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UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017

Rescuers convince distraught man to climb out of Spokane River

A rescue team spent nearly an hour trying to coax a distraught man out of the Spokane River as he waded in shallow water Tuesday afternoon, drawing attention from neighbors …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017

Emergency crews converge on Monroe Street Bridge after man spotted swimming in river

A man drew heavy emergency crew presence to the Monroe Street Bridge Thursday morning after he was spotted swimming in the fast-moving Spokane River


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Motorcyclists critically injured in crash with SUV

Two motorcyclists were critically injured Wednesday night after a collision with an SUV that left them trapped underneath the vehicle.


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

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.


Four people rescued from Spokane River; city recommends life jackets

Emergency personnel rescued four people who were clinging to a tree in the Spokane River on Saturday afternoon.


Westview egg drop helps kids think outside the shell

Hundreds of Westview Elementary School kids gathered Thursday morning for something precarious: to watch an egg drop.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017

Brian Schaeffer named Spokane fire chief by Mayor David Condon

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


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Spokane firefighter gets a big suprise: Firefighter of the year

Spokane Firefighter Jhareme Fuller didn’t know until minutes before Thursday’s Lilac Festival luncheon that he was there to be recognized as the firefighter of the year.


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017

Envelope with suspicious substance triggered Spokane County Courthouse evacuation

The Spokane County Courthouse annex was evacuated just before noon Friday due to a suspicious substance found in an envelope.


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

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) …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017

Man rescued from tree in Spokane River at Kendall Yards

A man was rescued from a tree on the edge of the Spokane River in Kendall Yards Tuesday afternoon.


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

Five finalists named to become next Spokane fire chief

The city will hold interviews with the candidates on May 11, according to a news release. The finalists include Interim Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer and Tony Nielsen, chief of Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

Home damaged by fire in East Central Spokane

A home in East Central Spokane was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday morning.


100 years ago in Spokane: Fire Department about to replace its last 5 horses with motorized fire truck

The Spokane Fire Department soon would be without horses, and the savings were big.


UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017

Victim of North Spokane house fire remains hospitalized, condition has improved

Victim of Saturday morning house fire remains hospitalized at Deaconess Hospital, but his condition has improved.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017

World War II veteran dies in house fire in North Spokane

A 95-year-old man died in a house fire early Saturday morning and his son was injured while trying to rescue him.


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017

Flooding emergency declared as Spokane River reaches near-record highs

As the Spokane River continues to rise until its eventual cresting sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, residents in flood-prone areas are preparing for the worst.


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017

Spokane leaders urge voters to extend sales tax funding 911 service

First responders and elected leaders in Spokane are urging voters to approve in April the extension of a sales tax they say will keep the emergency communication system from falling …


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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Former fire captain goes on trial for murder

Former Spokane Fire Capt. J.F. Grant was on trial for shooting Walter Layman in the street after he found Layman walking with his wife. A man who lived next to …


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017

House fire injures man squatting in vacant northwest Spokane home

A man was seriously injured in a house fire started by squatters at an abandoned northwest Spokane home Monday morning.


Spokane woman goes down to the Spokane River to photograph ducks, finds a submerged car instead

Rescue crews filled the area of Desmet Avenue and Hogan Street in search of that apparently drove into the Spokane River.


Spokane fire engine preserved for historical significance but there’s no place to exhibit it

Tom Heckler, curator of the Spokane Fire Department museum, was recently gifted a 1977 engine to add to his collection. The problem? He doesn’t have anywhere to display it.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017

Burst water pipe triggers fire alarm at River Park Square

A burst sprinkler pipe at a downtown Pottery Barn store led to evacuations at River Park Square Monday evening.


Fire torches house in north Spokane

Firefighters are investigating a blaze that badly damaged a home in north Spokane early Tuesday.


City sets aside $550,000 to defend claims by former employees

The Spokane City Council approved this week a budget of $550,000 for private representation in two cases brought by former employees who claim harassment and discrimination. The contracts are needed …


Woman loses beloved dog in house fire in north Spokane

Nikita Gilbert adopted her dog, a pitbull-boxer mix named Cinnamon, from the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Agency more than a year ago.