Fear of gas leak shuts down downtown Issaquah

September 17, 2014

NEW — 11:12 a.m. Sept. 17, 2014

Police and firefighters descended on downtown Issaquah this morning, blocking off streets and trying to clear the area of people, after someone reported the smell of gas in the building that used to house Mills Music.

“After the North Bend gas leak, we were being extra careful,” said Patrol Sgt. Paul Fairbanks, of the Issaquah Police Department.

An explosion caused by a natural gas leak leveled several buildings in North Bend on April 25.

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EFR raises baby safety awareness

September 16, 2014

For the past two decades, September has been designated as National Baby Safety Month. Eastside Fire & Rescue encourages parents, caretakers and others to follow simple tips to keep little ones safe from poisoning.

“Safely discarding of no-longer-used cleaning products is the best place to start,” Greg Tryon, deputy chief of operations, said in a news release. “If an item is not there, there’s just no risk.”

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New firefighters join EFR

September 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 11, 2014

Five firefighters have been hired by Eastside Fire & Rescue to fill vacancies that exist or will happen by year’s end.

“This bunch is quite diverse, very talented and certainly motivated, so we could not be happier,” Fire Chief Lee Soptich said in a news release.

The five include a couple of military veterans, an experienced firefighter from a neighboring district, a former EFR volunteer and an owner of her own white-water rafting company.

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EFR on the road to becoming a nonprofit

August 7, 2014

New: Aug. 7, 10:33 a.m.

A move to make Eastside Fire & Rescue into a nonprofit is proceeding, but the Sammamish City Council wants some answers before they’ll support the effort.
Sammamish is a member of the consortium, including Issaquah, North Bend and Fire Districts 10 and 38, which provides fire and emergency services to the area. Read more

Firefighters bring career perspectives to Beaver Lake

June 22, 2014

New: June 22, 10:14 a.m.

If Chris Tarkir hadn’t been tenacious, he likely never would have landed what he calls his “dream job” with Eastside Fire & Rescue.
“It’s about believing in yourself, and probably the biggest characteristic a person has to have is that you can’t take no for an answer,” Tarkir told a group of students during a June 5 visit to Beaver Lake Middle School’s !MPACT after-school program.
Four of the Issaquah School District’s five middle schools offer !MPACT as a safe haven for students with working parents. The program generally runs until 6 p.m. on weekdays, and costs between $95 and $230 a month depending on how often a child attends. Read more

EFR imposes seasonal burn moratorium

June 16, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue begins the annual burning moratorium on June 15.  Anyone living within the boundaries of EFR needs to be aware of these guidelines:

Cooking and recreational burning, permit required (no-fee permit)

  • Not subject to the seasonal burn ban moratorium.
  • Cooking and recreational fires burning wood shall use only dry, seasoned wood.
  • Propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit.

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EFR agreement staying in place

May 13, 2014

New: May 13, 2:43 p.m.

Councilwoman Nancy Whitten raised the idea of re-opening parts of the Eastside Fire & Rescue agreement, but none of the other Sammamish City Council members were interested.
The agency is in the midst of becoming a nonprofit organization, which would allow some administrative changes that will not affect service to residents. Read more

EFR reduces turnout time

April 25, 2014

New: April 25, 1:16 p.m.

Units from Eastside Fire & Rescue have some of the best turnout times in the area, according to Laura Philpot, Sammamish’s assistant city manager.

During an April 14 presentation to the City Council, Philpot gave an overview of fire services in Sammamish.

She showed a graphic highlighting the turnout times from various fire stations around King County, and showed that EFR stations are consistently among the top. Read more

Sammamish firefighter climbs to honor her sister

March 16, 2014

New: March 16, 3:41 p.m.

Emily Harig stood out in the crowd of firefighters and volunteers at the Big Climb March 9 in Seattle. She was the firefighter wearing the pink helmet that read, “Climbing for Julia.”

The Sammamish woman, 21, ran up 1,316 stairs in Seattle’s Columbia Tower during the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“I do the climb for my twin sister, Julia, who died from leukemia eight and a half months ago,” Harig said.

Emily Harig dons a pink firefighter helmet in honor of her sister before the 2013 stair climb.  Contributed photo

Emily Harig dons a pink firefighter helmet in honor of her sister before the 2013 stair climb. Contributed photo

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EFR agreement finalized

January 24, 2014

New: Jan. 24, 11:56 a.m.

It’s finally over. After more than two years of negotiations, an agreement is in place to preserve Eastside Fire & Rescue for at least another seven years.

On a 5-2 vote, the Sammamish City Council approved the new agreement Jan. 21, but not before dissenting council members Tom Odell and Kathleen Huckabay admonished the firefighters’ union. Read more

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