Monday, September 26, 2011

Historic Mik Bottle Building Fire 9/25/11

Last night the historic Milk Bottle and neighboring Ferguson's cafe became engulfed in flames that was intensified due to flames and heat reaching a ground level natural gas line

You can view pictures of the incident here:

Our station was not involved in this incident. Crews from the Spokane Fire Department were on scene taking care of this fire.

The Milk Bottle was built in 1932 and was seen in the movie "Benny and June" in 1993.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Prairie Day 9/24/11

 Today was the annual Prairie Day Celebration. On Prairie Day, the grange opens up to local small produce farmers and crafters to sell their wares. There is usually games for the kids, food and music. On Prairie Day we open the fire station for anyone who wants to come and look at the station and the trucks.

Firefighter Anderson shows of the engine.

Outside produce vendors.

Inside the grange were the various crafts and other people selling their wares.

Across the street at the old school house was the "jump-house", face painting, games, food and the live music.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Birthday 9/21/11

 Station 95 would like to wish Lieutenant Mike Varner a Happy Birthday.

 Have a great day Lieutenant!

Training 9/19/11

 Monday's Training found us down at Station 92 practicing the stairwell stand-pipe attack. We were informed of fire on the third floor of the training tower and had to fight it using the stand-pipe system.

 Getting all the tools needed to make the connection to the FDC (Fire Department Connection)

 Reverse Lay of the 5" Hose

 Firefighter Vangelder was the officer in this evolution and along with Firefighter Mallery, they attacked the "fire" on the third floor.

 Reloading the hose beds.

I fully intended to take more pictures, however I was temporarily distracted by the wide open stand-pipe connection on the 4th floor that subsequently gave me a shower, that I had to turn off.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

District 9 to offer CPR classes to the community

When a medical emergency occurs, immediate attention and care is crucial. Would you know
how to respond?

Fire District 9 encourages every citizen to be prepared.

To assist in your preparation, we offer Adult Heartsaver CPR classes on a regular basis.
Classes are free of charge to residents and business of Fire District 9. There is a nominal charge for those outside our district.
The class covers adult CPR, child CPR (over age 1), choking and AED use. This class is perfect for worksites, safety personnel, caregivers, school staff and staff working in a medical setting but do not provide direct patient care.

Class time is 4 hours, and the certification is valid for 2 years. All participants perform a
CPR skills test.

We also offer a FREE Friends and Family CPR class that covers adult CPR, child CPR, infant CPR and choking. No certification card is issued for this class.

This class is perfect for new parents and family members, as well as community

Sign up for a class today or get additional information by calling 466-4602
members that want to know CPR.

You Could Save a Life!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pinebluff Wildfire 9/13/11

Yesterday brought us to wildfire in the approximately the same area. This fire was the larger of the two. Crews from Stations 91, 93, 95, 97 and crews from District 5, as well as the DNR responded to this fire and quickly confined and contained it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rattlesnake Ridge Wildfire 9/11/11

This wildfire was called in about 2:00pm in the afternoon, reports of heavy smoke and fire in the trees. Brush 91 was first on scene with Attack 92 and Brush 95 in respectively afterward.

Lieutenant Borders getting assignments for Division Zulu at Attack 92. Division Zulu was the western flank of the fire and crews from Brush 49, Brush 95, Attack 92 and Attack 93 worked the Division Zulu line, assisted with 2 crews from Airway Heights, DNR and Turnbull Crews who arrived later into the fire.

Crews were assisted with water drops from both a helicopter and fixed wing airplane from the DNR.

Firefighter Vangelder and Lieutenant Borders retracing the trail and looking for hot spots.

Southern part of the fire. The crews from Attack 93 and Brush 95, laying down more wet line and mopping up.

This was estimated to be about 7.5 acres. Brush 95 was on scene for about 7.5 hours, before being released and put back in service.

More photos can be found on the KHQ website and more may be uploaded later as they become available.

Photos taken by Firefighter Hunt.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Whitworth Football Recognizes First Responders

In honor and remembrance of 9/11, Whitworth University offered all active and retired military, police, firefighters and EMT's free admission with up to 3 family members to watch a football game. Today the Whitworth Pirates faced off against the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Before the game, the announcer had all first responders stand and be recognized by the crowd. Whitworth won the game 34-7. Here are some pictures and video clips from the game.

Warm up.

Marching onto the field of battle.

Color Guard presenting the U.S and Washington State flags.

Opening kick off.
And some shots from the game.

Job Opportunities

Spokane County Fire District #9 has issue a posting for new job opportunities within the district. The posting can be found at the following link.

District 9 Job Posting Link

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Texas Fires Viewed From Space

The BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, has burned 34,068 acres and destroyed 1,386 homes and the
BEAR CREEK fire has burned 25,000 acres.

In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 176 fires for 126,844 acres.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Remembering 9/11/01

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th, 2001. I can still remember to this day, where I was when I heard the news, and I would imagine most still do. I felt it would be good to take this time to recall some of the events of that day. 

8:46 AM: Flight 11 crashes into the WTC (World Trade Center) north tower, Flight 11 crashes at roughly 490 mph into the north side of the north tower of the World Trade Center, between floors 94 and 98. The aircraft enters the tower mostly intact. It plows to the building core, severing all three gypsum-encased stairwells, dragging combustibles with it. A massive shock wave travels down to the ground and up again. 

8:46 to 10:29: At least 100 people (some accounts say as many as 250), primarily in the north tower, trapped by fire and smoke in the upper floors, jump to their deaths. One person at street level, firefighter Daniel Thomas Suhr, is hit by a jumper and dies. No form of airborne evacuation is attempted as smoke is too dense for a successful landing on the roof of either tower. 

9:03: Flight 175 crashes into the south WTC tower. Flight 175 crashes at about 590 mph (950 km/h) into the south side of the south tower, banked between floors 78 and 84. 

 9:38 AM: Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, ripping a gaping hole into it.

9:59 AM: The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses. 

10:10 AM: Flight 93 crashes in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 45 people, including the terrorists die on board.

10:28 AM: The World Trade Center north tower collapses.
In this tragic moment in time 2,749 people lost their lives. 23 NYPD police officers and 343 NYFD firefighters gave their lives in an attempt try and save others. It is important to remember these events, as they are etched into our souls and written upon the very fabric of our hears. Let us also never forget the brave and their sacrifice, those who willingly risk their lives, day in and day out to keep us safe. Let us remember those who fought bravely and brought down United 93 into a field in Shanksville. Pennsylvania, potentially saving hundreds or thousands of more lives. 

 Take a moment this week to reflect upon how this event has changed you, and just pause to remember.