Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Unfair Labor Practice Arbitration Hearings

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fire Press Release

West Plains 3rd Alarm 
Incident #: 2013033997
Date of Incident: 07/29/2013
Issuing Officer: AC Schaeffer
On Monday July 29, 2013 at 4:25 AM, 5 Companies of Spokane Firefighters, 3 Engines, 1 Heavy Rescue and 1-Senior Ladder under the direction of Battalion Chiefs Moline and Donahoe responded to a reported residential apartment fire at 7723 West State Route 2.

The first fire company arrived within just minutes of being dispatched, due to the proximity of the Station 6 to the apartment units located in the newly annexed area on the West Plains. As Engine 6 arrived they reported a large amount of fire and heavy smoke showing from the two-story apartment building complex and almost immediately requested the incident to be upgraded to a working fire. The initial companies were faced with a rapidly escalating fire that had begun to spread to other areas of the building and had already vented through the roof. Without knowing the status of residents and fearing for multiple rescues from occupied adjacent units, a second alarm was requested at 4:33 AM with a special request for two ambulances with an AMR Supervisor. The sheer numbers of firefighters needed to force entry, search, ventilate and suppress the fire from the second floor eventually led to a third alarm being requested at 5:11 AM.  The incident commander's tactics combined with aggressive firefighting were successful in containing the fire to the primary area of origin while simultaneously protecting the safe egress for occupants.

Fifteen citizens occupied the wing of the apartment building affected by the fire and were all accounted for and escaped safely (some with firefighter assistance). Five occupants lived in the unit of origin (2 adults and 3 children): Three of those were evaluated by Paramedics for injuries but none were transported by ambulance. It took just over an hour for the 45+ firefighters to confine and extinguished the blaze and limit loss for the occupants.
Cause:The cause is under investigation by the SFD’s SIU and the American Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants.
Damage:The majority of the 16-unit apartment complex was saved and damage was limited primarily to two units. Firefighters are expected to remain on-scene all morning protecting the homeowners belongings from additional damage during the salvage and overhaul operations.
# Firefighters Responding: 45
Other Agencies Responding:
Fire District 10, Airway Heights FD, Fairchild AFB, Washington State Patrol
End Of Release 
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