Published August 20, 2022, Saturday
GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #13 (WA)
Grant County Fire District #13 member responded to the HIGH HILL FIRE last night, as mutual aid to Grant County Fire District #7. While responding to this fire, another one was discovered, which was contained and put out very quickly.
Incident Cooperators: GCFD7, GCFD13, and the Grant County Sheriffs Office (GCSO).
There were no reports of structures destroyed, as firefighters successfully were able to provide structure protection saving many buildings.
HOQUIAM FIRE DEPARTMENT (WA)
The Hoquiam Firefighters released a statement about new fire apparatus to be delivered to their City to be put into service shortly.
Here is their official statement: “Fire Chief Miller, Engineers Darrell Lane, and Derek Jensen completed the final walkthrough of their new fire engine! The Engine should be delivered to our station within the next couple of weeks for members to begin training on, before putting it in service.
We would like to take this time again, to thank the citizens of Hoquiam!”
We will be watching for this new piece of equipment has been placed in service. – Ed.
GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE (WA)
Though this is technically a fire news post, it has the implications of turning into a mass casualty incident where it would entail multiple fire agencies and EMS organizations to be forced to come together. This is the reason why we are sharing to help educate those around us to be able to make a difference by assisting those from preventing or aiding against future incidents like this from happening.
Grant County deputies believe mass shooting avoided at Gorge Amphitheater
Near GEORGE, Wash. (20AUG2022) — Grant County sheriff’s deputies on Friday night believe they stopped an Ephrata man who may have had plans to commit a mass shooting at the Gorge Amphitheater.
Citizens and security notified deputies around 9 p.m. of a man in the parking lot. Witnesses’ suspicions were raised when they saw the man inhale an unknown substance or gas from a balloon and then load two 9mm pistols from the trunk of his car. The man concealed one pistol in the rear of his waistband and the other in an outside-the-waistband holster. The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Jonathan R. Moody of Ephrata, approached concertgoers, asking what time the concert ended and where people would be exiting the venue.
Moody did not make access inside the venue. Venue security detained Moody outside of the venue gates and disarmed him of the two loaded 9mm pistols. After investigating, deputies arrested Moody on suspicion of one count of possession of a dangerous weapon and one count of unlawful carrying or handling of a weapon. Moody was lodged in the Grant County Jail.
The concert series Bass Canyon, electronic dance music (EDM) festival, was playing at the Gorge last evening and is playing again tonight. Last night’s concert was sold out, which means there were upwards of 25,000 people attending.
The Gorge Amphitheater does not allow weapons on site, but Moody’s possession of weapons was not the lone factor for his arrest. Moody’s actions of loading weapons in the parking lot coupled with his questions about where concertgoers would be exiting and at what time, furthered the suspicions of witnesses and deputies. Moody did not make any statements to deputies.
Nobody was injured.
Remember: if you see something, say something. Citizens saw something completely out of place for the circumstances and notified security, who in turn notified deputies. That combination of situational awareness along with noticing “something does not fit” resulted in a possible tragedy being prevented.
Thank you to the concertgoers who reported this man, and to venue security for keeping the man from getting inside the concert venue.
Case number 22GS09905. Contact and attribution: Kyle Foreman, PIO. Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Phone# 509.760.3713. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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VASHON ISLAND FIRE AND RESCUE (WA)
At 0128 hours, Saturday morning, Vashon firefighters responded to Westside Highway for a reported building fire. Upon arrival, crews found a horse barn and attached apartment with heavy fire and smoke coming from the structure. The VIFR team worked late into the morning to extinguish the structure and contents of the barn. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries and the horses were safely removed from the barn. Thank you to our partners at King County Medic One for their assistance.
BEND FIRE DEPARTMENT (OR)
Bend Firefighters are training on new construction in their response area today and getting to know the layout, as well as how they can benefit from this type of training.
SALEM FIREFIGHTERS (OR)
Members with the IAFF Local 314 – Salem Professional Firefighters responded to a grass fire in West Salem on Friday near their station (FS11) which was quickly brought under control and put out.
There was an unknown cause at the time of this update.
KOOTENAI COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE (ID)
Kootenai County firefighters have set up a First Aid booth at North Idaho Fair being held in Kootenai County.
This is their first brand new booth, which they proudly offer on-site emergency services to fairgoers. The booth was a project that was funded completely by community partnerships! Kootenai County firefighters would like to thank Kootenai County EMS System, Ginno Construction, Gibbs Lumber, CW Wraps, Burke’s Restoration, and Lowes for their generous donations and support! They would love it if you stopped by and say hello to their crews at the fair over the next 10 days!
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