Idaho News

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pocatello firefighters wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

PHOTO: Pocatello firefighters are wearing pink and raising funds for prevention during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The effort is part of the International Association of Fire Fighters’ (IAFF) Pink T-Shirt Campaign. Chris Solomon, a captain with the Pocatello Fire Department and a member of IAFF 187, the local union, says breast cancer has affected some of their firefighters along with their family members and friends. And it’s something they deal with in their ambulance service. “It does hit home,” Solomon said. “It’s part of the job we deal with every day. It’s pretty important to me and all the guys to support this and try to get people to get in and get checked if they have any concerns.” IAFF 187 has been participating in the Pink T-Shirt Campaign for roughly a decade, said Solomon, who designs the shirts for their local union.
Idaho State Journal

Idaho Falls apartment building evacuated after fire breaks out in garage

At 6:27 p.m. Sunday the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to the 2000 block of Stace Street for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, we noted heavy smoke coming from an attached single car garage of a fourplex apartment building. There was nobody inside the garage upon arrival. The fourplex was evacuated. There were several other structures in the area but we were able to keep the fire contained to the garage. There were no injuries. The cause is unknown at this time and is under investigation.
East Idaho News

Kootenai County Fire Prevention Cooperative receives smoke detector donation

PHOTO: The Kootenai County Fire Prevention Cooperative received a donation of nearly 200 smoke detectors from the Idaho Section: American Nuclear Society. They were delivered by Bob Borrelli, professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Idaho-Idaho Falls. This is the second year of donations to area fire departments in North Idaho. Last year, Shoshone County Co-op and Coeur d’Alene Fire each received 90 smoke detectors. The Kootenai County Fire Prevention Co-op is a division of the Kootenai County Fire Chiefs Association and is made up of fire prevention personnel from each fire department in Kootenai County. All members of the Co-op will have access to this donation for their smoke detector installation programs. These installation programs are typically based on financial need, but our overall goal is to ensure that all homes are protected by smoke detectors and alarms.
Coeur d'Alene Press - Metered site

Twin Falls Fire Department teaches children about fire prevention

VIDEO: The Twin Falls Fire Department hosted the second night of its fire prevention open house Thursday night in honor of Fire Prevention Week. Children and parents were welcomed into the fire stations, where they had mini class sessions to learn about what a firefighter does, and how to protect oneself from a fire. They learned where to go if there is a fire. They could then get tours of the truck bay and see all of the equipment. "I want you to find two ways out of every room, two ways out of every room, so if we are in this room," said Fire Marshal Tim Lauda, "you can go out the door, you just came in, or this door here, or this door over here, so actually there is three ways, so if you are in your bedroom you can go out the door or the window, right?"
KMVT-TV 11 Twin Falls

Friday, October 11, 2019

Caldwell Fire Department starts plastic free initiative

VIDEO: "Just over a year ago we found out that my wife had cancer. Through our research with what's healthy for her, we came across learning that a lot of dyes do cause cancer," said Caldwell Fire Captain Marc Maiello. Captain Maiello is referring to the dyes found in various sports drinks that Caldwell firefighters were consuming daily. That is, until they discovered something strange. "As they opened it (the sports drinks) they noticed there was a slime or a sludge that was floating in the drink," said Captain Maiello. He says some of the firefighters unknowingly drank from the effected plastic bottles, left in a truck outside. The gooey drinks weren't the only thing worrying Captain Maiello. He said some of their colored sports drinks turned completely clear when exposed to UV light. He said other colored sports drinks, purchased at the time as those that turned clear, maintained their color when stored in a cool, dry place.
CBS 2 News Idaho

One person displaced in Burley house fire

PHOTO: An early morning fire Thursday displaced one person, Burley fire officials said. The Burley Fire Department, Cassia County Sheriff’s Office and paramedics responded to the house fire at 1200 W. 185 South at 4:12 a.m., the fire department said in a Facebook post. The only person in the house was able to escape without any injuries. Two engines, a tanker and the chief responded from Burley Fire and were joined by an engine, a tanker and command personnel from the Rock Creek Fire Protection District, the post said. No firefighters were injured and crews were able to leave the scene at about 8:45 a.m. The displaced resident is being assisted by the Burley Firefighters Burnout Fund.
Twin Falls Times-News Metered

Fire closes Highway 75 near Timmerman Junction

A wildfire closed a portion of a state highway for period of time Thursday afternoon in the Wood River Valley. Highway 75 between Shoshone and the Timmerman Rest Area, about eight miles south of Bellevue, closed Thursday afternoon while fire crews worked the area, according to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post this afternoon: “The road is blocked. Look out for a brush fire.” By 5 p.m., however, the sheriff's office said the road was again open. "Please be alert for crews working on the road sides," the later post read. "Thank you for your patience."
KEZJ-FM 95.7

South Boundary Fire Station addition, breakfast attract crowd in Naples

People gathered at the South Boundary Fire Station #1 to enjoy a free breakfast and a tour of the new construction on Saturday, Oct. 5. The South Boundary Firefighters cooked and served the breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. South Boundary Fire Chief Tony Rohrwasser gave tours of the new addition to the station that is still under construction, but will soon house not only the ambulance, but also a place for EMS quarters, including two small bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower. “The plan is to have this station staffed 24/7 with a paramedic, and we are working on ways to get personnel that are either EMTs or EMRs, or just firefighters because the medic needs someone to run the bus for them,” said Rohrwasser. The tour also included the area between the fire station and the Naples Elementary School. When the old church is removed, they will be putting in a shed building that will house the Naples Food Cupboard, as well as supplies for Red Cross. The building will be set back further than the church is now.
Bonners Ferry Herald

Boise Fire Local 149 hosting annual pumpkin patch Saturday

The Boise Fire Pumpkin Patch has been a fall tradition at Station #10 for eleven years. This year, the pumpkin patch is raising money to benefit the Local 149 Community Assistance Fund . "This is a great event that we look forward to each year. All the work that goes into this event takes hours and hours of planning, but we love to see families come out and pick out a pumpkin and enjoy all the activities we have," said Boise Firefighter and event organizer Stephen Procedo. "We have a lot of great pumpkins to choose from this year and we look forward to doing this for the community each year. It’s also a bonus that the money we raise goes back to help those in the community." This year's pumpkin patch is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. It's happening behind Fire Station #10 at 12065 West McMillan Road. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.
KIVI-TV Today's 6 News Boise

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