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  • MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016, 11:22 A.M.

    Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams to retire in January after 28 years at helm

    The longest-serving fire chief in Spokane’s history will retire in January. Fire Chief Bobby Williams, who was named head of the Spokane Fire Department during Mayor Vicki McNeill’s administration, will …

  • FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016, 6:06 P.M.

    Spokane City Council to consider asking voters for fire levy on April ballot

    The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider putting the renewal of a long-running emergency medical services levy on the April ballot.

  • TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2015

    Spokane firefighters will continue to answer medical calls in SUVs

    SUVs will continue to respond to some medical emergencies in Spokane, according to an agreement announced Monday between the city and the firefighters union. The agreement follows a vote by …

  • SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 2015

    City, fire department unveil hire-ahead program for new cadets

    As Spokane’s aging firefighters head toward retirement, and the amount of overtime pay the department consumes rattles the Spokane City Council, Chief Bobby Williams and Mayor David Condon this week …

  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015

    Spokane City Council requires two firefighters on calls for help

    At least two firefighters must respond to a call for help, the Spokane City Council decided Monday in a surprise decision that not even the fire chief was briefed on …

  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015

    Sen. Maria Cantwell promotes oil train safety bill

    With trains rumbling on the BNSF viaduct behind her and flanked by uniformed Spokane firefighters, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, called for greater federal oversight and stricter regulations for the …

  • SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2015

    City moves to reduce fire response times

    For nearly a decade, Spokane city leaders have called for expanded fire service in the southwest corner of town. This week, Spokane Mayor David Condon said his administration was making …

  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2014

    Spokane mayor’s budget plan includes raises for himself, his cabinet

    Spokane Mayor David Condon already makes more money than Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Next year, if his proposed pay raise gets approved by the City Council, he’ll make more than …

  • SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2014

    Shawn Vestal: Lopez-AMR contract kerfuffle raises questions

    Before the courts slapped down the mayor’s attempt to expand political appointments in the city’s hiring, one handpicked hire snuck through the gate. That appointment – the hiring of Mike …

  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014

    City’s search for ambulance provider produces sole bid

    Spokane leaders may rebid an ambulance contract after no competition emerged to challenge the firm that already provides the city’s emergency transportation. Only American Medical Response bid on the five-year …

  • THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

    Terminated fire captain files $2.5 million claim against city

    The city of Spokane terminated a veteran fire captain last month for threatening a lower-ranking official who reported he kept brass knuckles in a city vehicle and stored city-issued guns …

  • FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

    Firefighters union says budget cuts impair responses

    It’s a game of what-ifs. If Spokane city officials hadn’t eliminated a fire engine company on the South Hill last year, would firefighters have doused recent fires there sooner?

  • FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

    Incident responses

    At four recent South Hill fires, Rescue 9, a truck with little firefighting equipment aboard, was the first crew on scene. Rescue 9 was moved to Spokane Fire Station No. …

  • SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013

    Blaze destroys office building

    A north Spokane office fire forced several firefighters to evacuate the building quickly Friday afternoon when the blaze turned from mild-mannered to explosive in less than two minutes. None of …

  • FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013, 5:09 P.M.

    Firefighters evacuate office building in three-alarm blaze

    A north Spokane office fire forced several firefighters to evacuate the building quickly Friday afternoon when the blaze turned from mild-mannered to explosive in less than two minutes.

  • THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

    Flames engulf home, displacing residents

    A fire destroyed a century-old home Wednesday afternoon, and three Spokane firefighters suffered heat exhaustion from fighting the blaze. The sound of crackling alarmed resident Nick Peraud as he relaxed …

  • SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2013

    Blaze damages South Hill house

    Flames blazed through the roof of a South Hill home Saturday afternoon, sending thick smoke through the Cliff-Cannon neighborhood. Firefighters responded around 2:45 p.m. as the fire burned through the …

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2013

    Mayor seeks greater control over police, fire department slots

    During Spokane County Commissioner Phil Harris’ 12 years in office, all three of his kids got county jobs – including one who worked in economic development despite filing for bankruptcy …

  • SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013

    Fire Department shifts medical call protocol

    The Spokane Fire Department has quietly made a dramatic shift in how it responds to medical emergencies. After years of insisting that it was best to respond to medical calls …

  • SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2013

    Man found dead post-fire

    Authorities found a dead 50-year-old man in the closet of a fire-damaged Spokane apartment building Thursday night. The victim, identified as John K. Reintjes, was found dead about 10 p.m. …

  • SUNDAY, DEC. 9, 2012

    City facing cuts to fire service

    Less than a week after Spokane firefighters pulled two people from a burning home, the Spokane City Council is considering a budget that will essentially end first-response firefighting capabilities at …

  • TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

    Convent evacuated for Spokane brush fire

    A brush fire Monday forced the evacuation of a northwest Spokane convent that serves retired nuns in need of assisted living services. About 60 people were evacuated from the Convent …

  • FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2011

    Child care dilemma gets relief

    A compromise between the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center and the city of Spokane will allow the building to remain open temporarily for child care services, despite the …

  • THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

    Firefighter loses job for alleged violations

    A Spokane firefighter fired in August won’t get a third “last chance” to keep his job. The Spokane Civil Service Commission this week voted unanimously to accept the decision of …

  • THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

    Outdated city firetrucks getting new assignment

    Two Spokane firetrucks have been saved from the scrap pile by a decision to donate them to volunteer fire departments in Guatemala. The 1977 pumpers manufactured by American LaFrance haven’t …

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

    Night blaze damages pair of iconic eateries

    Two historic Garland District restaurants – one a Depression-era icon and the other a popular diner featured in several Hollywood films – were heavily damaged Sunday night by fire. Spokane …

  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

    Mobile home will help fire department serve West Plains

    Spokane’s first fire station on the West Plains won’t be the usual classy brick structure typical of the city’s other 14 stations. It will be a double-wide mobile home.

  • SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2011

    For leaders, fire district idea gaining economic appeal

    Spokane leaders have a new idea for solving their budget woes: Give up the Spokane Fire Department. Mayor Mary Verner has formed a committee to study the creation of a …

  • THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

    Rural/Metro could present some competition for AMR

    An ambulance company with operations in 28 states has moved into Spokane. Rural/Metro Corp. has hired 30 people to staff two ambulances. Although the company does not yet have any …

  • FRIDAY, DEC. 24, 2010

    Male fire victim identified

    Officials have identified the man who died in the downtown apartment fire where firefighters had to evacuate several residents Wednesday night. Louis J. Schopp, 59, died from smoke inhalation, according …



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