NEW: Local Firefighters Prep for Combat Challenge in Bellevue Washington

Bellevue Washington | An annual event you don’t want to miss is coming to Bellevue, where Firefighters will “compete” on a timed course pulling fire hose and spraying at targets, “rescuing” victims and running up several “flights” of stairs on one of America’s iconic “fire” combat course.

Seattle and other Cities have been host to the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge course which in year’s past has been filmed and great entertainment for you and your family. We will be there too snapping up firefighters in action.

Little ones can also “compete” during a Kid’s Firefighter Challenge.  Those are always fun to watch and photograph as well.

#FireImage Courtesy of Bellevue Firefighters

You will not want to miss this event to be held this Saturday and Sunday on July 11 and 12, 2015 at Bellevue’s Market Place at Factoria [aka Factoria Square Mall] located at 4055 Factoria Square Mall SE in Bellevue, Washington 98006.

Sunbelt Rentals will be bringing their award-winning Wounded Warrior Project lift to this event.

Sponsored by Sunbelt Rentals, Bellevue Fire and Genie company.  This will surely be the most fun you’ve had in a long time.  Firefighters would LOVE if you cheered them on to victory.   They also LOVE visitors to cheer them before, during and after “competing”, as well as just chatting them up.

It’s going to be a very HOT day, so here’s a few recommendations/reminders:

  • If out in the sun, remember to drink LOTS of water. [There are multiple stores in the area: SAFEWAY, Walmart, 7-11 and area restaurants]
  • Pets are welcome but remember, their pads are sensitive and can burn if standing/walking on hot pavement.
  • PLEASE DO NOT leave your Pets in the car.  It will be TOO HOT for them and residents in the area care a lot about pets and if seen in a HOT car will call 9-1-1 or break your windows. SAVE your PET and your vehicle windows.
  • Sunscreen is key to stopping sunburns and avoiding the sun’s rays.

MOST OF ALL, have lots of fun!

We’ll see you there.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

BREAKING: Missing Washington Teen Reunited With His Parents, Found Safe

Mt Vernon, Washington | Kaine Moody, 15, was last seen on Monday, March 9, 2015, when he ran away from his father’s house disappearing.  After 10 long days as being considered as a runaway by Police, he would later call his father to pick him up.

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Unsure of the details of what he had been doing during that time, his parents are grateful he has decided to come home.  He lives with his father in Mt. Vernon and his mom in another part of Washington State.

“Thank you, thank you all. You have been our supporters, whether you have known us for years or months or weeks or never at all. You are amazing. Without you we would not be making it.” – Lisa Day, his joyous Mom.

Thank You and a round of Applause to all of you for sharing his story and photo.  It seemed to do the trick. Whatever the reason he disappeared, we wish his family a time of healing and privacy.

We will continue to share other Parent’s messages, photos and stories about their Missing Children.  Please help us by spreading the word through every conceivable Social Media site to “Help Bring Them Home”.

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Again, thank you for all that you do and we appreciate you so much!  You can also find us hanging out on Twitter @nwfireblog or on Facebook “The NW Fire Blog”.  Please join us by “Following” And “Liking” Us.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Eastside Narcotics Task Force [WA] Takes Out Major Drug Ring

On Thursday, September 18, detectives with the Eastside Narcotics Task Force, assisted by the Bellevue SWAT team and Bellevue Special Enforcement Team, executed search warrants at a residence in the 600 block of North 45th Street in the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle, as well as at a residence in the 23500 block of 52nd Avenue West in Mountlake Terrace after a four-month investigation.

As a result of the search warrants, the following was seized:

  • Approximately five pounds of heroin, with a street value of over $250,000;
  • $9,000 in cash;
  • 24 firearms, including:
    • 13 handguns;
    • three shotguns;
    • three assault rifles; and
    • five hunting rifles.
  • Numerous ammunition magazines and several thousand rounds of ammunition; and
  • three vehicles

Probable cause for the warrants was developed after a confidential informant came forward with information that the suspect wassupplying large amounts of heroin to Eastside dealers.

“Investigations such as this impact our communities in a positive way,” said Bellevue Deputy Chief of police Jim Jolliffe. “The efforts of these detectives resulted in the arrest of a prolific drug dealer and the removal of firearms and heroin.”

2014 The NW Fire Blog

September is National Preparedness Month – Creating an Emergency / Disaster Preparedness Plan

Now that you have your Survival Kit put together, the next step is to Create an “Emergency / Disaster Preparedness Plan.”

  • If you have more members in your Family, get them involved.
  • Hold a Familiy Meeting and talk about the types of Disasters your area may have.
  • Discuss ways to escape your home and agree to two safe ways to evacuate from your home.
  • Agree to two places to meet in case you get separated from one another: 1) meeting place outside of your home & 2) outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to enter your home.
  • Engage your Family members in what responsibilities each person will assume during the Disaster or Emergency. Practice these often as cohesive team.
  • Plan the routes and meeting places to evacuate to [i.e. friend’s house, hotel, etc.] Practice this at a minimum of twice per year.
  • Have an emergency contact list with you at all times.
  • Have a Preparedness Plan for your pets [friends homes, pet-friendly hotels, Vet’s Office, etc.]
  • Having an out-of-state emergency contact to let Family members know you are safe is a great idea instill in your plan.
  • If you don’t have any out-of-state emergency friends or relatives, the American Red Cross has the Safe and Well website https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php, where you can log on to their website entering your name, date of birth [optional] and email address or you can call 800-RED-CROSS to report you are safe.
  • Those who are searching for their Loved ones in a Disaster can search the Red Cross website by the person’s name and see that you are Safe and Well. This has worked great for many large Disasters and Emergencies.

Resources 

The American Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan.

Ready.gov: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

“Family preparedness has been a long-established welfare principle.” – Ezra Taft Benson

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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 http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

AMBER ALERT: Help Me. I am Missing.

AMBER ALERT in Royal City, WA please share on your page and bring Monica L Helberg home safely. She is 16, white female 5′7″ 140, brown hair, brown eyes, possibly in the company of Miles L Moncada, 22 years of age, 6′1″ 165, brown hair, brown eyes.

Victim believed to be taken against her will and is missing her asthma medication.

There is a restraining order against the suspect. Suspect vehicle is a yellow 2010 Ford Focus 4-door CA 7AME520, possibly en route to California.

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Call 911 if you spot them.

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2014  The NW Fire Blog

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 khenry@bellevuewa.gov.

2014 The NW Fire Blog

King County [WA] Reporting High Cases of Influenza

If you’ve noticed more people are sick at work or at school, it might be the flu. Infections are on the rise locally, as seasonal influenza has gone from barely detectable levels in early December to widespread in King County.

“It’s easy to get complacent about the flu, since we see it every year, but it brings real hardship and dangers,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Catching the flu can not only disrupt your life, it can be severe enough to send you to the hospital.”

Two noteworthy aspects of this year’s flu season:

  • Younger adults face a greater risk of severe illness than usual. Locally and across the US, healthcare providers are reporting an increase in severe influenza infections – requiring intensive hospital care for young and middle-age adults. The predominant strain circulating currently is influenza A H1N1, which happens to be the same one that led to the 2009 flu pandemic. This virus causes infections and severe illness in all ages, but compared to other influenza strains, it causes higher rates of illness and death among young and middle-age adults, including those with no underlying health conditions.

  • Pregnant women should get vaccinated at any stage of pregnancy. The flu vaccine is both safe and effective for pregnant women, including during the first trimester. Vaccinating during pregnancy protects not only the mother but the fetus and child as well. Newborn infants can’t be vaccinated until they’re six months old.

Anyone who lives with or cares for an infant younger than six months should also get vaccinated to protect the infant from getting flu.

Other members of the community at increased risk for severe influenza include the elderly and people who have long-term health problems, like diabetes, asthma, and heart or lung problems.

Flu vaccine is the best protection; other drugs also available

The flu vaccine is in plentiful supply, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated to reduce your chances of getting the flu. Influenza activity generally peaks in January or later in our region and continues circulating until spring.

“Anyone six months and older who has not yet been vaccinated this season should get an influenza vaccine now to reduce their risk of illness,” said Duchin.

Another important line of protection is antiviral drugs, especially for people with severe influenza or at high risk of complications. Antiviral treatment should be started promptly if you are pregnant or in a high-risk group and develop flu symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches.

Where to get flu vaccine

Flu vaccine (shots and nasal spray) is available at many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies for those who have insurance or are able to pay for vaccination. Visit http://flushot.healthmap.org to help find locations.

If you don’t have insurance, you can find free or low-cost insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder. Other immunization assistance is available through the Family Health Line at 800-322-2588.

For more information, visit www.kingcounty.gov/health/flu.

Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for over 2 million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health — Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day.
2014 The NW Fire Blog

Restaurant Closure: Seattle, Washington

Mexico Cantina Y Veracruz located at 600 Pine St., # 402, Seattle, WA 98104 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on December 26, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. due to the following food safety violations:

  • Poor personal hygiene practices: failure to wash hands
  • Handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands
  • Imminent health hazard: no available hot water

The establishment will be reopened once the inspector confirms that all issues have been resolved.

The Food Establishment Closures homepage is online atwww.kingcounty.gov/health/closures

2014 The NW Fire Blog

Source: King County Public Health

Calling All Brothers and Sisters, Volunteers and Career to Come Together as One Spirit

*** Updated information ****

Salisbury, North Carolina [Rowan County] – Calling “all” Firefighter Brothers & Sisters, regardless if you are a Volunteer, Career Professional, Part-time or what have you – Your Brother and his Family need your Prayers, Thoughts and Lots of Support ~

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Scotch-Irish Fire Department Firefighter Marco Kauffman’s story goes like this,

“Marco was shot Monday, December 2, in the head by a burglar.

Marco and Maryann had been at his parents’ house for brunch since DKs parents are here for a bit.

Marcos went home, but just beyond their house they saw a blue car with its hood up.

Marco drove up and asked if they needed help, but the guy didn’t say anything, just looked at them strangely.

Marco took Maryann about two hundred yards up the road to Daniel’s house (they were gone), dropped her off, and went back to check it out.

After she heard a volley of gunshots, Maryann tried to call Marco and couldn’t get an answer.

She then started running toward their house and called her mom.

Her mom told her not to go to the house, so she hid behind a hay bale beside the road, since she thought she heard the robbers’ car driving back n forth.

She called DKs and they came right away.

Police showed up promptly; it seems that somehow Marco had managed to call 911.

When David and Linda got there, the house had been completely ransacked.

Marco’s car was found down in the woods at the edge of the cornfield just beyond their house.

The back car window was shot out. It looks like Marco may have seen the gun and tried to drive away but got shot in the head. His car smashed into the woods, both air bags deployed.

Aside from his gunshot wound he is fine. But the doctors are very very concerned about his condition.

Maryann has been so strong and serene through the tears…

We are praying for a miracle. Cause that’s what it will take to save him.

We are thankful that our God is the Creator, Healer and Redeemer.

Please join us in lifting Marco continually to our Father.”

[Source:  “Praying for Marco” Facebook Page]

The story has been heartbreaking because things are getting progressively worse for Marco, however, he is a fighter and still  needs to continue to fight.  He is also husband, soon-to-be father with a son on the way, a Volunteer Firefighter and those who know him, say he is one of the nicest people you’d ever meet.

Today, a post about Marco’s condition stated he is turning for the worse and he needs all the love, support and prayers he can get.

“In the last 24 hoursMarco’s condition has worsened drastically. A CT scan last night showed new damage to his brain, and his pressure levels were worse than ever.

This morning the doctors expressed that they have done everything they can and that it may be time to let go. Please pray for wisdom from God to know whether or not to remove him from life support. Pray for peace, and for an overwhelming assurance of God’s presence and grace at this time.

We have wept and prayed, surrendered Marco into God’s hands. We know that God is well able to heal him. But we also know that God does not always choose to heal. We have asked God to bring glory to His name in which ever way He chooses.” – His Family posted.

Marco’s Fire Department has organized an event in his honor called the Marcus “Marco” Kauffman BBQ Chicken and Blood Drive Benefit.  The event will be held on January 17th and 18th 1100 – 2000 hours at the Scotch-Irish Fire Department located at 3220 Needmore Rd, Woodleaf, NC 27054.

All meals are being cooked by Jerry’s Chicken and must be pre-ordered by January 10th, for pick-up or dining in by contacting website:  fs16.formsite.com.  The menu is made up of 1/2 chickens, baked beans, coleslaw, bread and a dessert for $8 per plate.

The Blood Drive will be hosted by the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas on both days.

To help the family with expenses, you can send a check to Cleveland Believers Fellowship with “Benevolence” on the memo line to 3700 South River Church Rd, Woodleaf, NC 27054.

Have questions about this event or want to support Marco and his family? Contact event organizers at 704-431-2559 and leave a message. Someone will call you back.

[Editor’s Note:  “We ask all Firefighters and those in the Public Safety realm to come together and pray for this young man as a future father, his unborn son, his wife and his family and friends that are rallying around him.”  We greatly appreciate your whole hearted compassion and thank you for support for this Volunteer Firefighter and his recovery.]

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog

** Corrected Phone *** as of 12/27/13. We apologize for the error in the original post with an incorrect phone number. – NWFB