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Posted: Sep 21, 2020

Arizona fire department fights mental health issues head on

When a fellow Glendale firefighter in despair approached Ashley Losch on the job about struggles with mental health, Ashley found herself in an unfamiliar place. Firefighters are highly trained and highly skilled thinkers and problem solvers by trade. Not this time. “I didn’t feel prepared. I didn’t know how to help them in a way that would be effective other than listening,” Ms.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Independent
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Posted: Sep 21, 2020

Lab coats and fighting fires while social distancing are now norm for these Graham firefighters

If you haven’t seen a firefighter in action lately, you might not recognize them. The long-maintained tradition of firefighters working and living together has undergone major changes in the COVID-19 era. Capt. Shawn Prather and firefighter/EMT Jasper Stenstrom of Graham Fire & Rescue recently gave The News Tribune a modified tour of fire station 95 on 78th Avenue in the Frederickson area.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Tribune
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Posted: Sep 20, 2020

Tree on power line apparent start for Malden, Pine City fire

A tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington, according to a utility company. The fire burned the vast majority of homes in Malden and Pine City, including over 100 homes in Malden alone. A burned tree found by Spokesman-Review staff apparently was the fire's starting point during a Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2020 8:16:13 PM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
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Posted: Sep 20, 2020

Brinnon firefighter returns from leading statewide helicopter firefighting efforts

Brinnon Fire Department’s Jerry Rule has returned from a two-week deployment fighting the Palmer, Evans Canyon and Bartholomew wildfires. Rule runs Brinnon Fire Department’s Wildland Firefighting Program and served as the helicopter manager for the multi-agency effort to quell the flames across Washington, which recently kicked up once again amid a recent bout of dry, windy weather.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2020 1:02:45 PM - SOURCE: Port Townsend Leader
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Posted: Sep 20, 2020

Firefighters Establish More Containment as Cold Creek Fire Grows to 610 Acres

The Cold Creek Fire grew to 610 acres overnight Friday and firefighters established 12% containment as of Saturday morning. U.S. Highway 12 will remain closed to through traffic this weekend due to the fire that started Monday night near White Pass. The cause is under investigation. Gusty winds spread the fire overnight Friday and some welcome rain brought lightning, which forced firefighters and aircraft to temporarily take shelter.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2020 11:03:35 AM - SOURCE: Centralia Chronicle
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