The Stevens County Fire Department is warning its residents that it may take longer to respond to your calls after one of it's trucks was stolen and another was badly damaged.
Stevens County emergency services have had a rough week. The fire chief for Fire District 2 not only noticed one of their trucks was severely damaged, but someone had also stolen their wildfire truck as well. Chief Rick Anderson says this means his station is out of service for the foreseeable future.
Stevens County Fire District 2 is ready to handle any challenge that comes their way. But, operating without its only two functioning firetrucks is one challenge they never expected.
Chief Rick Anderson is the one who discovered the missing truck.
"As the fire chief, you know, you always kind of glanced at your facilities to drive by and I drove by and I slammed on the brakes and said, 'All right, who left the door open,'" Anderson said.
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This is the week America honors front line heroes. The professionals who provide emergency medical services in this community and in communities around the country. This is National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15-21. Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham says “this is the 47th annual celebration of EMS Week, where we honor front line heroes, dedicated to providing emergency medicine that saves so many lives every day.
The theme of ‘Rising to the Challenge’ is particularly meaningful as it reminds us that EMS professionals are faced with so many challenges today and they still rise above them.” What do EMS professional do in our community? How to they protect and serve? Yakima Fire Department officials say the week "supports and strengthens the EMS community by increasing awareness of the critical role of Emergency Medical Services."
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An Ephrata woman has been identified as the suspect in a Tuesday evening arson fire near Ephrata.
Ephrata police have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Clintah Hernandez. Witnesses reported seeing the woman light brush on fire near state Route 282 and Airport Road.
Police reportedly found several lighters and a torch lighter on Hernandez. Police say she denied starting the fire. She was booked into Grant County Jail for second-degree arson. Grant County Fire District 13 kept the fire at about acre.
“If this fire had happened later (Wednesday) when the winds are forecast to be upwards of 40 mph this would have been a significant incident,” fire district officials stated.
No injuries were reported during the fire and no structures were damaged.
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For the first time in two years, Spokane and Spokane Valley first responders sat together to enjoy a meal thanks to MultiCare.
The hospital system puts on an annual “Thank You” barbeque for fire, EMS, and police officers for the work they do.
“A lot of us don’t do it necessarily for the thank you’s,” Spokane Valley PIO firefighter Rick Freier said. “So it can be overwhelming a little bit when somebody says thank you, it’s nice to have the people in the community support us.”
For the last few years it’s been a drive-thru “Thank You” barbeque, but this year it was hosted in person.
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Early Monday morning, Dana Young remembers waking up to the sound of glass breaking and looking around the corner seeing flames spread throughout her house.
Her 11-year-old grandson was on the other side of the house when it happened, but was able to get out through a door.
Eventually, Dana and her husband managed to get out too through a back window.
Unfortunately, the family lost everything including their 2 dogs and 6 cats. "I've never been through this before but I mean we made it out, we just barely made it out alive. I mean, seconds, it would've been seconds, and we might not have got out. I don't know, uhm, just with what we got on our backs. none of our animals made it out," Dana said
Dana says they would be grateful for any sort of donations, but right now clothes would really help.
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