building in Seattle

A woman was injured in a two-alarm fire at a vacant building Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill, emergency officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene, at East Olive Way and East Denny Way, at about 8:30 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke spewing from the building. A second alarm was later sounded. The cause of the fire couldn't be determined. It caused $500,000 in damage. There were unconfirmed reports that transients evacuated the building as fire crews arrived.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Lynden City Council approves firefighter contract through 2021

The City Council on Monday approved a four-year contract extension that affects 13 full-time city firefighters, starting Jan. 1, 2018. Local 106 of the International Association of Firefighters was the bargaining agent. Firefighter base pay in 2017 for someone who has put in at least four years is $73,725 annually, and that will go up 4 percent for each of the four years of the contract through 2021, according to the full packet of information provided to council. An entry-level firefighter is paid about 19 percent less.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Clallam County Fire District 3 commissioners deny grant over concerns for future finances

Despite the possibility to add six full-time firefighters to the workforce, Clallam County Fire District 3 fire commissioners opted not to accept a three-year federal grant due to concerns over future finances once the grant ends. Fire commissioners James Barnfather and Michael Gawley, with Steve Chinn absent, voted at the fire district’s regular meeting on Sept. 19 against accepting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) matching grant. It would have given the district about $1.007 million over three years to cover 75 percent of wage and benefit costs in 2018 and 2019 and 35 percent in 2020. It would have cost the district about $1.1 million over three years though, staff said.
Sequim Gazette

Skagit County hires EMS, DEM directors

The Board of Skagit County Commissioners announced Tuesday new directors for Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Emergency Management. Jeffery Sargent will lead EMS starting Monday, and Douglas ten Hoopen will start at DEM on Oct. 2. Sargent is coming to Skagit County from the Mountain Vista Fire Department in Tucson, where he served as director, according to a news release from the county. He has management experience in both EMS and in fire agencies. According to the release, ten Hoopen has 30 years experience in the intelligence, diplomatic and emergency services fields, most recently as a diplomat and attaché in Madrid.

Union Gap family loses home to fire

Police are trying to determine what started a fire that damaged a Union Gap home. Firefighters could see flames from the back of the 4001 S 3rd Street house around 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Yakima Fire Department (YFD) crews. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire and searched the single-story home to make sure no one was inside. Crews remained on the scene for two hours to clean up and investigate. Reports said all family members were able to leave the home and no one was injured. Responders checked one family member for smoke inhalation.
KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima

Woodinville Fire & Rescue Receives New Fire Engines

Woodinville Fire & Rescue now has three new fire engines to protect the community. The previous engines were nearing the end of their service life and ready to be replaced. Those who attended the annual pancake breakfast and Celebrate Woodinville parade on August 19 got a first glimpse of the new engines. At the time of the parade, the engines were still in the process of final adjustments and being outfitted with equipment. Now, all three engines are in service and responding to emergencies at each of the District’s three fire stations. The fire engines were built by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisc. The entire process of building the engines took a little over a year.
Woodinville Weekly/Northlake News/Valley View

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