Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is one of the nation’s busiest airports, servicing 51.8 million passengers and nearly 500,000 metric tons of cargo annually. It’s also one of the busiest ports of entry into the United States for foreign travel. Those are solid reasons for why the 10th Civil Support Team joined up with the Port of Seattle Fire Department and observers from the state Department of Health for a hazardous material recon and detection exercise at the fire department training area on Nov. 18, 2020.
“The scenario was simple -- a passenger from a foreign country carries a hazardous material with them on a flight,” said Maj. Wes Watson, commander of the 10th Civil Support Team. “It is detected as they enter customs, but now we need to survey the plane and help clear the scene. While it is simple, it is also a very complex exercise.”
The exercise started with a team from the Port of Seattle Fire Department identifying that they have found radiological materials on the plane.
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VIDEO: Cooking fires are nationally very common this time of year.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department says, in the Spokane region, cooking fire calls happen three to five times more during the holidays than any other time of year.
This includes fires started with the improper use of a turkey fryer.
The fryer should be on a stable surface that’s not too close to your home or anything flammable, like a concrete surface outside. Make sure you put enough oil in your turkey fryer, but not too much, depending on your turkey size. SVFD Fire Marshal Greg Rogers says it helps to fill your fryer with water as a test.
Then, get your oil to the right temperature. Too much oil that’s too hot can spill over and be dangerous.
Putting a frozen turkey in a turkey fryer is also a big mistake. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed out before you cook it.
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A massive backlog caused by thousands of Washingtonians being tested for COVID-19 led to over 6,200 new coronavirus cases in the past three days.
The Washington State Department of Health reported 6,277 new COVID-19 cases, 331 additional hospitalizations and 36 more deaths over the past three days.
The latest surge pushes the statewide total since the start of the pandemic to 147,537 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 10,096 hospitalizations and 2,655 deaths.
State health officials urge the public to not have friends and other family inside your home for social gatherings. Social gatherings of up to five people outside, distanced, and wearing a face covering at all times is a safer way to connect with others.
“COVID-19 activity is increasing throughout Washington state, leading to more cases, straining the testing sites and hospital capacity. It is more critical than ever for Washingtonians to actively help reduce the spread of this deadly virus,” says Secretary of Health John Wiesman.
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