Seventeen Firefighters Prepare to Graduate from Fire Training Academy

State Fire Marshal Michael Matlick is announcing that 17 firefighters are preparing to graduate from the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy Basic Firefighter 1 program.
The Fire Training Academy Recruit School program is an 11-week course that meets National Fire Protection Association Standard 1001 for certification at the Firefighter I and Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Level.  Graduating firefighters learn basic fire service principles through classroom instruction and rigorous hands-on live fire training.
On August 21, 2009, 18 candidates started the 180-hour Basic Firefighter I program.  On November 1, 2009, 17 candidates will be acknowledged for having completed the training.  Graduation ceremonies will be held at Mt. Si High School, North Bend, Washington and starts at 10:00 a.m.
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  • Fall brings seasonal closures, reduced services to many of DNR’s recreation areas

    Washington – As autumn settles in, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants the public to know about upcoming changes to some of the recreation areas the agency manages. Some areas will be closing for the season starting October 15 and through the fall. Other areas will be reducing services due to cuts in the current budget.

    “Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy recreating on DNR-managed lands,” said Mark Mauren, DNR’s Recreation Program Manager. “We just want to make sure the public knows to check the status of our areas before they head out.”

    One of the best ways to find out if an area is open or has reduced services is to check DNR’s web pages, starting with the main recreation page:

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  • Illegal fishing, dry weather conditions threaten fish across the state

    OLYMPIA – Despite recent showers, the summer’s prolonged dry weather has left fish vulnerable, including on the Dungeness River, where two anglers were recently caught poaching.

    An enforcement officer with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) cited the anglers for multiple fishing violations, including possession of federally protected wild chinook salmon. 

    The Dungeness River, which flows through Clallam County to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is closed to all fishing to protect returning wild chinook, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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  • Westport to Receive Ecology Funds to Prevent Flood Damage

    WESTPORT, Wash. – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is providing nearly $1.4 million to help 12 Washington communities fund projects to prevent future damages from floods.

    During the 2009 legislative session, state lawmakers created a special account to help local towns, cities and counties fund targeted flood damage prevention activities.

    The Legislature directed Ecology to give priority to communities least able to fund flood mitigation projects and those projects most ready to proceed.

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  • Spike in Traffic Fatalities Concerns WSP

    Washington State Patrol troopers are urging motorists to make better choices and hopefully stem a recent spike in highway fatalities.  Last weekend troopers responded to six major collisions in which a total of ten people died. It was the deadliest weekend of 2009. 

    "This loss of life is of great concern to me," stated Chief John R. Batiste, Washington State Patrol, "and we do not want it repeated this weekend." 

    Three of the ten people killed were not wearing their seatbelts. Alcohol was involved in three of the collisions. Additional contributing factors to the collisions were speed, aggressive driving, and driver inattention.  

    "All of the contributing factors were choices made by the vehicle drivers," Batiste added. "We hope others will learn from these tragedies, and make better choices."

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