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Posted: May 22, 2018

'Cancer House'? The Mysterious Case Of Seattle Fire Station 31

The strange case of Station 31 was supposed to be closed. In the early 2000s, firefighters rang alarm bells about the number of people who worked in the North Seattle location and had gotten sick — as many as 25 in the immediately preceding years, Seattle Weekly reported at the time. A state Department of Health study concluded that, between when the station opened in 1975 and 2003, 119 of its resident firefighters became sick with cancer.

The story ballooned as the firefighters demanded an investigation into the root of the problem and accused then-mayor Greg Nickels of resisting. At one point, Station 31 Capt. Bruce Amer threatened to pitch a tent city outside the station in protest. 

After years of back and forth, an environment consultant agency hired by the city concluded in a 2006 report, “The building as a whole appears safe for general occupancy.”

For the mayor and the general public, the conclusion seemed to cap the controversy and the issue largely disappeared. 

But for members of the Seattle Fire Department, Station 31 has never shed its reputation as an unsafe place to work. In the years since the building was declared harmless, more current and former firefighters from the station have become ill. How many, no one can say; the accounting is anecdotal. But Capt. Mike Gagliano said in just the last year, three have gotten sick. To this day, it’s still known as the “Cancer House.”

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Posted: May 22, 2018

Grants provide Zip City Fire new stabilizing equipment

Thanks to a grant from the Lauderdale County Development Committee, the fire department now has four Res-Q-Jacks, which stabilize and elevate a vehicle.

“I was looking for equipment that could benefit us in these situations,” Mitchell said. “I saw these jacks, read about them, and then talked with Rep. Tim Melson, R-Florence, and Rep. Phillip Pettus, R-Greenhill, about the need. They suggested we apply for grant money through the Lauderdale County Development Committee.”

He said the department received a total of $10,558.50, which provided for the purchase of the jacks and some water tanks for the trucks.

“Without the grant money there is no way we could have purchased the jacks and the water tanks,” the chief said. “This is a luxury for our department. We appreciate Melson and Pettus, and the community development committee for the money.”

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Posted: May 22, 2018

Grant Helps Hiram Fire Purchase Safety Gear

A Hiram-area resident has won the award in Portage County for the past six years. In 2013 and again from 2015 to 2018, a member of the Groselle family won the money and donated it to the Hiram Fire Department, Groselle said. His father Jack won in 2013, 2016 and 2017, and Jason won it in 2015 and 2018, he said. 

The funds were then donated to the Hiram Firefighters Association to purchase equipment for the department. This year, the money was used to purchase a Great Wall Grain rescue tube to help rescue people trapped in grain vents, along with Innotex Gray Hood 25s for Hiram firefighters to wear during firefighting operations, Groselle said. 

The department trained with a grain rescue tube on the Groselle family farm last August and “thought it would be a good investment for our community and surrounding communities to utilize,” Groselle said. “Normally, budget funds aren’t approved to buy something like that.” 

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Posted: May 22, 2018

Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders

The free app is designed for use by approved agencies to send activation requests to Life Flight Network. Those agencies include hospitals, first responders, fire departments, EMS, law enforcement, search and rescue, ski patrols, and other qualified agencies currently working with Life Flight Network. Life Flight Network's service area covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

The LFN Respond app provides additional functions including a searchable hospital directory, a landing zone guide, access to Life Flight Network's calendar of outreach education trainings, and push notifications from Life Flight Network on education and training events. Once a flight call has been made using the app, users can view a real-time progress tracker that shows the aircraft's location while en route and when it's expected to arrive. LFN Respond integrates seamlessly with Life Flight Network's computer-aided dispatch and flight tracking software.

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Posted: May 22, 2018

Fire and rescue crews working to find woman in the Spokane River

Spokane fire and rescue crews are trying to save a woman from the raging Spokane River. Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told KXLY 4 News that a 25-year-old woman jumped from the Monroe Street Bridge after 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. He said she was conscious when she went into the river but since, seemed to lose consciousness.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 9:55:36 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
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