WASHINGTON STATE — It is never a dull moment for incidents and news happening in Fire Departments and organizations across our state. Here is the breakdown of Fire Agencies in the News for the week of February 12, 2023.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
CITY OF REDMOND: The Redmond City Council authorized the acceptance of a grant toward the purchase of the City’s first electric fire engine. The Fire Department applied and for and received the grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology which covers 25% of the costs of the electric engine program. Redmond will be the first agency in the State to receive the grant, and the engine will be the first electric fire engine in Washington State as well as one of the first few in the country. Source: City of Redmond.
STEVENS COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 1: 10 EMT students passed their class which occurred on Monday night. Their next step is to take their National Registry. Some will be moving on to the volunteer recruit academy which starts in the month of March. Way to go! Photo Credit/Source: SCFD1
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
BELLEVUE FIRE DEPARTMENT: A tribute to a great man, Dr. Leonard Cobb best known as a legend and one of the founding members of the Seattle Medic One Paramedic Program, initiator of the first bystander CPR classes and co-creator of the Resuscitation Academy. He dedicated his life-long career to prehospital care for patients with cardiac disease. Photo Credit: King County Medic One. Source: BFD.
The PORT OF SEATTLE PD BDU: Members assisted the Valley Regional Fire Authority with the disposal of some sort of ammunition that was dropped at the station. BDU members safely detonated the devices in the back of the station shortly after 1600 hours PT. There was no danger to the public during the time of the detonation. Photo Credit/Source: DJ Sonsteng Photography @DJSonstengphoto
KING COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #2: KCFD2 has received a new member in their fleet which has been relocated from Station 29 to Station 28, replacing L329. Photo Credit/Source: KCFD2
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
SEATTLE FIRE DEPARTMENT: Firefighters were dispatched through the Fire Alarm Center (FAC) to a vacant building near the 5100 block of 9th Avenue NW, where crews made entry into the structure to put out the fire. Both primary and secondary searches of the building found it to be completely clear. No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported.
CENTRAL KITSAP FIRE & RESCUE: Station 52 started construction of its newest station in the Olympic View community on February 16, 2022. The progression of building their new station has moved right along. Other Fire projects can be found on their website at https://www.ckfr.org/bond-proposal/Photo Credit/Source: CKF&R.
CLARK COUNTY PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 3674: Lateral recruits participated in search and rescue training in La Center. Instructors used smoke machines simulating low to zero visibility environments both in exterior and interior “fire” situations. Photo Credit:/Source: IAFF3674
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
BOTHELL FIRE DEPARTMENT: SCFD10 firefighters had fun with the students from the Evergreen Academy. Photo Credit/Source: BFD.
SPOKANE VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT: Firefighters spent time with the Trent Elementary School second graders for a show-and-tell as to what they do each day. Photo Credit/Source: SVFD
PUGET SOUND FIRE: Fire Chief Matthew Morris was honored and incoming new Fire Chief Brian Carson was welcomed as their newest member to the ranks at the Change of the Command ceremony. The ceremony included in attendance those from Puget Sound Fire, additional Fire Department representatives throughout King County, along with family members, friends, and elected Officials. Photo Credit/Sources: PSF.
MOUNT VERNON FIREFIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS: MVFD hosted a joint training opportunity at the Mount Vernon Public Libary Commons Project in the downtown corridor along with several of its critical mutual aid partners, BURLINGTON PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 4111 and the ANACORTES PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS. The Fire Department states the crane adds a unique element of complexity to any potential incident. With this type of training, it gives those who are responding to a potentially complex incident like this to be highly skilled, knowledge of how everyone is on the same page and to be able to work in unison. Photo Credit/Source: MVFD
MARYSVILLE FIRE DISTRICT: Congratulations to the District’s newest recruits who were sworn in at this week’s Board of Directors meeting as one of the first duties for new Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol. New firefighters include Dillon Wade, Alex Leonard, Hailey Gribble, Laura Koty, and Conrad Hasse. They will move on to a 14-week educational and hands-on at the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy and one year of probationary training. Photo Credit/Source: MFD
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
VASHON ISLAND FIRE & RESCUE: Firefighters were busy promoting their raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the fight against blood cancers. They have nine members climbing this year in the world’s largest on-air stair climb competition in down Seattle. You can support them by visiting their team page: https://bit.ly/3xAoyFY Photo Credit/Source: VIF&R
WHATCOM COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT #14: The district has invited those who would like to join them for a FREE community First Aid/CPR/AED Class at the Sumas Fire Station on March 9, 2023, at 1800 hours PT. This event is sponsored by the Kelley Insurance Agency and Financial Services Inc. Those who pass this class will receive an HsI First Aid/CPR/AED card. Signups are at http://www.wcfd14.org. Photo Credit/Source: WCFD14
ARLINGTON/STANWOOD FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 3438: Long training has been taking place this week for six new hires as they prepare to enter the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. This is a 14-week training academy. Five are from their part-time ranks while one has no experience at all. Congratulations! Photo Credit/Source: North County RFA
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