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UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

New emergency communications center taps next leader

Less than three weeks after it launched on July 1, the Spokane Regional Emergency Communications announced it has hired a new leader to replace outgoing Executive Director Steve Reinke.

UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Despite demands from Spokane City Council, city is relying on new dispatch center

Despite orders from the Spokane City Council to maintain an independent dispatch crew for firefighters, the city is now relying on a new regional system to handle emergency calls.

Union warns Disney World fire department is understaffed

Firefighters for Walt Disney World’s private government say they’re understaffed and that poses a safety risk as the Florida theme park resort grows even bigger with this year’s openings of …

Firefighter recruitment ad touts ‘Low Pay, Cool Helmet’

A Missouri county trying to recruit new firefighters is getting real with its sales pitch, saying in signs posted outside its stations that the job offers “Hard Labor, Odd Hours, …

Bellingham Fire employees trained on newly deceased person

Officials said a Bellingham Fire Department officer retired and another resigned after an investigation revealed a deceased person was taken to a fire station in July where several department members …

UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018

Spokane Valley Fire Department gets oxygen masks for pets

The Spokane Valley Fire Department got new lifesaving equipment for the dogs and cats of Spokane Valley Wednesday.

Then and Now: While Spokane burned, the city’s water superintendent was in Coeur d’Alene doing boat repairs

Spokane’s water superintendent, Rolla A. Jones, was in Coeur d’Alene doing repairs on a steamboat he owned when Spokane’s great fire of 1889 broke out.

UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017

Inner tubers rescued from Spokane River; empty kayak spurs search along banks

Firefighers from Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire Departments fished a group of inner tubers out of the Spokane River Saturday after they became entangled with clump of low-hanging tree branches.

Oakland fire chief goes on leave two months after deadly warehouse fire

Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, whose department has come under criticism for what many consider lax inspection at the Ghost Ship warehouse where 36 people died in December, has …

Former Pend Oreille County paramedic focus of state case concerning stolen painkillers

A former paramedic suspected of stealing dozens of boxes of painkillers from his employer, Pend Oreille County Fire District 2, for personal use is the focus of a state Department …

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 …

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 …

Spokane ambulance contract to be rebid

Spokane Mayor David Condon said he would ask for another round of bids for the city’s ambulance contract in response to concerns from City Council President Ben Stuckart. The request …

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 …

Editorial: Fire Department showed flexibility, creativity in medical-call solution

Health care reform has come to the Spokane Fire Department. Even residents with reservations about the Affordable Care Act should welcome the local changes. For years, city residents were accustomed …

Spokane County’s upgraded emergency radio system activated

Officials flipped the switch on a $47 million upgrade of Spokane County’s emergency communications system last weekend. For the first time, fire and law enforcement personnel will be able to …

County testing ‘reverse 911’

Testing of a new “reverse 911” emergency notification system is taking place this week in Spokane County, as officials get ready to put the alert technology online next month. Test …

Spokane County testing emergency phone notifications

Testing of a new “reverse 911” emergency notification system is taking place this week in Spokane County, as officials get ready to put the alert technology online next month.