Washington News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fire in a sealed-up fireplace sparks blaze in Lake City home

Flames spread through a Lake City home early Thursday when the resident tried to start a fire in a fireplace that had previously been sealed, officials said. Seattle firefighters responded to the scene, in the 7500 block of Lake City Way, at around 2 a.m. after receiving reports of smoke and flames at a residence there. The home's occupant, an older gentleman, was rescued from the home and crews extinguished the flames. The man was uninjured. Firefighters were hampered in their response due to the large amount of material that had been hoarded in the home. A preliminary investigation found that the home's resident had started a fire in a fireplace that had been sealed up, causing the blaze to spread to the adjoining rooms.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Remembering Bothell firefighter Kirk Robinson

“He was a walking angel.” That’s how Tinya Anderson, a Mercer Island resident, describes Kirk Robinson, a born-and-raised Islander and lieutenant for the Bothell Fire Department (BFD). Robinson died Oct. 4 at the age of 42. He is survived by parents Gary and Lori, brother Clay, wife Jessica and their two children, Gavin (10) and Levi (8). Pat Angell, who neighbored the Robinson family decades ago, remembers the firefighter as “the sweetest little boy” growing up. “He did so much for anybody,” she recalled. Robinson graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1995. Later, he studied kinesiology and sports medicine at Westmont College. In 1999, he joined Mercer Island’s auxiliary firefighting force; then, in April 2001, he was hired to work at BFD full time.
Bothell Reporter

2020 calendar highlights 80-year history of Spokane Valley Fire Department

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has put out a 2020 calendar full of historical photos and facts in honor of its 80th anniversary. Capt. Scott Crawford took the lead on putting the project together. “I’ve been here 25 years,” he said. “You hear stories, and you tuck them away. It was a lot of fun to make.” The department was formed as Spokane County Fire Protection District 1 in 1940. The first fire station was little more than a low-slung barn in a field. It dropped the word “Protection” along the way and in 2007 formally changed its name to the Spokane Valley Fire Department. Each month on the calendar features a different station (there are 10) or fire department facility. Crawford and firefighter Marcus Duarte traveled the department, taking pictures of each station, it’s engine and the crews.
Spokane Spokesman-Review - Metered Site

Follow Up: ’Shame on you,’ says Whatcom County Fire Chief after station theft

The chief of Whatcom County Fire District 16 says the burglar or burglars who broke into one of his unmanned fire stations should be ashamed of themselves for stealing from taxpayers. Right now, investigators are trying to figure who was responsible for the break-in at Station 87 in the Van Zandt area. At first, Chief Hank Maleng says everything seemed normal when he arrived at Station 87 at approximately 8:15 a.m. Monday to take an ambulance out for some service work. That quickly changed when he stepped up to the door. "I realized there was a dent and markings where you could tell a pry bar or some type of tool had been used to pry open the door of our station," Maleng told KOMO News.
KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Spokane Valley firefighters raise money to give coats to kids in need

Spokane Valley firefighters are raising money to buy coats for kids in the Central Valley, West Valley and East Valley school districts with Operation Warm. The station raised $9,000 so far. The department hopes to visit every school in the community Spokane Valley Firefighters serve, according to spokesperson Julie Happy. Last year firefighters delivered 425 coats to kids who didn't have one in Spokane Valley. The department hopes to surpass that number during this year's drive. There are 22,678 students enrolled in the Central Valley, East Valley and West Valley school districts. Around 10 thousand of those students are classified as low income, and 622 are classified as homeless. "Receiving a coat from a Firefighter is a great memory for these kids,” said Spokane Valley Firefighter, Scott Niebuhr.
KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Arlington Fire Department, North County Fire & EMS launch Community Resource Paramedic Program

The city of Arlington Fire Department and North County Fire & EMS have announced a partnership to launch a Community Resource Paramedic program. The Community Resource Paramedic program will be bridging a gap between the patients firefighters see regularly and the community services that already exist to help meet their needs. Through a contract with the city of Arlington, North County Fire & EMS will be providing the service to the area both agencies serve. Firefighters from Arlington and North County Fire can use the Community Resource Paramedic service to keep paramedic units available for higher risk emergency responses and promote emergency department diversion.
North County Outlook

Clallam County Fire District 2 recipient of grant to buy special rescue stretcher

Clallam County Fire District 2 has used a grant to purchase a special stretcher to rescue patients in remote areas. District officials announced Monday the $1,907 grant from the Clallam County Physicians Community Benefit Fund to purchase the rescue litter and wheel attachment. “In recent years, the Fire District has experienced several rescues of patients located in remote areas only accessible by trails,” Clallam 2 Fire-Rescue Chief Jake Patterson said in a press release. “Ambulances and other vehicles would not be able to reach the victim due to this limited access. The new rescue litter with wheel attachment will allow the First District to safely access the patient and move them to the nearest point where an ambulance can be waiting.” Without the litter, a crew of about 15 would need to hike into a remote area to carry a patient to safety, Patterson said.
Port Angeles Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site

Shed Fire in Wenatchee Claims Life of Dog

Fire crews from Chelan District 1 and Douglas District 2 responded to a structure fire on Methow St. Monday night around 9:20 p.m. Public Information Officer Kay McKellar says when they arrived, they found a small, shed-type building on fire though there were no occupants. “They did locate a dog kennel and they took it out of the building. They found a shiatzu dog in the kennel with thermal injuries and the dog did pass away from his injuries.” No one else was injured, either firefighters or occupants and the fire was out in about 30 minutes. “Chief [Brian] Brett, who was the incident commander on this incident, said the cause of the fire is likely accidental. The ignition source, at this time, is being examined in the area of the origin just to confirm everything.”
KPQ-AM 560

Whatcom County Fire District 16 reacts to fire hall break-in

A Whatcom County Fire Hall was broken into over the weekend. “We hope you are finding our chainsaws and new generator useful,” a Facebook post made by Whatcom County Fire District 16 says. Donations were requested after the equipment was stolen from the Van Zandt Fire Hall last weekend. In a comment on Facebook from District 16, insurance will cover the stolen items, minus the $500 deductible and security upgrades to the door that was used to get in.
KPUG-AM 1170

West Benton firefighters respond as car sets on fire along I-82

PHOTOS: West Benton firefighters shared intense images of a car fire that they responded to on Monday night. In a Facebook post, the department wrote that they responded to the fire on I-82 eastbound near milepost 89. The vehicle was a total loss, but thankfully they say there were no injuries. West Benton Fire Rescue tells KAPP-KVEW the exact cause of the fire is unknown.

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