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Spokane’s newest deputy fire chief ready to help

Coming from a county in Virginia whose eastern edge rubs against the nation’s capitol, Spokane Fire Department’s newest deputy fire chief is used to the rain. Lots of rain. And …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Five face discipline as city wraps investigation of bullying and hazing within Spokane Fire Department

The city of Spokane will discipline five firefighters after concluding its investigation into allegations of harassment and bullying at Spokane Fire Department Station 2.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

City investigates bullying among employees of Spokane Fire Department

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer responded Tuesday to allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and hazing within the department that were exposed recently in a lengthy investigative report.


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Overtime glut: Spokane City employees earned nearly $12 million after hours last year

The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Firefighters battle blaze at window company in east Spokane

The Spokane Fire Department worked for several hours to knock down a commercial building blaze near Riverside Avenue and Helena Street.


Fire chief chosen for national program

Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer will join 20 other chiefs from around the country in a year-long development program for fire department leaders.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Firefighters knock down blaze at 9-unit apartment in Browne’s Addition

Spokane Fire crews responded just after 1 p.m. Friday to a structure fire inside a nine-unit apartment building at 1730 W. Pacific in Spokane’s Browne’s Addition.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Spokane police and fire chiefs push back on sheriff’s criticism of North Monroe project

Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …


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.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Brian Schaeffer named Spokane fire chief by Mayor David Condon

Brian Schaeffer was named chief of the Spokane Fire Department on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 11 p.m.

Spokane Firefighters Union president steps down as chief search continues

John Goodman, president of the Spokane Firefighters Union, informed the union’s executive board this weekend of his intention to step down and cited “personal reasons” in an interview Tuesday. The …


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: Thu., May 11, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Email from City Hall urges fire department brass to support interim chief in hiring process

The human resources analyst in charge of the recruitment process for Spokane’s next fire chief said Thursday about an email urging top members of the department to “support Chief (Brian) …


Spokane routing non-emergency medical calls away from ambulances, ERs

9-1-1 callers with medical problems that are not emergencies are being referred to driver services other than ambulances, and taken to urgent care centers rather than emergency rooms, under a …


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 seeks help from the Washington Legislature to fight foreclosed ‘zombie properties’

City of Spokane seeks state help to monitor and fight “zombie properties.”


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 …


Medical Lake toddler who died with dog in Hillyard fire was visiting aunt’s home for Halloween party

Noah Whitcher was visiting his aunt’s home Friday night, as he had many times. He wanted to stay over because there was a Halloween party planned on Saturday, his paternal …


Spokane assistant fire chief briefly named finalist for top job in Omaha

Spokane Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer was briefly named one of four finalists to be the next fire chief in Omaha, Nebraska, Wednesday before withdrawing his name from consideration


Federal grant will enable hiring of 50 new Spokane firefighters, extend medical services

A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow the Spokane Fire Department to add 50 firefighters next year and staff the Alternative Response Unit program 24 hours a …


Spokane churches need a change in state law to continue housing homeless

Spokane churches that temporarily shelter the homeless are seeking help from the Legislature to keep the program going.


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 …


Chlorine gas leak sickens workers

An accidental release of chlorine gas Wednesday morning from a cylinder at Pacific Steel and Recycling in east Spokane sickened more than a dozen people there and at a nearby …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 12, 2015, 8:15 p.m.

3 still in critical condition after chlorine gas release at Pacific Steel and Recycling

Workers at Pacific Steel and Recycling in north Spokane accidentally punctured a barrel Wednesday morning, releasing a plume of chlorine gas that sickened workers there and at a nearby city …


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 …


Rescue Task Force trains to respond to active shooters, bomb explosions

The movie theater was dark, lit only by the headlamps on the helmets of firefighters as they searched for shooting victims. Suddenly the room exploded in shouts and gunshots as …


Delta Air Lines flight forced to land when teenage passenger dies

A Delta flight from Seattle to Atlanta was forced to land in Spokane after a 16-year-old passenger suddenly died.


Firefighters respond to apartment fire in West Central neighborhood

Spokane firefighters responded to a blaze that destroyed much of a second floor apartment unit in a West Central house Tuesday night. No one was injured.


Shawn Vestal: Hot Spotters tackle overuse of medical services

Randall Sluder has laid his head in a lot of downtown spots over the past 13 years. Few were comfortable, and few his own. He spent a lot of nights …


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 …