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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Scholarships for students: Fire department in Alaska helps their staffing by helping students

With tight budgets and dwindling amounts of volunteer help, interior fire departments struggle with maintaining staffing. In 2011 the Steese Volunteer Fire Department came up with an idea to help -- they began providing scholarships and a place to live for students who are going to UAF. "We are able to staff two stations, two ambulances, two engines, with these scholarship folks to serve the community for minimal amount of money," said Captain Ruth Church.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVF-TV NBC 11 Fairbanks
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Posted: Feb 17, 2020

Remains believed to be Issaquah hostage-taker found in burned home

A body has been found inside a charred Issaquah home where an armed man had held his sister and her family hostage for hours this weekend, according to the Washington State Patrol. A medical examiner arrived to an Issaquah home Monday afternoon after a cadaver dog found human remains. Investigators believe the remains to be the 28-year-old gunman that held his sister, her boyfriend, and two children ages 5 and 8 hostages Saturday night.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 6:36:27 PM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
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Posted: Feb 17, 2020

1 injured as propane tanks explode at Bellingham homeless camp

One person was injured when several small propane tanks exploded at a homeless camp in Bellingham, police said. Bellingham Firefighters reported the fire just after 7:30 a.m. Sunday in the area of Barkley and Brandywine, officials said. There they found several small propane tanks had exploded with several more threatened nearby.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 8:37:47 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
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Posted: Feb 16, 2020

Region: BLM to fund 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in West to help fight wildfires

The Bureau of Land Management announced plans Friday to fund 11,000 miles of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and help protect firefighters, communities and natural resources.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2020 11:49:36 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
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Posted: Feb 14, 2020

Marysville's first woman firefighter retiring

Marysville Fire District’s first career woman firefighter will retire after 24 years. Krista Longspaugh began her career part-time in 1996. She served as a drive/operator and was also a member of the IAFF Local 3219. “I’m honored to serve this community,” she said. “We really are a family here, and the friendships I’ve made are something I’ll always cherish.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 2:57:57 AM - SOURCE: Marysville Globe
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