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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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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