Fire & Rescue Gifted New BC Rig

Published Sunday, December 19, 2021, 1700 hours PT

Credit: Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue

LAKE WENATCHEE, Washington — Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue received an early Christmas present, a new Chevy 2500 truck, which was in service as of Friday night. The truck replaces the old BC91 Suburban, which will remain in service as a backup rescue unit that is currently stationed at Station 94 in the Ponderosa area.

The new truck was purchased with a combination of tax dollars and a grant from the WA DNR, fire agency.

About Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue

The LWFR was formed in March of 2015, after the merger of Chelan County Fire Districts #4 and #9, with Chelan County FD #1 providing admin services and Cascade Ambulance providing ambulance transport services.

Call volumes for 2020, were 389 annual calls. No information is listed on their website for 2021 but it appears over the years, the call volume has been steadily increasing with 297 calls in 2019.

The department has two stations, 93 at 21696 Lake Wenatchee Hwy and at 21300 Cayuse Street, both in Leavenworth, Washington.

Great accomplishments by this fire agency, include a newly created Seasonal Firefighter Progam, as an effort to help educate the community, on ways to reduce heavy fire fuel loads within their service area(s).

On June 1st of 2020, after 40 years of their former Fire Chief Mick Lamar who retired, the agency installed a new Fire Chief David Walker who was their former Assistant Fire Chief.

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Career Op | South Thurston F&R

WASHINGTON — The South Thurston Fire and Rescue agency is hiring and they are looking to establish a list for LT/EMT and a part-time FF/EMT. Are you the one they are looking for?

Careers | South Thurston Fire

Check out their website for what is required, deadlines, and other details here: souththurstonfire.org. Their phone number is 360-264-4116 and their mailing address is PO Box 4010, Tenino, WA 98589.

About the South Thurston Fire & EMS

The South Thurston Fire & EMS, created in 2017, from the merger of Thurston County Fire Districts #12 and #16, serves the City of Tenino and surrounding communities, Gibson Valley, Skookumchuck, and Violet Prairie. The area is about 76-square miles, which is mostly made up of rural homes, farmland, and forest. Additionally, the agency protects an 11,000-acre water reservoir for the nearby Bonneville Power Administration regional high voltage distribution systems’ power plant.

In 2018, the population was at about 8,995. As of this year, the call volume has reached an all-time high of 1,429. In 2020, the total calls were 1,097 and in 2019, total calls were 1,167.

There are four Fire Stations:

  • FS 41 – HQ. Located at 187 Hodgden Street, Tenino has Paid and Volunteer personnel, Admin staff, Offices, meeting room, day room/kitchen and sleeping quarters.
  • FS 42 – Gibson Valley. This station is located at 21249 Bucoda Hwy SE, Centralia. is staffed by volunteer personnel and is home to a classroom and office.
  • FS 43 – Violet Prairie. This station is located at 17134 Old Hwy 99 SE in Tenino is staffed by volunteer personnel.
  • FS 44 – Skookumchuck. This volunteer staffed station is located at 5405 Skokkumchuck Road SE in Tenino.

According to the City’s website, their current staffing levels include A shift with one 1 LT/EMT and 1 FF/EMT. B shift also has a FF/EMT and currently has a temporary FF/EMT. There are 28 volunteer firefighters with one Chief Officer, one Office Manager, and an Emergency Vehicle Mechanic on board.

This year, voters approved a 2021 Bond Measure – Prop 1 which asked its residents to approve the bond measure at the rate of $0.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The bond is for a duration of 20 years which amounts to a total of $5.7 Million Dollars.

What does this mean for the Tenino citizens?

The funds will be distributed to replace their original Fire Station 41, their headquarters located downtown which is a 7,400-square foot building that was built in 1961 and has gone through some reno projects over the last 50 years. The building’s usage has outgrown its original intended purpose, so fire personnel is using a house across from the station that is even older than HQ. The district plans on building a 17,000-square foot facility with 6 individual bedrooms and a 1,500-square foot public use area and training room. The Department is also looking to add 24-hour shift personnel to Station 42.

Their second item on the agenda is to replace aging fire apparatus. Their newest ambulance is a 2008 model year and was acquired as a surplus unit from Thurston County Medic One program. Slowing over the years, they have managed to replace slowly as their needs have been growing.

The last item but not least is to replace equipment such as PPE and other non-compliant equipment. Per the Department, they state the NFPA states that PPE gear is only serviceable for 10 years and after the pull date, it is supposed to be removed from service and replaced.

To learn more on how you can help this Agency, by going to their website at https:/www.souththurstonfire.org/

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Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

November 7, 2017 | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

SLC, UTAH.  A West Valley Police Officer was reportedly shot in the foot at an apartment complex Tuesday evening around 1900 hours.  It was stated by Police his injuries are not life-threatening. Info is still fluid and news media was reporting that it may have been a possible shooting between two suspects.  A large presence was at a nearby hospital in Murray where it was said both suspects arrived in a silver pickup at the front of the hospital bringing a large presence of police. [Code3 Alerts, Salt Lake City News]

WARM BEACH & CANNON BEACH, OR.  Multiple shark sightings were confirmed in both areas and signs  posted to area beaches, along with a message posted by both communities to warn swimmers, surfers and boaters. [Social Media]

EVER-CHANGING STATISTICS.  The Columbine HS mass shooting event stats was considered to be no longer the in the Top 10 Deadliest shootings in modern US History. [CNN]

MARYSVILLE, WA.  District Firefighters responded to a garage fire that was reported around 1845 hours.  Upon arrival, they found the structure to be fully engulfed. Mutual aid responded from nearby Cities, Everett, Getchell and Silvana. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

MAPLE VALLEY, WA.  A fire broke out around 2030 hours in the 19400 block of the Renton Maple Valley Road SE in Maple Valley.  Engines, Tenders, Ladder trucks, Medic unit and the area regional REHAB unit responded to the house fire. No word on the cause.  3 people were dispatched.  Red Cross was called in to assist. [Scanner Feed]

HOLLYWOOD, CA.  A large fire broke out in a vacant combination one & two-story residential 4-plex with excessive interior storage said to be near Sunset Gower studios in Hollywood that was reported to be vacant.  It was located in the 1300 block of N Gordon Street.  An additional Task Force was requested around 2229 hours PDT by ‘Gordon IC’. Knockdown was completed around 2245 hours. A good stop by firefighters to two [residential] exposure buildings.  Fire cause and value of damage is unknown at this time but will be later released by the LAFD.  [CA Fire Scanner, KTLA, LAFD]

FRESNO, CA.  2 large fires broke out at an apartment complex in the area of 900 of E Divisadero and a house fire at the 200 block of S Madera Avenue in Kerman.  No word on the extent of the damage or status.  The fires were still burning at the time of this post (around 2230 hours PDT, Tuesday) [Fresno Fire PIO]

OSWEGO, OR. Oswego Firefighters Local 4773 (Oswego Fire District Protection District) is coordinating a relief effort with all donations going directly to the 24 families effected by a large fire that took place 1500 Light Road on November 6, 2017.  Firefighters are accepting gift cards, certificates and monetary donations.  Families can use these to purchase items that are necessities such as clothing, food and toiletries.  Some families lost more than others and will need additional assistance.  [Oswego FF Local 4773 Facebook Page]

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES KEY NOTE SPEAKERS.  The National Wildfire Suppression Association or NWSA for short has announced two great Keynote Speakers for their Conference that will take place on February 26 and 27, 2018.  Bruce Vincent’s There is Hope with Vision and the USFS Fire & Aviation Director Shawn LaGarza will be highlighted.  They will also have some great panels.  To learn more, go to their website – http://www.nwsa.us/2018-nwsa-conference.  [NWSA Facebook page]

OPERATION WARM.  Clark County Fire District 6 located in Vancouver, WA (IAFF 1805) is working to raise money to help “warm” kids by purchasing a little more than $5,000 worth of new coast for kids who need them in at least three Vancouver schools.  Want to help them achieve their goal?  You can find them on their Facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/IAFFLocal1805/ [Clark Co Fire Dist 6 Facebook Page]

NEW WILDLAND FIRE VIDEO RELEASED. It’s showcasing some great #FireImages of men and women during the 2017 Fire Season in Western Washington State.  Photos are of those fire resources called into deployment.  Music Credit is Guadal Canal Diary – Where Angels Fear to Tread. [Washington State Fire, Stevens County Fire District 1 Facebook Pages]

MORE VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE.  Seattle Police responded to a call of a “man on fire” around 1900 hours in the area of the 4500 block of Leary Way NW.  A passerby extinguished the flames while waiting for Fire and Police to show up.  The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) in Seattle where he is listed in critical condition. Police are asking for any tips or information to call the Homicide/Assault Tipline at 206-233-5000. [Seattle.gov]

AIRLINER ENGINE FIRE. News media began reporting around 2150 hours, a Hawaiian Airlines ferry flight from Paine Field (Everett) had an engine fire and landed safely at Sea-Tac airport (Seattle). The fire was out upon arrival. There were no passengers onboard, only crew members.  There were no injuries reported.  The FAA is investigating. [KOMO News, KIR0 7 News, Sea-Tac Airport]

FIRE MERGERS APPROVED.  In Kittitas County elections results, voters approved the Fire merger (Fire 8 Merger Resolution) of Kittitas County Fire Protection District 8 into Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue, a Fire Protection District.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE TRAINING HELD.  NAS Whidbey SAR held some training today on the snowy slopes in the beautiful Pacific NW and practicing for mountain rescues.  With their many hours of training, they hone their rescue skills becoming the best-of-the-best.  They are used as resources for many SAR missions.  [NAS Whidbey SAR]

BULLETPROOFING STUDENTS.  One Florida school is selling bulletproof panels that can be inserted into students’ backpacks.  [CNN]

HEROES ON A MISSION.  6 Las Cruces Police Officers are headed to Puerto Rico to assist with #HurricaneMaria relief. [KFOX14 News]

FIREFIGHTER CANCER SPOKESMAN.  Former LA Fire Chief, Sandy Davis who spoke candidly about firefighter cancer has passed away.  He created a compelling video that focused on his own battle with cancer.  [Firehouse.com]

 

 

 

 

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