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Posted: Sep 17, 2019

Washington Fire Chiefs Legislative Report - September 4, 2019

Interim Update

Following the adjournment of the 2019 Legislature in April, attention has focused primarily on Governor Inslee’s presidential campaign, as well as the House Democrats’ decision on who would succeed Frank Chopp (D-43, Seattle) as Speaker of the House.  A handful of other changes at the Legislature have also occurred.

Governor & Statewide Elected Office News

The first major domino has fallen as Governor Inslee has given up his presidential campaign and will be running for Governor a third time.  With the decision, many top-level Democrats will remain in their current positions rather than challenging the incumbent Governor.  State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has pivoted to running for re-election as AG...

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Posted: Sep 17, 2019

Taco truck destroyed by fire in Richland

A taco truck in Richland was destroyed by flames on Monday night. According to Richland Fire Battalion Chief Brenda Rodgers, the fire broke out at Wild Taco just before 9 p.m. on Aaron Drive and Wellsian Way. She said two people were inside at the time, but fortunately, they escaped. A patron outside was also uninjured.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2019 5:51:28 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
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Posted: Sep 17, 2019

Body of fallen Maine firefighter Captain Michael Bell returns home

The body of the Captain Michael Bell who died Monday in the explosion in Farmington will return home Tuesday morning. Fire Capt. Michael Bell, 68, was a 30-year-member of the Farmington Fire Rescue and died in the powerful, apparent gas-related blast at LEAP Inc., that leveled the building, killing Bell and injuring seven others.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NewsCenterMaine.com
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Posted: Sep 17, 2019

Scabies Outbreak Affects 20 Maryland County Firefighters

Twenty Prince George's County firefighters have scabies, a highly contagious condition in which tiny mites burrow under the skin and cause severe itching and rashes, fire and health officials announced Monday. Prince George's County Fire Chief Ben Barksdale said 205 employees of the department were tested.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4
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Posted: Sep 17, 2019

U.S. Honor Flag travels around Utah to honor fallen first responders

The U.S. Honor Flag came back through Utah, making several stops along the Wasatch Front. It travels the country honoring first responders who have given their lives for the community. It has made its way 7 million miles in the last 18 years, starting as a way to honor the hero’s of Sept. 11, 2001.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City
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