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This post includes News and events from all of our Fire Departments across Washington State on this Monday, December 6, 2021.
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BENTON COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES
Calling all 9-1-1 Dispatcher Angels — The Southeast Communications Center more commonly known as SECOMM is currently hiring Emergency Communications. Visit their website here –> http://www.wearerichland.org or you can check out these Angels in action –> https://www.facebook.com/BentonCountyEmergencyServices/videos/895636091346304
A Milestone Celebrated — SECOMM employee, Tim Harter celebrates his 20-year anniversary on December 1st.
CodeRED Alert System Testing — On Wednesday, December 8th at 1625 hours PT, the Benton and Franklin County Emergency Management will conduct a test of the CodeRED Mass Notification System.
“CodeRED is an “opt-in” Mass Notification System designed to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. The system allows us to deliver emergency messages through voice, text, or e-mail. Notification via Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) is also available. Residents can sign up to receive alerts in English, Spanish, Russian or Chinese (preferred language is chosen when you sign up). Benton County residents can sign up at www.bces.wa.gov” – BCEMS
BOTHELL FIRE DEPARTMENT
Train Like Your Life Depends on It — BFD Technical Rescue Team also known as TRT trained members within their Fire Department on vital skills to prepare them for when they arrive first on-scene. TRT members respond to all technical water / confined spaces / heavy and high angle rescue calls.
EAST PIERCE FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 3520
A Second Calling — We thought being a firefighter was pretty great, but an artist too? Wow. How lucky are the East Pierce Fire Department? This photo was taken of a drawing on their station’s whiteboard by Artist, ehem, I mean Probationary Firefighter Morton.
EASTSIDE FIRE & RESCUE
2021 Eastside Firefighters Benevolent Fund Food Drive — There were 252 First Due Movers red totes were filled with food donations, in addition to a collection of cash, checks, and Venmo payments for a whopping $2,843.00. Gift cards totaled $6,825.00 with 76 additionally with unknown amounts. Wow! That’s what SUCCESS looks like for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Bank.
EVERETT FIRE DEPARTMENT
Heroes Breakfast Fundraiser — The Everett Firefighters Association (EFFA) is fundraising for the American Red Cross Northwest Region’s Annual Heroes Breakfast virtual event on December 9, 2021. The EFFA’s goal is $2,500. They have raised over half towards this goal but you can help them raise the roof and help even more people.
Learn more about how the Red Cross is helping those impacted in the Everett area and in other locations around the northwest.
Visit their website at https://e.givesmart.com/events/n2c/c/:W-HONJYWFEW/?fbclid=IwAR1S9sb7SANQ1CdUM3acWyjdR4yN-SQBkg1Zh7GPVpvjGNjJ1_AXARFrShQ
GIG HARBOR FIRE & MEDIC ONE
A new Chief — The Department adds a new employee to their Department with Perry Oldenburg, as their new Assistant Chief of Admin and Finance. He started on Monday, December 6, 2021.
Bio: Chief Oldenburg
“Chief Oldenburg worked for the Boise Fire Department for just under 30 years. His career started in Union leadership (shop steward, grievance committee, executive board, vice-president, president) and finished as a Chief Officer. He served as a Deputy Chief for 12 years and had the opportunity to oversee and manage multiple divisions (6) within the department in a wide range of diverse program areas.Chief Oldenburg is also a retired military officer who completed 22 years in the Army/National Guard. He attended Officer Candidate School and rotary-wing (helicopter) flight training and spent most of his career as an AH-64 Apache helicopter Company Commander. The final 4 years of his military career involved fixed-wing (plane) qualification and the transportation of senior military officers from all branches of service.”
GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #5
Proper Child Seat Tips — Here’s a great example of why to take your children’s coats off before buckling up. For any child seat questions or to schedule a free car seat inspection, reach out to Captain Sean Killion or Battalion Chief Bob Horst at 765-3175.
New Members! — Tri-Med Professional EMTs based out of Kent, Washington were named as the IAFF’s newest members under Local I-98. Pictured in the photo is Tri-Med Professional EMT President Don Cheyette and VP Emily Lewis. The EMTs of this EMS organization work with 10 of the IAFFs Puget Sound area affiliates delivering service in King County.
LACEY FIRE DISTRICT #3
Swapping Rigs Tonight — Santa Claus swapped out his sleigh for a shiny red fire truck and riding in style in the Lacey Lighted Parade, where Mother Nature tried to rain on his parade but did not succeed.
PUYALLUP EXTRICATION TEAM
Tool Sale — The Puyallup Extrication group is selling their last set of Hurst Hydraulic Tools.
This non-profit organization consists of 13 professional Firefighters that teach the latest techniques in “Auto Extrication”. If you are interested in what they do and/or in the sale of their tools, you can visit them on Facebook @thpxteam
“Our group has instructed several Fire & Rescue agencies over the past 11 years including departments from Canada, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. In addition to instructing we have also been competing nationally as well as internationally since 2000 in TERC vehicle rescue competitions. Vehicle extrication is the rescue skill of disentangling and removal of patients who are trapped in severe automobile accidents.”
SHORELINE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Night Drills — Shoreline FD firefighters received an early Christmas gift from a local business community member, Pulte Homes who donated the old Westminister Church building to conduct night drills. Firefighters will be conducting training on this building on December 16, 20 and 21, 2021, from 1600 – 2100 hours PT and promise they won’t be using any operating saws or loud equipment past 1900 hours.
If you have a structure that needs to be demolished, Shoreline Fire is looking for donated buildings to train on and this could also be a tax writeoff for you. It’s a win-win for all. Check out more details in how you can help the SFD, by calling them at 206-533-6501 or by visiting them in person at 17525 Aurora Avenue North in Shoreline, Washington 98133.
SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Wood-Working Santa Visits the Fire Station — A tradition at Station #5 seems to be the happy receiver of a woodcarver Santa who stops by to deliver his gifts to firefighters who then are visited by many volunteer agencies by spreading the Holiday joy to Santa’s children everywhere.
WEST PIERCE FIRE AND RESCUE
The Faces Behind a Great Fire Agency — Great wishes from a great Fire Department. Check out the faces behind this amazing Fire Department.
WEST VALLEY FIRE – RESCUE
Holiday Command — The firefighters from the Yakima County Fire District #12/West Valley Fire were staging at the Roots Nursery on 67th and Teiton Drive with their truck adorned in Holiday colorful lights.
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