Area is under burning moratorium

June 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual burn moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities.

The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.

For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a free burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.

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Police blotter — June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

Burglaries

  • A resident in the 400 block of Mount Defiance Circle Southwest reported at 1:48 p.m. May 29 that someone broke into the home and stole an unknown amount of jewelry.
  • A resident in the 300 block of Gilman Boulevard reported at 11:07 a.m. May 31 that someone had broken in, causing $500 in damage to an air conditioning unit and stole $8 in cash.

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Volunteer firefighters needed at Eastside Fire & Rescue

June 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are wrapping up their annual recruitment effort, with volunteer firefighter applications due by June 15.

Volunteer firefighters are being sought for every community served by the agency.

EFR operates 14 stations in and around Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Wilderness Rim, May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Preston and Issaquah. To maintain a capable force to supplement and compliment the career staff efforts, EFR needs to bring in about 30 volunteers a year.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey named to local Hall of Fame

June 3, 2015

“You never know where you are going to end up,” said Shelley Frey, one of four chaplains with Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Greg Farrar Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

On the day of this interview, May 29, Frey responded with firefighters to the death of a 55-year-old woman on the plateau. The woman happened to be the mother of her daughter-in-law’s best friend, a situation that made her presence even more palpable.

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Teen driver flips car on Squak Mountain

June 3, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded with three units at about 7 p.m. May 30 when a car flipped over on Squak Mountain.

With a teenaged driver behind the wheel and one teenage passenger, the car was headed up the mountain when the driver hit a switch back and apparently lost control of the car, EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said.

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King County communications upgrade passing voter muster

May 12, 2015

Issaquah voters in the April 28 special election had only one issue in front of them, Proposition 1, a King County property tax increase to help fund a $273 million replacement of the county’s emergency communication systems.

The latest election figures available before press time had the issue passing countywide, 191,385 to 101,184, or 65 percent to 34.5 percent. Results won’t be official until they are certified May 15.

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EFR may seek nonprofit status

May 12, 2015

Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.

“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.

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Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Issaquah Relay For Life is May 9-10

May 5, 2015

More than 750 people will descend on Issaquah High School this weekend to take up arms against a nasty, unforgiving foe.

The fight against cancer comes to Issaquah on May 9-10 in the form of Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that backs the nonprofit’s mission to create a world without the disease.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue closes volunteer fire station

April 28, 2015

Resident David Johnson said the area around his home on 182nd Avenue Southeast already was plagued by some of the slowest emergency response times in the city.

And that was before Eastside Fire & Rescue closed Station 75, a small all-volunteer station at 4225 180th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, which had served the area of Interstate 90 and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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