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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 …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Stuckart’s email forward fails the smell test

A few months back, Don Waller, the head of the Spokane firefighters union, criticized the mayor’s plan to expand political appointments as “not the way government is supposed to work.” …


Stuckart action referred to city’s ethics panel

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is the subject of a possible ethics violation for leaking what city officials call a “highly confidential email regarding a pending matter of litigation.” …


Hire for Spokane Fire Department faces challenge

Spokane Mayor David Condon is putting a new political appointee on the fire department’s payroll despite last month’s legal ruling that limited his ability to bypass the city’s traditional civil …


Spokane police, firefighter salaries outpace region’s average wages

As budget discussions ramp up at the city of Spokane, a conservative think tank has released a study suggesting that pay for Spokane’s police and firefighters has not only outpaced …


Task force calls for restoring fire service on South Hill

A mayoral task force says Spokane should return first-response firefighting capability to a South Hill fire station. But Mayor David Condon doesn’t appear ready to take that advice just yet. …


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. …


Spokane campaign group fails to report funds

Spokane’s Feb. 12 special election has spawned three official campaign organizations, along with campaign reporting violations. It wasn’t until mid-December when the Spokane City Council decided to hold the Feb. …