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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”