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Snohomish County Fire District 1 wins national EMS award

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has just been honored with the national Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award presented by the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation.

This competitive award is given annually to honor departments championing innovative practices to enhance the quality of emergency medical services (EMS). This year’s award showcased three agencies – Fire District 1, Montgomery County Fire Rescue (Maryland) and Miami Dade Fire and Rescue (Florida) -- for “forging new ground in fire service-based EMS.”

The award was presented to Fire District 1 on May 9, 2013 at the 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 fire-service leaders from throughout the country attended along with Vice President Joe Biden, the keynote speaker.

Spring Weather = Increase in Car Prowling

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Parks Department are seeing an increase in reported car prowls and thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads and parks.  Both urban and rural parks and trails are being hit.

Snohomish County is home to more than 10,000 acres of parkland, 105 parks, and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails.

With the arrival of warmer spring weather, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Parks Department are seeing an increase in reported car prowls and thefts from vehicles parked at trailheads and parks.  Both urban and rural parks and trails are being hit.

“The public can help us by being our eyes and ears,” said Lieutenant Kathi Lang. “If you see someone acting suspicious – peering into parked cars or who doesn’t appear to be there to use the park or trail – please call 911.” 

Float Safely: Boating Safety Tips for a Weekend on the Water

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating! Here are tips for safety on Snohomish County waterways.

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating!  The forecast is for sunny skies and warm weather, which means many folks will flock to Snohomish County waterways this weekend.

“Crowded waterways on Opening Day create a need for increased safety awareness from all boaters,” said Lt. Rodney Rochon, commander of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Marine Services Unit. “We encourage people to have fun but to pay extra attention to others on the water and as always, wear your life jacket, and know and follow the boating laws.” 

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders.

Throughout the spring and summer, Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters will be rewarding children who are properly wearing helmets while participating in any non-motorized wheeled activity, such as biking, scootering, in-line skating or skateboarding.

Fire District 7 has partnered with Safe Kids and McDonald’s in this campaign to encourage safe riding and helmet use. Firefighters will issue a “Safe Rider Citation” to each child they spot riding safely and wearing a helmet. The citation card can be redeemed for one free Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

Firefighters will always be in marked fire department vehicles and uniforms when handing out the Safe Rider Citations.

2013 Washington State Spring BBQ Championship

Central to the Evergreen Spring Festival on April 27th and 28th, 2013 will be the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, a two-day barbecue cook-off.

The Evergreen State Fair will once again be hosting the Spring Festival on April 27th through 28th, 2013. The 50th anniversary of the creation of the Snohomish Parks Department will be celebrated during the festival.

Central to the Spring Festival will be the Washington State Spring BBQ Championship, a two-day barbeque cook-off to be located in the covered Judging Arena south of the Evergreen Events Center. The competition will feature cooking demonstrations of outdoor grilling and BBQ techniques.

Mill Creekers pay lower local taxes than most other Puget Sound residents - revised

Local taxes are lower in Mill Creek than most other local cities.

Tax day is over and most of us don’t have to worry about our income taxes for a while. For those of us who live in Mill Creek it’s nice to know that on average our local taxes are lower than other local communities.

Local taxes are the combination of property taxes, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) levies, fire service levies, and utility taxes that are used to fund city services. Mill Creek is the only local city that does not have a utility tax.

Fire causes $50,000 damage to Silver Lake area home

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

Dispatchers received multiple calls around 8:15 p.m. reporting flames coming from a single-story house in the 2100 block of 105th Pl. SE.

Firefighters responding to the call could see a large column of black smoke from several blocks away. The back of the house was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived.

No one was inside the house at the time of the fire. Firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

The house is heavily damaged. The man who lived in the house plans to stay with friends.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Fire at mobile home near Silver Lake causes heavy damage

No one was injured in a fire just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

No one was injured in a fire this morning that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 in a double-wide mobile home in the 12200 block of Nels Peters Road. A smoke alarm alerted the couple to the fire and they were able to safely escape with their dog.

The mobile home was engulfed in smoke when firefighters arrived. When the first crew opened the front door to check conditions inside and make an interior attack, a firefighter stepped through the floor. He was not hurt.

About 40 firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 and Mukilteo Fire Department responded. The unstable floor and heavy damage to the rest of the structure made it unsafe for firefighters to enter mobile home, so firefighters had to attack the fire from outside.

Fire District 1 offers free smoke alarms and home safety checks

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is offering free smoke alarms and educational home safety assessments for residents it serves in the communities of unincorporated southwest Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 is offering free smoke alarms and educational home safety assessments for residents it serves in the communities of unincorporated southwest Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Woodway.

Funding for the program comes from a Vision 20/20 Grant awarded through the federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant program. The grant provides resources for Fire District 1 to perform home safety surveys and install more than 550 smoke alarms, including 50 for hearing-impaired residents.

Snohomish County housing prices continue to trend up as inventory shrinks

Northwest Multiple Listing Service figures show that the median Snohomish County price for single-family houses and condos increased 18% from March 2012 to March 2013.

Northwest Multiple Listing Service figures show that the median Snohomish County price for single-family houses and condos increased 18% from March 2012 to March 2013. The median price for last month’s closed sales of single-family homes and condos in Snohomish County was $269,950 compared to $228,500 in March of 2012.

The year-to-year increase was even more for Everett, Mukilteo, and Mill Creek. Over the past year prices for single-family houses and condos increased 21% in this multiple listing service area. According to Northwest Multiple Listing Service figures the median price for last month’s closed sales of single-family homes and condos in this part of the North Sound was $270,000 compared to $222,600 in March of 2012.

YWCA 2013 Snohomish County Inspire Luncheon with Elizabeth Gilbert

The YWCA Snohomish County Inspire Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The featured keynote speaker is Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of the memoirs, “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Committed."

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the YWCA Inspire Luncheons, when more than 3,400 guests come from far and wide for a lunchtime experience like no other.

The Luncheons are an opportunity to connect with others in support of a shared cause – empowering women and families – and celebrate the achievements of the YWCA across Seattle, King and Snohomish counties.

Spend your lunch time at the 2013 Inspire Luncheons to learn about the work of the YWCA, listen to engaging speeches, and be inspired by women whose lives were transformed by YWCA services.

The emcee for this event will be Jean Enersen of KING 5 TV.

“Eat, Pray, Love” is about the year Gilbert spent traveling the globe after a difficult divorce. It was embraced by women and men alike and made her a role model for readers around the world. The book was made into a movie starring Julia Roberts.

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