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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Man rescued from burning RV at Marysville mobile home park critically injured

A man who was inside an RV in Marysville when it caught fire is in the hospital with critical injuries. Marysville Fire District firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home park in central Marysville shortly after 1:35 a.m. on Tuesday and arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the RV. Inside the RV, firefighters found a man in his 50s who had suffered smoke inhalation. Paramedics gave him CPR and took him to Providence Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Though the RV was significantly damaged by the flames, crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to other dwellings in the park. Total damage to the RV is estimated at $30,000. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office and Marysville Police are working to determine what started the fire.
KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle

Finalists named for chief of Clallam County Fire District 3

Four finalists are being considered for the next chief of Clallam County Fire District 3. Finalists were announced on Nov. 7. They are: Ronald Martin, current mass care coordinator for Lee County Board of County Commissioners in Florida; J. Kevin Nalder, most recently fire chief for the City of Palm Springs, Calif., from 2015-2022; John Payne, current assistant fire chief of the Bremerton Fire Department; and Patrick Reid, current deputy fire chief for the City of Pasco. “The candidates bring a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of fire and emergency management (and they’ve) carefully evaluated each candidate based on their qualifications, leadership skills, and commitment to public safety,” fire commissioners stated in a press release. There were 19 applicants total, fire districts leaders said, with fire commissioners setting a tentative goal for a new chief to start in January.
Peninsula Daily News Online - Metered Site

12 displaced after electrical fire at Renton senior living facility

A fire at a south King County senior living facility Wednesday morning displaced 12 people. The fire broke out at Solstice Senior Living at Renton, located on Monroe Avenue Northeast, shortly before 2 a.m. Puget Sound Fire said the cause of the burn was determined to be electrical. No injuries were reported. Twelve people were displaced and 18 units suffered either fire or water damage, according to Puget Sound Fire. Most of the displaced people will be temporarily housed with family members or at another senior housing facility, Puget Sound Fire added. The fire was mostly contained to the third floor, officials said. One resident on that floor reportedly called 911. "So I called 911 and told them it was very noisy," Waldo Larson said. "They asked if I seen any fire or smoke and I said no."
KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Hilary Franz, other state leaders launch campaign for Smokey Bear license plates

VIDEO: Only you can prevent wildfires -- by supporting an effort to bring a new specialty license plate to Washington. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, State Sen. T'wina Nobles and other state leaders have launched a signature campaign to establish the state's first-ever Smokey Bear license plate. Fees from specialty plates go toward supporting a specific cause or organization. Funds from the Smokey Bear plates will go toward wildfire prevention and a program to support wildland firefighters. The Department of Natural Resources said the money will help support their efforts to reduce the number of wildfires started by humans every year. The plates will also help raise public awareness of wildfire prevention, supporters say.
KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane

Smoke caused by electrical fire pours from café in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood

Firefighters say a fire that damaged a café in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood on Sunday night was likely caused by “faulty electrical.” Seattle Fire said it was 8:54 p.m. when dispatchers received 911 calls about smoke coming from the windows and doors of a two-story business on 14th Avenue South near South Cloverdale Street. Crews arrived at the Good Voyage Café and as they entered through the front door, they were met by thick smoke. Though they had poor visibility, firefighters were able to locate the place where the fire started, near the back of the first floor. They quickly worked to knock down the flames and had the fire under control by 9:24 p.m. No one was inside the café during the fire and no one was hurt. The fire was completely out by 9:42 p.m. It was ruled as accidental and was “likely caused by faulty electrical.”
KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle

Naloxone in schools: How Spokane school districts are carrying it to keep kids safe

VIDEO: In the past two decades, more than 5,000 children and teens in the U.S. have died from overdoses involving fentanyl, according to Jama Pediatrics. But thankfully, Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is readily available to help reverse the effects of an overdose. "You can administer naloxone and they almost instantly take a deep breath, often wake up right away," said Anne Raven, Integrated Medical Services manager for the Spokane Fire Department. Raven has plenty of experience using Narcan with SFD. She believed it's a great idea to have it in schools, because seconds matter when someone is overdosing on an opioid like fentanyl. "We're always going to be there in four to six, four to eight minutes, but that is too much if you're not breathing. So it's ideal to have it there on scene," Raven said.
KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane

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