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More than 500 wildland firefighters training in Deer Park

More than 500 firefighters are training this week at Deer Park High School to prepare for another potentially devastating wildfire season.


Report reveals cause of Twisp fire

An investigation by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources found that tree branches rubbing on a power line started the 2015 blaze near Twisp that killed three firefighters.


Naked chimney man rescued at Iowa business

Carrie Sapp teased her husband, Brad, about being afraid of ghosts when he said he heard someone whisper “get out of here” while he was sorting cans at his Iowa …


Drones could be next tool for firefighters

Researchers in Nebraska tested a new tool on Friday that could eventually help in fighting grass fires – drones. A team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln flew an unmanned aircraft …


Idaho House backs firefighters cancer coverage bill, after years of attempts

More than two dozen firefighters filled public gallery of the Idaho House on Friday as state representatives voted 65-3 in favor of Coeur d’Alene Rep. Luke Malek’s bill to change …


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Seattle blast levels buildings, causes no serious injuries

A natural gas explosion rocked a Seattle neighborhood early Wednesday, sending nine firefighters to the hospital and reducing businesses to rubble.


Airway Heights Corrections Center crew finds firefighting rewarding on several levels

The morning after a brush fire off Geiger Boulevard burned a few acres near the highway, the men of Heights 43 got to work. Wearing heavy black boots and green …


Shawn Vestal: If ARUs aren’t going to be the answer, Spokane needs to find another one.

When Spokane city firefighters are called into action, it’s not usually for a fire. Medical calls accounted for more than 81 percent of all Spokane Fire Department responses from 2010-14, …


For three killed in Twisp, firefighting was part of passion, past

The men who died Wednesday fighting a fire near Twisp were a college physics student who had a passion for theater, an outdoorsman who recently hiked the Pacific Crest Trail …


Twisp blaze kills three firefighters as towns evacuate

WINTHROP, Wash. – Three firefighters were killed and four others injured Wednesday as raging wildfires advanced on towns in north-central Washington. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the deaths in …


Firefighters were overtaken by fire after vehicle crash

WINTHROP, Wash. - The U.S. Forest Service closed a large chunk of the North Fork Coeur d’Alene River drainage Wednesday due to a forecast of hazardous fire weather and because …


Firefighters camp at Priest Lake will be used for regionwide deployments

Firefighters will be a common sight in Priest Lake this summer, with the creation of a camp that will dispatch crews to wildfires throughout the region. The facilities set up …


Balkan War survivor battling wildfires to give back to U.S.

He’s survived the brutality of war. Now he’s ready to fight fires. This week Faton Sadiku, who goes by Tony, took part in the annual wildfire training program “Guard School” …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago After years of emotional debate, the state of Washington voted to go dry three years before the nation at large.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A “kid fire station” was on duty 24 hours a day in the vicinity of Glass Avenue and Stone Street in Spokane.


Doctors don’t address weight with firefighters

Sexy images of rippling abs and rock-hard biceps under those firefighter uniforms may obscure a serious problem: More than 70 percent of firefighters are overweight or obese, and most of …


Spokane Valley firefighters train in gear, step for charity

The weather leaned toward frigid Saturday morning, but temperatures in the teens didn’t stop members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department from stepping up to raise money for the Leukemia …


Fire district settles with architect, engineer over station errors

The Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners voted Monday to accept a mediated settlement with the architect who designed the new Edgecliff Fire Station. Commissioners voted unanimously to accept $35,000 from …


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 …


New fire district chief eases into role

As a boy, Tony Nielsen was always listening for his heroes. “I would hear a siren and jump on my bike and take off and go wherever the firefighters were,” …


Firefighter vows return to duty after sudden fall at funeral

On July 8, longtime Spokane firefighter John Knighten was laid to rest in Spokane at a funeral attended by hundreds of firefighters. One of Knighten’s pallbearers, firefighter Mike Rose, walked …


Memorial, funeral honoring firefighter set for Monday

A public memorial for Spokane firefighter John Knighten is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at the Convention Center. A procession to Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake will follow. …


Union chief: LEOFF-1 firefighters a minority

Kelly Fox has been the president of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters union since 1996, and he’s been a firefighter in Olympia longer than that. So he is …


Shawn Vestal: Spiking public safety pensions hurts poor kids the most

The firefighters and city governments who gamed the system – and the taxpayers – for massive extra pension payments have cost the state more than the extra million bucks or …


State burned by spiked fire pensions

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – By the end of 2009, three veteran managers at Lakewood Fire District 2 earned salaries that topped $175,000 annually – more than Seattle’s fire chief, who was …


Spokane Valley Fire chief to step down

When Spokane Valley Fire Department Chief Mike Thompson came out of retirement to take his current job, he told fire commissioners that he could promise them between five and eight …


4 firefighters shot, 2 fatally, in western NY

Four volunteer firefighters responding to an intense pre-dawn house fire were shot Monday morning, two fatally, leading to a shootout between a suspect and police in suburban Rochester, N.Y., police …


District 9 chief had leading role coordinating area fire efforts

When Spokane County Fire District 9 Chief Bob Anderson hung up his uniform last week after 38 years as a firefighter, he made a little history. To the best of …


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 …


Labor deal has familiar look

Eight months after the Spokane City Council rejected a firefighters labor contract negotiated by the last mayor, the new mayor has agreed to nearly the same terms. City officials say …