South County Fire hosts EMS Week open house

South County Fire is hosting an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Downtown Edmonds Fire Station 17, 275 Sixth Avenue North in Edmonds. Visitors may bring in your own special stuffed animal for a Teddy Bear Clinic during this free event, according to a news…

South County Fire to seek benefit charge renewal in Aug. 6 primary election

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved a ballot measure for voters to consider a 10-year renewal of a benefit charge to maintain fire and emergency medical services. The measure will be on the Aug. 6 primary election ballot for regional fire authority voters in Brier, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace…

From the state fire marshal’s office: Fire safety tips for preschoolers

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds parents and caregivers it is important to have a plan when there are children in your home, because during emergencies children sometimes need help getting out of the house. According to a report from the U.S. Fire Administration, in 2020, the relative risk of dying in a fire…

Eastman sworn in as South County Fire chief

Bob Eastman was sworn in as fire chief of South County Fire during the regional fire authority’s board of commissioners meeting Tuesday night. Eastman previously served as assistant chief. He replaces Fire Chief Thad Hovis, who will serve as a transitional consultant until his retirement on July 1. ““The board thanks Chief Hovis for his…

Be prepared with a home fire escape plan

Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and proactive planning, according to a news release. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one to two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. According to a National Fire…

Reminder: Open house at Maplewood Fire Station March 14

Neighbors and community members are invited to meet local firefighters and learn hands-only CPR at Neighborhood Night at Maplewood Fire Station, according to a news release. South County Fire is hosting a Neighborhood Night Open House from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Maplewood Fire Station 16, 8429 196th Street Southwest in Edmonds. Drop by…

That time again: change your clocks, change your batteries

Daylight savings time will begin on Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. local time. Clocks will go ahead one hour; part of the twice-annual time change that affects Washington State. The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office along with the National Fire Protection Association want to remind residents to change their home smoke alarm batteries when…

Board of Fire Commissioners to hold public hearing on benefit charge renewal

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing March 19 to discuss a resolution to seek renewal of the benefit charge in the August 6 primary election. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at South County Fire Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Avenue South, Everett, according to a news release. Community members can…

Tips on matches and lighter safety from Washington State Fire Marshal

Children may be fascinated with fire and they may not understand the dangers associated with open flames, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office says. Matches and lighters pose a significant risk when in the hands of young people who do not understand that fire can quickly grow out of control, causing injuries and deaths. The…

Rowland reelected as South County Fire Board Chair

Micah Rowland will remain chair of the South County Fire Board of Commissioners for 2024. Commissioners reelected Rowland to lead the board during a meeting Jan. 16, according to a news release. “It is truly an honor to be elected to serve as chair of this amazing organization,” Rowland said. “I look forward to working…

Two people displaced, six pets die in Meadowdale house fire Friday

Two people were displaced and six animals died as a result of a residential fire in the Meadowdale area Friday afternoon. According to South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes, the three-story, single-family home was unoccupied by humans at the time of the blaze but four cats and two dogs died in the fire. Fire crews…

Reminder: Community invited to Scout Day at the Fire Station Jan. 13

Scout groups and other community members from across Snohomish County are invited to a special Scout Day at the Fire Station from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Mariner Station 11, 12310 Meridian Avenue South, Everett. This free open house event focuses on health, safety and career activities that meet most scout badge requirements….

South County Fire open house on Nov. 9

South County Fire is hosting a Neighborhood Night Open House from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Esperance Fire Station 20, 23009 88th Avenue West, Edmonds, according to a news release. Visitors can drop by the fire station any time during this free event to meet firefighters and learn how to keep your family safer,…

State Fire Marshal’s Office: Clearing vegetation reduces fire risk

Dead vegetation around homes increases the potential for fires. Washington residents can make their own property, their neighborhood, and community much safer from fires by clearing vegetation away from your home, according to a news release. Washington State fire agencies reported 6,536 fires caused by natural vegetation last year that resulted in a dollar loss…

South County Fire to hold public hearings Oct. 17 on 2024 budget and benefit charge

The South County Fire Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings Tuesday, Oct. 17 on the regional fire authority’s proposed budget, benefit charge and levies for 2024, according to a news release. The board meeting begins at 7 p.m. and can be attended remotely or in-person at South County Fire Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Avenue South,…

South County Fire accepting applications for Volunteer Firefighter Support team

South County Fire is accepting applications for its Volunteer Firefighter Support team. Volunteer Firefighter Support team members drive and operate AIR15, a highly specialized emergency apparatus capable of refilling firefighter air bottles at fire scenes. Members also assist with community outreach, prevention education and community events. Volunteer Firefighter Support personnel receive a quarterly stipend of…

South County Fire celebrates Fire Prevention Week with open house Oct. 7

South County Fire will celebrate Fire Prevention Week with a fire station open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Martha Lake Fire Station 21, 16819 13th Ave. W., Lynnwood. This free event includes activities for all ages: • Meet your firefighters. • See a fire engine up close. • Spray water from…

Sunday fire at Edmonds auto dealership quickly extinguished

  Updated Oct. 3 with photo A Sunday afternoon fire at the Campbell Nissan of Edmonds auto dealership at 24325 Highway 99 was quickly extinguished with minimal damage, according to South County Fire public information staff. A sign on the building facade caught fire and multiple units were dispatched at 3:39 p.m., according to South…

Outdoor burning ban to be lifted Wednesday for unincorporated Snohomish County

Due to changes in the weather forecast and the current fuel moisture levels in existing vegetation, the Snohomish County fire marshal will lift the outdoor burn ban effective Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., for all the unincorporated areas of Snohomish County. This means that those individuals who have a current residential burn permit for…

Outdoor burn ban downgraded to allow recreational fires

Due to recent rain and moist weather conditions, recent fire danger has lessened. As a result, the Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office has downgraded its outdoor burn ban to allow recreational fires. Recreational fires are defined as less than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high and for cooking and pleasure only.  Recreational fires…

Fire safety during Labor Day weekend gatherings

OLYMPIA – As we come to the end of August and with Labor Day just around the corner, Washingtonians are enjoying the last few days of summer. Plans may include outdoor activities and grilling. The dry, hot weather has made the conditions ripe for fires. Last year in Washington State, the fire service responded to…

State fire marshal’s office: Fire safety for people with disabilities

A report published by the National Fire Protection Association in 2022 estimated that physical disabilities was a factor in an average of 460 home fire deaths in the years 2015-2019, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office said. These estimates are based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System. Between 2018…

Fire at Nile Country Club in Mountlake Terrace causes $60K damage Sunday

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in the clubhouse at the Nile Country Club in Mountlake Terrace Sunday afternoon, South County Fire said. Crews were dispatched around 12:20 p.m. When firefighters arrived, club employees were spraying water from a garden hose onto an exterior fire outside the kitchen. Occupants of the building safely evacuated. No one…

PUD linemen receive General Manager’s Life Saving Award for actions during Brier fire

Four Snohomish County PUD linemen received the General Manager’s Life Saving Award for quick actions that likely saved lives and property threatened by a Brier house fire. The award was presented during the PUD’s Aug. 22 commission meeting Team PUD members Justin Atkinson, entry helper-2; Kellan Bulman, journeyman lineman; Tre Harris, journeyman lineman and Anthony…