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Posted: May 16, 2019

Lake Wenatchee fire district agrees to buy former school property near Plain

Lake Wenatchee's fire district will acquire and develop 5.37 acres next to Beaver Valley Elementary School to build a new fire station adjacent to Chumstick Highway near Plain. The Cascade School Board voted Monday to approve the sale of the property, valued initially at $340,000, which has been under discussion since 2017.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:24:51 PM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
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Posted: May 16, 2019

New Lake Assault Boats Fireboat Now on Duty with Rabun County (GA) Fire Services

Rabun County fireboat

The Rabun County Fire Services, located in the northeast corner of Georgia, has placed a Lake Assault Boats fireboat into service on Lake Rabun, an 835-acre reservoir with 25 miles of shoreline. The new craft provides fire suppression and emergency response services for homeowners, visitors, and Georgia Power facilities located on the lake.

“The combination of hydroelectric plants and a growing number of high-end waterfront single family homes in a region susceptible to wildfires make our on-the-water emergency response capabilities a critical part of our department’s mission,” said Captain John Murray of the Rabun County Fire Services. “The new fireboat has greatly improved our emergency response performance and significantly reduced our ISO rating.”

The 26-foot craft can quickly transport water into a network of standpipes located along the shoreline – that were furnished by neighborhood homeowners’ associations – to supply lake water for ground-based firefighting operations. Moreover, its deck-mounted monitor enables the craft to conduct direct fire attack.


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The fireboat is powered via twin 175 hp Mercury outboard engines, and features a 1,250-gpm fire pump driven by a marinized V-6 engine. The TFT Hurricane monitor is rated at 1,250 gpm and there are four discharge ports including one that feeds a 5-inch large diameter hose (LDH). Other features include a 63-inch hydraulically operated bow door capable of transporting ATVs, a swing-out side dive door, and a Davit crane with two access points.

The T-top pilothouse is seven-feet long and has an interior clearance height of 76 inches. Its componentry includes a helm station with fire pump and monitor controls, and a 12-inch touchscreen commands a full suite of advanced electronics, including: forward looking infrared (FLIR), sonar with side structure scan, chartplotter, and GPS.

“We’ve been blown away by our new fireboat’s performance – it is smooth, agile, quick to plane, and very easy to operate,” added Murray. “Plus, once on the scene, we can be flowing water in a matter of seconds.”

Located in a mountainous region in the far northeast corner of Georgia, Rabun County Fire Services protects 361 square miles with a department that includes 200 volunteer firefighters, six paid personnel, 12 volunteer fire stations, 17 engines, 11 tankers, 11 mini pumpers and three fireboats. Each year the department responds to approximately 2,000 calls.

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Posted: May 16, 2019

Chehalis Fire Officials Warn of Serious Fire Season, Encourage Homes Be Made ‘Defensible Spaces’

About a decade ago, the prospect of a wildfire in southwest Washington wasn’t as severe as it is today, said Chehalis Fire Chief Ken Cardinale, adding that changing weather patterns resulting in fire-prone conditions will require the public to be more proactive in protecting property. “The threat of wildfire here in Lewis County has changed over the past five to 10 years,” said Cardinale.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 10:36:02 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
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Posted: May 16, 2019

New Study Examines Lay Responders’ Ability to Stop Severe Bleeding

Does the American public feel empowered and equipped to stop life-threatening bleeding? A new study published in Prehospital Emergency Care finds that lay responders are not only willing to apply specialized dressings designed to stop severe bleeding, but that their confidence in doing so significantly increases after a brief education and practice session.

The study, sponsored by the American Red Cross and led by Craig Goolsby, MD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education of the Uniformed Services University’s Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, observed 360 lay responders as they applied hemostatic dressings, which contain ingredients or special designs to promote quick clotting of blood. After a brief education with a standardized video and practice, more than half (56 percent) of the participants could correctly apply hemostatic dressings, and the number of participants willing to get involved and use the dressings more than doubled.

“Everyone should have the knowledge and skills to help in an emergency and save lives,” says Dr. Goolsby, also a member of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. “It’s important to recognize that the immediate actions taken by members of the public before first responders arrive on the scene give victims a better chance at recovering from life-threatening, serious injuries and cardiac emergencies.”

Red Cross training courses – both online and in-person – make it easy for individuals to get the skills they need to prepare for the unexpected, from small accidents to major emergencies such as mass-casualty events.

For example, more than 1,000 people have been trained using the Red Cross First Aid for Severe Bleeding online course since its debut in November 2018. The Red Cross is offering this 30-minute online module, which instructs students on recognizing and controlling severe bleeding, for free in support of Stop the Bleed Month (May), EMS Week (May 19-25) and Stop the Bleed Day (May 23). To take advantage of this promotion, people should go to the First Aid for Severe Bleeding online course page, register and enter coupon code: STBFREE1219.

This EMS Week, join the Red Cross as it honors EMS providers, particularly those who are Red Cross instructors. In addition to saving lives, these instructors teach lifesaving skills such as first aid and CPR to more than 2.2 million people in the United States annually.

Here are some other ways to support EMS providers:


This week, resolve to be the first to act in an emergency. Sign up for a Red Cross course – it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. The Red Cross offers a variety of First Aid and CPR/AED classes to fit your needs, from online to in-person.
  2. Purchase a bleeding control kit through the Red Cross store. The professional kits contain tourniquets, trauma shears, nitrile gloves, and hemostatic dressings.
  3. Download the free Red Cross First Aid App that provide users with instant access to information on heart attacks, sudden cardiac arrest, performing Hands-Only CPR and other emergencies.


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Posted: May 16, 2019

Spokane lays off 10 dispatchers as it considers joining new emergency communications center

The city of Spokane gave layoff notices to more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a new emergency communications center. City spokeswoman Marlene Feist said the city once contracted with other fire departments across the area for emergency communications, but those fire departments have said they will now be working with the new Spokane Regional Emergency Communications Center instead.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 7:14:07 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
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