Kennewick police had to help firefighters get to a brushfire near the Burlington Store Saturday after onlookers kept getting in the way.
First responders tell Action News they're seeing too much of this and they need your help.
Officers say they understand the interest, it's human nature to watch events as they unfold but it's starting to impede their ability to do their job.
"We'll communicate with you through the media as early and as often as we can," says Kennewick fire battalion chief Mike Barnett. "We ask that you stay out of the way."
He's asking nicely now in order to avoid harsher words during life-or-death situations.
The firefighter says it's for your safety as a civilian and as a member of this community that might someday need help.
"We don't want to see people get hit," he explains. "But it also slows down fire apparatus getting into the area to be able to take action."
Tri-Cities firefighters say incidents of 'looky-loos' getting in the way are increasing.
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The Navy SEAL rejected to become a city firefighter for being too old can now be hired by the FDNY, thanks to action taken by state lawmakers Thursday.
Special Operations Chief Shaun Donovan missed city employee age stipulations by six months and 25 days to join the FDNY in April.
The Post first reported on his plight, sparking outrage and support for his bid to become a firefighter.
In response, legislators passed a bill Thursday relaxing the city’s employee age requirements for military vets: once a candidate reaches age 29 and then joins the military, he has a seven-year window — formerly six — to join the FDNY.
“There’s a special place in my heart for the FDNY. When you have that as your motivation, you want to do right by those people,” said bill sponsor Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn).
“He wants to continue to give back, he already served our country and he wants to keep serving. Why should we ever tell someone now you can’t serve?”
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The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill to protect farmers and ranchers from liability while fighting dangerous wildfires, such as the 2018 Substation fire in Wasco and Sherman counties.
Senate Bill 290 is similar to other Good Samaritan laws that encourage bystanders to assist people in emergencies without worrying about being sued if something goes wrong.
Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, sponsored SB 290, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously. Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill during a ceremony on June 18 with members of the Oregon Wheat Growers League.
Hansell said the bill was inspired by the deadly Substation fire that torched 78,425 acres of dry wheat fields and grasslands last year in north-central Oregon.
Wheat farmers were among the first to arrive on scene, using tractors and disc plows to dig wide firebreaks around homes and communities.
After Joe Scarbeary retired from the Streator Fire Department last October, the Streator City Council decided not to hire a firefighter to replace him.
The Streator Fire Department has been working without a 15th firefighter since May 2018, after Scarbeary had an injury that would eventually lead to his retirement and the city's decision not to rehire the position in November.
From Nov. 1 to May 5, Streator firefighters worked a total of 2,239 overtime hours, with 1,056 of those hours considered coverage for what would have been a 15th firefighter, according to information provided in a Freedom of Information Act request and confirmed by Fire Chief Gary Bird.
Comparatively, a total of 1,549 overtime hours were logged from July 1 to Oct. 31, when Scarbeary would have been out on injury.
Streator firefighters union president Kurt Snow believes the situation is not sustainable.
A possible link between World Trade Center dust and prostate cancer in first responders has been found by researchers.
Exposure to dust at the New York City site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks triggered chronic inflammation in the responders' prostates, which may have contributed to their cancer, according to the Mount Sinai Health researchers.
They noted that inflammation has long been considered an important factor in prostate cancer.
"Several years ago, I saw a first responder in his 40s who began having symptoms of prostatitis, a painful condition that involves inflammation of the prostate, soon after exposure to the World Trade Center dust," said researcher Dr. William Oh, chief of the division of hematology and medical oncology at Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine.
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