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Posted: May 23, 2018

Burglar steals life-saving equipment from Montesano fire station

Police are searching for a burglar that stole a vast array of life-saving equipment from a Montesano Fire station Tuesday morning. Firefighters arrived at Brady station on Fire Station Road around 9 a.m. to respond to an emergency medical incident in the town, only to find their station had been burglarized, according to Fire Chief Leonard Johnson with Grays Harbor Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2018 11:18:41 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: May 23, 2018

East County Fire and Rescue might ask residents for levy lid lift

East County Fire and Rescue’s call volume has increased 52 percent in the last decade, putting a strain on the department’s budget. To maintain the district’s level of service, East County Fire and Rescue representatives are considering turning to residents in November and asking for them to vote in favor of a levy lid lift, which would allow the department to increase the regular property levy in an amount greater than the 1 percent levy lid.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2018 6:34:31 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
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Posted: May 23, 2018

Accused Spokane firefighters push back on bullying allegations

An investigation into complaints of bullying and sexual harassment at Spokane Fire Department Station 2 found five officials violated city policies. Yet the investigation is being criticized as one-sided and thus, incomplete, by those named in the report and the union that represents them. The city’s Human Resources Department issued a report April 27 following a two-month-long investigation that named Battalion Chiefs Don Waller and Darin Neiwert, and Lts.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
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Posted: May 23, 2018

No serious injuries amid fires near Selah

While a brush fire scorched roughly 300 acres Tuesday afternoon, threatening at least seven homes on the 500 block of Lucas Road, a nearby tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 82 closed part of the highway for hours and backed up traffic for several miles. The cause of the brush fire — which was still burning late Tuesday — is under investigation, said Michael Daniels, deputy to the garrison commander at the Yakima Training Center.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 10:39:09 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
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Posted: May 23, 2018

'Low-frequency, high-risk': Longview firefighters practice rope rescues

Rope rescues are rare for Longview firefighters. But that doesn’t stop the department’s rope rescue team from constantly honing its skills. “It’s a low-frequency, high-risk event,” Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky said Tuesday. Buzalsky was standing at the bottom of an eight-story staircase at Campus Towers near Lower Columbia College.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 9:16:00 PM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News
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