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Everett To Spend One Million Dollars On New Fire Truck

October 30, 2014

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This ladder truck is currently used as a reserve rig.

The Everett City Council Wednesday night approved a contract to purchase a new ladder truck for $1,019,051.12. While that might sound like a lot of money for a single truck, Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson tells MyEverettNews.com that its much more than just a fire truck…

The new apparatus is scheduled to replace our 24-year old 1989 E-One 95’ ladder platform apparatus, which cost $530,000 when it was purchased. The aerial apparatus has specific high-rise aerial rescue and fire extinguishment uses, and is also the main “tool box” (jaws of life, stabilization and extrication equipment and tools) for rescue and extrication emergencies for motor vehicle and other frequent high-intensity rescue operations. It also carries large fans for removing smoke from structures following a fire incident. Along with those capabilities, it also is staffed to support basic and advanced emergency medical responses. While the frequency of the use of the 95’ aerial platform for rescue and extinguishment is relatively low, there is nothing else in our fleet that can do that job when needed, and there is regular use of the “tools” for vehicle extrication, de-smoking of buildings, and rendering safe of emergency scenes.

This 1989 apparatus was originally scheduled to be replaced at the 20-year point, which is seen to be the crossover age for maintenance costs and reliability for fire apparatus where keeping an old vehicle operational loses its financial advantage. Replacement was delayed until now due to budget constraints during the bottom of the economic downturn. Only one response was received from the well-broadcast Request for Proposals (RFP) and that was by the Rosenbauer manufacturer. It’s likely that other ladder apparatus manufacturers could not provide the equipment within the budget available, nor meet the rear-axle weight restrictions to conform with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) allowance for use on state highways and older bridges in our community.

We have a very robust apparatus committee that oversees the manufacturing process and keeps expenditures to at or under budgeted dollars. We have been successful in this process with the two latest Rosenbauer engine apparatuses, which were delivered last year.

The safety engineering and manufacturing quality assurance of any new apparatus, but especially an aerial apparatus, is extensive because of the human risk factors involved with emergency rescue operations for both the firefighters and the those being rescued. The new apparatus is envisioned to be safely maintained and in service for 20+ years.


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Everett Fire Department Posts Record Save Rates in CPR

October 12, 2014

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Everett Fire Department is seeing great results with new CPR techniques.

If you have the unfortunate need for CPR, Everett, WA is among the best places to be in the country when that happens. Eric Hicks at Everett Fire released a report this week showing Everett Fire is tops in Snohomish County when it comes to saving people needing CPR.

The Everett Fire Department posted record save rates for cardiac arrests in 2013. Of the Everett Fire patients that suffered a witnessed sudden cardiac arrest last year, 66 percent were released from the hospital with only minor neurological impairment, or no impairment at all. This is three times higher than the national average and is the highest posted survival rate in Snohomish County.

 

The Everett Fire Department has seen a dramatic increase in patient survival in sudden death cases since implementing a High Performance CPR (HPCPR) program two years ago.. Everett Fire’s High Performance CPR program is modeled after the Seattle Medic One and King County EMS programs. The Everett Fire department and most fire departments in Snohomish County have adopted HPCPR and can boast a 62 percent survival rate county-wide.

 

The chart below shows Everett Fire compared nationally:

 

Agency Survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest, witnessed
City of Everett Fire Department 66%
Snohomish County 62%
King County 57%
Los Angeles 7%
New York City 5%
Chicago 3%
Detroit 0%

 

Many elements make Everett Fire’s save rate possible. The Everett Medic One Foundation ensures that every Everett student of high school age and many Everett citizens are CPR-trained. EMS dispatchers at SNOPAC 911 quickly dispatch the appropriate fire department on cardiac arrest calls and coach citizens in CPR over the telephone. Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett provides excellent cardiac care and is twice as fast as the national standard at getting patients to lifesaving heart surgery.

 

Many EMS providers across Washington state use the Utstien Reporting System. This system is the standard that all survival rates are compared against. The variables and reporting criteria were established in 1991 in Norway and are used worldwide.

 

 

The following chart shows how Everett compares nationally using the Utstien Reporting System:

 

National Washington State Everett
Overall 10.3% 15.6% 24.7%
By stander witnessed 15.8% 23.7% 36.7%
Un-witnessed 4.2% 6.5% 10.3%
Utstein 31.8% 45.8% 62.4%
Utstein bystander 36.6% 50.4% 66.7%

 

Overall – survival rate of all patients that are believed to be caused by a cardiac problem, this excludes trauma, overdoses, drowning etc.

Bystander witnessed – Presumed cardiac cause and that the arrest was witnessed by another person.

Unwitnessed – Presumed cardiac but the arrest was not witnessed.

Utstein – presumed cardiac and initial cardiac rhythm was either ventricle fibrillations or ventricle tachycardia, by not witnessed by another person.

Utstein Bystander – presumed cardiac and initial cardiac rhythm was either ventricle fibrillations or ventricle tachycardia, by was witnessed by another person.

 

For more information on Utstien reporting and cardiac survival please go to www.circ.ahajournals.org/content/110/21/3385.full

 

More information on HPCPR can found at www.resuscitationacademy.com


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2 Alarm Fire Guts North Everett Building

October 11, 2014

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Firefighters had to switch to a defensive mode once flames began shooting out of the roof.

A stubborn attic fire Friday night gutted a building at 34th and Oakes. According to an early press release from Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson, crews were called at 11:06pm and found smoke coming from the building. Everett Firefighters began an offensive attack but had to pull out of the building as the blaze spread across the attic. A second alarm was then called. One firefighter was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center to be examined after slipping at the scene. Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks says the investigation is just getting underway. There was no one in the building at the time of the fire and no damage estimate yet available. Here are a few pictures from the scene. Click on the individual photos to enlarge.
Oakes Fire

Oakes Fire

Oakes Fire

Oakes Fire

Oakes Fire

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6 Kids Sent to Hospital After Daycare Van Crash in South Everett

October 7, 2014

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The van ended up striking a fire hydrant

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6 pre-schoolers were taken to Providence Regional Medical Center for observation after the van they were riding in was involved in a crash at Madison and Beverly Lane Tuesday morning. According to Assistant Everett Fire Marshal Eric Hicks, there were 10 kids in the van when it collided with a smaller vehicle. The van ended up on the sidewalk, striking a fire hydrant. Everett Fire brought out a former command vehicle to keep the four kids not sent to the hospital warm and safe. They were then taken to be reunited with their parents. Everett Police Spokesman Aaron Snell says there did not appear to be any serious injuries and patrol officers are handling the investigation. Here are a few pictures taken at the scene.


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One Injured At Saturday Morning Roll-Over Crash In Everett’s Lowell Neighborhood

October 4, 2014

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The only occupant of the car was the driver

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The scene on S. 3rd street Saturday morning

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This Jeep was hit in the crash

South 3rd street in Lowell was blocked for about an hour Saturday morning after a Ford Taurus struck a parked Jeep and rolled over. The driver of the Taurus was injured and taken to an Everett hospital. No other injuries and Everett Police say the crash is under investigation. Click photos to enlarge.


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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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