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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Councils praise plan for Klahanie-area transfer

April 15, 2014

Members of the Issaquah and Sammamish city councils took turns praising a deal to transfer the Klahanie Annexation Area from Issaquah to Sammamish.

Sammamish members not only seemed to like the deal, but said they also hoped it would usher in a new spirit of cooperation with Issaquah after some tense disputes over the past few months.

The Issaquah Land & Shore Committee took up the drafted interlocal agreement in its April 8 meeting and unanimously recommended its approval by the full council.

“The general consensus is that it was great,” Land & Shore Committee Chairman Tola Marts said. “We had been hoping that this issue could occur in the context of a regional issue, and this draft agreement really does that.”

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Local EFR responders reflect on the Oso slide

April 8, 2014

Two of our awesome Eastside Fire & Rescue workers each have just spent more than a week helping others responders from Snohomish County at the disastrous Oso mudslide.

Capt. Steve Westlake, Station 72, worked as the command staff chief of operations. Josie Williams, public information officer and education officer, managed the Joint Information Center. These are some of their reflections. — Greg Farrar

Greg Farrar Press photographer

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“Spending nine full days working 16-hour shifts makes you appreciate the term teamwork, the only way you are able to accomplish goals, work through situations and problems, and support each other each day.

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 1, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue urges drivers to eliminate those things which limit their ability to maintain focus on the road.

Texting while driving and talking on cellphones increases crash risk. Recent reports dispute the myth that a hands-free option greatly reduces or even removes risk.

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National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22

March 15, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue reminds everyone that National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-22.

More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year. The majority of nonfatal poisonings occur in children under age 6, with most poisonings happening in the home.

Poisonings are the leading cause of accidental death in Washington, surpassing car crashes and falls. Children, teens, adults, seniors and pets are all at risk.

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To the Editor

March 11, 2014


Open letter to the Issaquah City Council:

The vote is over and the residents of Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods have said no to annexation to Issaquah. My neighbors and I voted no, not because we wanted to stay unincorporated, but because we would like to pursue Sammamish as an option. In order for that to happen, and to have the opportunity to belong to a city, I am asking for your help.

When Mayor Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner were campaigning last fall, both said that they would support removing Klahanie from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area if the citizens rejected Issaquah annexation.

Please remember your words last fall, Mr. Butler, and please support our area in finding a home with your neighbor to the north. Time is of the essence! I would further request you not delay this process with considerations of dividing up the Klahanie PAA, which would only lead to difficulties for both cities when it comes to providing services and road improvements.

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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler


Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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