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Scenes From Emergency Drill at Everett’s Paine Field

September 25, 2014

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The drill began with a simulated fire

Every year the FAA requires Paine Field to hold a review of the airport’s emergency plan and at least once every 3 years hold a full-scale airport emergency plan exercise. This morning 50 students from the Kamiak High School drama department portrayed crash victims in a simulated accident. The premise was an aircraft landed short of the runway and veered onto a taxi way splitting the fuselage and catching fire. The drill involved more than two dozen fire, police, medical, emergency management and support agencies. Here are a few pictures from the drill. Click to enlarge.

Fire crews begin entering the plane.

Fire crews begin entering the plane.

Once the fire is out more crews arrive.

Once the fire is out more crews arrive.

A panoramic shot of fire trucks and planes

A panoramic shot of fire trucks and planes

Fire trucks lining up behind the plane

Fire trucks lining up behind the plane

A patient is put onto the Sheriff's chopper

A patient is put onto the Sheriff’s chopper

SCSO chopper arriving

SCSO chopper arriving


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One Rescued From Duplex Fire in South Everett

September 25, 2014

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Editor’s note: There was an error in our earlier story. The fire was reported shortly after 10:30am not 11:00am. We apologize for any confusion. Here’s the official update on today’s duplex fire on Holly Drive in south Everett from Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks…

At about 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, Everett firefighters were dispatched to the 10900 block of Holly Dr. for a report of a house fire.

The 911 call was made by the resident who was still in the bedroom at the time. The caller was not coherent and Everett Police was sent to investigate. On their arrival they saw smoke coming from the front of a duplex and immediately requested assistance from the fire department.

Two men occupied the home. One was sleeping in a bedroom opposite of where the fire was located. He was awakened by the sounds of people outside his bedroom window. He was told to evacuate. Firefighters arrived and saw smoke coming from the front door of the home. They were able to rescue the other roommate from the smoke-filled bedroom and quickly extinguish the fire. The man was treated by Everett medics and transported to the local hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The fire was contained to a small area in the bedroom. Fire investigators have determined that it started on a desk in the bedroom. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

”There were no working smoke alarms in the home. Smoke alarms would have made a difference and both roommates would have heard the smoke alarms sounding,” said Assistant Fire Marshal Eric Hicks. “Smoke alarms should be tested every month and batteries should be replaced twice a year. Daylight saving time on Nov. 2 is a great time to replace batteries.”

Fire Prevention Week starts Oct. 5-11, 2014.

Holly Fire

Fire crews at the scene of the duplex fire at 109th and Holly.

A man was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett after a bedroom fire in his duplex this morning. Shortly after 11:00am fire crews were called to a report of a structure fire in the 10900 block of Holly Drive. Arriving fire crews saw smoke coming out of the duplex. They were able to get a resident out and contain the fire to a bedroom. No word yet on the cause of the fire. Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks says the investigation is underway.


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It’s The 30th Anniversary of The Everett Tire Fire

September 24, 2014

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Everett Riverfront

Planning photo of the Riverfront Development from 2007

30 years ago today a huge pile of tires on the site of the old Everett landfill began burning. The smoke from the fire could be seen for miles and the blaze burned for seven months. Today the site is set to become housing in what is being called the Riverfront Development. The good folks at Historylink.org have a great look at what happened 30 years ago today.


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City of Everett To Spend $66,400 to Study Fire Department Efficiencies

September 22, 2014

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Everett Fire Department

The city is ready to begin an efficiency assessment of the Everett Fire Department.

At its meeting Wednesday night the Everett City Council will be asked to consider spending $66,400.00 to study the efficiencies of the Everett Fire Department. The study is part of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson’s Budget Deficit Reduction Plan. The Fire Department is the first of three city agencies to be studied. When the plan was revealed in June there was concern expressed about the independence of the study. The city recently completed its request for qualifications and of four firms who responded and the administration is recommending Fitch and Associates out of Missouri. They were the low bidder at $66,400.00. The study would begin sometime this year and be conducted in three phases…

  • Phase 1 would be a baseline management and operations analysis of the Everett Fire Department and identifying short and long term opportunities.
  • Phase 2 would be an in-depth evaluation of short-term efficiencies
  • Phase 3 would be an in-depth evaluation of long term efficiencies

All three phases are expected to be completed by the spring of 2015. You can click here to see the results of the request for qualifications as well as what the city is asking Fitch and Associates to provide. Once the study of the Fire Department is complete, the city will move on to an analysis of the Police Department and Everett Transit.


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Woman Suffers Smoke Inhalation Fighting Trailer Fire in North Everett

September 5, 2014

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Photo courtesy Everett Fire Department Twitter Feed.

Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks says a north Everett woman suffered smoke inhalation after fire broke out inside her trailer in north Everett Friday morning. Here’s the official EFD press release…

At about 10:08 a.m. on Sept. 5, 2014, Everett firefighters were dispatched to the 1100 block of Pine St. for a report of a trailer on fire.

Firefighters arrived and encountered flames coming from the window and roof of the trailer. Crews were able to control the fire within 5 minutes.

An adult female was inside the trailer at the time of the fire and heard a loud boom and then saw smoke inside the trailer. She left the trailer looking for a fire extinguisher and when she returned the trailer was completely filled with smoke. She tried to fight the fire with an extinguisher and suffered smoke inhalation. The resident was transported by Everett Medics to the hospital.

The trailer was a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Quick Work by Firefighters Stops Blaze at Abbey Carpet in Downtown Everett

August 10, 2014

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Everett dumpster fire

No word yet on what started the fire.

Just before 3:30 this morning Everett Firefighters were called to the 2600 block of Colby for a fire behind the Abbey Carpet building. A dumpster fire was spreading up a power pole and threatening the Bayside Supply warehouse. Fire crews were able to get a quick stop on the fire and keep it from extending into the building. No word yet on the cause of the fire.


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No Injuries in North Everett House Fire – 8:00pm Update

August 6, 2014

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8th street fire

Another view of the house

8th street house fire

A firefighter decontaminates a crew member after putting out hot spots.

The last Everett Fire crew left the scene of the house fire at 8:00pm tonight. According to Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks, At about 12:50 p.m. Everett firefighters were dispatched to the 2200 block of 8th St. for a report of a house fire.

Firefighters arrived and encountered flames coming from several windows of the home. Crews were able to control the fire within 10 minutes.

The family had left the home two hours before the first 911 call, so no one was home at the time of the fire. The family of six was displaced.

At least one of the pets in the home perished. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Hicks says there were no injuries and the Red Cross is helping the family. The house is a total loss. (end of update)

fire on 8th streeet

Photo courtesy Everett Fire Twitter feed.

Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire in the 2200 block of 8th street in north Everett late this morning. There was heavy smoke from the house when firefighters arrived. No damage estimate yet and there were no injuries. Crews are expected to be at the scene for several hours. We’ll have more information when it becomes available.


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