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Posted: Jul 16, 2015

Firefighters pulling double duty at Stevens County Fire Dist. #1

Mariann Crooks has already had a busy summer - this is her 2nd summer serving as a volunteer firefighter for Fire District 1. "I have 2 kids still at home," she said. "They run downstairs to see if I'm still there, because I usually get called out at night." And Mariann, like firefighters across the state, know there's no time to relax due to fires within their districts, and wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2015 6:39:22 PM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6
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Posted: Jul 16, 2015

Brush fires cause an estimated $780K to 3 Vancouver homes

Two fires that started in vegetation and then spread to three nearby homes on Wednesday caused a total estimated damage of $780,000, according to the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office. The two separate fires were reported within about an hour and a half of each other, stretching firefighting resources thin as crews worked to quell one blaze before being called to the second.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2015 8:07:44 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian
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Posted: Jul 16, 2015

Bellingham firefighters training on new $1M fire boat

The city’s new fire boat, the Salish Star, has arrived in town and could be in service as soon as this fall. Over the past few weeks, people already may have noticed crews taking the new boat out on Bellingham Bay for training, spraying thousands of gallons of water from two fire pumps. About 3,000 gallons of water per minute, to be exact.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2015 4:31:29 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
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Posted: Jul 16, 2015

Vermont volunteer firefighter charged wtih DUI, chief torn on next steps

Bethel Volunteer Fire Department chief David Aldrighetti said he's dealing with a tough situation. "[I'm] stressed out. You know, this is something that it's harder to deal with than when you have a major fire because it's personal," Aldrighetti said. The fire chief needs to figure out how to move forward after 66-year-old veteran firefighter James Hart responded to a serious motorcycle accident while intoxicated.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTZ-TV NBC 5 Plattsburgh/WNNE-TV NBC 31
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Posted: Jul 16, 2015

Arbitrator rules Michigan city's firefighters are overpaid, extends work shifts at a lower rate

Firefighters next year will start working more hours at a lower rate of pay because the city cannot afford "above market prices" for their services, an arbitrator has ruled. A new work schedule that takes effect Jan. 3 will have Grand Rapids firefighters working an average of 54 hours per week, rather than the current 50.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mlive.com
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