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Firefighter/Paramedic Ben Dobrinski
Firefighter/Paramedic Ben Dobrinski
Local firefighter receives award for Muscular Dystrophy Fundraising efforts (Photo) - 02/08/19

Lincoln City, OR - Firefighters attended the 2019 Greater Oregon Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Camp Friday afternoon where MDA coordinators meet with IAFF “Fill the Boot” coordinators to discuss fundraising strategies, share in successes of the previous year, and learn how our efforts benefit those affected by muscular diseases.

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue firefighter/paramedic Ben Dobrinski was presented with the Michael D. McNeill award. The award represents Ben’s dedication and passion toward the MDA and the “Fill the Boot” fundraiser.

The award’s namesake served in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division, after which he became a member of the Denver Fire Department. He retired in 2000 and died in 2007 after a long battle with kidney cancer. Mike exemplified what it meant to be a supporter of the MDA. The award is given to fundraising coordinators who go above and beyond to create new and innovative ways to raise funds for the MDA.  Ben exemplifies these traits and we are humbled and proud to have him as our coordinator.

Multiple times each year firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue participate in the national effort to raise thousands of dollars for Muscular Dystrophy research by "Filling the Boot". Ben has continued this effort and help it maintain its success. Over $15,000 have been raised in the last two years alone. Thank you to our community for raising the bar each year and helping to fund this research.


Morning House fire displaces family of five (Photo) - 02/08/19

Kelso, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue (C2FR) and the Longview Fire Department (LFD) responded to a structure fire Friday morning at 9:41 in the 800 block of Kiltie Place.  Initial dispatch reported smoke coming from the eves of the single story home. Fire crews had the attic fire knocked down in 9 minutes upon arrival and fully extinguished at 11:34am.  Four fire engines a medic unit and a chief officer responded to the call. Cowlitz County Public Utility District also responded to the call. A family of 5 were displaced by the fire and will receive shelter and other needs from American Red Cross.  Fire officials estimate $30,000 in damages to the home and its contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation, no injuries were reported.

During the duration of the house fire on Kiltie Place firefighters from C2FR and LFD were also dispatched for a possible fire at the Econo Lodge Motel on 505 North Pacific Ave in Kelso.  The fire was contained to an electrical outlet and was extinguished quickly by a single engine company.

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Firefighters respond to RV Fire, extinguish quickly - 02/08/19

Kelso, WA - Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a motorhome fire Thursday evening just before 6 o’clock at the end of Minor Rd.  Initial dispatch reported heavy black smoke showing in the area. Firefighters reported a 25 foot RV that was fully involved with fire when they arrived.  Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire in under 12 minutes despite the limited access for the engine. Two fire engines, a medic unit, a water tender, and a chief officer responded to the incident.  The RV is a total loss. It is unknown what caused the fire; no injuries were reported.