EFR goes pink for breast cancer awareness

October 1, 2013

Employees at Eastside Fire & Rescue will again wear pink shirts in October as they show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 3-5, 9-11 and 15-17.

While the focus of raising awareness is primarily related to prevention measures and treatment methods of breast cancer, EFR joins with the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against all cancers.

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Help EFR ‘Give Burns the Boot’ during festival

October 1, 2013

The volunteer association for Eastside Fire & Rescue will staff a “Give Burns the Boot” booth during the two-day Salmon Days Festival.

You can easily spot the 5-foot firefighter boot ready for your donation.

This is the Northwest Burn Foundation’s 24th annual “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising event.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue board agrees to strategic planning workshop

August 20, 2013

Come late September, the Eastside Fire & Rescue board will be right back where it was in June — having to decide on a funding model that meets the needs of all members.

The difference will be that in eight weeks the group will have agreed on two things: what value they need to offer to retain members and how they maintain a stable organization. The process won’t be easy, said facilitator Neville Wallace, with Online Business Systems of Portland.

“Whether you like it or not, you will be collaborating,” Wallace said. “We will be accessing what works well, what doesn’t and what can be fixed easily.”

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National Night Out offers a safe evening of food, fun and friends

July 30, 2013

The police department and community will come together for a night of learning, food and fun Aug. 6 during Issaquah’s fifth annual National Night Out.

The National Night Out is an event hosted by many cities across the country. Its purpose is to raise awareness of emergency preparation, criminal activity, theft prevention, and to help strengthen the relationship between communities and their police departments.

By Greg Farrar Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

By Greg Farrar
Catherine Posey (left) and Jenny Lee pose in a soapbox derby Issaquah Police squad car last year at City Hall during National Night Out.

Issaquah will host the event at City Hall. There are a variety of activities and services, and organizations to talk to, all of which are focused on promoting safety and offering advice and help to those who need it.

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Firefighters battle blaze at former station

July 9, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue station No. 72 had the strange honor of putting a fire out at their old station house July 3.

EFR Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said firefighters got a call about the smell of smoke at 4:22 p.m., which he said was then quickly upgraded to a structure fire.

The building, a manufactured home firefighters slept in at the old station, near the corner of 17th Avenue Northwest and Maple Avenue Northwest, was not believed to be occupied, Tryon said.

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EFR board unanimous that outside facilitator is needed

July 9, 2013

The Eastside Fire & Rescue board isn’t really known for unanimous decisions, especially when discussing the partners’ funding model. But at a June 13 regular meeting, they all agreed it was time to look at hiring an independent facilitator.

EFR is a consortium of Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend and Fire Districts 10 and 38, but Sammamish officials have called the funding model unfair because it bases payments on the value of property rather than the number of service calls.

Sammamish officials had been trying to convince other members of EFR to switch to a funding model based 75 percent on property value and 25 percent on the number of service calls, but the other EFR partners rejected the proposal in March.

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Play it safe with fireworks tonight

July 4, 2013

NEW — Noon July 4, 2013

The Fourth of July — what a day for picnics, family get-togethers, and of course fireworks!

However, an average of 10,000 fireworks related injuries are reported every year in emergency rooms across the country, according to Eastside Fire & Rescue. Alarming statistics show children between the ages of 6 and 11 account for the highest percentage of injuries.

Even legal fireworks can be dangerous. Something as simple as a fireworks sparkler burns at a temperature of 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. All too often, such fireworks that are considered legal end up in the hands of young children who are unsupervised.

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Firefighters battle blaze at former station

July 3, 2013

NEW — 5:35 p.m. July 3, 2013

Eastside Fire & Rescue station No. 72 had the strange honor of putting a fire out at their old station house.

EFR Deputy Chief of Operations Greg Tryon said firefighters first got a call about the smell of smoke at 4:22 p.m. July 3, which he said was then quickly upgraded to a structure fire.

The building, a manufactured home firefighters slept in at the old station, near the corner of 17th Avenue Northwest and Maple Avenue Northwest, was not believed to be occupied, Tryon said.

“It’s currently considered suspicious, and is being investigated by King County fire investigators and the Issaquah Police,” he said of the blaze.

The fire, which took about 15 minutes to get under control, was in the crawlspace of the building near a wood porch.

Tryon said the firefighters moved out of the old station about a year and a half ago.

 

Firefighters save barn animals after blaze

July 2, 2013

Greg Tryon, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief, carries a goat that was rescued from a burned down barn. By Sheri Greenman

Greg Tryon, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief, carries a goat that was rescued from a burned down barn.
By Sheri Greenman

The community of families that live just off of Cedar Grove Road Southeast, near Four Lakes, is a close-knit bunch. So close, in fact, that they often take vacations together.

Sheri Greenman, however, had to sit out the latest one, while her neighbors and friends visited a remote property in Oregon the week of June 17.

Commitments kept Greenman home, but as any friendly neighbor would do, she agreed to look after her friends’ properties, all of which sit on large-acreage plots.

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Thomas Needham retires after 45 years with EFR

July 2, 2013

Capt. Thomas Needham looks at the engraved antique fire extinguisher, a gift from Eastside Fire & Rescue for his 45 years of service.  By Michele Mihalovich

Capt. Thomas Needham looks at the engraved antique fire extinguisher, a gift from Eastside Fire & Rescue for his 45 years of service. By Michele Mihalovich

Capt. Thomas Needham looked at the engraved antique fire extinguisher, a gift from Eastside Fire & Rescue for his 45 years of service, and said, “You know, I think I might have put out a fire or two with one of these.”

Needham, 61, retired in May and a retirement recognition ceremony was held at EFR’s regular board meeting June 13.

Chief Lee Soptich told the crowded room about how Needham went up to the Issaquah fire chief when he was just 15 and a half years old and said he wanted to be a firefighter. The chief told him to come back when he was 16.

A couple of days after celebrating his birthday, Needham went back to the fire chief, reiterating his desire to become a firefighter.

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