EFR Fire Chief & Son Shelter-In-Place in Elements for the Needy

Issaquah WA | For a fifth year in a row, Eastside Fire and Rescue has once again brought to light the “Fill the Truck” event by asking the Public to help them fill with Food and Clothing donations benefiting the Issaquah and Snoqualmie Food Banks.

Kirkland Parks 2013 153

(2013 Photo Credit:  LR Swenson)

This year’s event is once again being sponsored by Fred Meyer and the Food and Clothing drive is being held in their store’s parking lot located at 6100 East Lake Sammamish Parkway SE in Issaquah, Washington 98029.

Come and help “Fill the Truck” and say hello to EFR’s Fire Chief Glenn Huffman and his son whom are “Sheltering-in-Place” (on display for all to see) all weekend long.  The Festive event began on Friday, November 27th and will end on Sunday, November 29th, so be sure to help them reach their goal.

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog


#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 5


On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.


The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit


The fire has burned 73,700 acres and is threatening 7,473 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.

A containment of 35% has been reached.



There are now 3,921 Fire Personnel assigned to this fire incident from a previous level of 2,362..

Equipment & Resources

Fire Engines

Increased to 441 from Tuesday, when they had 258 Engines.

Fire Crews

Increased to 84 on Thursday from Tuesday’s levels of only 54.

Air Tankers

2 have been added.


Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.


Dozers have more than tripled in size from Tuesday’s count of 31 to 72 on Thursday.

Water Tenders

Increased to only 3 more Water Tender to 70 on Thursday from Tuesday’s 67.


  • Lake County
  • Sonoma County
  • Napa County
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • California State Parks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • PG&E


Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County

  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County line
  • Cobb
  • Seigler Canyon
  • Loch Lomond
  • Middletown
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • All residences on Bottle Rock Road
  • From Harrington Flat Road
  • All residences on SR 175 (Cobb)
  • All residences on Sr 29 at SR 53 south to SR 29 at Tubbs Lane

Mandatory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Butts Canyon Rd west of Snell Valley Rd
  • Aetna Springs Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
  • James Creek Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd

Advisory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd


Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School @ 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fair Grounds @ 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center @ 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gym @1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville


Lake County

  • SR 175 at Red Hill Rd (SR 281)
  • SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
  • SR 29 at Diener Dr
  • SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
  • SR 29 at SR 53 closed for southbound traffic
  • Bottle Rock Rd south of SR 29
  • SR 175 at Dry Creek cut-off

Napa County

  • Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
  • SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
  • James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
  • Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd

Sonoma County [Local Residents Only]

  • Ida Clayton Rd At SR 128
  • Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block



  • 4 Firefighters with burns
  • 1 Citizen Fatality
  • 585 homes destroyed
  • Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
  • 9,000 structures currently being threatened


Small Animals Donations

Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]

Large Animal Donations

Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.

Red Cross

Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stockton Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. [http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/15/donations-for-fire-victims-collected-at-stockton-fairgrounds/]

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit


Firefighters Burn Institute


Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich  Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov or (707) 576-2771

The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.


We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this.  We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you.  If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.

We recommend @safecallnow.org.  They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen.  We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.

For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional.  We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly.  We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.

You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.

If you wish to share your story, you may drop us line at nwfireblog@comcast.net. NOTE: We are not mainstream media and this would be an informal phone call or email – whichever is easiest for you.  Thank you and God Bless.

– Lisa Swenson


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WASHINGTON WILDFIRES: SitReps – Friday, July 10, 2015


231 Fire – 7 miles S of Springdale

  • 100% containment
  • Cause till under investigation

Little Spokane Fire – Riverside State Park – near Mile Marker 10, off Hwy 291

  • Cause unknown, under investigation
  • 176 acres
  • 20% containment
  • Hose around fire
  • Continue to strengthen lines
  • Resources:  [7] 20-person crews, 3 water tenders, 16 engines, 1 dozer.
  • Closures:  Painted Rocks Trail, Lake Spokane campground and boat launch
  • Partners:  Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Stevens County Fire District 1, Spokane Fire District 4, Spokane Fire District 9.

Green tree burning in foreground with gray/white smoke in the background

“Tree torching” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]

smoke puffs around green trees

“231 Fire” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]

Three firefighters monitor a burn out along a control line

“Burn Out Operations on 231 Fire” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]

Chinookhelicopter drops water on smoke

“Initial Attack” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]

DEEP LAKE – NE side of Deep Lake, Colville, WA

  • Started 7/8/15 around 1600  hours PDT
  • Fire Manager:  Ray Corral, New Mexico Type 3 Team
  • 179 personnel
  • 77 acres
  • 20% containment
  • Cause:  Human-caused, under investigation
  • Timber [Fire Fuel]
  • Road Closures:   County Rd 9445, 1 mile from North Shore Drive north of Deep Lake


Horseshoe Fire- 15 NNW Trout Lk/MT Adams WildernessGilfford Pinchot NF

Fire crews are seen hiking the 3.2 miles to the remote spike camp carrying their fire gear

“Crews Heading to Spike Camp with Gear” – #FireImage Courtesy via inciweb

Hiking trail is seen at the point where it enters the area burned by the Horseshoe Fire

‘Trail Entering Into Horseshoe Trail” [Photo Courtesy via inciweb]

  • 250 acres
  • 15% contained
  • Cause under investigation
  • Suppression efforts to continue
  • Lightning & Thunderstorms passed over area
  • Firefighters had to abandon / take shelter until storms passed over
  • 3 new fire starts:  Riley Fire, 7 Lakes Fire, Canyon Fire
Helicopter hovering over Island Lake filling submerged bucket in Island Lake

“Helicopter with submerged bucket Island Lake Horseshoe Fire July 6 2015” by John Nakai USFS

Helicopter crew members are seen loading supplies into cargo nets for transport to spike camp

“Loading Sling Loads at Horseshoe Helibase” [Photo Courtesy via inciweb]

Riley Fire *New* – 1 mile from Horseshoe Fire

With Takhlakh Lake in the foreground, smoke is seen from the Riley Fire, with Mt Adams in the background.

“View of Riley Fire from Lake Takhlakh Lake” by Credit: Brian Gales, WIIMT#4

  • 1000 acres
  • 2 retardant air drops made
  • Lightning caused

7 Lakes *New* – 2 Mi S of Takhlakn Lk in Lewis River drainage

  • 0.01 acres
  • Small fire burning
  • Lightning Caused

Canyon Fire *New* S side of Council Bluff/1.5 Mi NW of Council Lk

  • 0.01 acres
  • Small fire burning
  • Lightning Caused

Complex [total] Resources:

  • 1 Type 1 crew
  • 6 Type 2 crews
  • 2 Type 1 [Heavy] helos
  • 1 Type 2 [Medium] helo for Cargo hauling
  • 1 Type 3 [Light] helo for recon
  • 8 Water tenders
  • 3 Chippers
  • 305 personnel

NEWBY LAKE – 15 miles NW of Loomis, WA

Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015

“Recon Flight by Canadian Crew” [#FireImage Courtesy of inciweb]

  • Active fire behavior
  • Fire made push to 1 mi to the South on eastern perimeter
  • Fire pushing into Hells Hole
  • 544 personnel
  • 5,065 acres
  • Acres in Field 7 are those in the US.
  • Inbriefing for Lewis Type 1 IMT at 1600 on 7/11/15.

PARADISE FIRE – Approx 13 mi N/NE of Quinault

  • 87 personnel
  • 1,588 acres
  • 21% containment

Hot and dry conditions led to a prolonged burning period on Friday July 3

“Fire Behavior on July 3, 2015, at Paradise Fire” [Photo Courtesy of inciweb]

We will cover more Wildland Fires as they pop up across the State.  Please remember to follow all “rules” when out at State Parks and most importantly, have lots of “fun”!

Thank you for following us!  We hope you have a #Safe Day!

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog



The Williams Fire is located North of ColvillWILLIAMS FIREe in the Northeastern part of Washington State.  The fire burning slash, brush and timber began on July 3, 2015, at approximately 1450 PDT.  The incident is under a ICT3 Type IMT and has about 320 personnel and 2 assigned helos [for fire suppression] assigned.  Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines, locating hot spots while in mop up operations.  The cause is still under investigation.


Retardant Drop 7-4-15

7-3-15 9:20 PM

#FireImages via inciweb

Hashtags used for this Fire:  #WilliamsFire #ColvilleFire #WaWILDFIRE


This fire ignited by lightning on July 2 around 1300 hours.  It is located apprximately 15 miles NW of Loomis in Tonasket.  This fire is partially in Washington State and in Canada in the Pasayten Wilderness.  Officials say it has reached 1347 acres and has a moderate ROS.  Expectations by Fire Managers for the fire to continue to spread down into Long Draw.  A WA IMT2 assumed command on July 6, at 1800 PDT and has 173 US personnel assigned to this incident.  This post is geared towards mostly the US-side only.  [Some photos are from the Canadian side] Future thunderstorms are expected to hit the area once again.

Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015

Canadian Recon Flight on July 4, 2015

Canadian Recon Flight July 4, 2015 Air Recon of Newby Lake Fire July 3, 2015

Photo showing smoke column from Newby Lake Fire on July 2, 2015

#FireImages via inciweb

Hashtags used for this Fire: #NewbyLkFire #WaWILDFIRE


This incident located in a very remote and extremely steep location has proved to be a logistical challenge for all involved.  The wildfire occurred on June 29, 2015, around 0600 hours.  Accessibility into the fireground is only possibly by boat and helicopters.  The scene is located approximately 3 miles NW of Lucerne in Washington State.  There are currently 117 personnel and crews are actively engaged on this 400-acre incident.  An IMT3 team is in command.  They expect the fire to double in size due to wind and low fuel moisture.  Hidden Valley and Lucerne are under Level 2 precautions.  fiefighters will continue lines on the FS Rd#5801 for structure protection.

Fire moving across drainage, Riddle Creek in background

Fire moving down Wolverine drainage

Looking uplake towards Riddle Creek

Smoke Column from Wolverine Fire from upper lake

Aerial view on July 2nd of Wolverine Fire

Smoke Wolverine Fire smoke column

#FireImages via inciweb

Hashtags being used for this incident:  #WolverineFire #WaWILDFIRE

231 FIRE – Little Spokane Fire

The 231 Fire is located 7 mi S of Springdale Washington and was started on July 3, around 1500 hours PDT.

The Little Spokane Fire started on July 6, at 1700 hours PDT near Mile Marker 10 off Highway 291 inside the Riverside State Park.

Both fire causes are unknown and are under investigation.  The second fire is being managed by the same Command as the 231 Fire.  Together is a total 930 acres burning with 250 personnel.  Included in this personnel-count are [2] 20-person hand crews which are working on constructing a line around the fire and 2 strike teams of Fire Engines for structure protection.  17 homes are under a Level 2 Evacuation order. [no exact locations are known at this time]  Communications are somewhat sketchy along with shotty cell phone coverage.  The fire is said to be at a 40% containment.

Flames backing down steep ground  Smoke column rises above highway with green trees on either side.

Fire backing to dozer line in Division Alpha

#FireImages via inciweb

Hashtags being used for these fires:  #231Fire #WaWILDFIRE


The fire spotted by many of you on July 3rd was kind of exciting and then again, we were not surprised to learn of another fire.  However, we did get a few great photos when it was first reported.

#FireImage by John Bartkowski

The cause of Horseshoe Fire is unknown but what we know is this:  the fire is located in the Mt. Adams Wilderness District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  It’s exact location has been pinpointed as NNW of Trout Lake along the Riley Camp Trail #64 at a 5300-foot elevation.  Heavy fire fuels are laced with subalpine Fir.  It was reportedly located on Friday, July 3rd around 1600 Hours PDT.   Since then it has grown to 250 acres.  The WA IMT #4 took Command of the fire incident on July 6 [Monday] at 0600 hours PDT.  Due to the remote, steep terrain, lack of safety zones and escape routes, approximately 138 personnel are on scene as five crews and two helos being assigned to the incident.   Horseshoe Fire showed active fire behavior on July 3rd.  Firefighters have begun the implementation of the MIST suppression actions and been limited to water bucket drops.  Spike camps have been established as well.  It has also been said, the fire has reached the previous southern and eastern perimeters of the 2012 Cascade Creek Fire boundaries.

#FireImages by John Nakai / USFS

Close-up view of fire burned trees with in the Horseshoe Fire area

Ground vegetation in old Cascade Creek burn surrounding the Horseshoe Fire

Helicopter hovering over Island Lake filling submerged bucket in Island Lake

Helicopter dipping water from the surface of Island Lake  near Horseshoe Fire

Helicopter with bucket flying above the Horseshoe Fire

Bare understory and  burned trees in Horseshoe Fire

#FireImages via inciweb  [below]

Smoke plume rising from Horseshoe Fire  as viewed from high on the slopes of Mount Adams

Crew supervisors and other fire managers circled up outside ranger station for briefing.

#FireImages by Keith McMillen via inciweb [below]

Horseshoe Fire from meadow with Mt Adams in background Credit: Keith McMillen

Hashtags being used for this Fire:  #HorseshoeFire #WaWILDFIRE


   Lightning caused the unusual dry”Washington Rainforest” to ignite, torching off trees in a wildfire on May 15, 2015 around 1500 hours PDT   Located 13 miles N/NE Quinault, the fire is now said to more active on the western and eastern flanks.  Good news for Fire Managers in how the northern flank has somewhat slowed prior to reaching the Pelton Peak.   However, it is one mile due North of the Confluences of Paradise Creek and Queets River; and approximately 1-1/2 miles East of Bob Creek.      Today, the Air Resource Advisor installed two temporary air monitors at Forks and Queets.  The fire has 95 committed personnel which has been able to reach a 21% containment status.  The fire has scorched timber and lichen in trees has been become like aerial fuels. Cooler temps and higher humidity has limited the fire to 1520 acres.

Hashtags used on this fire:  #ParadiseFire #WaWILDFIRE

Hot and dry conditions led to a prolonged burning period on Friday July 3

A member of the Black Hills WFM collects current data on weather and fire behavior

Smoke from the Paradise Fire hangs in the Queets River Valley

Fire burning midslope on Pelton Peak

View from the Queets River looking at a plume of white smoke

#FireImages via inciweb

Thank you for following us and for supporting firefighters, Fire Managers, Support crews, pilots, crews and all those who help with fire suppression and recovery in assisting making this blog and highlighting the great work these men and women do out there.  We couldn’t be this successful without their many talents, hard work, dedication and tireless efforts.

#FireImages are the property of the Photographers.  We do not lay claim to their Images.

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Hashtags we are using for this post:  #WilliamsFire #NewbyLkFire #WolverineCrkFire #231Fire #HorseshoeFire #ParadiseFire #WaWILDFIRE #FireSeason #Firefighters #WAFires #Fires #Inciweb #FireSeason #NWFB [this is us!]

Kirkland Fire & Emergency Operations Management’s A.R.E.S. Seek Volunteers

Kirkland, WA | The Kirkland Fire and EOM’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services [ARES] Program is calling out to all HAM Radio operators to join their great team of volunteers.  This non-profit organization servces as communications back-up in the event of an emergency or major disaster.


  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Pass Background Check.
  • Attend Training/Meetings 3rd Tuesday of each month.
  • Must attend Training or Orientation.

LOCATION | 123 – 5th Ave, Kirkland, Washington


Visit the Volunteer Match website and start your profile today.  It’s easy as 1-2-3!

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog



HAVE YOU SEEN ME? Help Me Find My Way Home

Marysville, WA | Nahala Joel, 14 has been missing since 2/16/15 and needs to be found.

No photo available

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT | Marysville Police Department (Washington) 1-360-363-8350 | Or you can call 9-1-1 or 1-800-THELOST.

Case handled by

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

2015 The NW Fire Blog

Seattle Children’s Hospital Fundraiser: “St Baldrick’s Shave for the Brave”

Seattle, Washington | What a great way to support children with Cancer by participating in Seattle Children’s Hospital St Baldrick’s “Shave for the Brave” Fundraiser taking place on March 4, 2015, from 1600 – 1800 Hours.

Shavees will go bald in representing “oneness” with children battling Cancer and helping raise money for life-saving childhood Cancer research.

The “Shaving” will take place in the Hospital’s Ocean Cafeteria on Level 7.

For more information, go to their website at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/SeattleChildrensHospital or you can call the Event Contact, Jonathan Liaw-Gray at 206-355-9107.  If you’re unable to attend, but would like to give to this amazing Hospital and help with Cancer research, you can give by downloading the Donation Form on their site or call 1-888-899-2253.

What a great way to give back to the Community and help save Children’s lives, which to us equals a perfect opportunity!


Seattle Children’s Hospital was founded in 1907, located off of Sandpoint Way is often ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the Nation by major numerous large news media outlets.  It is known for its superior patient care, finding ways and exploring new technologies through cancer research and saving lives every day.  The 250-bed has over 11,000 admits and over 300,000 Outpatient visits.


Seattle Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson is a huge contributor to Seattle Children’s Hospital visiting ill children on a regular basis.  His compassion and love for the kids is genuine and their little faces light up when they see him.  This is a great way for the kids to be motivated, encouraged and supported through their difficult journeys.


You too can join Russell Wilson in helping the “StrongAgainstCancer” campaign. Text the word “STRONG” to “501501” and $10 will be donated.  For more information, you can visit the organization’s website at http://strongagainstcancer.org/

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” – Jim Valvano

Editor’s Note:

Cancer is very real for us as we have had many firefighters and friends not in the Public Safety profession have this terrible disease. Some have survived and were cured, others passed away.  It affects all of us.  These kids and young adults can’t really comprehend as adults may try to and helping them through their journeys and finding a cure is what it is all about.  Please give today and join the fight by being Strong Against Cancer. – LR Swenson

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog



Bellevue, Washington | The Bellevue Police Department has announced they will be presenting training for students, staff, parents and the community regarding Active Shooter Preparedness Training:  “A Discussion on School Safety”.

There are many great training videos and programs out there pertaining to these very real incidents happening all across the United States and around the world.  We don’t mean to frighten you but these are very real and to help save lives and getting Police there quickly is to know what to do in the event of an Active Shooter event.  This will not only save your life but the countless students and staff all around you.

Students, do you know to do if a person walked inside your school with a weapon and sought out teachers or even fellow students?  Would you know how to protect you and your fellow students around you? Are you familar with your school’s evacuation plan or places where you can safely evacuate to inside the school if you couldn’t exit the school?

These are all real and great questions to ask the Police Department.  Though we have just learned of these great trainings, we know they will be covering the basics from A-Z.  Students, parents, staff and the Community are invited to attend this great training.

These are all located in the Bellevue, Washington from 1800 – 1930 hours PST in each school’s Performing Arts Center.

January 27 – Interlake High School

February 10 – Newport High School

February 25 – Bellevue High School

Note:  The Bellevue School District asks parents to determine if this is appropriate for their children and able to participate in group discussions.

To learn more about this program, go to http://www.bsd405.org/safety.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

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WE WILL NEVER FORGET: Remembering 4 Seattle Firefighters Whose Legacies Changed Firefighting Forever

Seattle, Washington | On January 5, 1995, an arson fire claimed the lives of four Seattle Firefighters, Lt. Walter Kilgore, Lt. Greg Shoemaker, Firefighters James Brown and Randy Terlicker in what would be one of the worst fires in history.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET, is a tribute to all those in Public Safety who have died in the Line of Duty remembering their Legacy, Commitment, Dedication and Service.  Though GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN is a way we remember who they were here on Earth.  Their memory still lives on in our hearts and souls.

This year marks the 20th Year Anniversary of their Lives Lost and remembrance of these four Heroes will be celebrated on Monday, January 5th in Occidental Park at 0900 Hours.  This is also the same place where four statues were created in their Memory and dedicated all the men and women whom have died in the Line of Duty.

The Seattle’s Bravest Charity and The Walter Kilgore Honor Guard was created from these tragedies and are dedicated to their Memory.

All are Invited to Support your Fire Service Community, their Families and remembering their Lives.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

[ As a tribue to these 4 Seattle Heroic Firefighters, Author LR Swenson wrote a short story, Seattle Mourn published in the anthology Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides released by Oak Tree Press in July 2013 and can be ordered through Amazon.com ]


Lynnwood Fire & IAFF 1984 Distribute Coats for Operation Warm

LYNNWOOD, WA (November 25, 2014) – Yesterday, College Place Elementary students received over 50 coats from the Lynnwood Fire Department’s International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1984 to help meet the needs of students during cold weather. Operation Warm is a national Non-Profit that was founded in 2002 with the singular mission to provide new winter coats to impoverished children.

In 2013, 25 IAFF locals from Washington participated in Operation Warm’s initiative – the largest amount of participation of any state. Raising almost $130,000, Washington firefighters distributed coats to over 4,000 local children. One thousand of those coats were funded by the partnership between 99.9 FM KISW “The Rock of Seattle” and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF). Other monetary support includes $20,000 from the Gary E. Milgard Foundation and $10,000 from the Norcliffe Foundation.

In 2014, 40 WSCFF locals and Fire Departments are participating in Operation Warm. With a year under their belt, Washington locals are increasing their fundraising efforts – planning more events, attending more community gatherings, and reaching out to more businesses. With the continued support from KISW and the Milgard Foundation, Washington leads the way for other participating states. Passionate about the children in their communities, Washington firefighters are dedicated to giving back.


Pictured here are members from the City of Lynnwood Fire’s IAFF Local 1984 – Lynnwood Professional Firefighters, and students and staff from College Place Elementary.

Lynnwood Fire and the IAFF are proud to serve our community needs.

About Lynnwood Fire Department
The Lynnwood Fire Department is committed to a safe and livable community. We safeguard people, property and the environment through education, prevention and emergency response with innovation and compassion. The Department consists of 60 full-time career staff, including: Chief Officers, Captains, Firefighter/EMT’s, Firefighter/Paramedics, Fire Inspectors and civilian staff. The Lynnwood Fire Department staffs two stations 24-hours a day, 365 days a year in 3 rotating 24-hour shifts. 911 responses are made using fire engines, a ladder truck, aid cars and a paramedic unit depending on the nature of the incident. The department responds to over 6,700 alarms annually, 75% of which are emergency medical calls. The services provided by the Fire Department include: fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS), fire prevention and code enforcement, plan review services, fire and life safety education, hazardous materials and technical rescue response. Per capita, the Lynnwood Fire Department continues to be one of the busiest fire departments in Washington State, responding to approximately 177 incidents per 1,000 residents.

Source: City of Lynnwood [WA]

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