There have been many great things that have happened this week and what a great way to spread the news, like wildfire. This is a jam-packed full of happenings for the week of Monday through Friday.
CLARK COUNTY PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL l 3674 announced Thursday night of 15 new entry-level firefighters has been added to the Training Academy which is about to start very soon.
(Left) Source and Photo Credits | Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue
ARLINGTON/STANWOOD IAFF Local 3438
You know it’s busy when you are running from call to call, like this busy fire agency.
They have ended another busy week with averaging 27 calls on a daily basis and, having a few of their members attending the HazMatIQ training at Station 48 along with other County Fire Agencies.
Source: Arlington/Stanwood FF IAFF 3438
OSO MUDSLIDE REMEMBRANCE
On Thursday afternoon, remembrance for those who were impacted by the Oso Mudslide incident was remembered from those who were killed to the Fire Responders to us – who was one of the first ones covering the incidents.
We were majorly impacted as family members and others were starting to ask really emotional and difficult questions. Some of those questions and pleas haunt us until today.
We will always keep those lost on that in our hearts and remember their personal stories as told by family and friends.
Photo Credit | Arlington/Stanwood Firefighters IAFF Local 3438
NORTH COUNTY FIRE/EMS
The North County Fire/EMS Board of Directors will be meeting on April 12, 2023, to discuss a resolution to place an EMS levy lid lift on the August 1, 2023, primary election ballot. The community is encouraged to attend the meeting at 1600 hours at Station 99 at 8117 26th Street NW in Stanwood.
The fire service which also includes the Stanwood and Arlington area say call volumes have increased 27% in the last six years with 86% of them being EMS-related calls. Overall total calls average 10,000 per year. The response area includes fire and EMS services to approximately 46,000 people over 120 square miles!
Around 8:30 this morning, Spokane Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the 3900 block of N Wall Street in Spokane.
Reporting parties called the 9-1-1 Communications Center stating one occupant was entrapped inside the building.
First-due units reported a confirmed working structure fire.
Crews conducted an extensive search of the building structure and located one victim. He was rescued from the building, where he was evaluated by Medics. He was transported to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries.
The remaining firefighters on the fire ground continued with interior fire attack, vertical ventilation, RI, and secondary searches of the structure.
The cause is unknown at this time and there were no reports of injuries to firefighters as reported.
Source and Photo Credits | Spokane Firefighters
MONTESANO FIRE DEPARTMENT
Source/Photo Credit: MFD
GRANT COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT 13
GCFD13 has announced they have a new ambulance service for all EMS calls in the County, which will be LifeLine Ambulance, starting effectively on July 1, 2023. Great news for first responders and for residents alike.
KITTITAS COUNTY EMS
Source | Kittitas County EMS
LIFE FLIGHT NETWORK
Firefighters and those with medical air transports must train together, as theirs, the flight crews’, and the patients’ lives are at stake.
As we all know and it has been said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Life Flight
Life Flight continues to train with their healthcare partners, which we all know is invaluable to them and to all of those involved.
Source and Photo Credits | Life Flight Network
WEST PIERCE FIRE
Group shot of West Pierce Firefighters STation 20/A Shift. (below) Source and Photo Credits | WPFF
EVERETT FIRE DEPARTMENT
Three residents were critically injured with burns and smoke inhalation this morning at an early morning house fire in the 3400 block of Broadway. Firefighters rescued two from the home, one who was in a wheelchair, and a third occupant self-evacuated from the home.
Two residents were transported to Harborview Medical Center, and one was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center.
Just before 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 911 received multiple calls about a house fire. An initial caller reported a mattress fire in the home, while other callers reported a house fire with flames showing. Firefighters arrived to find a working house fire with one victim in the front yard and a report of another occupant, who was in a wheelchair, still in the house. Crews were able to rescue the subject in the wheelchair and located an additional (third) victim who was still in the house. Firefighters performed CPR on one of the victims at the scene, who was then transported to the hospital. All victims are in critical condition.
Shortly after the first unit arrived, the fire was upgraded to a second alarm with an MCI (multiple casualty incident). Fire crews worked for approximately 70 minutes to fully extinguish the fire. More than 50 firefighters and 20 apparatus responded to this incident, with mutual aid from Marysville Fire District, Snohomish Regional Fire and Rescue, Snohomish County Fire District 4, and South Fire and Rescue.
Everett Police assisted with traffic control. Broadway in both directions was closed for several hours.
The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation by the Everett Fire Marshal’s Office; however, preliminary information leads investigators to believe a space heater near a mattress may have started the fire.
A later update provided by Fire Officials stated all three occupants were transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and listed in critical condition.
Source and Photo Credits | Everett Fire Department
GRAHAM FIRE & RESCUE
Calling all firefighter paramedics– Graham Fire & Rescue wants you to join their team. They are recruiting for entry-level and lateral firefighter paramedics. Find out more at www.grahamfire.org/jobs
SEATTLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
This morning around 2 a.m. on March 22nd, the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Alarm Center received 911 calls reporting multiple boats on fire in a marina at the 700 block of NE Northlake Way. The first units on scene confirmed that approx. 30 boats (previously stated as 42, but revised after further analysis from our fire investigators) on a dry rack storage facility were fully involved in the fire and extended to an adjacent warehouse. Firefighters worked quickly to get water on the fire and searched the warehouse to confirm no one was inside.
At 2:18 a.m., the Deputy Chief took control of the incident and upgraded it to a 2-alarm response requesting additional resources to fight the fire, including Fireboat Chief Seattle and Seattle Police’s Harbor Patrol. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology also responded to the scene to provide assistance in monitoring and preventing hazardous hazardous chemicals in the boats on fire from spreading into Portage Bay and Lake Union. The Seattle Fire Department uses foam to aid in fire suppression. It is environmentally safe and biodegradable.
Crews had the fire under control by 3:30 a.m. Several units remain on scene to extinguish hot spots and monitor for flare-ups. An approx. A 40-year-old male was found in a boat docked nearby the fire and was escorted by Seattle Police out to safety. Paramedics transported him to Harborview in stable condition, and Seattle Police are conducting a follow-up investigation.
A total of 14 fire engines, 5 ladder trucks, Fireboat Chief Seattle, and additional support units were dispatched to the scene consisting of approx. more than 100 personnel. No additional injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Seattle Police responded to assist Seattle Fire Department with a massive fire involving multiple boats in an off-water boat storage facility early this morning in the University District neighborhood.
SPD Harbor units and patrol arrived around 2:15 a.m. in the 700 block of Northeast Northlake Way and secured the area for SFD to extinguish the fire. During the investigation, an Arson Bomb Squad detective located a man hidden inside a boat moored in the water.
The 31-year-old* man was detained and later transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. There was no one else located at the time of the incident.
Arson Bomb Squad identified the man transported to HMC as the suspect. He was arrested for arson and will be booked into King County Jail once medically cleared.
Source | SFD
Photo Credit | John Odegaard / SFD
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