Author to read ‘The Giving Tree’ at Issaquah Barnes & Noble on Saturday

December 5, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 5, 2014

Tim Castner, a firefighter and author from the Eastside, will read his Christmas Book “The Giving Tree” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Issaquah Barnes & Noble, 1530 11th Ave. N.W.

Castner is a bestselling author of a series of children’s books sharing emergency calls with kids through the characters Nozzlehead, Halfcap, Scout and their fire dog Spotnot.

During the event, the Eastside Fire & Rescue Reindeer Engine will appear and Castner will accept donations for the Adopt-a-Family program he has run for the past five years to provide food, clothing and gifts to families in the 200 square miles of area that Eastside firefighters cover.

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All in pink, Eastside Fire & Rescue supports breast cancer awareness this week

October 13, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 13, 2014

Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and staff will be decked out in pink T-shirts Oct. 13-18 to help raise awareness of breast cancer.

Most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take steps to detect the disease in the earliest stage, when it is most often curable, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Through the awareness effort, EFR and many other entities hope people will learn about early detection, diagnosis, treatment, stages, myths, etc.

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Local Eastside Fire & Rescue stations host open houses Oct. 11

October 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 10, 2014

As part of Fire Prevention Week, Eastside Fire & Rescue is hosting open houses at 10 of its 16 facilities from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11.

The stations participating in the open houses are as follows:

Sammamish: Station 81, 2030 212th Ave. S.E.; Station 82, 1851 228th Ave. N.E.; and Station 83, 3425 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E.

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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

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