EFR hosts blood drive July 31

July 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2014

The Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s administrative headquarters from 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 31 for people to donate blood.

The bloodmobile, which will be at 175 Newport Way N.W., will close from 1-2 p.m.

EFR is working with the Puget Sound Blood Center to increase awareness in the benefits of being a blood donor.

  • Goal — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to get their blood supply above four days and to keep it at that level.
  • Fact — Puget Sound Blood Center needs to meet this goal in order to stay above critical and emergency levels.

Sign-up and schedule a specific time by calling Jenny Oltmann, firefighter with EFR, at 206-949-8414, or emailing joltmann@esf-r.org.

Walk-ins will be accepted with priority given to appointments. Donors with appointments may experience shorter wait times.

Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

July 22, 2014

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.

After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.

“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”

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Police & Fire

July 22, 2014

Stalkie talkie

Police were dispatched to the 900 block of 12th Avenue Northwest on report of a male who was speaking to two juvenile females over walkie talkie July 13. The reporting person said it sounded like the male was following the girls. It appeared the two juvenile females walkie talkies were inadvertently on the same frequency as the man’s.

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Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center celebrates 50th year with Aug. 8 open house

July 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 22, 2014

Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is celebrating its 50th year serving the community with a reunion/open house Aug. 8.

The center is at 805 Front St. S.

Join Eastside Fire & Rescue in ‘Stuffing the Boot’ for the Issaquah Senior Outreach Program. There will also be fire truck tours, refreshments, a caricature artist, the Good Vibez Jazz Band and facility tours.

Learn more about the facility here. RSVP for the event by calling 392-1271.

Police & Fire

July 15, 2014

DUI

A police officer stopped a car going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 400 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 1:25 a.m. July 1. The driver’s eyes were watery and bloodshot. She failed a field sobriety test and blew a .148 percent on the portable Breathalyzer, above the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 percent. The officer arrested her and had the vehicle impounded.

 

Naptime

Police responded to a report of two people sleeping in a car in the 21700 block of Southeast 13th Place at 7:32 a.m. July 1. The man in the car had just moved to the area, but the woman’s parents would not let him stay in their house, so the pair took to sleeping in the car until they can sort out a living situation for him. Neither had any active warrants.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue emphasizes trampoline safety

July 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 17, 2014

This is the time of year when trampoline use is high, so Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging parents to assess the risks involved.

A recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report showed that more than 75,000 emergency room visits per year are due to trampoline-related injuries in children.

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Police & Fire

July 8, 2014

Wedding bell blues

Police received a noise complaint June 19 and arrived in the 2500 block of Northeast Park Drive to find a wedding had just ended. The music had just been turned off. Police told the man in charge to keep the remaining guests quiet.

 

Welcome to your nightmare

A passerby crossing the corner of Front Street North and East Sunset Way June 21 called police about a male subject wearing a baggy dark blue sweatshirt, dark pants.  Oh, he also wore a clown mask and the reporting person thought the man was carrying a knife. Police were unable to find the suspect.

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EFR offers summertime grilling safety tips

July 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 3, 2014

Every year, Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the Fourth of July.

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcomed sight at a family cookout. But fire elsewhere can make your summer kick-off memorable for all the wrong reasons.

An estimated 5,700 grill fires at residential properties occurred annually in the United States between 2006 and 2008, Eastside Fire & Rescue said in a news release. Over half of those fires occurred in May, June, July and August.

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A program with !MPACT

July 1, 2014

Firefighters bring career perspectives to students

If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.

“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.

Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month, depending on how often a child attends.

By Neil Pierson Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

By Neil Pierson
Firefighter Chris Tarkir, of Eastside Fire & Rescue, helps Jakob McInerney, a sixth-grade student at Beaver Lake Middle School, remove a hose from a hydrant during a June 5 demonstration at the school.

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Apollo students pen book about the ABCs of firefighters

June 24, 2014

Kittens, ladders, sirens and zombies — yes, zombies — all have something in common. They each make an appearance in the Apollo Elementary School student-penned book “Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.”

At just 7 and 8 years old, Jamie Burcheci’s second-grade students are now published authors. They unveiled at a June 17 celebration their picture book about what firefighters do.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Jamie Burcheci and her second-grade students celebrate their new published book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.’

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Jamie Burcheci and her second-grade students celebrate their new published book, ‘Firefighter Nozzlehead Letter by Letter.’

Firefighters use ladders to save kittens, sound the siren when someone is in trouble and even take down zombies with water hoses, according to the book.

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