Saturday, October 20, 2012

Local 29 Election Picks

2012 Elections
Endorsed by Local 29, the WSCFF, or the IAFF

President – Barack Obama
US Senate – Maria Cantwell
US House of Representatives – Rich Cowan

Governor – Jay Inslee
Secretary of State – Kathleen Drew
Attorney General – Bob Ferguson

Senate, District 3 – Andy Billig
House, District 3 – Marcus Ricelli
                             Timm Ormsby
House, District 6 – Dennis Delwo
County Commissioner – John Roskelley

Fire Press Release

North Battalion Residence Fire
Incident #: 2012045666
Date of Incident: 10/19/2012
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer
Narrative:On Friday October 19, 2012 at 3:52 PM, 6 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 2 Senior Ladders, 1 Heavy Rescue, 3 Engines under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Mike Thompson and Dave Haworth, responded to a structure fire at 1817 West Jackson Avenue in Northwest Spokane. Engine 3 from the neighborhood fire station arrived within three-minutes of dispatch to find heavy smoke showing from the address side of the residence.  Residents met the firefighters as they arrived and reported that everyone had successfully evacuated from the home and were accounted for prior to calling 911.  Finding heavy fire in the basement of the home with rapid extension to the first floor, firefighters from initial arriving engines coordinated an interior attack on the fire while ladder companies above them on the roof conducted vertical ventilation.   The fire was completely extinguished in just 1 hour. There were no injuries reported from either residents or firefighters.
Cause:The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and related to combustibles too close to the furnace.
Damage:There is significant damage to the basement and moderate smoke damage throughout the home.
# Firefighters Responding: 19
Dollar Loss: $ 20000
Other Agencies Responding:
SPD, Avista
End Of Release 
For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fire Press Release

Browne's Addition Fire
Incident #: 2012045464
Date of Incident: 10/18/2012
Issuing Officer: Battalion Chief Steve Sabo
At 7:45 this morning, October 18th, the Spokane Fire Department responded to multiple calls reporting a fire at the Casa Granada Apartments at 1712 W. 2nd Avenue. At least one call also reported there may be occupants trapped by the fire. Engine and Ladder 4 arrived within four minutes, from their Browne’s Addition fire station, and reported heavy smoke from a third floor apartment on the back side of the complex. The incident was upgraded to a “working fire”, adding a ladder company and an AMR ambulance. While Ladder 4’s crew began a search of the apartment for any victims, the engine crew stretched an attack hose and began to knock down the fire. As other crews arrived on scene, they were assigned to search and evacuate the adjoining apartments, ladder the roof and check for fire extension into the attic, and to stretch a second attack hose to the fire apartment. As the fire was knocked down, Ladder 4 reported there were no victims found in the fire apartment, and the fire was contained to the apartment of origin. One civilian was treated at the scene by fire department paramedics for smoke inhalation, after attempting to access the apartment prior to the fire department’s arrival. She did not require any further medical treatment. Due to the garden apartment design of the complex, smoke and heat evacuation to the outside was quickly accomplished, minimizing damage to the structure. The occupant of the fire apartment returned home during the incident. He told fire department investigators he left his apartment approximately 45 minutes prior to discovery of the fire. The fire apartment will be uninhabitable until repairs are made. The occupant is being relocated to another apartment in the complex during the interim.
 Members of the Spokane Fire Department’s Special Investigation Unit investigated the incident and determined the cause of the fire to be accidental in nature. Combustibles had been placed against a baseboard heating unit, which had been left on.
 Damage was confined to the apartment of origin; which included burned kitchen cabinets, with heat and smoke damage throughout the fire apartment.
# Firefighters Responding: 28
Dollar Loss: $ 10,000
End Of Release
For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fire Press Release

5124 North Lincoln
Incident #: 2012045257
Date of Incident: 10/16/2012
Issuing Officer: Joel Fielder/Battalion Chief
 This evening, October 16, 2012 the Spokane Fire Department responded at approximately 7:11PM to 5124 North Lincoln on a reported structure fire. Engine 13, from the neighborhood fire station located 5 blocks away was the first crew on-scene and reported a large volume of fire on the front porch of a one-story, single family residence with fire extending into the interior of the home. The fire was also spreading to a second home located to the north of the house of origin. Fire fighters aggressively attacked the fire on the front porch and the fire in the interior of the structure while other crews protected the exposure home to the north. Remaining fire crews completed search and rescue, ventilation and salvage and overhaul to extinguish any remaining fire. There were no reported injuries to civilians. One firefighter was injured from a fall and is being treated at a local hospital. Eight fire companies with 24 firefighters responded to this fire and were on scene for approximately 3 hours. The fire displaced 2 adults and 6 children and they are under the care of our local Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Spokane Fire Department Special Investigation Unit.
 Fire damage was confined to the front porch and the first floor of the home with heat and smoke damage to the rest of the structure.
# Firefighters Responding: 24
Dollar Loss: $ 50,000
Other Agencies Responding:
End Of Release
For more information on this release please call (509) 625-7002

Local 29 events

Events for the rest of this week:

Today - October 17th - Spokane Labor Rally from 4 pm to 7 pm at the fairgrounds. This is a very fun political forum with almost free food and drinks. 

Thursday - October 18th and Friday - October 19th - sign waving for L29 endorsed political candidates from 630 am to 1030 am. Meet at Mission and Hamilton in the Safeway parking lot.  Come right before shift or right after you get off. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Contract and vote

If you haven't heard the presentation on the contract, make sure you get out there tonight and hear it.  Copies of the new medical benefits plan are available, as well. Voting remains open until the morning of the 22nd.