- August 6, 2015 10:00 amCommissioners Meeting
Renton, Renton Municipal Airport, WA
Last Updated on Aug 3 2015, 12:53 am PDT
Current Conditions: Fair
Wind: NW at 8mph
How to stay safe in hot weather
1. Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors twice a day (the very young and elderly are especially vulnerable to heat).
2. Stay cool. Spend time in air-conditioned buildings and avoid direct contact with the sun. Many cities in King County will offer cooling centers for those who need them. Other places to stay cool include malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and libraries. Washington Information Network 2-1-1 is maintaining a list of cooling centers throughout King County (searchable by ZIP code): http://www.resourcehouse.com/win211/King/topics/Organizational__Community__International_Services/Disaster_Services/Disaster_Relief_Services/Extreme_Heat_Cooling_Programs/programs.aspx
3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more.
4. Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. The temperature in a vehicle is much higher than outside and it only takes a few minutes for severe medical problems and even death to occur.
5. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical care immediately if you know someone who experiences symptoms.
Signs of heat exhaustion:
• Heavy sweating
• Cold, pale, and clammy skin
• Weak pulse
Signs of heat stroke:
• High body temperature (103° F or higher)
• Hot, dry skin
• Rapid and strong pulse
• Possible unconsciousness
Hot weather safety information and resource links: http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/residents-business/Hazards_Disasters/ExtremeHeat.aspx
King County animal control officers will be out on regular patrols, and will respond to resident calls about animals in distress due to the heat. Call 9-1-1 or 206-296-PETS (7387) if you see a pet in a hot car, or an animal that lacks access to fresh water and shade. For more tips, visit: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/pet-safety/protecting-pets-from-heat
• King County rivers are extremely cold, fast moving, and dangerous. If you go on or in rivers, lakes, or even swimming pools without lifeguards, wearing a life jacket is always recommended.
• Avoid drinking alcohol or using other substances when swimming, boating, or doing other water-oriented sports.
Information on water safety: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/injury/water.aspx
Fire danger and firework safety
With some of our warmest weather yet to come, fire danger continues to rise. To help avoid starting wildfires in our area avoid all outdoor burning.
• About one-third of all fires occur in residential properties; one-third involves natural vegetation (brush or wildland); and the remaining third involves vehicles, outside equipment and storage, and other locations.
• Most fires are human-caused and are preventable, while only a small percentage of fires are actually due to natural acts such as lightning.
Listen to local fire chiefs’ recommendation to leave fireworks displays to licensed professionals.
A predicted drought this summer makes our communities especially vulnerable to fire hazards. A stray firework or carelessly tossed cigarette butt can quickly threaten your property. Therefore, use of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day is banned in many cities and strongly discouraged in areas of Unincorporated King County – better to attend a licensed professional, local firework display. A list of locations in Washington State can be found at http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/docs/fireworks/fireshow.pdf.
If you disregard this advice and light your own fireworks on July 4, please follow these safety measures:
• Only use legal fireworks – illegal fireworks include firecrackers, missiles, and bottle rockets.
• Light fireworks on flat, hard level surfaces, and wear eye protection.
• Only adults should light fireworks – keep kids and others at a safe distance (at least 20 feet).
• Keep your pets indoors and be sure their ID tag is up-to-date in the event they panic, run away, and become lost.
• Have a bucket of water or a hose nearby to put out any fires or “dud” fireworks.
• Soak unused fireworks in water before disposing of them.
• Clean up fireworks debris. Do not place warm, used fireworks in a plastic bag, as this can cause a fire. Dispose of used fireworks in a metal trash can.
To learn more about fireworks ordinances, bans, and other important information, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/FireMarshal/fireworks.aspx and http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/fireworks.htm.
Due to the dry conditions, the fire district has implemented a burn ban effective 6/15/15. While this is earlier than typical bans, the current conditions warrant the action. The ban applies to all outdoor burning except small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or on private property.
Gas and propane stoves and barbeques are allowed under this ban.
Recreational fires must:
- Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not be used as debris disposal;
- Grow no larger than three feet in diameter;
- Be located in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches;
- Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire.
It’s a Break-Feast of Pancakes – Organic Eggs – Ham – Applesauce – Starbucks – Hot Chocolate and it’s …all cooked and served by our local heroes at Fire District 45.
Date: Sunday June 7th, 2015
Location: Duvall Fire HQ – 15600 1st Ave
Time: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Breakfast – Adult $6 Seniors $5 Children $4
T-Shirts – Adult $15 Kids $12
Aprons – $15
Challenge Coins – $15
King County Fire District 45, located in Duvall, WA, will begin testing on April 28th to to create a hiring list for the position of Firefighter. The position of firefighter delivers emergency services as directed and carries out routine activities that maintain the readiness and function of the District.
This is a full-time position with a salary range of $4,839.28-$6,913.26/month plus benefits. The position is represented by Local 2878.
Initial testing will take place through National Testing Network. The deadline to complete testing is Friday May 22nd. Fifteen applicants will be asked to complete a District Employment Application the week of May 26, 2015.
General Qualifications to be met and maintained:
- High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Speak and write the English language.
- United States citizenship or Alien authorized to work in the United States.
- A current driver license from a state or U.S. possession. A Washington State driver license is required within 30 days of hire.
- Be at least 21 years of age at date of hire.
- Currently certified as a Washington State Emergency Medical Technician (or national registry).
- Certified IFSAC Fire Fighter I or an active District 45 volunteer fire fighter with at least two years of service.
- National Testing Network: April 28, 2015 to May 22, 2015
- Application period (15 applicants): May 26, 2015 to June 1, 2015
- Background checks completed by: June 8, 2015
- Panel Interviews: June 15, 2015 to June 17, 2015
- Chiefs Interview (top six candidates): June 18, 2015 to June 19, 2015
- Physical Ability Test (top six candidates): June 20, 2015
- Eligibility List Created: June 22, 2015
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The Burn Ban has been lifted effective January 3, 2015
The most recent burn ban has been lifted as of noon today. To get up to date information on burn bans, please go to pscleanair.org.
STAGE 1 BURN BAN CALLED FOR KING, SNOHOMISH & PIERCE COUNTIES
Use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves
Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, effective at 1PM today, Sunday, November 30th.
This ban is in effect until further notice.
The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.
During a Stage 1 burn ban:
- No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.
- The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency
- No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
- Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.
It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.
The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).
For up-to-date burn ban information for the Puget Sound area, download the free app: “Burn Ban 411.”
The seasonal burn has been lifted effective 0800 September 23. Normal burning restrictions are in effect. To obtain a burn permit, please call 425-788-1625.