After a local firefighters’ union filed an “unsafe work environment” complaint with the state, claiming the Camas-Washougal Fire Department’s low staffing levels place firefighters at risk of not being able to save lives and fight fires, the city of Camas issued a statement explaining the fire department’s staffing levels, policies and protocol.
Camas City Administrator Pete Capell sent the city’s response to the East Clark Professional Fire Fighters’ complaint regarding staffing levels to media outlets on Monday afternoon.
“First and foremost, we would like to express how very proud we are of the hard work performed by all our emergency responders every day. They are a tremendous part of our community,” the city’s response states. “It is important to emphasize that no laws have been broken and no disciplinary action was or is going to be taken against the responders … we continue to welcome a conversation with both the East Clark Professional Fire Fighters as well as our Camas community.”
Clark County Fire District 3’s commissioners recently selected Barbara Widlund to serve as its new assistant chief.
Widlund takes over the assistant chief job left open after Scott Sorenson was promoted to chief.
The district said Widlund was chosen from a number of national applicants for the position.
Widlund started her fire service career in 2000 as a volunteer with the district, and was hired full-time in 2001.
Widlund holds an associate’s degree in fire protection technology from Portland Community College, and is currently enrolled in the Managing Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. Widlund is a 1985 graduate of La Center High School.
Widlund has worked as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, captain, engine operator, scene officer, station officer, shift training captain, prefire program manager, breathing apparatus program manager and acting battalion chief.
Widlund is married and lives in Hockinson.
Whitman County Deputies arrested 35-year-old Kelly Brown of Rosalia Thursday afternoon while serving a search warrant on his home.
Deputies had been investigating several property related crimes in the area when they received information about a vehicle that may have been involved in a burglary on Gashous Rd. The theft was reported to authorities in late February. It was later identified as belonging to Brown.
During the investigation, it was discovered that Brown, a current member of the Rosalia Fire Department, had recently pawned a fire department portable radio at a Pawn Shop in Spokane. This led investigators to find several other items had been taken or were missing from the fire department in recent months.
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A New York teen is getting clothes from a local fire department as part of his wish to represent firefighters from around the country while he battles cancer.
Timmy Richardson was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this month and is now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Buffalo.
Timmy comes from a family of firefighters, and he has grown up with plans to become a firefighter his whole life. Since his diagnosis, he and his family have been asking fire departments around the country to send him T-shirts so that he can represent a different department every day that he's in the hospital.
Firefighters from Benton County Fire District #4 heard about Timmy's situation and decided to get involved.
Earlier this week, the sent him a hat, T-shirt, challenge coin and a card signed by the whole crew.
Smokey the Bear has his own bedroom at Ray Kresek's north Spokane home, situated on what resembles a pine tree clearing in the National Forest. Really, though, it's Kresek's homage to bygone days of wildland firefighting at his Fire Lookout Museum.
Thirty varieties of regional conifers and other native shrubbery fill most of Kresek's 1-acre plot, forming the backdrop for a unique structure in his backyard: a nearly 90-year-old fire lookout cabin. Built during the 1930s when forestry departments wanted to top every mountain with a lookout, resulting in more than 8,000 such structures nationwide, the cabin now sits atop a manageable 6-foot platform. Adjacent is Kresek's other on-site lookout: a replica of a tower style incorporating pine trees as part of the structure, jutting 60 feet upward.
Next to the lookouts is a 1936 garage built by the Civilian Conservation Corps for use by the Washington Division of Forestry in Usk.