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Deputy McCartney of Yelm Fatally Shot

Deputy Daniel A. McCartney, of the Pierce County sheriff’s office was fatally shot late Sunday (1-7-18) while chasing two burglars after a home invasion call. Read the details here. Read about Deputy McCartney here.

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Flood Watch!

Thurston, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, King, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties are all currently under a flood watch, starting Friday afternoon (12-29-17) and lasting until Saturday afternoon (12-30-17), as of this posting. According to the National Weather Service alert, the watch means that there is a chance of flooding, based on current forecasts. Keep [...]

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Winter Fire Safety Tips

Home fires occur more in winter than any other season. Take a look at these safety tips to make sure you stay warm AND safe this winter!

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SETFA Among Train Accident First Responders

Around 7:40 this morning, the new Amtrak Cascades train derailed near Mounds Road, close to DuPont. The train left the Tacoma Dome Station, heading to Olympia and Portland, derailed off the bridge near DuPont, hitting multiple vehicles on I-5. All southbound lanes on I-5 have been closed as first responders work the scene. Firefighters/EMT and [...]

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Redwind Casino Delivers Holiday Gifts to the SE Thurston Fire Department

Redwind Casino Donates Gifts

The Redwind Casino employees of the Green Team organized a fundraiser for the Holiday Gift Drive. With the help of Redwind Casino employees Erin Eckstein, Patricia Rigby, and other employees, you will make the Holiday brighter and put a smile on a child’s face who may otherwise not have received any gifts, at all. Thank [...]

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Holiday Food and Gift Drive

It’s the Holiday season once again! Families will gather together to share dinner and gifts. There are families who are struggling just to put food on the table, though.  Make a difference this season by giving a helping hand to children in need. You can donate food items and gifts until December 11. The list of [...]

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Holiday Season Photos

Capitol Tree Lighting Friday, December 1                                 Christmas Parade Saturday, December 2     Santa Neighborhood Runs Sunday, December 10

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Tree Lighting at the Capitol

There were 18 rural fire districts from across the state at the tree lighting ceremony to receive a check and a bag full of toys to hand out to needy families in their communities. Chief Mark King of SE Thurston Fire Authority received a check and a bag of toys from Secretary of State Kim [...]

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Holiday Season Events Schedule

Santa Neighborhood Runs Sunday, December 10 Starts: 5:00 PM Santa will be traveling through neighborhoods handing out gifts.   Santa Safeway Party Friday, December 15 Starts: 6:00 PM Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa while sitting around the fire pit!

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Yelm Christmas in the Park

Come and visit SE Thurston Fire at the 29th annual Christmas in the Park. It’s a great day of food, fun, family and Christmas spirit! The event is free. Stop by and visit Santa, then enjoy the bon fire, food, and hot cocoa! Location: Yelm City Park SE Mosman Ave, Yelm

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Rainier Tree-Lighting Ceremony

The Rainier Tree-Lighting Ceremony starts off the Holiday season! Join us at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at Holiday Park in Rainier. Santa will arrive in a fire truck and children will have an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap.

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Phone Sales - BEWARE

Phone Scam

SE Thurston Fire is NOT working with any business selling ads for color books or promotional items.  For more information, call Joyce Willms, Public Relations for SE Thurston Fire Authority, at 360-790-9129.

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WARNING! Check Your Fire Extinguisher

Everyone wants to be safe, especially in their home. Having a fire extinguisher in your home is a huge step, but you should make sure it will work when you really need it to. Check the label on your extinguisher. Several models made by Kidde have been recalled. For more information on the recall and [...]

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Time to Check Your Batteries!

clock is ticking

Every fall, like clock-work, the time change rushes upon us, bringing with it a reminder to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s almost daylight saving time. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Please take [...]

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Have You Updated Your Shots?

health

Flu season is here and there’s a message doctors want adults to keep in mind: vaccines aren’t just for children! Read more here on the KOMO news website.

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Firefighters Hand Out Candy

Halloween

SE Thurston Fire Authority (Yelm & Rainier Fire Department) was out in the city of Yelm to ensure the safety of Trick or Treat on Halloween night. Chief Mark King, Lieutenant Ann Holeman, Firefighter/Public Education Coordinator Tony Brosco, and career and volunteer Firefighters/EMT were out in the community to make sure the children had a [...]

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us, and we know what that means… CANDY! It also means costumes, candles, and walking at night. Check out these resources for some quick safety tips to keep in mind when you’re decorating or taking the children around the neighborhood to Trick-or-Treat.   American Association of Pediatricians Halloween Safety Tips SafeKids.org [...]

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Thank you, SE Thurston Fire Authority!

The SE Thurston Fire Authority visited the students at The Phoenix Rising School in Rainier, Washington, to teach them about safety protocols. The people at Create Focus Media caught some video of the visit. Check out the video below!

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Fire Safety - Activities for Kids

Fire Prevention

Looking for some resources on fire safety? We have you covered! Here are a few resources to keep in mind! Mazes and other printables Coloring pages Here are a few safety tips, as well:  

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Music for Mary - 5K Run/Walk

Music for Mary

Come to Rainier’s Wilkowski Park along the Yelm/Tenino Trail for the 2017 Music for Mary 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 23rd! Proceeds benefit the Cystinosis Research Foundation. The 5K starts at 9AM. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. Register before September 7th online here. Contact: (360) 359-5171 mhead997@gmail.com

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Fire Prevention Tips

Fire Prevention

Follow these tips for preventing fires around your property! Clear any buildup of pine needles, leaves, and other flammable materials from your roof, gutters, porch, and under your deck. Trim larger trees’ limbs to heights of at least 10 feet. Make sure there is about 5 feet between branches of other large trees. Weed-whack or [...]

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What drivers can and cannot do under Washington state's new distracted driving law

The law forbids virtually all use of handheld gadgets such as phones, tablets, laptop computers and gaming devices while driving. The law takes effect July 23, 2017.   Q. When does the law take effect? A. July 23.   Q. What will be banned? A. Texting is already illegal, as is holding a cellphone at [...]

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Seattle to Portland Bike Ride

Seattle to Portland Bike Ride

The Seattle to Portland Bike Ride passes through Yelm, stopping at the Yelm Community Center on Saturday, July 15, from 7 am to 4 pm. The SE Thurston Fire Department will have a First Aid station at the Yelm Community Center.

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Rainier Roundup Day Parade

Fire Truck

The parade will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 26, 2017.  If you have questions, you can contact City Hall at 360-446-2265 or send an email to rainierparade@yahoo.com.

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Drive 5:07 - Business After Hours

Yelm Senior Center Business After Hours Drive 5:07 July 27, 2017 5:07 PM 16530 103rd Ave Yelm, WA 98597 360-458-7733 Light refreshments will be served.

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Family Fun Day photos

Fun Day rescue truck

Family Fun Day was a great day for all in attendance.    Photos by Joyce, SE Thurston Fire Authority

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Family Fun Day

Come one, come all to a FREE day filled with fun, food, and community. There is something for everyone… from a bounce house, to a large slide, and a dunk tank, too… balloons for the kids and even a petting zoo… free snow cones, free popcorn, free hot dogs galore… featuring live music, carnival games, [...]

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Drowning: It Can Happen in an Instant

Safe Swimming

Not including boating incidents, on average about nine people die from drowning every day in the United States, according to Injury Facts 2017 the annual statistical report on unintentional injuries produced by NSC. Read More…

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Bicycle Helmet Safety

Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. Every year, about 300,00 children pay a visit to the emergency room because of bike injuries. These injuries vary in severity from sprains and broken bones, to serious head injuries. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk [...]

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Best to Leave Fireworks to the Experts

Independence Day

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays. But along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms – especially during July. In 2016, at least four people died and about 11,100 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And [...]

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Why Fire Engines Respond to Medical Emergencies:

During a medical emergency, seconds count. All fire department personnel are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and will often arrive before an ambulance. The firefighters can immediately initiate appropriate medical care and in more complicated medical emergencies, fire department paramedics will simultaneously be dispatched. Our department is committed to providing the highest level of care [...]

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Prairie Days Parade

Float in Yelm Prairie Days Parade

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 Prairie Days Parade Theme: “Home on the Prairie” Line up by 8:00 am Parade starts at 9:30 am After the parade, festivities move to the Yelm City Park.

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Action Alert!

Please call or email, Ways and Means Committee Members, Capital Budget Committee Members, Appropriation Committee Members Contact the legislators: app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/CommitteeMembersByCommittee S.E. Thurston Fire Authority provides medical service and fire protection to about 35,018 citizens covering 84 square miles including the cities of Yelm, Rainier, and unincorporated areas. When the fire department goes on a call [...]

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CPR Classes

Contact Medic One for more information on how to register for classes: 360-704-2780

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Rivers and Lake Safety

Nisqually River

Remember to use caution around rivers and area lakes. The river is still flowing at a high rate, the water is very cold. Debris carried by the current and snags mean the shoreline are still dangerous. Due to these extreme conditions, people are urged to use caution when walking near the river banks and know [...]

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Power Outages

Stay informed by viewing our outage map or you can report your area by calling this number 1-888-225-5773. For Power Outages click here . You may also want to download the mobile app here.

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Rainier Education Foundation

It’s the 18th Annual Auction for Education! Come join us on Saturday, March 25th 2017 at Rainier High School. Doors open at 3:30 pm – Silent Auction Begins Barbecue Dinner by Steele Clayton 6:00 pm Live Auction, Auctioneer Larry Schorno – 7:00 pm Dinner Tickets $14 per person Purchase in Advance or Dinner Tickets at: www.rainiereducationfoundation.com

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Mayor Randy Schleis

On February 21, 2017, Randy Schleis of Rainier, Washington, had unexpected complications to an outpatient heart procedure. He spent more than two weeks in critical care at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, and fought valiantly to spend time with family and friends before his death on March 10, 2017. Randall Leroy Schleis was born [...]

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Nisqually Valley Home Garden & Trade Show - 2017

Check out the Home, Garden and Tradeshow, Saturday April 29, 2017 , 9 am – 4 pm  and Sunday  April 30, 2017 at 10 am – 3 pm at the Yelm High School Gymnasium. And don’t forget to visit, The South East Thurston Fire Department Authority Booth!  

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Weather for you

Be safe! Watch the weather for snow storms, flood warnings, and other alerts. http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/olympia-wa/98501/weather-warnings/331418  

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AlertSense Notification System

Sign up to receive emergency alerts & community notifications here.

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Personal Emergency Preparedness

View the list of  Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Resources. For more details click this link.

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AlertSense Notification System

Sign up to receive emergency alerts & community notifications here.

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Personal Emergency Preparedness

View the list of  Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Resources. For more details click this link.

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Power Outages

Check areas for power outages

Stay informed by viewing our outage map or you can report your area by calling this number 1-888-225-5773. Click here for more information. You may also want to download the mobile app here.

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Levy Lid Lift Passed

A thank you letter from our Fire Chief, Mark King.

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Fire Rescue Newsletter

2016 Fire Rescue Newsletter Click to download the newsletter here.  

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2016 Levy Lid Lift on ballot
to Restore 2007 Levy Rate

Thurston Fire Authority experienced an unprecedented loss in revenue exceeding $700,000. In response the Fire Authority eliminated five positions, froze all base wage and cost of living increases, successfully applied for, and received, 1.2 million in federal grants, as well as estabby the voters, expired in 2013

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Prairie Days Parade

WHEN: June 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Prairie Days at the Park

Time: All Day Enjoy rides, games and food! WHEN: June 24 – 25, 2016

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Paddle To Nisqually Canoe Journey 2016

On Saturday, July 30th to August 6th, between eight to fifteen thousand visitors will be arriving at the greater Yelm area for the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey. Hosted by the Nisqually Nation, this epic event is a week-long celebration of potlatching protocols on the Nisqually Indian Tribe reservation. This family-friendly event is open to [...]

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Boy celebrates birthday as honorary firefighter

On Saturday, members of the S.E. Thurston Fire Authority attended Kaleb’s 13th birthday party and named him an “honorary firefighter.” Kaleb has Aspergers Syndrome, and because of this has never had a birthday party. Thurston firefighters RSVP’d after Kaleb’s uncle made a post on Facebook. To view the entire article, click here.

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8 SAFETY TIPS FOR PLAYING ON FROZEN LAKES

Always Measure the Ice What is a Safe Thickness Assess the Area Visually The Color Wheel The Fresher, the Better Know Proper Rescue Techniques Watch Your Dog! Use the Starlight View the full article here: http://www.theclymb.com/stories/tips/8-safety-tips-for-playing-on-frozen-lakes/

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WINTER CLIMBING: SIX TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRIP

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst Adapt Meals for Cold Conditions Don’t Take the Route at Face Value Pack Supportive Gear Layer Smart Know When to Turn Around View the full article here: http://www.theclymb.com/stories/passions/mountaineer/winter-climbing-six-tips-to-a-successful-trip/

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET LOST SKIING

Plan Your Trip Tell Someone Where You Are Going Know Common Pitfalls Gather Your Gear and Crew Channel Your Inner Weatherman Assess the Situation Get Visible Call for Help Be Prepared to Spend the Night Stay Hydrated and Nourished Self-Rescue View the full article here: http://www.theclymb.com/stories/tips/get-lost-skiing/ Please be educated and safe out there!

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Winter Safety Tips

With the cold weather upon us, kids and families flock to the mountains, lakes, and (if we’re fortunate enough) their own backyards to play. While these cold-time activities are special and fun, there are some practical safety tips to keep family-time safe. The biggest tip that we can offer is: NEVER GO ALONE. Here are some [...]

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SETFA 2015 Holiday Events

Santa Mobile Schedule Santa is coming to town! The sound of music, bright lights and lots of helpers move about with a Ho-Ho-Ho ringing through the communities each December for this annual event. Santa will be visiting local Yelm neighborhoods, including Rainier and Lake Laurence, Thursday, December 10. Watch for Santa between 5:30pm and 7pm. [...]

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SETFA Holiday Food & Gift Drive is Here!

Southeast Thurston Fire Auxiliaries for Yelm and Rainier areas is kicking off their annual holiday gift and food drive for families in need. We need your help to gather the following donations: Like-new clothing, toys and games, like-new coats of all sizes, full-size and travel-size shampoo and soap, and non-perishable food items. Please see complete [...]

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The "Gift of Gobble"

"Gift of Gobble" turkey dinner

For the past few years the Yelm Food Cooperative has collected donations that help feed our community’s hungry. Their food drive is aptly named “Gift of Gobble” and nominations for this year’s gifts are now open. A donation of $60 will feed an entire family of six. The holidays are on the way and that [...]

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SETFA Extinguishes Car Fire

Yelm, WA Creek Street car fire

S.E. Thurston Fire (Yelm & Rainier Fire Department) rushed to a Yelm woman’s aid when car burst into flames. She escaped the car just before the front end was fully engulfed. SETFA successfully extinguished the fire. No one was hurt. Check out a video of the car fire courtesy of the Nisqually Valley News.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!

Wear pink and raise awareness!! Encourage your friends and family to wear pink to support those who have battled, or are battling, breast cancer. Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day is October 13 National Mammography Day is October 16 Please remember that there are steps for early detection. To create your own early detection plan, visit: [...]

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Burn Survivor From Yelm Attends Camp

Every year a group of burn survivors between the ages of 13-15 years old are selected to attend the Fire Fighters International Burn Camp. This year, local Yelm resident Bryanna, 15, was selected and traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the camp. Sponsored by the International Association of Firefighters Charitable foundation, she explored and experienced Washington DC’s museums, [...]

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Not "If", but "When"...Emergency Expo Successful

September 26th's emergency expo at Yelm High School was a huge success. “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”, was the theme for the event and important information about preparedness and surviving a disaster situation was shared with attendees.

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Emergency Preparedness Expo

Emergency Preparedness Expo

Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Yelm High School 1315 W. Yelm Ave., Yelm Click here for printable flyer. Head over to Yelm High School this Saturday to hear expert speakers and visit vendors with information about emergency preparedness. It’s not an “if,” but a “when“! Learn how to prepare food for long-term [...]

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2015 Rainier Round-Up Days’ Parade

Come see SETFA at this year’s Rainier Round-Up Days’ Parade. Parade starts at 11am, Saturday August 22, 2015. Get there early for a good spot!! There are a lot more activities happening that weekend. Check out the flyer below!

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Wildland Fire Tracking Map

Washington State has been hit hard with wildland fires this season. If you’re interested in tracking the progress of all the fires that are burning around the state, there is a interactive map available for viewing. This online fire and wind map shows most of the fires and it should be updated every day. You [...]

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SETFA Firefighters Assist with Wildland Fires Around WA

S.E. Thurston Crew working the Gold Mountain Fire Complex near Colville, Washington

Thank you to all the brave men and women around the State of Washington (and beyond) who are helping fight the terrible wildfires that are burning this summer.

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Where's baby? Look before you lock.

The NHTSA just released a memo for July warning of the dangers of child heatstroke deaths. These deaths are 100 percent preventable. The danger is real and this summer is already warmer than usual. Read the full memo below. Click here to download full memo. “The summer is heating up and NHTSA’s heatstroke prevention and [...]

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SETFA Volunteer Ksea Rogers in the News!

Our wonderful volunteer Ksea Rogers was featured in a Nisqually Valley News article. Here’s what they had to say: Ksea Rogers is the fire authority’s longest serving volunteer firefighter and EMT. Roger McMaster read comments on behalf of Chief Mark King, who was not in attendance. “Not only are you an exceptional firefighter and EMT, [...]

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Yelm Chamber of Commerce Honors Ksea Rogers

Ksea Rogers accepts award

It was a gorgeous afternoon on August 11, 2015, a perfect day to honor one of our valued volunteer fire fighter/EMTs. Blue skies were plentiful and so was the smell of smoky BBQ. It helped make this month’s Yelm Chamber of Commerce meeting a great event. After eating a delicious catered lunch by The Cattleman, [...]

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Yelm Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A HUGE congratulations to Yelm Physical Therapy, Sean Sipe, MPT, DPT, SCS (owner), and YPT staff on their grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony of their brand new building! SE Thurston Fire (Yelm & Rainier Fire Department) was there for yesterday’s festivities which included a tour of the new facility, catered snacks by Ramblin Restaurant Group, and a ribbon cutting [...]

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July 18th Weekend Fires

SETFA (Yelm & Rainier Fire Dept.) Respond to fast growing brush fire threatening residential structures.

As you all know conditions are extremely hot and dry out there, making fields and underbrush instant fuel for a giant and dangerous problem: wild/brush fires. While we may be used to these wildfires on the east side of the state, we’re seeing these  fires pop up on the west side too, and what’s worse, [...]

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Family Fun Day at the Park

Kyla Peterson sits in SETFA's (Yelm & Rainier Fire Department) ladder truck.

The sun was shining and the weather was HOT for Family Fun Day at the Park, July 18, 2015. S.E. Thurston Fire Authority (Yelm & Rainier Fire Department) showed off their fire trucks and interacted with the Yelm, WA community by handing out balloons, 12 Man flyers, and by offering tours of the inside of their ladder [...]

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Fun Day at the Yelm City Park

Saturday, July 18, 2015 Fun Day at the Yelm City Park Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free for all ages.  

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Relay for Life

Saturday, August 1 and  Sunday August 2 Relay for Life Time: Noon Location: Rainier High School (308 2nd ST W, Rainier, WA) Contact: Nichole Woolsey, lovinlife4eva@gmail.com, 360-485-8995 Team Rally meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm at Prairie Lanes Bowling Alley. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SEThurstonRelay Website: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15GW?pg=entry&fr_id=69009

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Prairie Street Rod Association Car Show

Sunday, August 2 Prairie Street Rod Association Car Show Location: Yelm City Park

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Rainier Round-up Days Parade

Saturday, August 23 Rainier Round-up Days Parade Time: 11:00 a.m. Location: 102 Minnesota St, Rainier, Washington 98576 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/440548726122317/ Website: http://cityofrainierwa.org/

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SETFA Participates in 2015 Prairie Days Parade

Volunteers helping out at the SETFA prize wheel.

June 25, 2015 was the kick-off Prairie Days Parade. We had an absolutely wonderful time passing out candy, meeting the community, walking the in the parade, and showing off our fire truck! Take a look at a few of the photos from yesterday’s parade.

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2015 Yelm Prairie Days at the Park!

Prairie Days at the Park starts this Thursday, June 25 (starting at 7pm with the parade) and goes through Sunday, June 28. Events last all day. Bring the family and enjoy food, games, rides, and a whole lot of fun!

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4th Annual Yelm Rotary Prairie Stampede 5k Walk/Run

The event is June 27, starting a 8am. Participants meet up at Yelm Middle School. Mark your calendars and stretch those legs! The 4th Annual Yelm Rotary Prairie Stampede 5k Walk/Run is just around the corner.

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Summer is Here! Remember Safety!

Water Safety: The weather is warming up! Remember to always wear a life jacket when out in the water. This includes activities like: Boating, rafting, tubing, floating, swimming, etc. Some other safety tips include: Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating Don’t swim alone or in bad weather Learn CPR Learn to swim and teach your [...]

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Burn Ban Extended to Western Washington Effective Immediately!

Brush and debris on fire

DNR EXPANDS BURN BAN TO INCLUDE WESTERN WASHINGTON Hot And Dry Conditions Increasing Fire Danger Statewide “OLYMPIA – With heat and drought rapidly increasing fire danger in western Washington, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is today expanding last week’s burn ban from DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington to include those west of [...]

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Yelm Police Department's "2014 Reserve Officer of the Year" - Reserve Officer Don Wilson

Reserve Officer Don Wilson

Yelm City Council Meeting March 10, 2015 – 6pm Reserve Officer Don Wilson was hired as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Yelm in 2005. Since that time Wilson has donated more than 1,500 hours of his time to the city through his service with the Yelm Police Department. He currently holds a Level III [...]

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McGill Receives Citizen Life Saving Award

South East Thurston Fire Authority Fire Commissioner’s Meeting March 10, 2015 – 7pm   Seconds Do Count! Horst’s House Burning to the Ground Lee McGill Receives Citizen Life Saving Award for his heroic acts saving his neighbor, Vernon Jacob “Jake” Horst, in a house fire. During the evening of February 3, 2015, Lee McGill noticed [...]

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Pueblo Colorado Crude Oil Class

S.E. Thurston Fire Authority personnel attended a week long course in Pueblo Colorado, sponsored by Burlington Northern, learning how to deal with rail emergencies involving crude oil.

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FIREFIGHTERS PASS OUT HALLOWEEN CANDY TO KIDS ACROSS YELM

Firefighters from S.E. Thurston Fire Authority passed out candy on Halloween night, across the City of Yelm. To the delight of hundreds of children, an Engine and a Brush Truck were staffed with both career and volunteer firefighters, who volunteered for the evening. The evening allowed an up-close encounter with both of the rigs and [...]

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The Fire Department Teams up with McDonalds

SE Thurston Fire Department Teams up with the Yelm McDonalds and raises money for the Ronald McDonald house in Seattle. The Ronald McDonald house is a “home away from home” for families so they can stay close to their hospitalized child at little or no cost. The cost to stay at the Seattle house is [...]

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County, City Emergency Coordinators Discuss Plans, Outcomes When Disaster Hits

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014 3:30 pm by Steven Wyble swyble@yelmonline.com Read it here: http://www.yelmonline.com/news/local_news/article_6e956b80-d249-11e3-b530-001a4bcf887a.html When preparing for an emergency, the first thing you need is a plan. That’s according to Andrew Kinney, the emergency management coordinator for Thurston County. Kinney spoke at Yelm’s Triad Arts Theater on Monday as part of the theater’s Alpha [...]

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Is there Someone At the Fire Department?

Dear Chief Mark King~ Whenever I try to call the fire department no one answers. Having had interaction with the fire department for various reasons over the past several years, it seemed someone was always there to answer the door or pick up the phone. Recently that has not been the case. Why? I know the [...]

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S.E. Thurston Fire Authority Kicks Off Food Drive

  By the Nisqually Valley News Southeast Thurston Fire Authority’s Yelm and Rainier fire auxiliaries kick off their annual holiday gift and food drive for families in need. The fire authority is seeking the following donations: gifts for boys and girls of all ages, canned or nonperishable food items, like-new clothing, toys and games, like-new [...]

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Donation to Ronald McDonald House

S.E. Thurston Fire, Chief Mark King, Office Manager Kris Kruse and IAFF Local 3628 donated to the Yelm McDonald’s Ronald McDonald House charity to help support the families of children who have long hospital stays. This great charity keeps families together and close-by as their loved one receives treatment. For more information visit: www.rmhc.org.

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Fire District to Hand Out Stuffed Animals, Candy Canes

By Steven Wyble TwinStar Credit Union in Yelm and S.E. Thurston Fire Authority are working together to help spread holiday cheer. The TwinStar branch at 1105 W. Yelm Ave. donated about $1,000 worth of stuffed animals to the fire district. The money for the animals was donated by credit union customers and employees. Firefighters will [...]

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TwinStar Credit Union Stuffs the Fire Truck!

Yelm’s TwinStar Credit Union gave back to the community by donating teddy bears and other stuffed animals to S.E. Thurston Fire Authority’s “Stuff the Fire Truck” toy drive. These plush toys will be given out throughout the holiday season to put a smile on children’s faces. These toys will also be used to comfort children [...]

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Community Works Together

By Ernest Lincoln Kylene Ballenger is 22 years old and has been battling a rare type of brain cancer called Ganglioglioma for the last 8 years. The cancer and treatments have made it a challenge to leave her home, forcing Kylene to crawl on her hands and knees to the door, sit down on the [...]

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No Wage or COLA Increase Local #23

By Kris Kruse Over the past 18 months, OPEIU Local 23 and S.E. Thurston Fire Authority have worked together to address the departments declining revenue. To do our part, members of OPEIU Local 23 have chosen to forgo our Cost of Living Adjustment and wage increase for 2012 and 2013. (In addition, due to budget [...]

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Union Forgoes COLA & Wage Increase

By President Dean Bastin During these difficult financial times, the Local and the Department have had to work closely together to continue providing the best service we can to our citizens, and be as safe as possible. To do our part members of IAFF Local 3628 have chosen to forgo our Cost of Living Adjustment [...]

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Life Jacket Loaner Program for Kids

S.E. Thurston Fire Authority Team Up With Washington State Park and Recreation Commission Stay on Top of It, a drowning prevention campaign developed by Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington has a particular focus on increasing life jacket use (also known as personal flotation devices or PFDs). Being near the water poses a risk of [...]

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Emergency Responses Increase In 2012

Chief Mark King

Calls continue to increase for fire, rescue and emergency medical services. 2012 was a busy year for SE Thurston Fire Department Firefighters who responded to over 3,068 emergencies, an 8.7% increase compared to 2,822 emergencies in 2011. See the chart below for 2012 call breakdown by major incident types: As of July 1, 2013, there [...]

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Fire Near Lawrence Lake Results in 'Total Loss'

S.E. Thurston Fire Authority responded to a fire off of Lindsay Road on Sunday. An occupied single-story residential structure was on fire when firefighters arrived, said Chief Mark King. The structure had engulfed about 70 percent of the building when they arrived, he said. All of the occupants got out of the house without injury, [...]

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Four Firefighter Jobs on Chopping Block to Keep S.E. Thurston in Black

By Megan Hansen Nisqually Valley News With four firefighter positions on the chopping block, Southeast Thurston Fire Authority is seeking different ways to breathe life back into its budget. Four layoff notices were handed out last month. These are the same notices given last fall. The department is hoping to retain those jobs through a [...]

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Drop in property values means lean 2010 for SE Thurston Fire and EMS

By Megan Hansen Things are going to be tight for Southeast Thurston Fire and EMS during its 2010 fiscal year. Revenue for the fire department is estimated to be $180,000 to $210,000 less this year. Property values are going down, said Chief Rita Hutcheson. Expenditures that will be cut include public education and conferences. “We [...]

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You Can Reduce Kids’ Fire Risks

By Rita Hutchinson Every year fire kills more children than any other home accident. Children playing with fire are a common cause of fire in the home. It is important to share these basic rules for fire safety with your children: Don’t climb on or reach over the stove for something. Children should stay away from the [...]

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