Friday, December 15, 2006

Bone Marrow Donor needed for a local child.

Hello All,

I would like to challenge all firefighters of Spokane County to step up to the plate and help out a local child who is in dire need. Four-month-old Caden Atchley has Severe Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and is in need of a bone marrow transplant in an attempt to save her life. After a nationwide search, they still haven't found a donor match. And that's where you come in. You could be the lucky match for Caden. For more info on her, go to and scroll down almost to the bottom.

On Thursday, the 21st of December at 10:00 a.m., the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) will be at Spokane's Fire Station One. They will be gathering DNA samples from local area firefighters looking for a potential donor for Caden. All that is required is 20 minutes of your time to fill out paperwork (medical history), and a simple swab from the inside of your mouth.

If you wish to pick up your paperwork early, you can do so at the Inland Northwest Blood Center anytime or at Fire Station One, starting on Monday the 18th. For on-duty crews, Chief Schaeffer has approved you to rotate down on Thursday. Just let dispatch know. If you are unable to make it on Thursday, you can go to INBC anytime and identify yourself as a firefighter and they will give you the paperwork and take your sample.

In this time of giving, you may be lucky enough to give someone the ultimate present - the gift of life!

Kevin Haughton

City of Spokane Fire Department

Station 1 B

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Santa Float...

Had a very good time. I think there are sill slots available. Amaze your friends and neighbors. Wake up babies. Set dogs howling. Get flipped off by gangstas and sneered at by the police. The next day they will all wonder if it was just a yuletide dream.

Contact Station 8 to sign up!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Firedog Contest...

Hi, Bill –

My name is Rachelle Lacroix. I am getting in touch with Local 29 on behalf of Circuit City and its brand new service, firedog, which has inspired a new nationwide “firedog Across America” contest to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to America’s firefighters. Click on the following link to view the contest site, featuring Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani: We’d be thrilled if you could let Local 29 readers know about the contest so they can help raise money for America’s fire safety professionals and win great prizes.

Circuit City’s new service, firedog, is a one-stop shop for consumers’ technology needs: Circuit City’s firedog technicians install, optimize, repair, and make technology purchases simple so consumers don't have to waste time with piles of manuals and tricky cables.

To help commemorate and launch the new firedog service in a unique, cause-focused way, Circuit City developed the contest, “firedog Across America,” which will provide great donations and prizes to local firehouses and the consumers that nominate them!

The contest works like this:

1.) Tell firedog Your Story
Tell firedog your personal story about how a local firehouse has demonstrated service to your community. If your story is chosen as one of 10 finalists, you will receive a $10,000 home “techover” from firedog and your fire station will receive a $20,000 donation.

2.) America Votes
Once the 10 finalist firehouses have been chosen, the stories will be posted on and America will vote for their favorite.

3.) The Best Part, Everyone Wins
All of the finalist firehouses win. For every vote cast for a finalist firehouse, that finalist firehouse will receive a $1.00 donation (total donations based on voting for all 10 firehouses not to exceed $250,000). After 16 days, the station with the most votes will be the national grand-prize winner and receive an additional $100,000 donation!

The firedog Across America contest was launched last week. As part of the launch, Circuit City and firedog also presented $100,000 donations to both the FDNY Foundation, which supports New York City Fire Department initiatives, and the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation for its efforts in helping children of law enforcement and firefighting personnel. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta were on hand to receive the donations.

Again, we wanted to share information about the firedog Across America contest on Local 29 in hopes that you would let your readers know about it and help us honor and generate donations for America’s fire safety community. Please let us know if you decide to let your readers know about it and let me know if I can provide you with any other information!



Rachelle Lacroix
Fleishman-Hillard, for firedog

Monday, December 11, 2006

fire Press Release

ISSUING OFFICER: Mike Inman / Battalion Chief
DATE OF INCIDENT: 12/11/2006
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 239 W. Cleveland
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99205

NARRATIVE: At 10:56 AM on December 11, 2006 the Spokane Fire Department responded to a house fire at 239 W. Cleveland. The first crews on scene reported a lot of smoke coming from the residence and upgraded the fire to a "working fire" which added another fire apparatus and an investigator to the incident. The fire, which is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department, was aggressively attacked and with coordinated ventilation was quickly brought under control. Firefighters also did a complete search of the house to make sure nobody was inside. Fire crews remained on scene until the investigation was completed. Nobody was home at the time of the fire and the resident was eventually contacted. There were no civilian or Firefighter injuries. Four Engine Companies, two Ladder Trucks, one Pumper Ladder, one Rescue unit and two Battalion Chiefs responded for a total number of 30 fire personnel. One incident occurred at the fire scene that the Spokane Fire Department needs the assistance of the public on. During the active firefighting a private vehicle heading east on Cleveland ran over the fire hoses going into the house for fire attack. This is not only illegal but dangerous to citizens trapped in the fire as well as the safety of the Firefighters inside the fire. Our primary means of fire attack and protection is the water in those hoses. When a vehicle runs over the hose damage can result to the point of stopping the flow of water at the nozzle.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department
DAMAGE EXTENT: West wall, interior and exterior, part of the roof and significant fire damage to about 1/5 of the second floor. Smoke damage throughout the second floor
MUTUAL AID: None Given

Union Meeting - Tuesday the 12th, plus some other items...

Due to a lack of stuff to put in the newsletter, there won't be a December WORKER until after December's union meeting. I like to get the newsletter in your mailbox right before the union meeting, as a reminder that there's a union meeting coming soon - so please let this posting serve that purpose this month.

Between family tragedies and campaigning, our usual contributors have been understandably busy, or tied up with other stuff. But, as soon as I get their articles, I will put the newsletter together and get it to you.

Also, don't forget if you want to receive the newsletter as a PDF that you can read on your computer please let me know. Quite a few brothers and sisters opt to have both an electronic version and the printed one.

Some of you have been asking about the fire incident press releases that have been showing up on the blog. Chief Schaeffer has been sending these (and other releases) to the news media. He's also forwarding them to me, so I can post them on the blog. Thanks Brian. I think we all appreciate the work you are doing to get the word out. It's also great for us to see what kind of fires the other shifts are getting.

Thanks for reading, John