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Rising flood water surround a home and cover Highway 1 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021.

U.S. Northwest, Canada Devastated by Flood

As many parts of western Washington began drying out Tuesday, more people were urged to evacuate and crews worked to restore power and reopen roads.
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Anacortes (WA) Community Paramedic Program Off to a Strong Start

The 18-month pilot program is designed to lower the number of 911 calls made by some of the system's most frequent callers.
Nick Haney crosses the Boston Marathon finish line with the hands raised in the air.

OR Firefighter-Paramedic Running the Boston Marathon Helps Save Life of Runner

Nick Haney ran a Boston Marathon he will never forget.
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New WA Policing Reforms Causing Confusion, Mental Health Responders Say

This summer, a skirmish is raging over Washington's new law governing when police can use force.
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‘Unprecedented’ COVID Stress as WA’s Tri-Cities Hospitals Diverting Ambulances Daily

Up to 30 percent of patients in the Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, and Prosser hospitals have been admitted for treatment of COVID-19 this week.
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Thurston County (WA) Reports Long Wait Times for Ambulances

Limited ambulance availability and hospital capacity has been delaying Thurston County fire agencies' response to medical emergencies.
Firefighter Sean Condon, left and Lt. Gabe Mills, assigned to the Alternative Response Unit of of Station 1, check on the welfare of a man in Mission Park in Spokane, Wash.

People Struggled to Tap Resources during Northwest Heat Wave

People in Oregon struggled to get rides to cooling centers during the recent heat wave that is believed to have killed hundreds across the Pacific Northwest.
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Civilians in Tacoma (WA) Could Be Trained to Take Over Some Police Work

Thousands of emergency calls made in Tacoma could be handled by trained civilians rather than sworn police officers.

Coeur d’Alene (WA) Wilderness Medicine Course Emphasizes Self-Reliance

The Coeur d'Alene course, held at Camp Lutherhaven, went over the basics of wound care, how to apply a tourniquet, and how to improvise one, among many other emergency scenarios.
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WA Firefighter/Paramedic Faces ‘Fire Storm’ of Cancer Treatment

David Perkins had a colorectal tumor pushing on his spine and spreading to his liver, pancreas and lungs.