Saturday, December 09, 2006

Another Fire...

ISSUING OFFICER: Battaloin Chief Dan Brown
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 307 West 2nd Ave
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99201

NARRATIVE: On December the 8th at 5:44 p/m the City of Spokane Fire Department responded to 307 West 2nd Ave to a reported room fire in the Tscany Apartments. Upon arrival it was reported that light smoke was showing from the second floor. Fire crews entered the building and discovered a room on fire on the second floor. A search was immediately conducted on the second and third floors to check for possible trapped tenants and at the same time attack leads were advanced to fight and extinguish the fire. This took about fifteen minutes to knock down the main body of fire. Over haul and final extinguishment took about three hours. No one was located during the search. The fire was confined to the room of origin and there was no spread upward. Sixteen rooms were occupied in the twenty five room apartment. Light smoke was sent throughout the second and third floors. The fire room suffered extensive damage causing the tenant to be displaced. Red Cross was assisting those tenants who need help. No injuries were reported. The fire was determined to be accidental electrical. Nine fire apparatus and two command vehicles were dispatched to this incident for a total of thirty personnel.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Accidental electrical
DAMAGE EXTENT: Room of origin total loss
DOLLAR LOSS: 30,000.00
MUTUAL AID: None Given

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Some sad news...

SSUING OFFICER: Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief
INCIDENT TYPE: Information
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 44 West Riverside
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99201

NARRATIVE: The Spokane Fire Department was notified by the King County Medical Examiner's office last night with news that Taiylor Dawley had passed away at 1825 at Harborview Medical Center. Taiylor was rescued by SFD Firefighters early Sunday morning when her home received significant damage from an accidental fire on the second floor.

The news of three-year Taiylor Dawley passing away has stunned the entire SFD family. I personally cannot imagine any pain more severe to a Firefighter than that suffered when a child dies. Our deepest condolences go out to Taiylor's family at this heart-wrenching time. Her passing is particularly distressing to the members of the SFD and SPD due to the extreme heroic efforts made by both agencies to rescue her from the second floor apartment.

Please know that the thoughts and prayers of our organization are with the family during this highly difficult time.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Holy Smokes! Church Fire Press Release - December 5th...

ISSUING OFFICER: Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99201

NARRATIVE: On Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 10:19 AM, two Spokane Fire Department companies; one Engine and One Ladder from Station 4 were dispatched to an automatic alarm sounding at 115 West Riverside, the Lady of Lourdes Cathedral Church. Upon arrival, the company officer began investigating the cause of the alarm when a working fire in the foyer area of the Riverside entrance was discovered. The alarm was immediately upgraded by Acting Lieutenant Groe to a first alarm-working fire. Fire Chief Bobby Williams responded from the immediate area and assisted the initial crews by helping them stretch supply line and coordinate their efforts. After a large amount of smoke developed from the bell tower of the church and the potential for rapid fire spread was realized, a second alarm was requested. The second alarm resulted in Fire Dispatch assigning one Rescue Company, two Pumper/Ladders, eight Engines and two Senior Ladder companies under the direction of Battalion Chief Ken Kirsch and Bruce Moline. Arriving Firefighters assisted the Station 4 companies and initiated an aggressive interior attack focusing on confining the fire to its area of origin in the foyer while simultaneously confirming that all occupants of the church were evacuated and accounted for.

Engine and Ladder companies were successful in controlling the fire within 30-minutes. Ladder and Rescue companies worked diligently to protect and overhaul the church's property while also providing forced positive pressure into the building to clear the atmosphere inside. Companies were assigned on all of the building's floors to coordinate searches and locate hidden areas where fire potentially could have traveled. In all, nearly forty (40) Firefighters and Chief Officers were utilized to mitigate the incident. There were no injuries to civilians; however a Fire Officer was injured during a ladder company assignment.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The cause of the fire remains under investigation by SFD Investigators; however it has been ruled incendiary. The local office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been notified. The Spokane Fire Department is asking for anyone that may have information regarding this incident to please call 509-625-7052.
DAMAGE EXTENT: The main area of damage is located in the foyer. The contents near the origin of the fire and adjoining areas sustained significant damage and the entire building received varying levels of smoke damage.
MUTUAL AID: None Given

Greg Borg for President Letter.

I respectfully ask for your vote again to serve as your president.

Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you very much for your votes in the primary. More importantly, thank you for supporting the e-board’s request to redo our dues and build a legal defense fund. Your support on these issues will help assure the strength and stability of our Local in the coming years. I would also like to address a few issues.

Our future - together: While I’ve been president, I’ve tried to encourage active participation in Local 29. A union is about inclusiveness. And on some level, in the past six years, we’ve all had a say in our union’s direction. Many new members have sought e-board positions and have won them. They’ve worked hard for all of us. And I’ve always sought to have you vote on every major decision facing the body. When the chance came to buy the union office building, I thought it was a good idea. But, I made sure you decided. And with your vote, you agreed. And many of us joined together in the fight to gain firefighter representation on the LEOFF II Pension Board via I-790. Together, our individual donations of time, work and cold-hard cash won a big one for the whole job – even for those who contributed nothing. Your list of “wants” went in with me during every contract negotiation. During my term as president, we implemented the Local’s first budget. This, along with the support you just gave on dues and legal defense, gives the Local a bright financial future. Together, we are positioned in strength to win the issues of the future – whatever the future holds for us!

Experience: In this coming year, we will start negotiations for a new contract. I will use my experience to build a contract that, hopefully, will be even better than the last one. And our last contract was great - a 22% wage increase over the life of this contract! In addition, we gained more deferred comp, free uniforms, more gains for our medics, and water rescue finally received tech pay. You know how hard-fought this contract was. We gained these things not because the city likes us, or because they wanted to do the right thing. You know that we won only through tough bargaining. If I am elected again, I will do it again.

Knowledge: I have had the privilege of serving you, in some capacity, for the last 25 years. Over this time, I’ve attended around 50 educational seminars put on by the WSCFF, IAFF, L&I, labor council and LEOFF. I have worked in about 30 lobbying campaigns in Olympia and Washington DC - striving to protect and improve our bargaining rights and LEOFF II.

I have the knowledge to do the job. And, this knowledge is not just put to use during negotiations, but each day when you call, or when I’m meeting with the mayor, Bobby or the city council. I constantly deal with contract questions, LEOFF I and LEOFF II pension issues, L&I problems, disciplines and the city budget. For example, in the last few months, the knowledge of labor law has gained clothing and better shifts for Fire Prevention. You know the war stories. You know the battles. You know our string of wins. And you know the value of knowing what you need to know!

Passion and Integrity: I have dedicated 27 of my 31 years in the fire service to working for all of us. It has never been about me, or issues that just affect me - it has been about the body (you) and unionism. I have helped influence improvements in LEOFF II, and was on the L&I committee that re-wrote our safety standard three times.

I have had the integrity to stand up for what was right, and not let politics, friendship or personal gain affect my decisions or actions. And, I know this has angered some. But, I believe I have a charge to keep. That’s why you elected me.

In many ways, keeping this charge has proven successful. Mark, Mike and I have improved the Local’s relationship with the administration. We’ve done this only through hard-won respect. Things are better now than any time in the last 10 years. And things are only going to get better.

I have been there for you with knowledge, experience, passion and integrity. I am asking for your vote, so together we can build a great future for us and for all who follow.



As you decide on your vote for this election, please consider that the following e-board members: Greg Haff, Darryl Wisniewski, Bill Gonzalez and Thad Frater all support my re-election. I also have the full support of Mike Bacon and Mark Vietzke, as well as Dan Renner’s and Doug Bacon’s endorsement.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Another Fire Press Release! Yikes!

ISSUING OFFICER: Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 2220 East 3rd Avenue
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99202

NARRATIVE: On December 4, 2006 at 07:26:13 AM, nine Spokane Fire Department companies; one Rescue Company, one Pumper/Ladder, four Engines and one Senior Ladder company under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Dan Brown and Bob Green responded to a report of a fire in the home at 2220 East 3rd Avenue.

Firefighters arrived on scene within 5-minutes and 38 seconds to find a two story home with smoke showing from the front of the house. Firefighters immediately began an aggressive interior attack and focused on confining the fire to its area of origin while simultaneously confirming that all three occupants were evacuated and accounted for. A grandmother and two teenage grandchildren were home at the time of the fire and awoken by their smoke alarm activating. They were able to evacuate safely primarily due to the early warning from the smoke detector and taking the time months prior to develop an evacuation plan.

Engine and Ladder companies were successful in controlling the fire within 15-minutes with the assistance of ventilation provided by Ladder companies. Firefighters were utilized to mitigate the incident in approximately 2 hours and there were no injuries to fire or civilian personnel.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The cause of the fire appears accidental and a portable electrical heater is to blame. The area of origin was determined to be located on the first floor and the home's "balloon" construction aided fire spread to the second floor.
DAMAGE EXTENT: The home's contents and interior walls were significantly damaged. The Spokane Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family by providing temporary accommodations and clothing.
MUTUAL AID: None Given

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Fire Press Release

ISSUING OFFICER: Joel Fielder/ Battalion Chief
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
CITY: Spokane

NARRATIVE: Today, December 3, 2006, the Spokane Fire Department responded at
approximately1:12 AM to 307 East Nora. As fire crews were responding, Fire
Dispatch reported that members of the Spokane Police Department were on scene
reporting a small child was trapped on the 2nd floor and would need to be
rescued. The first crew on-scene reported smoke and flames showing from the
2-story of wood framed apartment building. Fire fighters aggressively attacked
the fire from the back of the structure while a rescue team entered a second
floor window via a ground ladder placed at the front of the structure. Within a
matter of seconds the child was found on the living room floor of the apartment
and was transported to a local trauma hospital, where her status is unknown at
this time. Additional fire crews completed fire extinguishment, search and rescue, and salvage and overhaul. The fire was brought under control within
30 minutes and there were no reported injuries to firefighters. Nine fire
companies with 30 firefighters responded to this fire and were on scene through
out the remainder of the morning.
PROBABLE CAUSE: The cause of the fire is under investigation by Fire
Investigator Captain Mike Zambryski and he may be contacted at 625-7052.
DAMAGE EXTENT: Fire and smoke damage was confined to the second floor apartment.
MUTUAL AID: None Given