Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fire Press Release

ISSUING OFFICER: Battaloin Chief Dan Brown
INCIDENT TYPE: Structure Fire
INCIDENT ADDRESS: 1711 West 10th Ave
CITY: Spokane
ZIP: 99204

NARRATIVE: On the evening of August the 10th at 6:37pm the City of Spokane Fire department responded to 1711 West 10th Ave to a reported fire in the Parson's Apartments. The first arriving company reported smoke showing from the 2nd floor. Upon investigation a fire was discovered in an apartment at the far end of the hall. Pre-connected hose lines were advanced and a quick knock down of the fire took place. A search of the room and the apartment building was conducted no one was found. The tenant, an 81 year old female suffered minor smoke inhalation and first degree burns on her legs, she was transported to a local Hospital. This was a smoker caused fire which ignited a home oxygen system. The fire did extensive damage to the apartment and smoke damage to other units. One other male was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene. Nineteen firefighters and two command personnel responded to this fire.
DAMAGE EXTENT: Extensive damage to the apartment.
DOLLAR LOSS: 45,000.00
MUTUAL AID: None Given

Friday, August 10, 2007

Bill Jackman for Employee of the Month

Some of you may have already deleted Marlene Feist's email: "Request for Nominations for September EOM." For those who haven't I am asking you to consider Bill Jackman. Bill has, over the years, been collecting data on the fulfillment of AMR's contract with the city.

He has done this on his own time, and has been a watchdog for the citizens of Spokane.

Not long ago, Bill presented his case to the city council. Thanks to Bill, they pushed hard against many forces, including Assistant Mayor Jack Lynch, to conduct an investigation into the oversight of AMR's contract. When the dust had settled, Bill's work proved to be correct. The city had the ability to levy millions of dollars of fines against AMR. Mayor Hession decided to ask for tens of thousands, instead.

Maybe the mayor was right, maybe he wasn't. What matters is that Bill Jackman did a lot of work in trying to protect our citizens, all on his own time. The city has never mentioned it. They never thanked him for his work. In fact, it seems as if they are/were hostile toward Bill for creating more work for them and a controversy that was not easilly explained. That's not right - at all.

I'm asking you to do this not as a political statement, but as righting a wrong. In fact, if I were Mayor Hession, I would make sure Bill was honored for his work. It would be the right thing to do and would also show that Dennis is a mayor without strings attached.

Anyway, please consider submitting an EOM nomination for Bill. After you download the form from Marlene, you will need to complete it and mail it to Catherine English at All the information is on the email. If you would like to see my nomination form, or need a new one because you deleted it already, let me know and I will forward one to you.

Thanks for all your work, and taking time out to read this long request.


Monday, August 06, 2007

Letters to the editor - city primary election.

If you would like to send a letter to the editor for the Spokesman-Review, please click the link above. Remember, it just has to be under 200 words and you have to give them your postal address and your phone number (so they can verify where you live). As you probably know, Local 29 is endorsing Al French for mayor. It was a close call between him and Mary Verner. But, as always, please call it like you see it in your letter. If you would like some assistance, or proofreading, I would be more than happy to help.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Fire Press Release - a twofer...

Structure Fire


2824 East Everett

Dan Brown, Battalion Chief

Narrative :

On Friday, August 3, 2007 at 12:28 PM, 7 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 3 Engines, 1 Senior Ladder, 1 Pumper-Ladder and 1 Heavy Rescue under the direction of Battalion Chief Brown responded to a reported apartment fire at 2824 East Everett. The first company arrived within four-minutes to discover heavy smoke showing from the third floor of a 3-story, 8-unit wood-frame apartment complex. The first arriving engine (E-15) aggressively attacked the quickly spreading fire while Ladder 2 forcibly entered, ventilated and searched apartments from ground ladders. Additional companies were assigned to attack the fire from multiple sides and floors as it spread quickly through the complex as well as perform other fireground tasks. Due to the number of residents that were evacuating from ladders and stairways and the quickly deteriorating conditions; the Incident Commander ordered an additional engine and Ladder company which supplemented abovementioned resources. Additional staff on the alarm also included Training Staff, Assistant Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief, Training Chief and Assistant Chief. Firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the third floor and roof, with only minor damage to units below on the second and first floors. The fire was under control in approximately 60 minutes. There were no civilians injured in the incident, however one firefighter was transported to Deaconess for heat exhaustion while three others were treated on-scene for injuries received from falling debris during the fire.

Cause :

Initial reports from witnesses had indicated that a suspect fled the scene with an accelerant and lighter. The subject mentioned remains a person of interest, however the physical investigation was just beginning at the time of this release and no official cause has been determined yet. Investigators will be working on this incident for most likely the remainder of the afternoon.

Damage :

A majority of the roof, attic and third floor has been destroyed. Multiple vehicles that were parked also received varying levels of damage. The structural integrity of the building is compromised and is not able to be re-occupied. The SFD and Red Cross are helping temporarily relocate the residents and account for their personal belongings.

Structure Fire


106 South Cedar

Brian Schaeffer, Assistant Chief

Narrative :

On Friday, August 3, 2007 at 13:48 PM, 8 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 4 Engines, 1 Senior Ladder, 1 Pumper-Ladder under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Inman and Hanna responded to a reported apartment fire at 106 South Cedar. The first company arrived within four-minutes to discover smoke showing from a third floor unit a 4-story, ordinary constructed apartment building. The first arriving station (Engine 4 and Ladder 4) also reported that the alarm was sounding in the building and occupants were evacuating. First arriving companies were utilized to ventilate and extinguish the fire on the third floor quickly, however anytime fires occur above the main floor they require more resources due to the additional personnel needed to move equipment and hose lines up flights of stairs. Companies were able to ventilate the building and assist residents to the exterior without incident. The fire was contained to the room of origin and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Cause :

The cause was an electrical malfunction of a window air conditioner.

Damage :

Damage is limited to one unit and is moderate