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UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 11:20 p.m.

Spokane City Council unanimously confirms Brian Schaeffer as fire chief

Brian Schaeffer, hired by the Spokane Fire Department in 2005, earned full-throated support from the public and the City Council at a confirmation hearing Monday night.


Spokane’s five finalists for fire chief address long-term staffing, emergency readiness

The city must come up with a way to fund the salaries of an additional 48 firefighters hired with federal grant money, in addition to its regular duties fighting wildfires, …


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Five finalists named to become next Spokane fire chief

The city will hold interviews with the candidates on May 11, according to a news release. The finalists include Interim Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer and Tony Nielsen, chief of Spokane …


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Spokane seeking replacement for longtime fire Chief Bobby Williams following retirement

The city has announced it will conduct a nationwide search that will end in June with the selection of Spokane’s first new fire chief since 1988. Fire Chief Bobby Williams …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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?


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. …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2013, 7:24 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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …