EFR volunteer firefighter to graduate from training academy

April 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 16, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter Marcus Brown will be one of 41 firefighters graduating from the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy in North Bend.

Marcus Brown

Marcus Brown

Graduation will be at 10 a.m. April 17 at the Criminal Justice Training Center, 19010 First Ave. S., Burien.

On Jan. 22, the recruits started a 12-week Recruit Academy that meets National Fire Protection Association 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications at the Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Levels.

The recruits learned fire service principles through classroom instruction and rigorous hands-on live fire training.

Eastside Fire & Rescue is taking applications for volunteer firefighters

April 7, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 7, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are seeking qualified applicants to serve as volunteer firefighters.

The application period closes June 15.

Those who live within the EFR boundaries or within five miles of an EFR fire station, and meet other minimum qualifications, are eligible to apply for consideration.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue promotes several employees

March 31, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue rolled out the honors for several new supervisors, including a performance by the Eastside Pipes and Drums, a prayer offered by EFR Chaplain Mike Ryan, and the taking of the Oath of Office led by Deputy Chief Greg Tryon.

Three EFR employees were recognized for recent appointments in the agency in what Fire Chief Lee Soptich cited as “a new generation of leaders.”

By Jon Bromberg Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Jon Bromberg
Jordan Simmonds, Justin Kiske and Jamee Mahoney (from left) are all smiles after being called ‘a new generation of leaders’ at a celebration for their promotions in Eastside Fire & Rescue.

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Lee Soptich to retire after 16 years as EFR chief

February 10, 2015

Although offered a two-year extension of his contract, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Lee Soptich has announced his plans to step down from the leadership of the local fire and rescue squad in January 2016.

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

EFR Chief Lee Soptich

Soptich, 58, said he made his announcement to the EFR regional board of directors in December and again last month.

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State audit finds fault with EFR books

February 10, 2015

State auditors made a finding of significant deficiency after completing a study of the record-keeping of Eastside Fire & Rescue.

Released by the state Feb. 2, the audit covered the timeframe between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.

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Police & fire — week of Feb. 4, 2015

February 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Due to Eastside Fire & Rescue installing a new records system, fire reports were not available.

Warranted arrests

At 3:25 p.m. Jan. 23, an officer spotted a 22-year-old Seattle man with an outstanding warrant walking eastbound in the 1200 block of Northwest Mall Street. The suspect was arrested in the 1100 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

An officer driving through an apartment complex at 360 Northwest Dogwood Street at 10:19 p.m. Jan. 25 spotted and arrested a 47-year-old woman with an outstanding warrant.

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Police blotter — week of Jan. 7, 2015

January 6, 2015

Car break-in

At 12:55 p.m. Dec. 17, a resident in the 1800 block of 11th Avenue Northeast reported someone broke into their 2007 Ford Taurus and stole a GPS valued at $200.

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Police blotter — week of Dec. 17, 2014

December 16, 2014

Malicious mail

At 10:32 a.m. Dec. 5, a resident in the 500 block of Mount Index Place Southwest reported someone caused $500 damage to a mailbox. Read more

EFR crews move to new May Valley facility

December 9, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters took up residence last week in the new May Valley fire station.

By Greg Farrar A painting company worker tapes a window before painting the frame last month at the new Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78, in the 20800 block of Southeast May Valley Road, south of Squak Mountain in King County Fire Protection District 10.

By Greg Farrar
A painting company worker tapes a window before painting the frame last month at the new Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78, in the 20800 block of Southeast May Valley Road, south of Squak Mountain in King County Fire Protection District 10.

The new station means the end of the Coalfield Station, on state Route 900 east of Renton, which opened about 25 years ago.

The new Station 78 (the same number as the one being vacated) came in approximately $200,000 under budget and about a month later than expected. Delays were attributed to connecting to services and obtaining county permits.

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Police & Fire

November 18, 2014

Legal troubles

At 1:41 p.m. Nov. 7, an officer responded to a citizen in the 100 block of East Sunset Way who had called 911 regarding issues he was having with his attorney. The officer advised he could request a new attorney and had to go through the court to handle the issue.

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