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Posted: Sep 21, 2018

U.S. Army vet, Spokane firefighter running for mayor

Shawn Poole isn't a career politician. In fact, he calls himself a "working class, knuckle-dragging firefighter," who has spent his entire life as a public servant. "Civil servitude is about giving back to the community," said Poole. "And my entire adult life I've been a servant." Poole is running for mayor of Spokane.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 3:32:05 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
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Posted: Sep 20, 2018

Kennewick Fire Dept. awarded $2.3M SAFER grant for more firefighters

Kennewick Professional Firefighters announced on their Facebook page that the Kennewick Fire Department is one of the recipients of the SAFER Grant through FEMA. "What is the SAFER grant?" The Facebook page asked rhetorically, then explaining: "The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 5:59:26 PM - SOURCE: NBCRightNow.com
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Posted: Sep 20, 2018

Spokane Fire Department increases response size near homeless shelter after threats, vandalism

The Spokane Fire Department is changing how it answers calls after threats against on-duty firefighters going to help near a downtown homeless shelter. According to Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, people have tagged equipment and threatened firefighters. "They've been armed by what we would identify as weapons, pipes and other methods of blunt force trauma," Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:56:36 PM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
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Posted: Sep 20, 2018

Skagit County Fire District 6 receives grant for fill station

Skagit County Fire District 6 will no longer have to rely on neighboring departments to fill its breathing apparatus tanks after receiving a $69,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant. The money will be used to purchase an air compressor and filling station for the district’s self-contained breathing apparatus packs.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 2:39:56 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
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Posted: Sep 20, 2018

Battle Ground man tried to save victim from fiery fatal crash

Steven Gorbet doesn’t know why he decided to try to rescue an apparently unconscious man stuck in a vehicle that veered off Interstate 5 on Tuesday night, hitting a tree and catching fire. Gorbet simply jumped into action. “I don’t know,” Gorbet said in a phone interview. “I just kind of did it.” The Battle Ground resident was southbound on the freeway shortly before midnight, headed home from a hunting trip in the Leavenworth area, when he noticed what he thought was a small brush fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:54:36 PM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
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