Longview Fire Department Recognizes Excellence (Photo)
Lamb FF of the Year
On Friday March 20th Longview Fire Department held its 1st Annual Firefighter Awards and Recognition Banquet at the Cowlitz Regional Conference Center in Longview. In total, 90 firefighters, spouses, and dignitaries attended the event to celebrate Outstanding Performance, Noteworthy Contributions, and Significant Milestones from 2014. The evenings crescendo was the announcement of the 2014 Firefighter-of-the-Year Award.
Three (3) Community Service Awards were issued:
Master Firefighter Graham Lasee was awarded the Community Service Award for his exceptional work on the CAP "Adopt-a-Family" program. Graham serves as the liaison for the LFD firefighters association and spends multiple hours shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts to families in need, including giving to them out of his own pocket. Graham has also served as the immediate Past-President of the Longview Professional Fire Fighters Association Benevolent Fund, and recently raised over $1,000 for lymphoma and leukemia through the Scott Firefighters Stairclimb.
Master Firefighter Luke Amos was also awarded the Community Service Award for his community service work helping a Fire Station neighbor, Jan Dalziel, get her house painted. http://tdn.com/mobile/article_28c46c3a-3952-11e4-aa6a-bff0e98ce64c.html
Jan, also known as the September 11th lady, delivers cookies on the 11th day of each and every month since September 11th to say thanks to the firefighters for their service. Luke returned the gesture the way only a caring and compassionate community service oriented individual such as him could have. Luke solicited volunteer labor, coordinated all aspects of the project and received donations to cover the costs. In addition to individual projects such as this, he has coordinated and worked the Go 4th Hole-in-One fundraising event for several years. Luke was last year's American Legion Firefighter of the Year.
Lieutenant Derek Stabell, Master Firefighter Kevin Broschat, Firefighter/Paramedic Dan Jones, Firefighter/Paramedic Seth Cornelius, Firefighter/Paramedic Aaron Flemens, and Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Lamb received the Community Service Award for their efforts with the Spencer's Heart Strong Foundation community event http://stopyouthsca.org/
Six (6) Years-of-Service Milestones were also recognized:
Master Firefighter Kacy Clark-10 years, Master Firefighter Russ Reese-15 years, Lieutenant Scott Kerker-15 years, Master Firefighter Justin Noel-15 years, Lieutenant Blake Tomlinson-20 years, and Luke Amos-30 years.
Firefighter/Paramedic Dave Lamb was nominated and selected as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year. The Firefighter of the Year Award is issued to the Longview Fire Department member who best exemplifies the characteristics of a firefighter and who has an outstanding record of fire service achievements. These characteristics encompass the cornerstones of today's fire service: Dedication, Courage, Honor, and Service... the cornerstone of today's fire service.
* Community Service: Firefighter Lamb coordinates the Coats for Kids drive, coordinated the Local 828 2014 Go 4th Hole-in-One event, demonstrates excellent Public Relations skills and serves as the President of the Longview Professional Fire Fighters Association Benevolent Fund.
* Professional Skills: He has shown exceptional leadership and mentoring in the LFD Paramedic program and helped institutionalize High Performance CPR.
* Personal Attributes: Dave has a positive "Can Do" attitude, he's a reliable friend to colleagues, and promotes and recognizes the qualities in others such as serving on the city "Employee Recognition Committee".
Sponsors SeaWestern and Life Assist Inc helped make this event possible and successful.
Fire Damages Vacant Home in Longview (Photo)
At 0933 AM Longview Fire units were dispatched to a possible structure fire located "Directly across from Lowes". The caller indicated that there was smoke coming from the eves and black smoke from the chimney.
Fire crews arrived at 2793 Ocean Beach Hwy and reported visible flames in approximately 50% of the structure. There were no reports of trapped occupants but crews could not confirm the residence as vacant, so they initiated an offensive Fire Attack and Primary Search. Crews made a quick fire knockdown and declared the building "All Clear", meaning there were no occupants found.
The fire was primarily burning in the living room and hallway, however it quickly spread into the attic space through the homes fir-tex ceiling. The fire was reported under control approximately 30 minutes after arrival, however extensive overhaul required crews to methodically remove attic insulation and extinguish spot-fires for approximately 2-hours.
The home was posted as a vacant structure, however, it also appeared to be occupied by "Squatters" that were not present at the time of the fire.
The fire appeared to start inside the home; however, fire investigators have not yet determined cause or origin.
Simultaneous to this fire alarm, Longview Fire crews were dispatched to a Hazardous Materials incident at 110 Panel Way, the Wilcox and Flegel facility.
Longview Firefighters Perform Impressively at the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb (Photo)
On March 8, 2015 six members from Longview Fire Department participated in the annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. This epic event tests the physical capabilities of nearly 1800 firefighters from more than 300 departments, representing several States, and even an International contingent from Vitacura Chile. Firefighters of all ages, both career and volunteer, climbed 69 flights of stairs while scaling the tallest building West of the Mississippi, The Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. While in full firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE) including wearing and breathing from their Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) firefighters ascend 1311 individual steps with a vertical climb of 788 feet. Physical conditioning and heat management make this event both a challenge and an accomplishment once completed.
In its 24th year, The Firefighter Stairclimb raises funds and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for blood-cancer research. Last year the event raised 1.97 million dollars.
Longview Fire Department has a long tradition of supporting the Firefighter Stairclimb, this year sending a team which included Master Firefighter Eric Bergquist, Lieutenant Scott Kerker, Master Firefighter Joey Kirkpatrick, Master Firefighter Graham Lasee, Firefighter Mike Mann and Probationary Firefighter Garrett Premel. At the writing of this Press Release the team has raised $10,508.01 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and collections are still coming in.
This year Eric Bergquist, who was born and raised in Longview and attended RA Long High School, participated in his eighth consecutive Stairclimb and is the team's fastest member, clocking a time of 15.15... and placing 74th overall. Eric personally raised over $1000.00 for the cause.
Lieutenant Scott Kerker has participated in the Firefighter Stairclimb since 2007, and this year clocked in at 20:48, only 14 seconds from his personal best of 20:34. Scott was promoted to Lieutenant this year and leads his C Shift E81 crew, Longview Fire's busiest apparatus. Scott's fundraising efforts eclipsed $900.00 this year. Lt Kerker shares, " It's an easy decision to make the climb! It's a great cause... and it feels good when you can make a difference in a life, especially a child's life".
Master Firefighter Joey Kirkpatrick has been with Longview Fire for 12.5 years, and this year was his first time participating in the Firefighter Stairclimb. Joey, who once High-jumped for the Washington Huskies, put his legs to work for the cause, raising just over $1500.00 and clocking in with a time of 21:27. Like many members competing in this event Joey has a personal connection, a close childhood friend died from Leukemia. The Stairclimb allow him to make a difference.
Master Firefighter Graham Lasee is no newcomer to athletic competition, having played Defensive End for the Washington Huskies from 2001-2003. As a fierce competitor, Graham posted an impressive 18:12... which was just off his personal best of 17:33. This was Graham's sixth time competing in the Stairclimb and is committed to the cause due to several friends and family members that have been adversely impacted by blood cancers. So far Graham's donations ring in at $1135.00. Graham recently met several honorees (recipients of the Foundation) and says "This will keep me coming back and raising even more money in the future!"
Firefighter Mike Mann is not only Longview Fire Stairclimb Team's most senior member; he's also the team's most prolific fundraiser, this year raising $5325.00 to date. Over Mike's four-year participation he has raised well over $20,000.00 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. What motivates this kind of fundraising? Mike's cousin Steve died of Leukemia, his Mom survived Lymphoma, and his best childhood friend recently survived Leukemia. It's fair to say Mike has a passion for the cause
The newest addition to the Longview Fire Department is Probationary Firefighter Garrett Premel. Although new to LFD, Garrett is a 4-time participant in the Stairclimb, and posted his personal best time of 23:50. Being primarily focused on his first year employment objectives, Garrett was still able to raise $475.00, and has already declared that he is planning on participating again next year.
The Longview Fire Department Stairclimb Team takes both its fundraising and its performance seriously, training locally at Campus Towers, the Epson Toycom Building, and even an occasional trip to Portland's US Bank Tower aka "Big Pink". Longview Fire's Team finished in 66th place overall, with a team time of 54:15. Because fundraising numbers are still coming in, Longview Fire doesn't yet have a ranking, but it's fair to say the teams overall performance is "way above average". For more information, or to make a donation go to: http://www.llswa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sfs_2015_about
Public can check out police calls information online
Longview and area residents can find out more about police calls in their neighborhoods thanks to a public crime map developed by BAIR Analytics and offered by RAIDS Online.
According to the website, "RAIDS Online connects law enforcement with the community to reduce crime and improve public safety. Crime mapping helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe."
To find out what is happening in or near your neighborhood or in the larger community, go to http://www.raidsonline.com/
and type in a specific address to start a search.
Among other things, users can search by certain date time frames, see what types of crimes have recently been reported to police and determine the general area of where registered sex offenders live.
General crime information is provided through police dispatch data uploaded daily. Only certain types of crimes are included, such as property crimes like burglaries, thefts, vehicle prowls, forgeries, vandalism as well as assaults, disorderly conduct and other incidents.
The information on registered sex offenders is provided by Watch Systems, which includes information on Level II and III offenders. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office website also provides information on local sex offenders at http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=54464
Users can click on icons on the RAIDS Online map to determine when a crime was reported and the approximate address where it occurred. Clicking on an icon also shows the distance from the specific address used in the search.
Longview Police Department community service officer Cindy Lopez Werth said the RAIDS Online is a great tool for Block Watch participants. "When people are aware of what is happening in their neighborhoods, they can take steps to reduce the chance they become crime victims by being extra cautious, watching out for each other and calling police to report suspicious activity."
Longview man arrested on murder charge - 03/02/15
Early Monday morning, Longview Police detectives arrested Lucas Robert Dale Rasmussen on charges of murder, burglary, and sexually violating human remains.
Rasmussen, a Longview resident, was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail and is currently in custody.
Police were summoned to 859 Seventh Ave. #B at approximately 5:08 p.m. Sunday by a witness who had arrived home and discovered Rasmussen was there. Upon entering the residence, the witness discovered the victim's body and called police.
Responding Longview officers and Cowlitz County deputies detained Rasmussen without incident. Rasmussen was interviewed and subsequently booked into jail.
Identification of the deceased is still pending notification of next of kin and will be handled by the coroner's office.
Police are still investigating and ask anyone with information to contact Detective Steve Dennis at the Longview Police Department by calling 360-442-5800.