Editorial — Be safe in the water in this warm weather

July 2, 2015

Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.

Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract lots of recreationalists, especially this time of year.

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Volunteer firefighters needed at Eastside Fire & Rescue

June 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are wrapping up their annual recruitment effort, with volunteer firefighter applications due by June 15.

Volunteer firefighters are being sought for every community served by the agency.

EFR operates 14 stations in and around Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Wilderness Rim, May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Preston and Issaquah. To maintain a capable force to supplement and compliment the career staff efforts, EFR needs to bring in about 30 volunteers a year.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey named to local Hall of Fame

June 3, 2015

“You never know where you are going to end up,” said Shelley Frey, one of four chaplains with Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Greg Farrar Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

On the day of this interview, May 29, Frey responded with firefighters to the death of a 55-year-old woman on the plateau. The woman happened to be the mother of her daughter-in-law’s best friend, a situation that made her presence even more palpable.

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EFR may seek nonprofit status

May 12, 2015

Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.

“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue closes volunteer fire station

April 28, 2015

Resident David Johnson said the area around his home on 182nd Avenue Southeast already was plagued by some of the slowest emergency response times in the city.

And that was before Eastside Fire & Rescue closed Station 75, a small all-volunteer station at 4225 180th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, which had served the area of Interstate 90 and West Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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Fire station hosts open house May 2

April 28, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 28, 2015

Go behind the scenes at a fire station, explore the inside of a fire truck cab and learn how to protect your home and family at Eastside Fire & Rescue’s free community open house May 2.

The open house is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 72, 1575 N.W. Maple Street.

Members of EFR, the Issaquah Police Department and other agencies will answer your questions. In addition, there will be giveaways and tips.

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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.

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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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