Sammamish to Host Disaster Preparedness Community Event

Sammamish, WA |  The City of Sammamish along with Sponsors Sammamish Citizen Corps, Sammamish Review and Eastside Fire and Rescue will be hosting the 2014 Disaster Preparedness Fair on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

In light of the Oso Mudslide Disaster, do you know what to do in case of a disaster? Do you have an emergency kit ready to go in your time of crisis?  Do you have an emergency escape plan? How about an out-of-state contact to let them know you are safe?

Well, here’s your chance to ask the experts and get yourself and your family ready for almost any emergency.  Have a plan and be prepared is the key to being prepared and helping your neighbors.

Visit the Fair and check out the Exhibits, Demos, Seminars and Vendors.  It’ll be a great time to start thinking and preparing for your safety, your family, kids, co-workers and loved ones to be ready a moment’s notice.

The Fair will commence at 0900 and ends at 1500 hours.  Event is being held at the Sammamish City Hall located at 801 – 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish WA 98075.

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog


Easter Egg Hunt for Kids to be Held at Medina Park

Medina, WA | Join in the celebration of Easter with your kids during the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Medina Park on April 19, 2014, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

What a great and memorable way to spend time watching and giggling just as much as your kids do.  And, a fun event for all.

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

University Fire Department To Host 50-Year ReUnion

Fairbanks, Alaska | University Fire Department – In 1964 the student firefighters in Hess Hall first moved into the Fire Hall at UAF. Thus, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the resident student firefighter program.

To celebrate and commemorate this important milestone, we are planning an exciting reunion weekend this summer. In addition, we have created a web site to memorialize our now-famous Wall of Fame in the Fire Hall. This message includes all the details you need to know to start making your plans!

Mark Your Calendars!
What:             UaFD 50th Anniversary Reunion
When:             July 18-19, 2014
Where:            Fairbanks, Alaska / UAF

Agenda and Activities

Friday, July 18
  • Catered barbecue dinner and social gathering at the UAF Campus Fire Hall
 Saturday, July 19
  • All UaFD Alumni are invited to walk or ride together in the Golden Days Parade
  • Picnic lunch at our University Avenue Fire Station (off campus) and skills/drills demonstration
  • Group photo
  • 3-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Riverboat Discovery ( ) featuring live music
Sunday, July 20
 Travel options to Fairbanks are numerous and varied. We recommend:
 o    Fly directly to Fairbanks International Airport (FAI).

o    Fly to Anchorage (ANC) a day ahead of time and travel by Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks ( ). This is one of the most scenic ways to enjoy Alaska!

o    Travel by car or motorhome. Excellent travel information is available at .

o    Travel from various locations in the Pacific Northwest via the Alaska Marine Highway ( ).

 Ground Transportation will be provided to and from all venues, hotels, Fairbanks International Airport, and the Alaska Railroad Depot.

We have reserved discounted room blocks to meet a variety of location and price requirements:

Cutler Apartments (UAF Campus Housing)

These are two-bedroom suites with kitchens and all amenities, and sleeping for four (four twin beds). Beds may be pushed together for couples.

 o    $112 per night, available July 17-20

o    Reservations at 907.474.6769, Group Discount Code “UFD-50th Anniversary Reunion”

Bridgewater Hotel (723 1st Avenue)

Boutique-style hotel located in the heart of downtown. This is on the Golden Days Parade route.

 o    $125 per night, available July 17-21

o    Reservations at 800.528.4916, Group Discount Code UFR714

SpringHill Suites (575 1st Avenue)

Spacious studio suites with pull-out sofa bed, complimentary continental breakfast buffet. This is on the Golden Days Parade route.

o    $154 per night, available July 17-20

o    Reservations at 800.314.0858, Group Discount Code “UFD-50th Anniversary Reunion”

Prices and Registration

$105 per person before May 31; $150 after May 31.  Children 10 and under are $50.

Prices include:

o    All activities (except golf);

o    Friday night catered barbecue dinner;

o    Saturday picnic lunch;

o    Saturday evening 3-hour dinner cruise with live music;

o    Ground transportation as needed.

$42 (optional) Green fees for 18 holes of golf and riding cart (payable to Fairbanks Golf Course)



Click this Link to Register:

Please book your hotel reservations early, as space is limited!



Click the image to go to the Wall of Fame 50th Aniversary virtual bricks web site.


The University (Alaska) Fire Department is creating an alumni website and we need your help!

We are constructing an online facsimile of the “Wall of Fame” currently in our fire station that features the names of past alumni.   The online version will expand to include information on you and former UFD/UAFD members.

In order for us to create this website, we need to gather information about you.   Below is a link to a document.   Please fill out the document and return it to us via email. Feel free to be as detailed as you want, we would love to hear what everyone has been up to!

We would also appreciate a past and present photo in a .jpg format.

Please spread the word about this project to former UFD/UAFD alumni we have lost contact with and you may know their whereabouts.

Please submit all of the above to Brooke Zellweger at

2014 The NW Fire Blog

SEATTLE POLICE PIPES and DRUMS: 1st Annual Dinner and Auction Night

Seattle, WA |  Seattle Police Pipes & Drums will hold their first Annual Dinner and Live Auction on March 8, 2014.  The festivities begin at 1730 hours and will be held at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

The infamous NYPD Pipes and Drums will be playing during this event.

Prices:  $50 for SPD employees and $75 for others.

Hurry and make your reservation today!  There are only 150 tickets left and they are going fast!



(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

“The Firefighter and The Princess”: A Dedication to All Firefighters

Seattle, Washington | This story is more or less a tweaked version and inspired by the original as told by Seattle Firefighter Mike Sulak. 

Columbia Tower, second tallest building West of the Mississippi

Columbia Tower, second tallest building West of the Mississippi

This is dedicated to all the Firefighters who “climb” annually to raise funds for those with blood cancers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Seattle Chapter.  The organization hosts many events to raise awareness, research, patient support and information programs.  To volunteer or support them, check out their website at

Over 1800 Firefighters from around the world will participate in the Annual Scott Firefighter Climb, a timed event up the Columbia Tower up a vertical elevation of 788-feet, up 1,311 steps = 69 flights of stairs.  “Climb. Conquer. Cure.” is the event’s motto.


[L] Everett Firefighter Joe Paterniti and [R] Seattle Firefighter Matt Runte (c) 2012 LRSWenson










We dedicate this story to all that who may be climbing during this event, which will be held on March 9, 2014. 


The Firefighter and The Princess

On March 10, 2013, a Seattle firefighter found that all of his strength, undivided attention and months of vigorous training would be put to the test, not from fighting a fire or responding to an aid call, but competing in a timed race – all in the name of raising money for research and finding a cure for blood cancers. 

 A race, that this Firefighter and so many of his brothers and sisters participate in annually, for a chance to race up the second tallest building just west of the Mississippi and on the West Coast. Focusing on his difficult task at hand was his personal challenge of climbing up 69-flights of stairs, with a 788-foot vertical elevation gain and over 1,300 steps at one of Seattle’s venues, The Columbia Tower. He had completed this annual race so many times before, but there was something different this year.

 As the Firefighter was waiting in the registration line, he spotted a little girl maybe four or five years old wearing a purple tiara. He observed her looking up at all the giant firefighters filing past her. 

 As he reached her location he bent down on one knee in front of her, saying “My goodness, I didn’t know a Princess was going to be here today!”  He could see her gorgeous little eyes light up and an incredible smile appeared on her face.  This made the Firefighter very happy and encouraged.

 They were introduced to each other by the Princess’ mother.  The Princess also has a form of blood cancer. The Firefighter and the Princess instantly connected with one another.

 As the Firefighter left the area to go to another section of the line, he looked back thanking The Princess for being there.   She would help him climb to the top of this extremely tall building.

 While approaching the Identification table and later arriving at the area where they scan in start time from the race chips, there was the Princess again! He told the Princess he wanted to do a “High” five when he passes her to the entry way to the stairwell. The Princess nodded in agreement.

 As the Firefighter put his mask on, he swiped his arm band across the chip reader recording his start time.  It was his time to start, so the Firefighter and the Princess did a “High Five” on his way to the stairwell entry way.  He was in good spirits and working his way from the bottom to the top.

 Someplace while ascending up the stairs, the Firefighter began struggling, his legs began to feel like wet noodles and his lungs were on fire.  The Firefighter began to think of the Princess and her battle with cancer.  Instantly, the Firefighter was re-energized enabling him to ascend to the top making it across the finish line.

 His race chip recorded his triumphant climb finishing at 24 minutes and 41 seconds!  And, The Princess was there to greet him.  Their eyes locked.  Her beautiful dazzling eyes lit up once again and created another amazing smile, warming his heart.

 At the end of the finish line, the Firefighter’s journey up the tall building had been completed, the Princess was there again.  After he had his air pack, helmet, gloves and jacket removed, he made great strides making his way towards the Princess to give her another “High Five” but he could only muster a breathless thank you. He was grateful for her being there.

 The Firefighter was then pulled back to the rehab area given a chair and water to cool down.  Once, he felt relaxed, he was cleared to return back to the main floor, taking the freight elevator down. 

 Upon arrival to the Lobby, the Firefighter was not met by the Princess as he had been by so many times before, which greatly saddened him.  He looked everywhere for her without success. She was nowhere to be found. 

 In the end, they both worked hand-in-hand as a miraculous team, with the Firefighter winning his race up one of the tallest buildings and the Princess allowing the Firefighter to motivate her to continue her battle against cancer. Together, they have found a way to inspire and empower those around them, leaving handprints of love upon the hearts they continue to touch even to this day.


(c) 2013 LR [Lisa] Swenson – “Honorable Mention” by the Public Safety Writers Association, July 2013.

Inspired by real-life Seattle Firefighter Michael Sulak. [His 2014 Fundraising Page.]


(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog


Seattle, Washington |  It’s been the moment we have been waiting for all season long, to watch our most beloved team play in the Super Bowl and to eat some of our most favorite food groups of all-time.

We have purposedly picked the most common foodies to share with you as to what Fans are saying about the best to eat on “Game Day”.  We have added a few special “Green & Blue” drinks, both alcoholic and kid friendly in celebration of our Seahawk team.


Philly Cheese Steak Sliders

24 Recipes for the Big Game

[Recipe can be found on]

Carmelized Onion Dip – Smokey Flavored

24 Recipes for the Big Game

[Recipe can be found on]

Five – Alarm Meatless Chili

24 Recipes for the Big Game

[Recipe can be found on]

Baked Jalepeno Poppers

24 Recipes for the Big Game

[Recipe can be found on]

Firecracker Wings

Firecracker Wings

[Recipe can be found on]

Cocktail Meatballs and Sweet Chili Sauce 

Cocktail Meatballs and Sweet Chili Sauce

[Recipe can be found on]

Super Bowl Cheese Balls

Superbowl cheeseballs!  Best game day recipes. Game day snacks.
[Recipe can be found at

Oven Baked Tacos

[Recipe can be found at

Ham-Stuffed Biscuits With Mustard Butter

Ham-Stuffed Biscuits With Mustard Butter

[Recipe can be found on Souther Living’s website]

Pigs in a Blanket

pigs in a blanket



Game Day Dessert

Seahawks Mini Martini Glass Dessert 4

[Recipe can be found at

Football Cookies


[Recipe can be found at


#Seahawks – #12Man

Beast Mode Vodka

Seahawk Swizzle

[Editor’s Note:  Though we can appreciate many like to have drinks during special events, we ask that you “Don’t Drink and Drive.”  Please….have a Designated Driver, a cab waiting or choose not to Drink so you can get home safely and help save lives, including yours.  We care about you! #safetymatters – NWFB]


Non-alcoholic Green Martini


Green Tea Smoothies

Blue Slime Sippers for Kids

Now, it’s time to get our #12Man on and do some Seahawking, y’all!

We wish our Seahawks, the Best of Luck!

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

FEMA: Looking for Applicants to be on Youth Preparedness Council

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council.

The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, the youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations. Once selected, members serve on the Council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, if formally requested by FEMA.

Council activities and projects center around five key areas of engagement: Programs, Partnerships, Events, Public Speaking/Outreach and Publishing. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout the duration of their term.

Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Individuals who applied last year are highly encouraged to apply again. Adults working with youth and/or community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying.

Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form and two  letters of recommendation. Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST in order to be eligible. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014.

For more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and to access the application materials, please visit

BELLEVUE [WA] To Host MLK Celebration and Safety Fair

A Celebration of a Dream –a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be held Monday, January 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Crossroads Bellevue Shopping Center Market Stage (corner of Northeast Eighth St. and 156th Avenue Northeast).

The event is free and will feature a variety of entertainment, guest speakers, a health resource fair, cooking and fitness demonstrations, and crafts for children.

Entertainment will include: Seattle Peace Chorus singing a repertoire of international and American-based choral selections; Eastside Dream Elite Cheer Squad; Hawaiian guitarist Elias Kauhane; the Sonny Byers Band, known for its classic rhythm and blues sound; the popular Total Experience Gospel Choir; and a Zumba demonstration provided by Crunch Fitness Bellevue. A schedule of performances is available atCultural Diversity.

The Health and Resource Fair is sponsored by the Bellevue Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and will feature representatives from Bellevue Fire Prevention, Bellevue Wellness, Bellevue YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Bright Now Dental, Center for MultiCultural Health, Cierra Sisters and Evergreen Mobile Mammography Coach.

The event is sponsored by the Parks & Community Services Cultural Diversity program, Bellevue Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and King County Libraries.

For more information, contact Kevin Henry, 425-452-7886, or

2014 The NW Fire Blog

HOT JOB! City of Mukilteo Fire – Lateral Paramedic/Firefighter




2 Current Openings with potential for more

Pay Range for 2012: $5,374 – $6,601 (Current Contract in Mediation)

Return Application by: DECEMBER 31, 2013

 Personnel: The Mukilteo Fire Department is staffed by 29.5 full-time career personnel, including 25 in IAFF Local 3482.

 Fire Stations: Two operational stations staffed with full-time cross-staffing fire and EMS vehicles.

 Fire Apparatus: 3 engines, 2 EMS BLS, 1 EMS ALS, and 4 staff vehicles.

 Services Provided: Fire Suppression, Advanced Life Support (ALS), EMS Basic Life Support (BLS), Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue responses, Life Safety Inspections, and Community Education Services to the community

 QUALIFICATION & LICENSES: Must possess current Washington State or National Registry EMP-P Paramedic Certification; IFSAC Firefighter 1 Certification, ACLS certified, PALS certified, and 12 consecutive months experience full-time during the past 36 months; 21 years of age; U.S. Citizen; Washington State Driver’s License within 30 days of hire; High School graduate or GED.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are to be received by DECEMBER 31, 2013. Click on website for complete application packet. []

 SELECTION PROCESS:  Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, and oral exams to evaluate the applicant’s skills, training, and experience for the position. Successful applicants will be placed on a Civil Service eligibility list.

 BENEFITS PACKAGE:  Benefits detailed within Application Packet.

CITY OF MUKILTEO, 11930 Cyrus Way, Mukilteo, WA 98275

The Fire Department protects lives and property by providing fire suppression, hazardous materials, fire prevention, rescue and Emergency Medical services to the community. The Department is staffed by 29.5 full-time career personnel. The Department renders fire suppression, Advanced Life Support (ALS), Basic Life Support (BLS) and rescue services to the community from staffed two fire stations. The Department also provides fire safety inspections, fire prevention education and other community services. It also plans and conducts all fire safety training and develops long-term fire safety plans and programs. 

Return Application by: 12/31/2013


1. APPLICATION PACKETS – Thereis no fee for application submittal.

•         May be dropped off at: Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way, Mukilteo, WA 98275, Monday-Thursday, 7:30AM-5:00PM and Friday 7:30AM – 4:30PM, OR

•         May be mailed to:

–        City of Mukilteo

–        Civil Service Commission

–        11930 Cyrus Way

–        Mukilteo, WA 98275

•         Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with the selection process (i.e., travel, etc.)

2. Complete the following required materials:

•         City of Mukilteo Application for Employment – go to for application.

•         Form 001 – Personal History Questionnaire with Required Documents – multiple pages.

•         Form 002 – Waiver of Liability and Release

3. Candidates must clearly demonstrate through their application materials that they meet the employment standards outlined above. All applications will be reviewed, and the most appropriately qualified individuals will be invited to continue in the selection process. Examinations for the position may consist of any combination of written, performance, and oral exams to evaluate the applicant’s skills, training, and experience for the position. After successfully passing all Civil Service requirements, you will be numerically ranked on a Civil Service eligibility list based on a composite score from the Oral Board. Your name may remain on this list for 6 (six) months or until the list is revoked by the Civil Service Commission.

4.      You will receive written notification of all changes in the status of your application by the Civil Service Examiner.

5.      When there is an opening in the Department, the Mukilteo Fire Department will process the top candidates from the eligibility lists. Background screening will be conducted, which could result in an offer of employment.

6.      If hired, the applicant will serve a 12 month probationary period and must successfully complete certification as a Journeyman Firefighter for Washington State.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Union represented position in IAFF Local 3482

Salary: Pay Range/month for 2012: $5,374 – 6,601 (Current contract in Mediation)


Vacation: First through 5th year – earn 104 hours per year (40-hour employees)

– earn 145.6 hours per year (24-hour employees)

However, at set intervals the rate graduates to

– 160 hours maximum per year for 40-hour employees

–  216 hours maximum per year for 24-hour employees

Sick Leave: Accrue sick leave at 8 hours per month

Holidays: 6 paid shift holidays a year with up to three cashed out

Retirement: Firefighter/Paramedics are enrolled in the LEOFF II (Law Enforcement Officer and Fire Fighters) State Retirement System

Insurance: Firefighter/Paramedics and families are covered by medical, dental, life insurance and vision plans offered through the City.

Deferred Compensation: In lieu of Social Security contributions, the Employer contributes an amount equal to 2.22% of the employee’s base salary monthly to the MEBT plan. An additional amount up to 2.22% of the employee’s monthly base salary will be matched one dollar from the Employer for every two dollars contributed by the employee (no more than 4.44% will be contributed by the Employer).

Education: City offers education tuition reimbursement and compensation.

 Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract or an offer of employment. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.




Answer all questions completely and accurately. All statements in this questionnaire are subject to verification. Incorrect statements may disqualify you from further consideration. If space provided is inadequate, add another page and identify additional information by item number. When completed, this questionnaire with COPIES OF THE FOLLOWING PERTINENT DOCUMENTS must be returned with the City of Mukilteo Application for Employment form and other required information.

Complete and return the required material:

1.       City Application

2.       Form 001 – Personal History Questionnaire with required documents

3.       Form 002 – Waiver of Liability and Release


Please provide COPIES ONLY:

4.       Birth Certificate

5.       High School/GED Diploma

6.       College Transcripts/Information

7.       Military Service Discharge (DD-214 form)

8.       Social Security Card

9.       Fire Academy or FF 1 Certificate (if you have one)

10.    Drivers’ License

11.    EMT/Paramedic Certificate

12.    ACLS Certification

13.    PALS Certification


Job ID12-16
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Seattle Radio Station to Help Raise Awareness for Medic One [King County] Foundation at Redmond Fire Station

Redmond, Washington – One of Seattle’s most loved stations, Sports radio 050 KJR’s own Dave “Softy” Mahler is partnering up with the Medic One Foundation [trains all of our medics in King County] to raise awareness and help with much-needed funds.

The event will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Redmond Fire’s Downtown Station located at 8450 61st Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052 from 1500 to 1830 hours.

Medic One Foundation will host a silent auction from 1630 to 1730 hours.  Dave Mahler will be broadcasting live from the station from 1500 to 1830 hours.

This is a great time to bring the whole family, learn CPR, have pictures taken with Santa, bid on a silent auction item or just to hang with some great people with the Medic One Foundation, as well as, Redmond Firefighters.

Unable to attend this great event and still want to support your favorite medic program?  You can visit the Foundation at; call 206-744-9426 or text the word, “Medic” to 56512.

They would love to see you!

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog