Editorial — Be safe in the water in this warm weather

July 2, 2015

Leading up to the long Independence Day weekend, Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are urging everyone to be extremely careful when heading out on the water.

Pine Lake, Beaver Lake, Rattlesnake Lake, Lake Joy, Lake Kathleen, Lake McDonald and Lake Sammamish, along with the Snoqualmie River and its tributaries, attract a lot of recreationalists, especially this time of year.

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Area is under burning moratorium

June 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 23, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s annual burn moratorium is in effect through Sept. 30 for residents in Issaquah, Sammamish and nearby communities.

The seasonal burning moratorium is a precautionary measure to reduce fire danger.

For summertime cookouts, propane, natural gas and charcoal fires do not require a burn permit. Other fires require a free burn permit from EFR. Call 313-3200.

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Eastside, Redmond firefighters battle to extinguish blaze at lakeside home

June 17, 2015

By Greg Farrar Firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue and the Redmond Fire Department drain, roll up and pack their fire hoses after putting out a house fire at 2927 East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast at 2:45 p.m. June 11. The first call was received at 1:26 p.m. and the first engines arriving observed a thermal column rising from a back corner of the home from a mile away, Deputy Chief Greg Tryon said. Challenges included keeping firefighters hydrated in the hot weather and keeping the fire from spreading to dry brush, which has come very early in the fire season, Tryon added. It’s a timely warning to homeowners to do preventative landscape maintenance for summer. East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast was closed for roughly two hours and traffic was detoured around the area.

By Greg Farrar
Firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue and the Redmond Fire Department drain, roll up and pack their fire hoses after putting out a house fire at 2927 East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast at 2:45 p.m. June 11. The first call was received at 1:26 p.m. and the first engines arriving observed a thermal column rising from a back corner of the home from a mile away, Deputy Chief Greg Tryon said. Challenges included keeping firefighters hydrated in the hot weather and keeping the fire from spreading to dry brush, which has come very early in the fire season, Tryon added. It’s a timely warning to homeowners to do preventative landscape maintenance for summer. East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast was closed for roughly two hours and traffic was detoured around the area.

Klahanie annexation seems destined to wait until 2016

June 10, 2015

Though one councilman insists the city promised it would happen this summer, the Klahanie annexation area almost certainly will not become part of Sammamish this year.

While the Sammamish City Council will pass an ordinance formalizing the annexation before the end of July, the annexation date likely will be Jan. 1, 2016. An earlier annexation just is not possible, City Manger Ben Yazici said.

Officials had been looking at an annexation date of Aug. 1.

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Volunteer firefighters needed at Eastside Fire & Rescue

June 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 6, 2015

Eastside Fire & Rescue officials are wrapping up their annual recruitment effort, with volunteer firefighter applications due by June 15.

Volunteer firefighters are being sought for every community served by the agency.

EFR operates 14 stations in and around Sammamish, North Bend, Carnation, Wilderness Rim, May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Preston and Issaquah. To maintain a capable force to supplement and compliment the career staff efforts, EFR needs to bring in about 30 volunteers a year.

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Correction

May 13, 2015

The story “Eastside Fire & Rescue may seek status as a nonprofit,” in the May 6 edition of Sammamish Review, incorrectly stated with whom EFR is negotiating its collective bargaining agreement. EFR’s union is negotiating with EFR leadership.

Explore, interact and discover at Sammamish’s Rig-A-Palooza

May 12, 2015

NEW — 1:15 p.m. May 12, 2015

Residents are invited to explore the vehicles that keep the city of Sammamish moving at a special festival this Saturday.

Rig-A-Palooza will allow attendees to get up close and personal with vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks and garbage trucks, while interacting with the community helpers that keep the city safe, clean and functioning.

City partners schedule to attend with their vehicles include Republic Service, Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District, Eastside Fire & Rescue, Sammamish Police, King County Sheriff’s Department, United States Postal Service, city of Sammamish, YMCA and Ruby’s Towing.

Food will be available for purchase from 314 Pie and Movin’ 92.5 will provide entertainment.

Rig-A-Palooza goes from noon to 3 p.m. May 16 on the Commons Plaza, 801 228th Ave. S.E.

Eastside Fire & Rescue may seek status as a nonprofit

May 5, 2015

Though it may not happen soon, Eastside Fire & Rescue is looking to become the first official nonprofit emergency service entity in Washington.

“Essentially, we’re a large umbrella group,” Deputy Chief Bud Backer said.

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Gas leak under control, East Lake Sammamish Parkway partially reopened

April 28, 2015

NEW — 1:43 p.m. April, 28, 2015

One lane of East Lake Sammamish Parkway is open after the roadway was closed for several hours this morning following a natural gas leak in the area of Northeast 49th Place and the parkway.

Puget Sound Energy crews had sealed the leak by about noon, Tim Larson, Sammamish communications coordinator, said in a press release.

The parkway had been completely closed north of Inglewood Hill Road. By noon, traffic was getting through in both directions as north and southbound drivers took turns using the one open lane with the help of flaggers.

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Homes evacuated, part of East Lake Sammamish Parkway closed due to gas leak

April 28, 2015

NEW — 10:34 a.m. April 28, 2015

A natural gas leak in the area of Northeast 49th Place and East Lake Sammamish Parkway has caused the evacuation of an unknown number of homes and the closure of East Lake Sammamish Parkway north of Inglewood Hill Road.

A private contractor working on a new home accidently punctured a gas main, according to the city of Sammamish.

Sammamish Police tweeted at about 10:20 a.m. that the street would reopen in about an hour.

The first emergency unit was sent to the area at 9:03 a.m., Eastside Fire & Rescue headquarters administration assistant Jay Hart said.

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