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Posted: Mar 20, 2018

Crews work to secure leaning scaffolding on downtown Seattle building

Crews worked to secure a tall section of leaning scaffolding that somehow broke loose from the side of a building under construction in downtown Seattle Monday evening. Seattle Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene at Howell Street and Minor Ave. just before 5 p.m. The scaffolding could be seen slightly leaning away from the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 9:28:25 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Mar 19, 2018

Editorial: Benton County fire districts need money so they can get to you faster

We believe Benton County Fire District 1 does a solid job providing emergency medical service to people living inside the district’s boundaries, but it isn’t as good as it could be. That’s because it lacks its own ambulance service, and has to rely on other districts to fill that gap. Fire Chief Lonnie Click and his crew would like to change that, but it will take additional money.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 6:50:13 PM - SOURCE: Mid-Columbia Tri-City Herald
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Posted: Mar 19, 2018

Firefighters: Elderly man loses home in Prosser fire

Firefighters say an 89-year-old man has lost his house in Prosser due to a fire. Benton County sheriff's deputies and firefighters were called the the home just before 1 p.m., Monday. Reports said the 89-year-old homeowner discovered smoke and flames coming from the enclosed porch of the house. He tried to put out the blaze but fire quickly reached the attic and flames spread throughout the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2018 4:37:08 PM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
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Posted: Mar 19, 2018

Sebring (OH) Fire Station Plans for On-Site Day Staffing

Starting March 26, two staff members will work an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift daily, potentially saving $3,000 per year by doing the mowing, cleaning, restocking and reporting during down times. Previously, Anderson said that they had to pay for those services.  

“This would let us be certain that our calls are being covered during the time frame that most of our volunteers are working their 9 (a.m. to) 5 (p.m.) jobs,” Anderson wrote in a report to Sebring Village Council.

Anderson said the day-time shift is the most problematic time to get personnel on station to respond to emergencies, as that is the most common work time.

“We have a lot of people who have shift jobs, so they have time to do staffed hours (in their off-time). We have had a medic on shift every day so far and have been able to handle back-to-back and concurrent calls,” Anderson said.

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Posted: Mar 19, 2018

Limington (ME) Fire Department Ordered to 'Stand Down' Over Outdated Fire Equipment

York County Sheriff William King Jr. confirmed to WMTW News 8 that town selectmen said the Limington Fire Department's safety gear is outdated and does not comply with the standards of the National Fire Protection Association.  

"Requirements are 10 years after manufacture. Most of our turnout gear was manufactured in 2005. And rather than put Fire Department personnel in jeopardy, we chose to have them stand down," Selectmen Bruce Rozett said.  

The town's assistant fire chief discovered the outdated, noncompliant safety gear during a recent equipment check.

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