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Everett Fire Department Releases 2013 Annual Report and Strategic Plan

April 23, 2014


Everett Fire Dept Engine 6

Engine 6 was part of the response Tuesday night to a fire alarm at Extended Stay on Broadway in south Everett. Turned out to just be burnt food.

The Everett Fire Department today released it Annual Report for last year and its first ever Strategic Plan. The report and plan were presented to the Everett City Council by Everett Fire Chief Murray Gordon…

A few interesting items of note…

In 2013 Everett Fire was dispatched to 19,537 calls…an average of 54 calls per day.

  • 87% of the calls were medical, 10% were fires and 3% other

The most common medical calls were

  • Traumatic Injury, Heart Attack or Chest Pain, Motor Vehicle Accident, Respiratory or Breathing Problem

There were 53 different fire calls where a fire  investigator was called out.

  • 45% were accidents, 36% were intentionally set and 19% of the time the cause was undetermined.
  • There were also 702 false alarms

You can click the links above to read the annual 2013 report or the new strategic plan.

Below is a summary released today by the city of some of the information you can find…

The annual report provides information on the department’s 2013 operations, progress toward goals and recent accomplishments. The strategic plan is the result of a collaborative effort between administrative staff, International Association of Firefighters Local 46 members and representatives from the Everett community.

“Our annual report lays out the statistics, data, charts and maps that demonstrate both our successes and challenges over the past year,” said Gordon. “We are proud of our place in the community, our dedication to the citizens of Everett, and our contribution to this city. The strategic plan is the next step in helping us get to where we want to be as a department.”

In 2013 the Everett Fire Department was dispatched to 19,537 incidents, a 5 percent increase over 2012. The annual report also outlines other services provided by the fire department, including inspections, plan reviews and public education. Everett fire inspectors reviewed more than 2,500 buildings in 2013 and investigated 53 structure fires.

Nearly 90 percent of calls received in 2013 were for emergency medical services, and firefighters and medics provided treatment and care to almost 14,000 individuals. Over the past few years, the department has emphasized high-performance CPR for patients suffering cardiac arrest, and has trained police officers and other first responders to use the highly effective method.

“We are very proud of the results we’ve been able to achieve through our emphasis on this important lifesaving technique,” said Gordon. “If you experience cardiac arrest in Everett, your chances of walking out of the hospital are twice as likely as in the rest of the United States.”

The annual report and strategic plan are available at


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Car Fire Snarls Afternoon Commute Through Everett, WA

April 10, 2014


Shortly after 3:30 this was the scene of the car fire on northbound I-5 just before the W. Marine View Drive exit…

Everett, WA car fire

No injures reported but a major traffic headache. Photo from WSDOT. Click to enlarge.

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9-1-1 Outage in Everett. If You Need Police or Fire Call 425-407-3970

April 10, 2014


7:45 AM Update: SNOPAC says they believe 9-1-1 service has been restored and you should try 9-1-1 before using the 10 digit number. Please don’t call either number just to “test the system” – LD

SNOPAC 911 logo

9-1-1 service is out in a big part of Washington State

Word this morning from SNOPAC in Everett saying emergency dispatch operations have been affected by an outage in the 9-1-1 system. Here’s what we know so far…

At approximately 0100 hours today Thursday, April 10, 2014, SNOCOM & SNOPAC became aware of an issue with incoming 9-1-1 calls failing to connect when dialing 9-1-1 in Snohomish County. The issue is affecting all 9-1-1 calls (traditional landline, VoIP Broadband and mobile/cellular phones). It became quickly known this is a larger regional issue, affecting all of Washington and Oregon. All local Western Washington 9-1-1 centers are having the same issue.

All calls are failing to connect when dialing 9-1-1.

Callers may get a fast busy, a recording saying 9-1-1 lines are down, or the call my fail to make any connection when they try to call 9-1-1.

Snohomish County callers should attempt to contact via ten digit lines that route to the 9-1-1 system until the problem is corrected by Century Link. No ETA for restoration of service has been provided at this point.

SNOCOM Agencies:

Lynnwood PD, Edmonds PD, Mountlake Terrace PD, Mill Creek PD, Mukilteo PD, Woodway PD, Brier PD, Edmonds FD, Mountlake Terrace FD, Brier FD, Lynnwood FD, Mukilteo FD, Mill Creek FD, Fire responses in unincorporated SW Snohomish county serviced by Snohomish County Fire District #1


SNOPAC Agencies:

Snohomish County Sheriff, Everett Police & Everett Fire, Marysville PD & FD, Lake Stevens PD & FD, Arlington PD & FD, Stanwood PD, Snohomish PD, Monroe PD, Granite Falls PD, Sultan PD, Gold Bar PD, Darrington PD, Stillaguamish Tribal PD, Fire Districts 4, 5, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, North County & Paine Field Fire


We’ll let you know when regular service is restored.

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Everett Fire Crews Make Quick Work of Attic Fire in Central Everett

April 9, 2014


Everett, WA attic fire

The fire was reported around 5pm Wednesday afternoon. Photo courtesy Everett Fire Department Twitter Feed.

Here’s what information we have on an attic fire this afternoon in central Everett. It comes in a press release from Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson…

Everett Fire Department crews responded to a reported attic fire in the 2300 block of Monroe Avenue today at 5:00 p.m. Arriving crews found smoke coming from an attic vent with no fire or smoke inside the residence. Crews quickly vented the roof and also attacked the fire from the interior and had it knocked down in a few minutes. The cause of the fire is being investigated. No one was injured. Investigation results will be released tomorrow. Some crews have departed and the remaining crews are picking up gear and ensuring no hot spots remain.

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Stubborn Attic Fire in Everett 4-Plex Now Out

April 3, 2014


Fire at 3200 Hoyt in Everett, WA

photo provided by Everett Fire Department

It took Everett fire crews quite a while to extinguish an attic fire at a 4-plex in the 3200 block of Hoyt this morning. Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson tells the first report came in around 7:40am. He says Everett Firefighters arrived to find a 2nd floor porch fire that had extended up into the attic space. Eight people were able to exit safely and firefighters attacked the fire first from outside and then through the interior of the 2nd floor. That effort continued for another hour and a half and the fire was finally out at 9:13am. Robinson say one firefighter was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett after suffering chest pains while working the fire. There were no other reports of injuries and the cause is believed to be a cigarette that was mistakenly tossed into a trash container on the front porch. Mop up operations are underway and no word yet on a damage estimate.

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Everett SNOPAC 911 Call Takers and Dispatchers Fundraising For Oso Slide Relief

March 27, 2014


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You can drop donations off Saturday from 10am – 2pm across from Everett Mall

Before 1st responders arrived at the scene of the Oso Mudslide, the first people to talk to those affected were the men and women of SNOPAC 911 in Everett. Call takers, dispatchers and supervisors all sorted thru information as it came in and coordinated the initial response of the 1st responders and support staff that followed. Now these same people who took those first calls are holding a fund-raising event to try to provide even more support to those affected. Here’s a great opportunity for people in Everett to provide support for the Oso slide victims while saying thank you to the people who took those first heart-wrenching, emotional phone calls…

SNOPAC 911 is holding a community fund-raising event to support those affected by the Oso mudslide. Many in our community have been impacted directly and indirectly by the slide which have isolated part of our community. With the closure of State Route 530 for the foreseeable future we are focused on trying to help those impacted.
In partnership with the American Red Cross, SNOPAC is collecting cash donations and gas cards to support those impacted by the mudslide.

When: Saturday, March 29th from 10AM to 2PM.

Where: 1121 SE Everett Mall Way, directly across from the Everett Mall at the Everett Police Department South Precinct.

All proceeds and gas cards will be given to the American Red Cross.

If you are unable to make it to Everett Police South Precinct on Saturday, SNOPAC 9-1-1 will continue to collect gas cards for the next two weeks, until April 4th. You may stop by SNOPAC anytime Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm. Our office at also at 1121 SE Everett Mall Way, follow the signs on the west side.
Thank you in advance for coming together and assisting the Snohomish County residents in need.

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How Everett Can Help With 530 Slide Efforts

March 23, 2014


530 slide photo

Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol Twitter Feed

While the Everett Fire Department has sent equipment and personnel to assist with the slide on highway 530 near Oso there are also ways people who live in Everett can help. Here’s an update from Dennis Smith at United Way of Snohomish County…

The devastating landslide in Oso yesterday claimed several lives, destroyed dozens of homes, and left some trapped in the mud and debris overnight. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the slide, their friends and loved ones, and the first responders who are helping in the immediate response.

What you can do

We are working with the Red Cross to get the word out about the two most important things people can do at this time:

As is appropriate after a natural disaster like this, the Red Cross is taking the lead in providing shelter and support to both the survivors and the rescue crews. People remain missing and loved ones are trying to get in touch with friends and family who lived in the area.

There has also been an enormous outpouring of support with many people dropping off blankets and clothing to Cascade Valley Hospital and to the Red Cross shelters.

Chuck Morrison, of the Red Cross, shared that they do not have the resources to sort through all of these donations. He wrote in part,“Please, please, please try to discourage people from clothing, blanket, etc. donations. Social media was wild with this request, and we NEVER asked for it (the request came earlier from the hospital in Arlington). We now have mountains of it, and management of it is delaying service to evacuees.”

That is why a financial contribution is the best way for people to help.

Here is the link to the Red Cross Quick Donation page.

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