Search for Missing Pair in Mason County, Washington Located

MASON COUNTY, Washington State  | A missing 30-year old and a 4-year old male were reported missing around 1300 hours this afternoon, when they did not return from a day hike around Lake Bennetson in the Tahuya Forest.

A large number of searchers from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, along with Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and Firefighters from the Mason County Regional Fire Authority began the planning, implementation and later rescue of the pair.

A presser was released with limited details from both the Fire and Police Departments stating the emergency in locating them. They were unprepared for the adverse weather elements of rain and low temps.

An update has just been released that both have been found and are currently undergoing evaluations by Paramedics.

We will release a new update, if additional details emerge.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/24/2019 @ 2240 PST

Call For Help, 911 Resources En Route

Incident Summary

A call for help prompted local Fire, Watershed and Volunteers whom responded to a Trail Rescue call for an injured hiker on Rattlesnake Ledge in North Bend, Washington.   The response began on Saturday, March 3, 2018, around 0844 hours PST.


Eastside Fire & Rescue, volunteers with the King County Search and Rescue (managed by the King County Sheriff Office) and alongside the Seattle Watershed dispatched personnel around 0844 hours PST.  About ten minutes later, they were still in the process of hiking into the patient’s location.  At that time, there was an unknown status of the injured person’s condition.

As of 0930 hours PST, Fire Officials confirmed that the Trail Rescue was now moving from a rescue to a recovery.  Fire personnel would be released from the scene as the King County Sheriff Office would take over the incident and the main contact for media requests.  KCSO will be working in conjunction with the Seattle Watershed during this recovery process.   Ed – We are so sorry for the  loss to this man’s family, friends and communities he impacted.


Eastside Fire & Rescue consists of serving populations in the Carnation, Issaquah, May Valley, North Bend, Preston, Tiger Mtn., Sammamish and the Wilderness Rim (North Bend area).  Additionally, they include Fire Districts 10 and 38.  This Agency was created as a whole in January of 1999.  In January 2000, additional agencies would join this consolidation.

There are currently 145 full-time career personnel and about 50 volunteers that serve their communities 24/7/365.   They are part of the IAFF Local 2878.  They provide fire suppression, and many other disciplines including working in partnership with King County Search and Rescue teams to reach and treat injured hikers, as well as transporting them to nearby hospitals as needed.

For more information on this Fire Agency, go to their website at


King County Search and Rescue Association (KCSARA)

King County Search and Rescue (KCSAR) is a group of volunteers falls under the King County Sheriff’s Office which is responsible for all search and rescue activities in the County.    These groups provide a free service to the public and its communities that respond to numerous incidents that include: lost or injured hikers, hunters, children, elderly, missing persons and down missing aircraft.  Additionally, they assist during times of disasters such as flooding, windstorms, mudslides and earthquakes.

Within KCSAR, there are specialized organizations that work together in conjunction in reaching the ultimate goal of saving lives.

Want to find out more information about this great King County resource or want to join a specific group within the overall organization, visit the King County Search and Rescue Association’s website at

KCSARA is host to supporting and providing resources to its subgroups which consist of:

King County 4×4 SAR | KC4x4SAR consists of 100 mission ready personnel that are on stand-by to be deployed into areas where most conventional vehicles may find terrain impassable or difficult to negotiate.   These volunteers are highly trained in the ability to off-road assisting in looking for missing persons and downed missing aircraft.   Website:

King County Incident Support Team |  The Incident Support Team provides support to the King County Sheriff’s Office during missions which include administration, record-keeping, radio logging and other duties that may be assigned.  Additionally, they also provide Incident Command Systems or ICS expertise before, during and after missions, assistance with plan development and execution.   Requirements to join this unit include; Amateur Radio License (HAM) within the first year of members and taking all WAC classes offered by the King County Search and Rescue Association/King County Sheriff Office as required to become a County volunteer.  Website:

Explorer Search and Rescue |  ESAR is the largest of the KCSARA eight units.  This unit was founded in 1954 and is a 100% volunteer organization just like all the others.  This organization is different from the rest in how its members are generally geared to the younger crowd (youths) and have older members that are field team members, mentors and various supporting other roles.  This unit generally responds to 60 missions annually.  Website:

King County Search Dogs |  This unique SAR dog unit is made up of handlers and teams that provide canine search services within King County and upon request by other sources as approved by the King County Sheriff’s Office.  They specialize in air scent, which is to locate any human within the teams search area or tracking/trailing which the dog is given a scent article that will enable he/she to follow a scent path of a specific individual.  Additionally, this team also has members that specialize in areas such as evidence search, water search, disaster or avalanche search.   Website:

Northwest Horseback Search and Rescue | Members of this unit are horse owners who volunteer their time as a horse and rider team to aid in the search for the lost, injured or missing persons.  Teams also may be requested to assist in the transportation of equipment or supplies.  They are highly trained in wilderness navigation, first aid, search techniques and survival skills.  All members work and train together to help reach the end goals and search objectives.   Website:

Seattle Mountain Rescue | This volunteer unit is made up of at least 100 mountain climbers that focus on saving lives through back-country search and rescue and mountain safety education.  Their specialties include:  high angle, low angle and high hazard operations.  Website:

Ski Patrol Alpine Rescue Team | SPART provides emergency medical/trauma care in wilderness environments all year-round in the King County area.  They are 60-member (volunteers) strong who passionate and highly driven to respond to that cry whenever or wherever it may come from.  They also support other units within the KCSAR organization by maintaining two caches stocked with safety and rescue gear.   Many of the volunteers involved in SPART are also volunteers/members with the Northwest Region of the National Ski Patrol and the American Red Cross of King County.  Website:

Pacific Northwest Trackers Association |  PNWT is a fully qualified team of high level trained, dedicated and passionate members that use their expertise in locating “lost persons” and evidence searches by using their tracking skills.  They also teach those who are interested in learning their perfected craft.  Website:


Rattlesnake Ledge Trail | The Rattlesnake Ledge Trail is located within the Cedar River Watershed owned and operated by the City of Seattle. It is open and a maintained trail that is approximately two miles to the Ledge.  The trail is said to be moderate to difficult.  A foot only trail, it is a venue to no fires or camping.

This trail is said to be one of the most popular trails in the region and it is also known to be a dangerous venue as it is host to exposed cliffs and steep drops.  Warnings of possible high usage come with many persons and dogs that can create obstacles.

This is a very beautiful trail and as you ascend, you will find why it is so popular here in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, visit the Seattle Public Utilities website

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog




#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 5


On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.


The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit


The fire has burned 73,700 acres and is threatening 7,473 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.

A containment of 35% has been reached.



There are now 3,921 Fire Personnel assigned to this fire incident from a previous level of 2,362..

Equipment & Resources

Fire Engines

Increased to 441 from Tuesday, when they had 258 Engines.

Fire Crews

Increased to 84 on Thursday from Tuesday’s levels of only 54.

Air Tankers

2 have been added.


Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.


Dozers have more than tripled in size from Tuesday’s count of 31 to 72 on Thursday.

Water Tenders

Increased to only 3 more Water Tender to 70 on Thursday from Tuesday’s 67.


  • Lake County
  • Sonoma County
  • Napa County
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • California State Parks
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CHP
  • Red Cross
  • PG&E


Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County

  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County line
  • Cobb
  • Seigler Canyon
  • Loch Lomond
  • Middletown
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • All residences on Bottle Rock Road
  • From Harrington Flat Road
  • All residences on SR 175 (Cobb)
  • All residences on Sr 29 at SR 53 south to SR 29 at Tubbs Lane

Mandatory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Butts Canyon Rd west of Snell Valley Rd
  • Aetna Springs Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
  • James Creek Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd

Advisory Evacuations – Napa County

  • Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd


Red Cross 

  • Kelseyville High School @ 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fair Grounds @ 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga

Lake County

  • Highland Senior Center @ 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
  • Big Valley Rancheria Gym @1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville


Lake County

  • SR 175 at Red Hill Rd (SR 281)
  • SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
  • SR 29 at Diener Dr
  • SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
  • SR 29 at SR 53 closed for southbound traffic
  • Bottle Rock Rd south of SR 29
  • SR 175 at Dry Creek cut-off

Napa County

  • Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
  • SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
  • James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
  • Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd

Sonoma County [Local Residents Only]

  • Ida Clayton Rd At SR 128
  • Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block



  • 4 Firefighters with burns
  • 1 Citizen Fatality
  • 585 homes destroyed
  • Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
  • 9,000 structures currently being threatened


Small Animals Donations

Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]

Large Animal Donations

Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.

Red Cross

Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stockton Fairgrounds

Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. []

Supporting Burn Centers

UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit

Firefighters Burn Institute

Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.

A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich or (707) 576-2771

The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.


We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this.  We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you.  If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.

We recommend  They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen.  We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.

For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional.  We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly.  We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.

You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.

If you wish to share your story, you may drop us line at NOTE: We are not mainstream media and this would be an informal phone call or email – whichever is easiest for you.  Thank you and God Bless.

– Lisa Swenson


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2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS | United States of America


South Atlantic Fire Expo | 8/12 – 15 | Raleigh, NC | Website:

IAFC Fire Rescue Int’l | 8/26 – 8/29/15 | Atlanta, GA | Website: | Phone: 703-537-4838.

Volunteer & Combination Fire Officer’s Symposium |8/26 – 8/29/15 | Atlanta GA | Website:

FAMA Technical Committee Meeting |8/27/15 | Atlanta, GA | Website: | Phone: 781-334-291.

# # #


Continuing Challenge HazMat Conference | 9/8 – 9/11 | Sacramento, CA | Website: | Phone: 916-433-168.

EMS World EXPO | 9/13 – 9/17/15 | Las Vegas, NV | Website:

# # #


NFFF Memorial Weekend | 10/2 – 10/4/15 | Emmitsburg MD |

Fire Show Reno | 10/5 – 10/8/15 | Reno, NV | Website: | Phone: 800-632-7489.

Washington Fire Commissioners | 10/22 – 10/24 | Tulalip, WA | (associate members).

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

ALASKA WILDFIRES: Open Incidents – June 25, 2015

Alaska has been hit by Fire starting from various causes from lightning to human-caused.

Here’s a compilation of what’s happening up in the beautiful Alaska now on fire.  Our thoughts are with those fire crews, Managers, Dispatchers and those supporting Firefighters on the front line. Those residents that may be in line of danger, we are also thinking of you as well.  Please heed all warnings and listen to what they recommend that will protect you and their safety.


  • Started June 15, 2015
  • Human-caused
  • 8819 acres
  • Located Sterling in Kenai Borough
  • 11 structures destroyed
  • 30% contained
  • Resources:  12 crews, 8 engines, 1 dozer, 2 water tenders, 2 helos
  • 425 personnel
  • Closures:  West end of Skilak Lp & campgrounds
  • Burning restrictions:  See details at
  • 3 injuries:  small cut & heated related injuries.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska State Troopers, Kenai Peninsula Borough, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wildfire Smoke Health & Safety Q & A:

“Helicopter Assists During Burnout Operations – #FireImage Courtesy:



  • Started 6/21/15
  • Lightning caused
  • 2147 acres
  • Located on Anaconda Creek / 8 miles N from 27 mile Chena Hot Springs Rd
  • 141 personnel
  • Type 2 Team assumed Command 6/23/15 1400 hours

“Fire Activity on South Side of #AnacondaCreek Fire”.  #FireImage Credit:  Mike McManus.  [via]


  • ICP: Pleasant Valley Community Center
  • 2 Specialists due to arrive today to update existing structure protection, plans and work with Fairbanks N Star borough to update Evacuation planning in Pleasant Valley and Two Rivers Communities
  • Timber [litter & understory] fire fuels burning

“View from The Logging Road near Compeaus Trail” – #FireImage Credit:  Mike McManus via


  • Closures:  See info at
  • Public Contact Info:  907‑799‑5486 or contacting


  • Started 6/22/2015
  • Lightning caused
  • 12,189 acres
  • 30 miles NW of Fairbanks along Elliot Way / near Fairbanks N Star
  • Rolling hills with mostly Black Spruce
  • 62 personnel
  • ICT 3 Command assumed 6/25/15 at 0600 hours
  • 1 HotShot crew providing structure protection
  • 0 Helos, 0 Engines, 0 Dozers
  • Weather: Hot, dry winds up to 15 mph
  • 0 % contained
  • Hazards:  Visibility poor due to smoke.
  • Threatened:  AlyekaTrans-AK Pipeline, fiber optic cable and Elliot highway at mile markers 33 & 34.
  • Fire Behavior:  Fire jumped Elliot Hwy Monday at mileposts 33/34.


  • 3 fires in one complex:  Kobe Fire, Fish Creek Fire
  • Mile Post 311 Fire – stopped at 17 acres
  • Kobe Fire: 6 mi SW of Anderson.
  • Kobe Fire: 9400 acres burning in Black Spruce.
  • Fish Creek Fire:  5 mi NE of Anderson.
  • Fish Creek Fire:  6900 acres burning in open grass and marsh.
  • Total acres. 16,300 acres.


  • Started 6/16/15 by lightning

“Backhaul Brought in by Boat Pilot” – #FireImage Courtesy via Inciweb

Backhaul brought in by boat pilot.

  • 25 mi E of Delta Junction
  • 9473 acres
  • Fire fuels are Black Spruce and tundra.
  • 157 personnel
  • 1% contained

“HOTShot Crew Moving along Cummins Road” – #FireImage via Inciweb

Hotshot crew moving to the next spot on Cummings Road.

  • Conditions: Dry fuels and strong winds increased fire activity
  • Fire suppression: Focusing on fire suppression on highly valued structures
  • [structure protection].

“Air Boat Transporting Firefighters on Healy Lake” – #FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb.

Airboat bringing in firefighters to helispot along Healy Lake.


  • Burning in the Healy Lake area.
  • Moving up hillside towards Healy Lake Village.
  • Located S of Healy River.
  • 450 acres.

“Supply Site on Healy Lake” – #FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb.

Equipment sling site on Healy Lake.


  • Fire located inside of Healy Lake Village.
  • Slowly increasing in size.
  • Working on structure protection.
  • Public can find out info on Fire[s]:  Email:

“First Days of the Healy Lake Fire” – #FireImage Courtesy of Inciweb.

Healy Lake Smoke/flame.

  • 5% contained [for both]
  • 427 Personnel
  • Resources:  1 heavy lift helo & 2 medium helos.
  • WeatherForecast:  Warmer and more dry in mid 70’s with a 48% humidity rate.  Thunderstorms to occur in the area with winds from the SW that may gust up to 25 mph.  Colder weather expected on Friday with chances of isolated rain showers.


There are multiple fires inside this Fire though it’s not listed as a “Complex”.

  • All Fires were started on 6/22/15 by lightning.
  • Resources are tallied on a joint base.
  • Blind River Fire: 18,500 ac 20 mi SW of Tanana & Yukon River
  • Harper Bend Fire: 4300 ac & Hay Slough Fire: 5900 ac, both located 6 mi SW of Tanana.
  • Bering Creek Fire: 20,300 ac is located at 50 mi downstream of Tanaa to the W to SW.
  • Tozitna Fire: 33,500 acres is located 4 mi NE of Tanana..
  • Spicer Creek Fire:  24,000 acres located 7 mi NE of Tanana.
  • Resources:  2 Type 2 IA crews and 3 more 20-person crews but on standby due to poor visibility. Waiting for conditions to clear to transport by air.
  • Sharing resources & equipment.
  • Incident Cooperators:  AK Forest Service, BLM, AK Dept of Forestry, Tanana Village Chiefs Conference, Doyon and Tanana Volunteer Fire Department.
  • ICP:  Tanana School.
  • JIC:  907-3565511.


  • No start or cause listed.
  • Located 6 mi of Willow
  • 7,200 acres

“Crews Working” – #FireImage taken by unknown PIO. Courtesy of Inciweb.

Mop-up 300 ft around structures and in from the perimeter

  • 94% contained [last update from source was 2 days ago]
  • Structures lost:  57 homes destroyed.
  • Damage:  44 with major damage [outbuildings] homes untouched.
  • Up to 343 Firefighters worked on this fire.
  • Continues to smolder.

Expectations and Helpful Tips when Returning Home

We will provide a new update each day until they are contained.  We miss a few and we apologize in advance!  Feel free to let us know which one[s] and we’ll add it to the list.

Thanks for following us!  Stay #Safe out there.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Kirkland Fire & Emergency Operations Management’s A.R.E.S. Seek Volunteers

Kirkland, WA | The Kirkland Fire and EOM’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services [ARES] Program is calling out to all HAM Radio operators to join their great team of volunteers.  This non-profit organization servces as communications back-up in the event of an emergency or major disaster.


  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Pass Background Check.
  • Attend Training/Meetings 3rd Tuesday of each month.
  • Must attend Training or Orientation.

LOCATION | 123 – 5th Ave, Kirkland, Washington


Visit the Volunteer Match website and start your profile today.  It’s easy as 1-2-3!

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog



Lynnwood Fire Corps Seeking Volunteers to Support Local Fire Department

Lynnwood WA | The Lynnwood Fire Corps is looking for you! Be a part of a great organizaton of volunteers that support the needs of the Lynnwood Fire Department and help make a difference.


Here are some of the many examples you can expect to help support the needs of a great Washington Fire Department, while serving your Communty:

  • Provide Blood Pressure checks at Station #15, Lynnwood Senior Center and other locations.
  • Provide Amin and Clerical duties to Lynnwood Fire Department.
  • Assist with Community events such as:  Lynnwood University and National Night Out.
  • Assist with Community Programs such as: Toy Drive collection and Food Drives for families in need.
  • Assist with Preparedness efforts, including planning for quick access to stocks of emergency supplies, shelter readiness and procedure review.
  • Translate materials for non-English speaking populations.


The Fire Corps are looking for those that may have the following skills :

  • Admin Support
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • First Aid / CPR


  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess a Valid Driver’s License.
  • Pass a Background Check.
  • Time Needed may be Variable


lynnwood Fire Department – 18800 44th Ave W, Lynnwood,WA98036


The Lynnwood Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, public education, emergency medical, hazardous materials and specialized rescue responses to its City of 36,000 residents in an eight-square radius by two fully staffed Fire Stations.

The Department has 50 full-time career Firefighter/EMTs, Paramedics and Fire Inspectors.  It’s personnel generally respond to approximately 6,000 alarms annually, with 75% those being emergency medical calls.

Additionally, Lynnwood Fire Department in cooperation with FEMA, Snohomish County Emergency Services Coordinating Agency [ESCA] also provide training for the Community Emergency Response Team or also known as CERT several times annually.  To find out more about this great program, contact ESCA at 425-776-3722.


Apply through this weblink on –> and follow the prompts.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

BE A HERO: Help Bring This Innocent Child Home to Those Who Love Him the Most

Bellevue, WA | Three years ago, little innocent then two-year old Sky Metalwala disappeared while being left alone in a vehicle his mother was driving on the way to a local hospital that morning but states it had run out of gas and stalled out in the  on her way.

Sky at Age 2. [Courtesy of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]

Sky at Age 2. [Courtesy of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]

Not wanting to disturb her son, she left him sleeping in the car seat with the doors “unlocked”.  She and her daughter then four, walked a mile to a nearby gas station only to return a hour later to find her son “missing”.

Detectives scoured the area for hours and found nothing, not even a gas can inside the vehicle.  Media reports say, Detectives also found the vehicle to have plenty of gas inside the tank and the vehicle was in perfect condition. Then little Sky’s mother decided she no longer wanted to cooperate with Police to find her missing son or say what happened to him invoking her 5th Amendment Right.  Many were stunned how a mother could possibly  think of leaving their child behind first of all, let alone become uncooperative with Police. Most would be frantic and distraught to learn of their child missing.

Bellevue Police even had the King County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers out searching for him with Search Dogs, on foot and by vehicle.  It was a cold day when searchers just like you and me, spent a long day into evening searching for little Sky.  They would do this any day, giving up their time and other commitments to find a missing little boy.  However, it was would be a disappointment to searchers and Police when Sky was not located.

Police say they have received 2500 tips in the three years they have been working on locating Sky but they are now asking for the Public’s continued assistance.

Here’s what Sky would like at Age 5 [his current Age].

A progressed-look to Age 5. [Courtesy of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]

A progressed-look to Age 5. [Courtesy of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children]

He was last seen on November 6, 2o11 in the vicinity of 112th Avenue NE in Bellevue, Washington, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt black and aqua sweatpants and white socks.

Sky Metawala is described as a male with black hair and brown eyes. Approximately 28 pounds 2’10”  with a DOB of September 2,2009, and would have turned 5 this year.

Please help his Family find him soon and reunite them once again.

The status of the case is considered active and under investigation jointly by the Bellevue and Redmond Police Departments but they need the Public’s assistance with tips or if anyone saw anything on that day.

There is currently no word on if his mother is under investigation or if she is being uncooperative with Detectives.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sky Metalwala or information, Police encourage you to call 9-1-1 or the Bellevue Police Department at 425-577-5656 or call 1-800-843-5678 [“The Lost].   You can also contact the Police Department by email at

LET’S BRING SKY HOME TO HIS FAMILY whom has been looking for him these last three years.

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

Editor’s Note:  These opinions are our own and not the opinions of any Public Safety Agency that may  have been noted in this post. – LRS


Volunteer Firefighters Balk at new Health Care Act

The new health care law could be endangering the jobs of those entrusted to keep us all safe.

Under the Affordable care Act, volunteer firefighters may not be considered “volunteers” after all.

In the small Skagit County city of Burlington, volunteers outnumber paid firefighters by three to one. The city simply wouldn’t be safe without them.

The Affordable Care Act, however, could cripple the department by making it pay for health insurance for those 30 volunteers. Since the firefighters actually get paid a meager stipend, and sometimes work more than 30 hours a week, the IRS considers them “employees.” That means they may be eligible for health care coverage. “We’ll have to see if it’s something that is possible,” said Chief David Nielson. “If not, we need to decide how we’re going to function from that point forward.” Cities across the country are trying to figure out how to handle the situation. In some cases they may have to cut desperately needed volunteers. Another option would be to hire more volunteers, but make sure no one works more than 30 hours per week.

That would be difficult, said Chief Nielson, since the number of volunteers had dropped dramatically in recent years. What’s more, volunteer firefighters are already covered under a state health. Some have their own insurance from their full-time jobs.

Burlington Fire is already short-staffed, and volunteer Lt. Steve Cole worries that paying for health insurance could cost lives.

Source:  WAIFC

2013 The NW Fire Blog

2013 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference

The 2013 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference hosted by the Washington State University, will hold this event at the Greater Tacooma Convention Center on April 2 – 4, 2013.

This conference is geared towards anyone that is associated with Emergency Preparedness or in the Emergency Management sector, such as:  EMS, Fire, Police, Business Sector, Universities, Schools, Non-profit sector, Economic Development and Volunteers.

We felt this would be a great conference to attend and realize the date is approaching rather quickly.  Registration is required to attend.  Please check out registration, conference program and hotel accomodations on their website at

Conference questions?  Contact Dana Colwell, Conference Coordinator at 253-507-8506 or by email

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog