EFR celebrates 60th annual Fill the Boot to fund muscular dystrophy research

June 21, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 21, 2014

On June 13, Eastside Fire & Rescue, members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 2878 and the Muscular Dystrophy Association celebrated their 60th annual Fill the Boot fundraiser.

Firefighters campaigned at intersections in Issaquah, Sammamish and North Bend, seeking donations from passing cars. Together, they raised $13,000 in a four-hour period.

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Apollo student authors debut firefighter book collaboration on June 17

June 10, 2014

Second-graders in Jamie Burcheci’s class at Apollo Elementary School are now published authors.

The students recently worked with Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter Tim Castner to write and illustrate a book about firefighters called “Nozzlehead: What Firefighters Do.”

By Greg Farrar Tim Castner, Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter, visits an area elementary school in April during a career day to show firefighting tools to youngsters.

By Greg Farrar
Tim Castner, Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighter, visits an area elementary school in April during a career day to show firefighting tools to youngsters.

The publishers and students will hold a book release and signing celebration from 10:30-11:10 a.m. June 17 at the school, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.

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Charmin to the rescue at EFR

May 20, 2014

“The job is not completed until the paperwork is done,” took on a whole new meaning at Eastside Fire & Rescue recently, when the Charmin Co. delivered free toilet paper to the agency as part of their annual Charmin Relief Project.

The Charmin Relief Project, acting on a Facebook comment, determined EFR to be a good candidate to receive the donation. Charmin donated enough for a year’s use for 20 firefighters.

The Charmin Co. selects one fire department from each state, each year, to receive the donated product. Big and small entities have benefited from the donations since the program began.

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EFR reminds to keep safety in mind with spring cleanups

May 20, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials remind homeowners to keep these safety tips in mind when it comes to spring cleanup efforts:

  • Visible home addressing — Don’t make it hard for emergency responders trying to locate your home. Properly posting your address sign on your driveway will help responders locate your home more quickly when minutes count during an emergency situation.
  • Fire hydrant visibility — EFR requires a 3-foot clear space be maintained around the circumference of the fire hydrant for easy access during emergencies.
  • Road access — Don’t let parked cars block driveways, and keep large trees, shrubs and other vegetation maintained to prevent hampering access. Road widths cannot be less than 20 feet and vertical clearance not less than 13 feet, 6 inches.

 

Apply by May 30 to be a volunteer firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue

May 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 16, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue is seeking applicants for training academy scheduled to start at the end of summer.

Those who live within five road miles of an EFR fire station, and meet other minimum qualifications, are eligible to apply. Those interested need to apply by May 30.

Following initial training, volunteers are required to attend weekly training sessions and respond to assist in emergency and non-emergency services delivery when requested and/or available.

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EFR’s one ladder truck might change stations

May 13, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue might move its one ladder truck from the Issaquah Highlands Station to another.

Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said the move of the truck, known as Ladder 73, from Fire Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Drive, possibly down into the valley at Fire Station 72 arose because of growth in the area.

“The ladder is probably not the single best unit for the response area,” Tryon said. “With the design of the community with its narrow streets and multiple residential structures, the ladder just doesn’t fit in those areas.”

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EFR’s one ladder truck might change stations

May 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 13, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue might move its one ladder truck from the Issaquah Highlands Station to another.

Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said the move of the truck, known as Ladder 73, from Fire Station 73, 1280 N.E. Park Drive, possibly down into the valley at Fire Station 72 arose because of growth in the area.

“The ladder is probably not the single best unit for the response area,” Tryon said. “With the design of the community with its narrow streets and multiple residential structures, the ladder just doesn’t fit in those areas.”

By Greg Farrar Cody Ramstad, a firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue Ladder 73, stands in his basket high above the Issaquah Community Center lawn, spraying water over hundreds of gleeful youngsters and parents in 2011 during the city Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Splash Day.

By Greg Farrar
Cody Ramstad, a firefighter with Eastside Fire & Rescue Ladder 73, stands in his basket high above the Issaquah Community Center lawn, spraying water over hundreds of gleeful youngsters and parents in 2011 during the city Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Splash Day.

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May is National Water Safety Month

May 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 11, 2014

In recognition of swimming and other popular water-related recreational activities in the United States, and the resulting need for ongoing public education on safer water practices, May is National Water Safety Month.

While you are having fun, remember that water safety is serious business.

Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it is an easy way to stay physically active. Unfortunately, sun, heat and fair-weather activities such as swimming also present their share of hazards.

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This week is National Arson Awareness Week

May 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 4, 2014

National Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10. This year’s theme is “Vehicle arson — a combustible crime.”

Each year, fire service officials work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat arson in their communities.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Revenge, concealing another crime, fire curiosity and insurance fraud are just a few of the motives for vehicle arson.

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EFR hosts Tiger Mountain Fire Station open house on April 27

April 22, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue hosts an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at the Tiger Mountain Fire Station, 15132 Tiger Mountain Road S.E.

The meeting will let residents get acquainted with local responders, receive information about services provided and learn how to become a local responder in their community.

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