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Friday, February 16, 2018

Spokane Fire Department air packs found to be clear of contaminants

Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks. The test results, announced by the city Thursday morning at a news conference, come from health consultant companies Veritox, Inc. and TRI Air Testing, which both found no traces of toxic metals in firefighter’s self-contacted breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles. Further testing from Veritox determined it was unlikely that firefighter personnel were exposed to contaminants in the past. “Basically every component of the process was able to be evaluated,” said Randy Marler, president of the Spokane Firefighters Union. “And it all came up clear. There were zero contaminants in any of the air.”

Fire damages two homes in West Seattle

A large fire damaged two homes in a West Seattle neighborhood Thursday night. The fire broke out just after 10:00 p.m. in the back of a home in 5200 block of 36th Ave. SW and spread to a home next door. "I just heard the neighbors screaming," said neighbor Impala Nance. "I came out to see what was happening and I saw that the back of the neighbor's house, one house down was on fire." When firefighters arrived they saw huge flames shooting out of the roof, towards electrical lines above and called in a second alarm. "The whole back of their house was on fire and the neighbor right next door then ran over and tried to put out the fire because it jumped over to her house," said Nance.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Fire breaks out at Auburn motel as cops respond to report of body

Police responding to a report of a death at an Auburn motel arrived just as a fire broke out early Friday, sending guests fleeing from their rooms. No one was injured in the blaze, and police later said the deceased victim at the motel had died of an unrelated cause before the fire - related to some kind of medical issue. The incident began at about 5:20 a.m. as Auburn officers were responding to a report of a body at the motel in the 1200 block of Auburn Way South. After they arrived on scene, police and medics spotted flames and smoke coming from the vicinity of one unit. Police began guests from the building as firefighters responded to the scene.

Family of 5 wakes up to burning Richland home

Five people, including a baby, escaped safely from an early fire that destroyed a south Richland home. Flames started about 6 a.m. behind the house at 118 High Meadows St. off Leslie Road near the Meadow Springs Country Club. One of the four adults living there woke up to the smell of smoke and alerted the others, said fire Capt. Josh Patterson. The blaze spread quickly into the attic, said Richland Battalion Chief Ron Duncan. Richland firefighters spent 30 minutes getting the blaze under control but not before it burned through the roof and damaged three cars in the garage. The American Red Cross and other agencies are working with the family to make sure they have a place to stay, Patterson said. Firefighters are still investigating how the fire started, said Duncan.
Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Grant County Fire District 8 in Mattawa buys land to build new fire station

Its official, Grant County Fire District 8 now owns the property it plans to build a new fire station on in Mattawa. The county finalized its purchase the 10-acre parcel at the corner of Highway 243 and Road 22.5 on Feb. 13. The parcel is situated just south of the Ginkgo Forest Winery. The existing fire station is located across the street from Mattawa City Hall along Government Way. The cost to buy the land was $290,000. The projected cost to build the station is about $2.5 million. Patterson said construction should begin in late 2018 and building the new facility should wrap up around the start of 2020. New features and amenities of the new station would include larger vehicle bays and residential quarters.

Commercial fire destroys building at Longview business

A fire in a commercial area near the intersection of Oregon Way and Alabama Street in Longview gutted a building at a mobile home business Wednesday afternoon. At around 4 p.m., Longview Fire and Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue were dispatched after 911 operators received several calls about smoke and flames coming from a real-estate office. Firefighters spotted a smoke column from several blocks away, but based on the address and building identification, they were uncertain which building was on fire as there were no real-estate offices in the area. Upon arrival Longview Fire discovered a fire in a doublewide “job shack,” one of many mobile homes at Wheel Estate Mobile Home Services. The company specializes in moving mobile homes.
Longview Daily News

Firefighters cut hole in Camas garage to rescue man

Firefighters cut a hole in a Camas home’s garage to rescue a man inside as a small fire pumped smoke through his house Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews were called to a single-story home at 1610 N.W. 27th Ave. in Camas around 2:20 p.m. for a report of a smoke alarm. Camas-Washougal Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Ervin said firefighters found the house and garage were filled with light smoke. As they walked around the building, they knocked on the garage door, then heard someone knock back and call for help, he said. The firefighters used a chain saw to cut a hole into the garage and pulled out a 76-year-old man. They also retrieved a dog. The man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and other medical issues, Ervin said. The man’s wife arrived later to pick up the dog.
Vancouver Columbian

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue increases personnel, adds firefighting staff, volunteers

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has reached a new agreement with the local firefighters’ union that ensures a minimum of three career firefighters will be on duty at all times, while the district continues to train new volunteers and evaluates its new part-time staffing program. This agreement with the union, finalized on Jan. 30, is a change from the former contract, which required two career firefighters as the minimum needed per shift. Previously, both union leaders and the district chiefs said two was an uncomfortably low number and insufficient to fight a fire or respond to simultaneous medical emergencies. Assistant Chief Bob Larson last week addressed the benefits of the change in the case of fire. “With three people you can go into rescue mode and do something; with only two you cannot,” he said.
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

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