firefighters http://www.kplu.org en Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way http://www.kplu.org/post/report-says-lack-maps-leadership-puts-firefighters-harms-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156943542&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://ffsafetymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SMBriefingFINALnoCOV.pdf" target="_blank">scathing new report</a>&nbsp;by a group of veteran wildfire experts says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group, called Safety Matters, is asking national wildfire managers to implement a series of changes aimed at putting safety above saving property.</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17519 at http://www.kplu.org Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way Showers Will Melt Away, but Lightning Could Spark More Fires http://www.kplu.org/post/showers-will-melt-away-lightning-could-spark-more-fires <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drizzly skies are expected to yield to warmer temperatures and some sun this weekend, because of an upper level trough over us and that’s causing upward motion and clouds, says Cliff Mass, </span>KPLU’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> weather expert.</span></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:38:32 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9504 at http://www.kplu.org Showers Will Melt Away, but Lightning Could Spark More Fires Firefighter deaths send chill through NW as heat wave strikes http://www.kplu.org/post/firefighter-deaths-send-chill-through-nw-heat-wave-strikes <p>The loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona is sending a chill through the firefighting community in the Northwest. Fire season is about to begin here, ushered in by a heat wave sweeping the region.</p><p>Word spread fast among wildland firefighters in the Northwest.</p><p>“We are saddened, but (must) honor our fallen by continuing with the job at hand,” wrote the Hotshot crew out of Union, Ore., on Facebook.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 04:09:08 +0000 Jessica Robinson 9230 at http://www.kplu.org Firefighter deaths send chill through NW as heat wave strikes Dead Federal Way firefighter got HIV on duty http://www.kplu.org/post/dead-federal-way-firefighter-got-hiv-duty <p>FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — A pike pole is a long pole used by firefighters, and a memorial version of the pole carries the names of Washington firefighters who died in the line of duty.</div><div> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:59:47 +0000 The Associated Press 6822 at http://www.kplu.org Black firefighters march in downtown Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/black-firefighters-march-downtown-seattle <p>More than 150 black firefighters marched through downtown Seattle on Wednesday to honor their colleagues who died in service.</p><p>The march was organized by <a href="http://www.sbffa.org/">Seattle&#39;s chapter</a> of the <a href="http://www.iabpf.org/">International Association of Black Professional Firefighters</a>. After the march, they held a memorial for fallen service members at Seattle&rsquo;s First United Methodist church.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:51:49 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5986 at http://www.kplu.org Black firefighters march in downtown Seattle MRSA study of fire station shows the deadly bacteria is everywhere http://www.kplu.org/post/mrsa-study-fire-station-shows-deadly-bacteria-everywhere <p>The drug-resistant strain of staph infection MRSA is known to be a problem for many hospitals.&nbsp; A pioneering <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/envhlth/news/profile.php?content_ID=1069">study from the University of Washington</a> shows that it's also resilient enough to spread from medic units all the way into the living quarters of firefighters.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:28:10 +0000 KPLU News Staff 281 at http://www.kplu.org MRSA study of fire station shows the deadly bacteria is everywhere