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 NEWS: Mercer Island, Washington Issues Immediate Public Health Notice

ALERT: Boil Water Advisory Issued for City of Mercer Island

All Residents of Mercer Island Are Advised to Boil Their Tap Water Before Drinking

All Mercer Island  Restaurants Are Ordered to CLOSE

Sept 27, 2014 – The City of Mercer Island is advising all water customers on the Island to boil their water before drinking, or to use bottled water. There are no reports of illness at this time.

The City’s water provider, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) routinely tests over 800 samples for bacteria from the region each month, including 18 samples collected each month in the Mercer Island distribution system. Test samples collected on Mercer Island on September 26 showed the presence of E. coli on September 27, indicating that the water may not be safe to drink.

Boiled or purchased bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.  Bring the water to a boil, let it boil for at least 1 minute, and let it cool before using.  Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that could potentially be in the water.

Dishwasher can be used if run with the sanitizing/heat cycle and commercial Dishwashing Detergent. Dishes can be hand washed if rinsed in a diluted bleach solution – one teaspoon household bleach to one gallon of water – and then allowed to air dry.

Water can be used for bathing, but do not drink any of the water and do not allow babies to put the water or wet washcloth in the mouth.

Public Health – Seattle & King County orders all food establishments such as restaurants, coffee shops, and delis operating on the Island to suspend operations until the boil water advisory is lifted.  Health inspectors will be providing guidance to schools, childcare, long-term care & skilled nursing facilities.

Permitted food establishments are asked to contact Public Health-Seattle & King County.

To address this situation, City Utility crews are inspecting system facilities, flushing water mains in potential problem areas and ensuring chlorine levels are adequate throughout the distribution system.  The City of Mercer Island continues to sample the water throughout the Island to confirm the quality of the water.  We will issue further notice when the water supply is confirmed to be safe.

Aside from Mercer Island, all other SPU water is safe for drinking. Extensive testing over the past two days of SPU’s distribution system, which provides drinking water to much of King County, has shown that the problem is isolated to Mercer Island. Daily routine testing continues at all municipal water systems throughout the area.

Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or additional other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Organisms in drinking water are not the only cause of such symptoms.  If people experience any of these symptoms and they persist, they may want to seek medical advice.  People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care provider.

This notice is being issued following consultation with the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle and King County.

If residents have any further questions, please contact the City of Mercer Island hotline at 206-275-7800 or visit our website at for updates.

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About Mercer Island, Washington

  • Located between Seattle and Bellevue off the I-90 corridor
  • The City is 5 miles long and 2 miles wide
  • Incorporated in 1960
  • The City is truly an Island
  • Host to Police, Fire, Parks, Sewage and has many miles of developed shoreline
  • Population: 22,000 residents
  • Council of 7
  • Mayor-Elect with Appointment of City Manager

Alert Issued:  9/27/14 1500 Hours


2014 The NW Fire Blog

MDP Signature Chocolates Raising Capital Funding

MDP Signature Chocolates has partnered with, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.  In a 30-day race to raise $50,000.00 in capital will help the Award-Winning local Chocolater, Chef Poole fund and equip a small chocolate factory and retail space.  It is all (100% pledged funding of $50,000.00) or it is nothing. (no money will exchange hands and the project, well you know..)

Why pledge to this capital project ?  The benefits and reasons are endless but here are a few:  1) Wow!  A local Chocolate factory right here in our backyard?!   2)  The best Chocolate in Seattle without having to fly to Paris to purchase it.   3)  Why not?  It’s a great investment in a locally owned and operated business, creating a stronger economy.  4)  A Firehouse Chef turned Chocolatier… what more could we ask for?

Pledge today and you will receive a Jamaican BBQ for you and your guest at your home and MDP’s famous chocolates.  Now, that sounds like a deal of a lifetime.  

Chef Poole showing how to make magnificent chocolates...

Chef Poole showing how to make magnificent chocolates...

Log on to this virtual event from February 27, 2012 to March 28, 2012 at 11:59pm PST   Let’s show our support and make this dream a reality!  Time is ticking….

Quality.  Greatness.  Delicious.  The best Chocolate that can be found Anywhere.

Quality. Greatness. Delicious. The best Chocolate that can be found in Seattle.