Clothes dryer fire safety tips from state fire marshal’s office

Clothes dryers caused 4% of home structure fires in 2014 through 2018, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and last year in Washington state, there were a reported 352 fires caused by appliances, including clothes dryers. More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months and peak in the month for…

Fireplace and chimney safety tips from state fire marshal’s office

As the days get shorter and nights longer, the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds everyone about fireplace and chimney safety. Chimney fires can result in the loss of your home and result in injuries and deaths if they have not been properly maintained. Almost half of all heating-related fires occur in the months of…

Reminder: South County Fire to host Fire Prevention Week open house Oct. 15

South County Fire will celebrate Fire Prevention Week with a fire station open house on Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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 a hose….

Wildfire smoke will likely linger across Washington into the weekend

Wildfire smoke is sticking around several parts of Washington and forecasts show smoke will likely get worse before it gets better. According to the Washington State Department of Health, breathing in smoke is not good for anyone. Days of consistent smoke exposure can take a toll on your health, making it especially important to protect…

Fire Prevention Week launches with ‘Fire Won’t Wait — Plan Your Escape’

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.” This year also marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Protection Week. This year’s campaign, running Oct. 9-15, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions…

Medical oxygen fire safety tips for older adults

According the United States Fire Administration, older adults have a 2.6 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the U.S. population as a whole. In the U.S. and Canada, adults age 65 and older comprise about 12% of the population, making it essential to take the necessary steps to stay safe. Last year…

Kids life jacket giveaway added to Aug. 18 Lynnwood Fire Camp

South County Fire and Safe Kids Snohomish County, in partnership with Seattle Children’s, will be giving away 100 life jackets for children at the Lynnwood Kids Fire Camp on Aug. 18, starting at 6 p.m., at Lynndale Park, 18927 72nd Ave. W. Fittings are required and the child must be present to receive a free life…

South County Fire sponsoring free kids camps

South County Fire is hosting three free Kids Fire Camps in August with fun safety activities for the whole family. Kids ages 3 and up can participate in a firefighter challenge obstacle course, relay races and tours of the fire engine and medic unit. To participate, drop by one of the following camps (no registration…

Fire in detached garage shuts down traffic along portion of 66th Avenue West

A fire in a detached garage that includes a dwelling unit shut down traffic in both directions of 66th Avenue West just south of 222nd Street Southwest shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said the fire was under control, no injuries were reported and one person was displaced due to…

Car crash into tree causes serious injuries

Mountlake Terrace police are investigating a single-vehicle collision that caused serious injuries to a man in his 20s after the vehicle he was driving traveled off the road and collided with a tree on the south side of 212th Street Southwest in the 3900 block. South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said the driver “was…

Car nearly hits MLT house, catches fire Wednesday night

Updated July 2 with statement from Mountlake Terrace Police Chief A car left the road and stopped just short of hitting a house near the Capri Apartments in the 21400 block of 52nd Avenue West shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30. Firefighters from South County Fire reported flames were coming from the vehicle’s…

No injuries in Mountlake Terrace house fire Sunday afternoon

South County Fire crews responded to a fire in the attic of a Mountlake Terrace home Sunday afternoon. Those inside the one-story home, located in the 5900 block of 227th Street Southwest, got out safely and there were no injuries, South County Fire spokesperson Leslie Hynes said. The fire was called in at 2:40 p.m….

Reminder: South County Fire Neighborhood Night Open House June 13

South County Fire is hosting a Neighborhood Night Open House on Thursday, June 13, at Keeler’s Corner Fire Station 10, located at 3922 156th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. The community event lasts from 5:30-7 p.m. and free to the public. Meet the firefighters, learn about emergency services and programs, and find out how to protect…

Reminder: Learn more about fire safety at South County Fire Open House Oct. 13

The public can learn more about home fire escape planning and other safety topics at the South County Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Week Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Martha Lake Fire Station 21, 16819 13th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The South County Fire Board of Commissioners on Oct….

Fire District 1 encourages citizens to learn CPR during Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

It’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and Snohomish County Fire District 1 is encouraging the public to make a difference by learning the lifesaving skill of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) “We know effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can greatly increase a victim’s chance of survival, but only about a third of cardiac…

Fire District 1 achieving its goals, according to annual report

In its annual review of fire and emergency medical services, Snohomish County Fire District No. 1 reported that it met the 2014 objective for firefighters to arrive within eight minutes on 90.25 percent of emergency calls. The response time is calculated from the time the SNOCOM dispatch center receives a 911 call, which is a much higher standard…

Mountlake Terrace, Brier firefighters to retire

Snohomish County Fire District 1 will honor Capt. Dan Tobin, Firefighter David Arnim and Firefighter David Pelham at a retirement ceremony at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, at Martha Lake Fire Station 21, 16819 13th Ave. W., Lynnwood. Tobin served as a firefighter for more than 34 years, most recently as a captain at Brier Fire…

Snohomish County to launch new countywide dispatch later this month

Public safety leaders from across Snohomish County have voted to launch New World Systems (NWS), a new countywide public safety dispatch and records management system, this month. The system will go live on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 27 for all of the 50-plus first responder agencies. It has been more than 20 years since the county’s…

Fire District 1 hosts Open House on Saturday

Kids can spray water from a real fire hose, see what it’s like to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire engine and talk with firefighters about safety at Snohomish County Fire District 1’s Fire Prevention Month Open House on Saturday, Oct. 10. The free open house will take place from 10 a.m. to…

Fire District 1 fire calls: Sept. 17-23

Snohomish County Fire District 1 responded to 436 calls the week of Sept. 17-23: 347 emergency medical aid calls, 31 motor vehicle collisions, 22 fires, 15 service calls, 4 natural gas leaks and 17 automatic fire alarms. Sept. 17 COLLISION: At 7:59 a.m., a two-car collision occurred on southbound I-5 north of I-405. Firefighters transported…

Fire District 1 takes a stand to prevent falls

  Fall is just around the corner, but falls shouldn’t be just around the corner for older adults. That’s why Snohomish County Fire District 1 is launching a new program on Sept. 23, the first day of fall and Falls Prevention Awareness Day. While falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury…

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Community Resource Specialist honored

Kristen Thorstenson, a community resource specialist at Snohomish County Fire District 1, is being honored with a statewide award for her dedication and hard work in child passenger safety. The Washington Child Passenger Safety Program named Thorstenson as the outstanding child passenger safety technician instructor for 2015. Thorstenson teaches classes in Snohomish County and across…