Last-minute changes to the city of Yakima’s 2019 budget left the city with nearly $200,000 to put into its depleted general fund reserve, but it came at a price.
After going back and forth for months on whether the Yakima Fire Department’s public education captain position would be eliminated, the Yakima City Council’s final decision Tuesday was to make the cut and put the $160,000 in savings toward the reserve. The public education captain talks to children and adults in the community about fire safety; provides information to media about the department and its response to fire, EMS and other incidents; and performs other duties.
Hundreds of unionized emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Seattle have set a deadline of Dec. 21 to go on strike, calling into question how the city plans to respond to people in medical crisis if they walk off the job.
City officials say they are working on a plan, but won’t say what it is until a strike is called. Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration “began its contingency planning over three weeks ago” when officials learned of a potential strike, said Durkan spokesman Mark Prentice. Prentice declined to elaborate, saying in an email, “The city is exploring a range of contingency plans that we will share in the event of a strike.”
The techniques used by paramedics and firefighters to transport patients at the scenes of accidents and emergencies save lives, but all that lifting can also wreak havoc on their backs.
Arlington Fire Department last month retrofitted three medic units and an aid car with battery-powered hydraulic patient lifting and lowering systems that will improve patient transfer, while reducing back strain.
“These help our back tremendously, and we can carry heavier loads,” firefighter EMT Nich Sacha said. “Almost every agency in the county has them now.”
The EMS Power Lift Cots came from a $124,615 FEMA grant. The city provided 5 percent in matching funds.
Fire districts across the Tri-Cities rely on volunteers. It allows districts to save money and still provide top-notch care to the community
Volunteers are always needed, but you don't have to become a firefighter in order to volunteer. "I'm not a firefighter. I have no firefighter background," said Bill Leach, volunteer for Benton County Fire District #4. "All mine is in investigation. I do some administrative stuff for them, set up some training opportunities for them."
Leach is also the Deputy Coroner for Benton County. He's been volunteering since 2014.
"I had the opportunity to go to some training that I never would have had the opportunity through the district and Region 8, which encompasses many fire departments," Leach said.
Firefighters say no one is hurt after a family's home in Yakima caught fire early Wednesday morning.
Crews with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) were called to the 800 block of S. 4th Ave. around 5:30 a.m. to find flames at the home.
Firefighters said the smoke alarm alerted the family of five and everyone inside the burning home was able to get out safely.
Firefighters said two kids were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but have since been released.
Fire crews said this blaze took a long time to extinguish. They said the house had undergone multiple rem
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The Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department/Ambulance Service and the Grand Coulee Police Department members and spouses met Saturday night to honor and thank them for their service to the area. The year's activities were recounted, good teamwork the three departments had enjoyed and the fact all the departments had not had any injuries were reported this year. The major wildland fires and large fire in Elmer City with which the volunteers and police officers had been involved were also reviewed. The ambulance is on pace for a record year for number of calls.
Recognition was given Saturday night to Fred Netzel for going on the most ambulance calls, and to Ryan Fish the most fire calls as the Grand Coulee Volunteer Fire Department/Ambulance Service and the Grand Coulee Police Department members and their spouses met to honor and thank all for their service.
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