Officer Down | Mount Vernon WA

Incident Summary

A Mount Vernon Police Officer has been reportedly shot this evening almost two-and-a-half hours ago was rushed to Skagit Valley Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Little details of the type of call he was responding has been made public.

Approximate Area

Skagit Valley College located at 2405 E. College Way in Mount Vernon, Washington was  immediately tweeting to its students to get inside and stay inside; to shelter in place.

Police activity was said to have closed off La Venture Road and Fir Street.

Incident Cooperators

Those assisting with tonight’s incident are Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Skagit County, Snohomish County and Washington State Patrol with more unknown Agencies assisting.

Current Status

It appears Police have the suspect surrounded and are currently evacuating nearby occupied homes to safer areas.

Media is reporting more shots are being heard in the area. STAY INSIDE.

Police are asking those who are not evacuating and are in the safe zone to shelter-in-place which means “stay inside”.

We ask that you shelter-in-place and do not come out to see what is happening. Police are asking that you do the same.  This will protect you and your family.  Additionally, this will allow for all those involved in this  incident to do their jobs more safely.

Thoughts and Prayers

Please keep the Mount Vernon Officer in your Thoughts and Prayers and those who are still working to get the suspect into custody. The elements can be uncomfortable for Police, 1st Responders and those who are supporting this incident.

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Hurricane Matthew Is A Category | Update 6

Updated 11:30 EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the South Carolina.

STORM FACTS

  • Category 1 Hurricane
  • Passing over South Carolina
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone and rising
  • Fears of Cholera growing
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • 8,450 people awoke in 183 evacuation shelters. – Red Cross
  • 94 trailer loads of supplies will be distributed to communities. – Red Cross
  • How to Help:  https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation – Red Cross

STORM TIMELINE 

8:00 AM EDT

  • Gusty winds on Main Street in Columbia. – Media
  • Severe flooding on the Chatham Parkway near Telfair Place located between  I-16 exit & Hwy 80 (SC).  – News Media

9:00 AM EDT

  • Horrible storm surge in downtown Charleston (SC) with Market and Church streets flooding. – Twitter

10:00 AM EDT

  • Strong winds, flooding, and debris at the Ashley River Tower garage at MUSC. (SC) – News Media
  • People spent the night through the Hurricane on Hilton Head cleared roads so first responders could get to neighborhoods. – News Media
  • Waist deep water on Stiles Ave near Ogeechee Rd. Several trees & powerlines also down. (SC) – SCMPD

Photo Credit/SCMPD

11:12 AM EDT

  • Landfall southeast of McClellanville (SC) as a Category 1 hurricane. – Weather News.

11:28 AM EDT

  • “I  understand ppl are anxious to return home, but I ask evacuees to wait until local authorities determine it is safe to do so.” – GA Governor Deal

HOW TO HELP

  • How to Help:  https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation – Red Cross

TIPS

  •  Keep gas generators away from homes & garages. Carbon monoxide can kill within minutes.  – U.S. Fire (USFA)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • More officers coming in. Long shifts worked, long shifts ahead. – Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
  • Firefighters responding to hard hit areas to provide relief. – Miami Beach Fire

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Hurricane Matthew’s Anger Present on Atlantic Coast | Update 5

Updated 2am EDT

Info in this post is gleaned from sources on Social Media, EOC, Fire, Police and First Responder, Weather and other Sources (websites) and including eyewitness reports.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location of the Storm

#HurricaneMatthew has been downgraded from a 4 to a 3 and is currently at a 2 and  making landfall on the State of Florida.

STORM FACTS

  • Category 2 Hurricane
  • Passing over Savannah NOW @ 1:53 AM EDT
  • News of approximately of up to 1,000 fatalities in Haiti alone
  • 1 million people up Atlantic Coast without power.
  • Tornadoes are forming overnight in the SC area

Credit/The Weather Channel

TIMELINE OF STORM ACTIVITIES

1:30 AM EDT

  • 80,000 power outages in Lowcountry
  • Eyewitness counts of large trees being uprooted/bowled over by high winds

1:50 AM EDT

  • Matthew is 50 miles off of Coast of Savannah

1:55 AM EDT

  • Matthew is now 45 miles South of Hilton Head (SC).
  • Storm moving 12 mph with 105 mph winds

1:56 AM EDT

  • Greenville (SC) reporting as dry, cloudy and windy

2:00 AM EDT

  • Storm now 45 miles S of Hilton Head (SC) and 95 miles SSW of Charleston (SC).
  • Storm is heading North @ 12 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph.
  • Storm surge flooding in SC, FL and GA now.
  • NOAA releases a Public Advisory related to storm flooding surges, preparation tips (if sheltering in place), where the storm is currently located. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT4+shtml/080541.shtml
  • Tidal gauge has breached 9.0 feet and continues to rise quickly as eye-wall nears Charleston (SC).

2:10 AM EDT

  • Media reporting 4 people have died in Florida related storm.

2:12 AM EDT

  • Jacksonville (FL) Public Works in process of restoring traffic lights
  • 19,000 Canoochee (GA) residents without power.  City working on it as fast as possible.

2:17 AM EDT

  • Storm hitting NE Florida, producing 15 inches of rain and a 10 foot storm surge.
  • 11 inches reported in Bluffon. Storm surge. Eye of storm hitting area now.

2:21 AM EDT

  • Strong winds hitting Hardeeville (SC) occurring.

2:30 AM EDT

  • Wall @ The Battery in Downtown Charleston just toppled down.
  • White Pt. Gardens have been inundated.
  • Storm ready to hit the area between Hilton Head Island and Charleston

We will provide Storm coverage and updates as we receive them. We are signing off for the night and to continue beginning in the morning (West Coast time).

Please be safe out there, friends.

Thank you for reading and following our Posts!

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Arizona Firefighters Fight 5-Alarm Apartment Complex Fire for Hours

iNCIDENT SUMMARY

Maricopa County, Arizona – Firefighters were dispatched to a very large apartment complex under construction around 1906 hours MST this evening, located in the 100-200 (multiple sources reporting different block #s} block of East Civic Center in Gilbert, Arizona.  It was dispatched as a  1st Alarm with limited resources responding to the scene.

The initial report called into Dispatch by Battalion Chief 252 as the Incident Commander [IC] reported a “working apartment fire with multiple exposures”.

As you can see, this is a densely populated area.

Photo of the apartment complex fully engulfed in flames. Photo Credit:  Gilbert Fire Rescue.

Photo of the apartment complex fully engulfed in flames. Photo Credit: Gilbert Fire Rescue.

ALARM LEVELS QUICKLY ESCALATE

1st/2nd Alarms:  Around 1910 Hours MST, BC252/Acting IC reported “heavy fire from a 2-story apartments under construction with several exposures.  An immediate 2nd Alarm was requested.

Media Relations meeting at 85 E Civic Center Drive in parking lot on the south side.

3rd Alarm:  At 1929 Hours MST, BC252/IC reported still heavy fire from the 2-story apartment complex with master streams operating.

Defensive fire. A 3rd Alarm is  requested.

4th Alarm:  At 2002 Hours MST, BC252/IC requested a 4th Alarm was requested as in continuous defensive active firefighting mode.  Master streams still operating.

Citizens needs to avoid the area.  Extremely heavy traffic.

5th Alarm:  Later in the evening around 2019 Hours MST, BC252/IC requested a 5-alarm due to a high concern for fire affecting exposure nearby buildings.

Gilbert Fire when things were just a little heated. Photo Credit:  Gilbert Fire

Gilbert Fire when things were just a little heated. Photo Credit: Gilbert Fire

Flying embers were reported as affecting the complex’s clubhouse which firefighters were able to contain very quickly.  They were still fighting the fire defensively.

Road closed from Warner Rd from Gilbert to Lindsay due to the fire.

Evacuations from Civic Center Drive to Nunneley to Devon have been evacuated.

HUGE PRESENCE DISPATCHED

According to the Phoenix Public Safety CAD showing fire units dispatched beginning at 1906 Hours MST and progressing as more alarm levels began increasing up to a 5th Alarm.,

Remembering a former Chapter in our Lives:  

When we were once on a small house fire (in our Firefighter REHAB days) where residential and commercial structures were so close to one another.  A Citizen perplexed that so many Fire trucks, Ladders and other resources showed up for such a small house fire. He thought that the City was wasting too much of the taxpayer’s dollars.

We explained that you WANT that many to show up so they put the fire out quickly and limit the damage to your home.  Also, they are very pro-active in saving lives.

The Citizen responded to our answer very quickly and agreed that he, too would prefer to see more fire personnel showing up to his home to get the flames out and minimize the amount of damage, while working to save his family.  – Lisa Swenson, formerly with The Seattle Fire Buff Society, a firefighter rehab non-profit organization.

Mutual aid poured into the area, outside of Gilbert.  Here are some of the Mutual Aid companies that responded as the level of alarms increased into the evening.

Apache Junction:   RH [Rehab?]263.

Chandler Fire: Battalions 281, 282.   Engines 281, 285, 286, 287, 288.  Ladder 288.

Gilbert Fire and Medical:  Battalions 251 (Command), 252,  Engines 251, 252, 254, 256, 257, 258.  Reserve Engines:  2510, 2511.  Ladders 253, 255.  Misc:  U251.

Mesa Fire:  Battalion Chief 203.  Engines 201, 202, 204, 205.  Ladders 204, 206, 214, 273.  SS208.  EV201.  EDC.

Phoenix:  Ladder 43.

Queen Creek:  Engine 411.

Sunlakes Fire and Rescue.

Superstition Springs Fire and Rescue:  REHAB support unit/rehydration services.

Superstition Springs Fire and Rescue provide Firefighter rehydration services. Credit:  Gilbert Fire and Rescue.

Treating Fire and Police members in rear of Superstition Springs Fire and Rescue own support unit. Photo Credit: Gilbert Fire and Rescue

Tempe Fire:  Engine 274.   Ladder 274.

Over 40+ Fire trucks were on scene along with 120 or more firefighters fighting the fire.

EVACUATIONS

The fire’s fury grew so intensely and endangering so many exposure buildings, evacuations of nearby neighbors were assisted by Evacuation Center volunteers to the Gilbert Public Safety Amphitheater.  Residents are still sheltering-in-place at the City’s building located at 75 Civic Center Drive in Gilbert, Arizona.

While evacuations were in progress, Firefighters worked tirelessly to provide structure protection of all exposure buildings.  The only exposure that was damaged was the apartment complex’s clubhouse caught on fire due to flying embers from the increased winds.  Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire before it destroyed the complete structure.

Gilbert Fire’s Deputy Chief / PIO Mike Connor briefed all evacuees at the shelter giving them an update.

Gilbert Fire Rescue DC / PIO Mike Connor

Gilbert Fire Rescue DC / PIO Mike Connor. Photo Credit: Gilbert Fire

ROAD CLOSURES

Warner and Gilbert may be closed into the night as they are affected by the fire.  Firefighters are still working to tap the fire.

At around 0000, Warner and Gilbert have been reopened.  Remember, that Firefighters and others may be still working on the scene, so please drive slowly through the area.

MEDIA RELATIONS

All Media outlets are meeting with Gilbert Fire Rescue’s Deputy Chief / PIO Mike Connor at the Banner Health Center parking lot at 155 E. Warner Road.

One of those representing the Gilbert Fire Rescue using Periscope was asked by those on the Social Media platform why it took so long to put the fire out.  Answered by Gilbert Fire’s PIO Mike Connor, “The apartment complex is under construction and in the wood frame construction phase, which quickly ignited and was fully engulfed very quickly due to the winds kicking up.  We put out as fast as we were able to.”

FIRE CAUSE

No cause is known at this time and as we know for a fact that they will have to wait for the structure to cool down before the Fire Investigator can gain access to the fire scene.  It may take a long time before the cause is determined.  However, we have been on some fires where the FIU investigator found the cause right away.

Fire next to City Hall. Photo Credit:  Gilbert Town Hall

Fire next to City Hall. Photo Credit: Gilbert Town Hall

FIRE STATUS

At the last time of the press release around 2210 Hours MST, it was determined that things had greatly deescalated and the 5th Alarms companies were being released, returning to their own Cities.

Prior to releasing Mutual Aid companies, firefighters were busy with putting out spot fires that had spread previously but were able to successfully stop the forward spread to any other structures.  No homes or other structures were affected by the fire.

The fire could be seen by many from Phoenix to the far East of the State.

Darkness is now reigning over the scene which looks like a great sight considering the earlier event that took place.

The Aftermath.  Photo Credit:  Gilbert Fire Rescue

The Aftermath. Photo Credit: Gilbert Fire Rescue

The Red Cross has 7 Disaster volunteers on scene assisting residents of the Legacy Village Apartments which may be a long process. Others have returned to their home.

FIRE INJURIES

According to news media sources, one Firefighter was injured with burns to his hands.  Three Police Officers were treated for smoke inhalation.  We hope they will med quickly.

ABOUT GILBERT and GILBERT FIRE RESCUE

It is also the venue to 1.3 Million workers that only have a 30-minute commute or less.  About 40.7% of the state’s residents have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and is probably due to the 69 colleges, technical and other schools in the area.  The number of educated residents is much higher than your 30% national average.  Gilbert seems to lure those to a most favorable business climate, lower corporate taxes and a great collaborative Research and Development opportunities.

Great Fire Service

Gilbert has 10 Fire Stations in it’s large City.

Station 1:  The Station is located at 2730 E Williams Field Rd, Gilbert, AZ. It is headquarters for the following apparatus:  B251, E251, L251/Ladder Tender 251, Utility 251, Command Vehicle 251.

Station 2:  Station 2 is located at 2855 E Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ and is home to Engine 252 only.

Station 3:  This Station is located at 1011 E Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ and is the venue for B252, L253/Ladder 253, Engine 2540.

Station 4:  Engine 254 resides here at Station 4 located 909 E Roy Road in Gilbert, Arizona.

Station 5:  Station 5 is located at 3630 E Germann Street in Gilbert, Arizona and quarters for Ladder 255 / Ladder Tender 255.

Station 6:  Engine 256 and Water Tender 256 reside at Station 6 located at 3595 E Warner Road in Gilbert, Arizona.

Station 7:  Engine 257 is at this station located at 625 W Warner Road.

Station 8:  Station 8 is located at 1095 E Germann Road in Gilbert, Arizona and the station where Engine 258 and HazMat 258 reside.

Station 10:  E2510, NMRS Vehicle and the Civilian Decon units are located at 1330 W Guadalupe Road.

Station 11:   The City’s last but not least Fire Station is located at 2860 E Riggs Road and the station for Engine 2511, Battalion 2511 and Water Tender 2511.

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Great job to all firefighters, IC and Police Officers – and to the Dispatchers and Support personnel.  This was a major event and you all worked great as a team to reach the ultimate goals of tapping the fire and saving lives.  You all did a fabulous job!

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog