Press Releases

  • Firefighters donate Coats for Kids
    12.16.14

    Kindergartners from Discovery Elementary show off the coats they received from Snohomish County Fire District 1 firefighters Micah Gaston, Capt. Rob Gullickson and Melissa Beard as part of the IAFF Firefighters Coats for Kids campaign. IAFF Local 1828 in Fire District 1 has provided coats for more than 150 children this year.

    Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 donated 54 coats to local children last week as part of the national Firefighters Coats for Kids campaign sponsored by the International Association of Fire Firefighters (IAFF).

    Members of IAFF Local 1828 in Fire District 1 delivered to coats to the entire kindergarten class at Discovery Elementary School south of Everett. All coats were purchased using funds donated by members of Local 1828.

    Throughout this year, members of IAFF Local 1828 have provided coats to more than 150 local children.

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  • Improved FD1 rating may mean lower insurance costs
    12.10.14

    Property owners served by Snohomish County Fire District 1 may be eligible for a reduction in fire insurance premiums next year.

    The Washington Survey and Rating Bureau (WSRB) recently upgraded the district's fire protection classification. Most insurance companies use this classification to set rates for property owners and risks.

    The WSRB evaluates fire protection capabilities of all Washington communities and rates them on a scale of 1 to 10. Fire District 1’s rating upgraded from a Class 4 to Class 3. This places Fire District 1 in the top 6.2 percent for the state. No department in the state has a Class 1 rating and just four have a Class 2 rating.

    “This is quite an achievement. I congratulate our firefighters and all who made this possible through their hard work and excellent service,” said Fire Chief Ed Widdis. “The improved rating applies throughout our service area in unincorporated Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. This underscores the benefit of regionalization – we have the resources to do more working together than we can separately.”

    The WSRB spent about a month collecting and analyzing data from Fire District 1. Other factors include water supplies available to fight fires, capabilities of the 911 emergency dispatch center and community fire prevention activities.

     WSRB recommends property owners contact their insurance agents about how the new rating will affect insurance premiums. The new rating becomes effective Feb. 1, 2015.

    Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations to serve nearly 200,000 residents.
     
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  • Six promoted to rank of captain
    12.03.14

    From left, Ron Schmitt, Kevin Fetter, Rob Gullickson, Keith Sharp, Chris Karg and Todd Wigal have been promoted to the rank of captain by Snohomish County Fire District 1. They were recently sworn-in during a badge-pinning ceremony at a Board of Commissioners meeting at Fire District 1 Headquarters.

    Six firefighters promoted to the rank of captain were sworn-in at the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners meeting last night.

    Captains are responsible for supervising shift personnel at the fire station level – overseeing a crew of three to five firefighters. New captains at Fire District 1 are:

    Kevin Fetter assigned to Edmonds Fire Station 17. Fetter completed his paramedic training at Midland College in Texas and is pursuing a degree in fire administration at Bellevue College. He began his fire service career in 1990 with the Midland Fire Department in Texas. Fetter has been a firefighter/paramedic with Fire District 1 since 1997. Fetter has been a leader in the district's health and wellness program. He is a certified as a health fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine and a peer fitness trainer with the American Council of Exercise.

    Rob Gullickson assigned to Mariner Fire Station 11. Gullickson began his fire service in 1988 as a volunteer and was hired full-time in 1990 by Fire District 11, which merged with Fire District 1 in 2000. In 2002, Gullickson graduated from the paramedic training program at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has worked most of his career at Mariner Fire Station 11 and Lake Serene Fire Station 23. Gullickson was recently elected vice president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1828.

    Chris Karg assigned to Hilltop Fire Station 22. Karg started his career in the fire service in 2005 as a volunteer at King County Fire District 20 in Skyway. He was hired by the Edmonds Fire Department in 2007 and transferred to Fire District 1 in 2010 as part of a department consolidation. Karg is a co-author of the district's ladder truck manual and an instructor for live-fire training and the Snohomish County ASCERT training program.

    Ron Schmitt assigned to Hilton Lake Fire Station 12. Schmitt earned his degree in kinesiology in 1995 and completed his paramedic training at Central Washington University in 1999.  He has been a firefighter/paramedic with Fire District 1 since 2001. Schmitt is also a hazardous materials technician. Prior to joining Fire District 1, Schmitt was a volunteer firefighter in Whatcom County and at Lacey Fire District 1 and worked for ambulance companies in Seattle and Lewis County.

    Keith Sharp assigned to Hilton Lake Fire Station 12. Sharp earned his associate's degree in fire science at Spokane Valley Community College and served five years in the U.S. Army military police. Sharp began his fire service career in 2003 at the Spokane Fire Department. He was hired by Fire District 1 in 2005. Sharp is a hazardous materials technician and a member of the Fire District 1 Honor Guard. He has been an acting captain since 2009.

    Todd Wigal assigned to Fire Station 10 north of Lynnwood. Wigal earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Washington State University and associate's degree in fire officer development at Edmonds Community College. Wigal began his fire service career in 1995 as a volunteer with the Colfax Fire Department. He also worked for the WSU Fire Department and Burlington Fire Department prior to being hired by Fire District 1 in 2005. Wigal is a member of the technical rescue team and the Fire District 1 Honor Guard.

    Fire District 1 is the largest provider of fire and emergency medical services in Snohomish County, with full-time staffing at 12 fire stations. The district serves nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, and Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

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  • Mountlake Terrace house fire causes $180,000 damage, displaces renter
    12.01.14

    Investigators have determined a fire that did more than $180,000 damage to a Mountlake Terrace home on Nov. 30 started in the garage and was most likely accidental, but they could not pinpoint the exact cause.

    The fire was reported around 8 p.m. by the man who rents the single-story house in the 5400 block of 230th St. SW. He safely exited his home after calling 911.

    "Flames were coming from the side and back of the attached garage when the first firefighters arrived," said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire and emergency medical services in the City of Mountlake Terrace. "The fire had already spread to the attic above the living area of the house."

    Firefighters from Fire District 1, Lynnwood and Shoreline responded and had the fire under control within about 25 minutes. No one was injured.

    Damage from the fire and smoke and left the house uninhabitable. Support 7 and Red Cross responded to assist the renter. Both the homeowner and the renter have insurance.


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  • Edmonds house fire causes $400,000 damage
    11.18.14

    Unattended cooking is being blamed for a fire that caused more than $400,000 damage and displaced a couple from their Edmonds home on Nov. 18.

    Dispatchers received multiple calls reporting the fire at the single-story house in the 22500 block of 93rd Pl. W at around 12:30 p.m. A man and his dog were inside the house at the time of fire and safely exited. The man was exposed to smoke. He was evaluated by medics, but did not require medical treatment. His wife was at work at the time of the fire.

    “Much of the house was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1, which provides fire service in the City of Edmonds.

    Firefighters from Fire District 1 and Lynnwood responded. They had the bulk of the fire knocked down in about 15 minutes. Firefighters remained at the house until around 2:15 p.m. to deal with hot spots.

    The house is a total loss. The homeowners have insurance. Red Cross responded and is assisting the couple.

    Fire investigators determined the fire started in the kitchen where food had been left cooking unattended on the stovetop.
    Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fire District 1 offers these tips to prevent cooking fires:

    • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
    • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
    • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
    • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
    • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time.
    • If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside. 

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  • Family displaced by Brier house fire
    11.12.14

    No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $60,000 damage and displaced five adults and two children from their home in Brier on Nov. 12.

    The fire was reported just before 7:30 p.m. at a house in the 23400 block of 29th Ave. W by a neighbor returning home from work. “He saw flames coming from the side of the house. He alerted two adult residents and they safely exited the home. The rest of the family was away at the time of the fire,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

    Flames were visible at the south end of house when the first firefighters arrived from Brier Fire Station 18. Crews from Fire District 1 and Northshore Fire responded and had the fire under control in about 15 minutes.

    Investigators determined the fire started outside in a garbage can next to the southwest corner of the house, but were unable to determine the cause. Flames ignited the siding, then spread into the attic.

    Damage left the house uninhabitable. Support 7 responded to assist the residents. They have insurance and plan to stay with family members.

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  • Woman injured in house fire east of Lynnwood
    11.10.14

    A 43-year-old woman was seriously injured in a fire at her home east of Lynnwood on Nov. 10.

    The fire was reported at 6:47 a.m. at a single-story house in the 1900 block of 199th Pl SW in unincorporated Snohomish County east of Lynnwood.  The injured woman was transported by medic unit to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and has been transferred to Harborview Medical Center. The woman’s three children – ages 5, 9 and 13 – and an adult male were also home at the time of the fire and safely exited the home.

    Firefighters from Snohomish County Fire District 1 and Lynnwood Fire Department quickly knocked down the flames and kept the fire contained to the living room.

    Investigators from the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s determined the fire started in the living room as the woman refueled a kerosene space heater with gasoline. They believe the gasoline fumes ignited and flashed when the woman used a lighter to light the heater. The woman told investigators she attempted to smother the flames with a blanket, but the blanket caught fire and the flames spread.

    Investigators estimate damages to the home will total more than $35,000. Although fire damage was minimal, heavy smoke damage left the house uninhabitable.  Red Cross is assisting the residents, who were renting the house and have no insurance.

    • Nationally, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Fire District 1 offers these steps to prevent heating-related fires:
    • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
    • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, portable space heater and electric baseboard or wall units. Remember that many electric baseboard heaters can be turned down, but do not turn off. These units will heat up automatically when the room temperature drops below the thermostat temperature setting.
    • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
    • Never use your oven to heat your home.
    • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
    • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
    • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

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  • Firefighters join students in CPR/AED flash mobs
    11.07.14

    Students at Mountlake Terrace High School join a flash mob to promote hands-only CPR and AED use.

    Would you know what to do if someone suddenly collapsed?

    That’s the question high school students in the Edmonds School District were asked during a series of AED/CPR flash mobs held at assemblies over the past two weeks.
     
    The events were organized by the Heart of Edmonds School District & Community Heart Safe Project, founded by Melinda Truax, whose 16-year-old son Matthew collapsed on the Meadowdale High School track and died from sudden cardiac arrest last fall.

    During school assemblies, Fire District 1 firefighters and local law enforcement officers joined students in the flash mobs performing hands-only CPR to the tune of Stayin’ Alive. The goal is to educate students and the community about how they can help save a life with CPR and an automated external defibrillator.

    The Heart of Edmonds School District & Community Heart Safe Project is raising funds to equip every public school and community field in the Edmonds School District with AEDs, training, and proper emergency plan for sudden cardiac arrest. You can learn more at www.heartofedmondssd.org

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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