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  • Fire District 1 welcomes 12 new firefighters
    10.07.14

    Twelve firefighters recently completed orientation and joined the ranks of Snohomish County Fire District 1 (from left): John Dorsey, Boris Fayerberg, Brandon Dumas, Kyle Almeida, Jennifer Turner, Jason Mathews, Alexandru Tonu, Chris Burt, Alexander Johnson, Justin Pickens, Andrew McLaurin and Todd Smith.

    Snohomish County Fire District 1 recently welcomed 12 new firefighters to its ranks:

    • Kyle Almeida, an Air Force veteran.
    • Chris Burt, previously with Snohomish County Fire District 17 in Granite Falls.
    • John Dorsey, an Army Veteran, previously with Pinal County Regional Fire in Arizona.
    • Brandon Dumas, a Navy veteran.
    • Boris Fayerberg, previously a volunteer with Fire District 1 and part-time firefighter with Marysville Fire Department.
    • Alexander Johnson, previously with North County Regional Fire Authority.
    • Jason Mathews, previously with Fire District 17 in Granite Falls.
    • Andrew McLaurin, previously with Snohomish County Fire District 5 in Sultan.
    • Justin Pickens, previously with the Arlington Fire Department.
    • Todd Smith, previously with North County Regional Fire Authority.
    • Alexandru Tonu, a Marine Corps veteran.
    • Jennifer Turner, a Coast Guard veteran, previously with Fire District 17 and a volunteer with Fire District 1.

    All 12 just completed a month-long orientation and will begin working shifts this week in the 12 fire stations staffed by Fire District 1 in south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace.

    Fire District 1 is the county’s largest provider of fire and emergency medical services, serving about 200,000 residents. Last year, the district responded to nearly 20,000 emergency calls. More than 75 percent were for medical aid. All district firefighters are certified as either emergency medical technicians or paramedics.

  • Mountalke Terrace apartment fire causes $500,000 damage
    09.12.14

    A two-alarm fire at a Mountlake Terrace apartment complex caused more than $500,000 damage and displaced 25 residents on Sept. 12.

    A resident at the Taluswood Apartments in the 4300 block of 236th St. SW reported the fire at 8:19 a.m. Flames were coming from three apartments in a three-story, 24-unit building when firefighters arrived, said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire and emergency medical service in the City of Mountlake Terrace.

    About 45 firefighters from Fire District 1, Lynnwood, Bothell and Shoreline were on the scene at the peak of the fire. No one was injured. Firefighters administered oxygen to one dog they rescued from a third-floor apartment that was heavily damaged by the fire. The dog, Daisy Mae, is being treated at a local emergency veterinary clinic.

    The fire was contained to three apartments. Two other units had smoke and water damage. Residents of seven other units were displaced because the fire cut off power to their apartments. The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing assistance to the 25 displaced residents.

    A fire investigator determined the fire was accidental and was most likely started by a smoldering cigarette butt.

    Fire District 1 offers these safety tips to prevent a smoking-related fire:
    • Use deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table.
    • Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.
    • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is being used.
    • To prevent a deadly cigarette fire, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine or other drugs.
    • Keep matches and lighters up high, out of children's sight and reach.

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Media Contact

Leslie Hynes
Public Information Officer
Office: (425) 551-1243

After-hours media contact number for emergency incidents in the Fire District 1 service area (unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace):
(425) 754-7273

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