EFR reminds people that wearing helmets saves lives

December 9, 2014

Whether on a motorcycle, ATV or bicycle, Eastside Fire & Rescue urges all to make it a habit to wear a helmet.

“It’s really a no-brainer,” EFR Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release. “Wearing a helmet is something so simple, that makes so much difference when things go wrong.”

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All in pink, Eastside Fire & Rescue supports breast cancer awareness this week

October 12, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and staff will be decked out in pink T-shirts Oct. 13-18 to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take steps to detect the disease in the earliest stage, when it is most often curable, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Through the awareness effort, EFR and many other entities hope people will learn about early detection, diagnosis, treatment, stages, myths, etc.

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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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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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Eastside Fire & Rescue board members agree to budget, governance changes

December 31, 2013

The Eastside Fire & Rescue board of directors did everything except sing “Auld Lang Syne” at its Dec. 12 meeting.

The board unanimously voted to accept proposed funding model changes. That was followed with a unanimous vote to approve a revised EFR governing agreement. They even took a short break during the meeting to celebrate with glasses of sparkling cider and holiday cookies.

After months of disagreements over funding issues, members of the group joked and teased one another.

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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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