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Call Catch Up - Firefighters Respond To Structure Fire In Montesano Monday Morning.

Seeing information in regards to a structure fire this morning in Montesano we went through our call audio that was recorded from our online scanners in the GHScanner App we have the following on the call - 

Montesano, - Fire was dispatched to a residential structure fire around 2:05am, S 6th and W Arland. The fire was later identified as being off W Arland when an MPD Officer arrived, advising the residence was fully engulfed. It was reported that the residence was vacant in remodel state and the flames were touching a nearby residence which they were evacuating. Fire District 2 was dispatched to this as well, assisting Montesano Fire. 

The announced that the fire was knocked down around 3:07 AM. Grays Harbor FD 2 advised in a social media post that no injuries and the fire is under investigation.  

 

Coast Guard offers new i911 system for PNW mariners

SEATTLE - The 13th Coast Guard District has implemented a groundbreaking technology to assist mariners in distress on the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Across Washington and Oregon, mariners can provide vital location information to Coast Guard rescue crews from their smartphones without having to download an application. In addition to common life-saving devices known to mariners, such as Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB's) and VHF radios, the Coast Guard now has the i911 application as an additional tool to provide lifesaving information from a mariner's cell phone.

Officer High Memorial Announced

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Hoquiam Police Departments, 40 Years Remembrance of the In The line Of Duty Death of Officer Burke.

Members of the local law enforcement community especially the Hoquiam Police Department remembered Hoquiam Officer Donald Burke who was killed in the line of duty on April 16th 1980 at 5:20 pm 

He did not know it at the time, but the station wagon Officer Donald Burke was chasing was carrying career criminals Robert DeAngelis and Rodney Hagedorn. The two men had robbed a bank in Kirkland six days earlier and just the day before, had kidnapped a man and robbed a store in Port Orchard.

Pacific County 11th Annual Shop With A Cop In Raymond This Saturday

Did you know that Pacific County has 2 Shop With A Cop programs?  Pacific County has an interesting geography when it comes to its residents.  One density-based area is the Long Beach Area and then there is the County seat in Raymond.  There is no big retailer when it comes to putting out donations so local and small businesses come together to help children in this county. 

This Saturday the 14th is the Shop With a Cop out of the Willapa Harbor Raymond area and they have 24 kids that will get to participate in shop with a cop.  The program is partnered with Pacific County Sheriff's Office, Raymond Police, South Bend Police, Shoalwater Bay Police, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Washington State Patrol.

Michelle Layman who helped start the program 11 years ago after watching how much fun the kids, officers and her Husband an officer with Cosmopolis Police Department in Grays Harbor County enjoyed this holiday experience says  "I'm so proud to be a part of this program"


The event is graciously sponsored by Weyerhaeuser, Dennis Company, The Ladies of the Elks and numerous generous community members.


The kids are treated to breakfast at the Elks and then take the long ride through downtown Raymond to Dennis Company where they get to spend a $100 gift card. They also get sent home with a stocking full of goodies, a wrapped gift, and a gift card to Pioneer Grocery.

 

Fire District 16 Copalis Crossing Looking to Merge With Fire District 7

Copalis Crossing, Fire District 16 is saying that after many years of struggling to recruit and retain volunteers to staff Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the residents of Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District No. 16, the Board of Fire Commissioners have made the decision to merge their Fire District with the neighboring District to the west. Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District No. 7 currently serves the areas of Copalis Beach, Ocean City, and North Bay. Fire District No. 7 has agreed to expand their primary response area to encompass that currently covered by Fire District No. 16

Still Time To Get Your App In For The 2020 Citizens Police Academy

Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Cosmopolis Police Departments are still taking applications for a few more days and we have room for a couple more people. This is open to all residents of Grays Harbor. We are starting January 7 and go through March 24th. All the information is below. Thank you.

The Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Cosmopolis Police Departments are proud to announce the 2nd annual West County Citizen’s Academy starting January 7, 2020. This Citizen’s Academy is being offered at no expense to the attendees.

The purpose of the Citizen’s Academy is to expose our residents to some of the interesting aspects of law enforcement and the local criminal justice system here in Grays Harbor. The courses are designed to give citizens a unique insight and experience into what law enforcement does every day serving our communities.

Grays Harbor Public Health recruiting volunteers

Grays Harbor Public Health recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles related to COVID-19 Local health, safety, and preparedness begins with you.

In the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, it is important to be ready to respond to a variety of community needs. Grays Harbor Public Health is recruiting potential volunteers who may be asked to serve in a variety of functions during their response to COVID-19. Volunteer health practitioners are especially critical to help meet emerging demands for health practitioners in areas impacted by COVID-19.

You've worked hard in your career to master a variety of skills – in medicine, public health, safety, logistics, communications or a number of other areas. Volunteering with entities like Public Health is a simple and effective way to use and improve those skills, while helping to keep your family, friends and neighbors safe and healthy.

Grays Harbor Public Health has information and a form available for interested volunteers on their website at www.healthygh.org/covid19volunteer. Information and resources related to COVID-19 are available at www.healthygh.org/covid19 and are updated regularly as the situation evolves.

Volunteers should also consider registering with other community-based volunteer organizations that do critical work to serve family, friends, and neighbors such as the American Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html.

 

About Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department

 

Grays Harbor County Public Health & Social Services Department works to improve the health and well-being of the people of Grays Harbor.

 

Visit our website at http://www.healthyGH.org. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/healthyghc.

Aberdeen Police Explorers Receive Grant

On December 5, 2019, at the 7-11 corporate sales rally in Auburn, WA the Aberdeen Police Explorer Post was selected and awarded a community grant for $2000.00 from the 7-11 corporation. The grant named “Project A Game” is awarded to Law Enforcement Partners that contribute to youth programs such as the explorers. The grant funding will be used to support the explorer post in training, equipment and community events.

The Aberdeen Police Department wishes to thank the local Aberdeen 7-11 stores that contributed to this grant.

Rochester Man Killed In Traffic Collision SR 12 at Moon Road Monday Evening.

According to a Washington State Patrol report, a 67-year-old Rochester man died at the scene of a traffic collision Monday evening on State Route 12 at Moon Road in Thurston County after making a turn off Moon Road to State Route12 causing a collision with another vehicle that was traveling in the westbound lane on 12.  

The Rochester man driving a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer who had been traveling in the southbound lanes on Moon Road and was making the turn onto State Route 12 eastbound when a westbound vehicle on State Route 12 (a 2015 Honda Pilot driven by a 52-year-old Oakville man)  hit the driver side of the Mitsubishi Lancer.

The driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer died at the scene of the collision, the driver of the Honda Pilot was transported to Providence Chehalis for injuries.. 

The roadway was blocked for 3 hours and 45 minutes 

New Cosmopolis Municipal Building Constuction Delayed Due To Lumber Prices

A new Cosmopolis Municipal Building construction has been placed on hold and delayed says Cosmopolis Mayor Kyle Pauley due to cost of lumber.

Pauley says that Due to circumstances outside of their control, the City of Cosmopolis has made the difficult decision to delay the start of construction on the Municipal Building project.

APD, Green Promoted to Police Commander

Aberdeen Police Chief Shumate announced the promotion of Lt. Dale Green to the position of Police Commander effective March 1, 2020.  Commander Green was raised on Grays Harbor, graduating from Montesano High School in 1994 and Grays Harbor College in 1996.  Commander Green went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 2004.

Commander Green first came to the Aberdeen Police Department in 1993 as a Policer Explorer.  He served in this capacity from 17-21 years of age.  On January 13, 1997, Commander Green was hired by former Police Chief Bob Maxfield as a police officer for the City of Aberdeen.

Hoquiam Crisis Center Says Staffing Levels Causing Safety Issues and Closure as of December 12th

In a morning statement on social media, Hoquiam Police Chief Myers said that he received word from Columbia Wellness who operates the local crisis center and intervention team that states "staffing levels will drop below a safety threshold that will not allow Columbia Wellness to continue to provide crisis services as of December 12th, 2019."

Ocean Shores Fire Department Puts New Fire Truck Into Service

The Ocean Shores Fire Department is proud to dedicate a new, state-of-the-art fire engine to its fleet of emergency response vehicles.

 The new fire engine includes enhanced features such as an enclosed pump panel to protect operators from inclement weather, extra scene lighting, a modern foam system, and brand new hose and equipment.

 “It’s going to improve fire safety and communication,” OSFD Chief Mike Thuirer said. “And the foam system puts another tool in our toolbox.”