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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

Okanogan firefighter dies from injuries sustained in September wildfire

After suffering extensive burns fighting a wildfire south of Okanogan last month, Christian Johnson, 55, died Wednesday.

UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

‘Facing the monster’: Spokane firefighter battles PTSD

Not long ago, had you asked Lou Franchino, a Spokane firefighter for 23 years, if he would ever return to work, he would have said no.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019

Two former Spokane Valley fire captains died in December. In both cases, long-term exposure to toxins may be to blame.

For the second time in less than a week, the Spokane Valley Fire Department has announced the death of a former fire captain, and again, work-related exposure to toxins is …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

Former Spokane Valley Fire captain dies from firefighting-related cancer

The Spokane Valley Fire Department announced Friday that its former captain, Tim Cruger, died on Monday from cancer caused by exposure to toxic smoke on the job.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018

Idaho reviews prison fire crews after inmate accused of rape

Idaho is reviewing its program for temporarily releasing prison inmates to help fight wildfires after an inmate was charged with raping a woman working at a remote Utah firefighting base …

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018

Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison

A massive natural gas explosion killed a firefighter and leveled portions of a city block in a southern Wisconsin community, including a bar the firefighter owned, authorities said Wednesday.

California firefighter killed in retirement home shooting

A resident of a retirement home in Southern California opened fire on firefighters responding to a report of an explosion in the building, killing a veteran fire captain and wounding …

Sandpoint man set to run 100 miles in firefighting gear to promote a healthy, cancer-fighting lifestyle

Gwen LeTutour strains against the laces on his large, cumbersome firefighting boots, pulling the leather tight against his intricately tape-wrapped feet and ankles. He shrugs on his heavy black and …

UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018

Washington’s first female firefighter dies

Retired Bellevue Fire Department Capt. Jeanette Woldseth died in February from complications due to cancer. She was 64.

NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on Harlem movie set

A New York City firefighter died after he became separated from his unit as they battled a fierce, smoky blaze that broke out in the basement of a former Harlem …

Montana firefighter injured by exploding ammunition

Montana firefighter suffered a wrist injury when he was struck by exploding ammunition while battling a mobile home fire near Lincoln, northwest of Helena.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

Deadly California wildfire continues to grow

Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands …

Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history.

Firefighter who saved fellow fireman suffered severe burns

An eastern Idaho firefighter being treated for burns is credited with saving another firefighter’s life.

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

19-year-old firefighter killed by falling tree in Montana

Authorities say a 19-year-old firefighter has died after being struck by a falling tree while responding to a blaze in Western Montana.

Seattle firefighter sues after injuries from gas explosion

A Seattle firefighter is suing Puget Sound Energy and one of its contractors, saying he has lingering injuries after being knocked out by a natural-gas explosion that leveled two buildings …

UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017

Dallas mayor: Body of suspected shooter found in home

A man suspected of shooting and critically injuring a paramedic who was tending to a shooting victim on Monday has been found dead in a Dallas home, authorities said.

Dog pulled from California fire revived after 20 minutes

California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes.

Fire commissioners reprimanded for racial remarks

The Snohomish County Fire District Board of Commissioners has voted to issue a written reprimand to two of its members caught on tape making racially insensitive comments about Mexican laborers.

Tacoma fire department revises hiring after firefighter’s drug death

The Tacoma Fire Department has revised their hiring practices in the wake of a News Tribune story about a firefighter who died of a drug overdose last summer after showing …

Spokane police, firefighters helping kids with autism get comfortable around first responders

Spokane police and firefighters regularly participate in a program to help kids on the autism spectrum develop positive relationships with first responders.

Firefighter dies, 1 hurt as 1,000 battle California wildfire

A firefighter among those battling a central California wildfire died Wednesday and another firefighter was hurt when the water tanker truck they were in overturned near Vandenberg Air Force base, …

Burned firefighter feels normal again after face transplant

A Mississippi firefighter who received the world’s most extensive face transplant after a burning building collapsed on him said Wednesday that he feels like “a normal guy” for the first …

California wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews

A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running …

Possible human remains found in deadly California wildfire

Authorities may have found human remains Saturday within a voracious wildfire in central California that has claimed two lives and burned 150 homes.

Firefighter shares breathing mask to save trapped woman

A District of Columbia firefighter is being praised as a hero after he climbed a ladder to a burning third-floor apartment and shared his breathing mask with a trapped 65-year-old …

Firefighter pays struggling family’s $1K electric bill

A suburban Detroit firefighter has paid off a struggling family’s electricity bill of more than $1,000 after responding to a call at their home.

Special delivery: Couple’s baby born at Valley fire station

A quick delivery brought Jeffrey Jay Baxter Jr. into the world Tuesday evening under the bright fluorescent lights of a Spokane Valley fire station. Jeffrey’s father, Jeff Baxter, a city …

Firefighter briefly trapped in burning home

A firefighter was briefly trapped in the basement of a burning home early this morning in Diamond Lake, north of Spokane. KHQ reports he was rescued and treated at a …

Whitworth’s Cochran comes out smokin’

Two of Aaron Cochran’s passions merged the other day. The junior defensive lineman and his Whitworth football teammates were leaving the practice field when the conversation turned to the haze …