In Medical Lake, if there was a fire, car crash, or any big emergency, one in four 911 calls, weren't being answered.
"We've struggled to meet the rising call demands out here," former Fire Chief, Jason Mayfield, said.
The Medical Lake Fire Department, until Wednesday, was made up completely of volunteers, something that Chief Mayfield says, has been hurting the community for years.
"It's not just something that's Medical Lake, it's industry wide. Volunteers are down across the country, it was just a matter of time before the wheels completely fell off," Chief Mayfield said.
If Medical Lake volunteers couldn't respond to a call, firefighters from Downtown Spokane, Spokane Valley, or the Northside, had to hustle to the small town, hoping to get there in time. These calls weren't free, and were costing taxpayers from other cities.
Medical Lake decided in August, they wanted a change. It was time to hire full-time firefighters and EMT's.
KHQ-TV NBC 6
A Yakima ambulance company is getting a national award one day after Yakima's Fire Chief criticizes the system and says changes need to be made.
Fire Chief Aaron Markham said yesterday that people are waiting too long for ambulances to arrive, meaning they are losing crucial time.
"We really don't have a system in place that establishes performance measures for the ambulance companies that respond to our area," Markham says.
However, Brian Ireton from Advanced Life Services says the company is meeting all of the state and county response time requirements.
"ALS is required to report to the City of Yakima Fire Department every month for the previous month's response times to calls within the city. We are meeting their requirements for those calls," Ireton says.
KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
PHOTO: A boom truck caught fire when its boom hit a powerline at a construction site on South Vancouver Street Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the construction site at Vancouver and 23rd Avenue just after 12:35 p.m. When they arrived, the truck was fully involved with flames, said Kennewick Fire Capt. Brian Ellis said.
Fire investigators determined that the workers were using the boom to put roofing materials on a building when the boom caught a powerline, causing the truck's hydraulic system to ignite.
The truck was a total loss. No other damage was reported and no one was hurt.
At least one person reported the incident as an explosion. Ellis explained that this person likely mistook the sound of the boom hitting the powerline or the sound of a tire popping off for an explosion.
VIDEO: Four years after the Twisp River Fire nearly took his life, burn survivor Daniel Lyon has reached the top of Mount Rainier.
As Q13 News first shared with you earlier this week, he's been training for this climb for months, battling through the pain of being burned on 70 percent of his body and the dozens of surgeries that came with it.
His goal was to summit on August 19, four years to the day the fire took the lives of his three firefighter brothers and nearly took his.
At the last minute, his climbing group backed out and it looked like his dream wouldn't happen. But Lyon is proof that when you set your mind to something, nothing can stop you.
"It took literally everything in me to get to that summit," he said.
There was nothing easy about realizing his lifelong dream of summiting Mount Rainier.
KCPQ-TV FOX 13
A small brush fire Wednesday afternoon along Moses Lake was caused by a homeless man attempting to light a propane heater.
The fire was first reported at about 12:50 p.m. along the shoreline behind West Marina Drive. The man told Moses Lake police he was attempting to use a propane heater in his tent but the propane tank wasn’t installed correctly. Witnesses reported hearing at least one explosion just before the fire started. The man says he threw the heater out of his tent and was trying to collect his belongings.
Moses Lake firefighters responded and contained the blaze to about an acre.