Granite Falls firefighters get new safety tools

GRANITE FALLS — Firefighters in Granite Falls soon will have two kinds of new equipment — one to help them look for missing people and invisible fire dangers, and another to reduce exhaust from fire trucks.

The equipment will come from a recently awarded $88,420 grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Granite Falls Fire Chief Jim Haverfield said. The fire district must match 5 percent of the grant.

One piece will be a thermal imaging camera that can detect sources of heat in different environments, he said.

The district’s current camera is about 10 years old. The equipment is used to look for people missing in fires or in search-and-rescue operations, as well as assess potential fire dangers.

One example would be looking for overheated wiring when a room smells smoky, he said.

“You can look at the walls, and you can look at the lights, and it really pinpoints whatever is really hot,” he said.

The district needs to research available models before purchasing the camera, he said.

The other grant-funded equipment is for capturing fire truck exhaust so it doesn’t pool in the station and poison the people inside.

With the grant money, the district expects to purchase about eight of the devices as soon as this summer, Haverfield said.

There are multiple ways to keep exhaust out of fire stations, but Granite Falls’ downtown Fire Station 87 is more than 100 years old, limiting their options, Haverfield said.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Live in Edmonds? Hate speeders?

Edmonds has $35,000 to address local residents’ concerns about speeding in their… Continue reading

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Police looking for Lynnwood bank robber

The robber did not flash a weapon to the teller at a U.S. Bank.

Employee threats caused lockdown at Arlington elementary

Arlington Police said all students and staff were.

Sirens! Flashing lights! — Move over!

We are a confident bunch on what to do when we hear… Continue reading

Marysville quits fire-department merger talks

Mayor Jon Nehring notified Arlington of the decision in a letter dated Jan. 10.

Everett marchers: ‘There’s too much to protest’ for one sign

About 150 people joined the “March to Impeach” from the waterfront to a county courthouse rally.

Former councilman files second lawsuit

Ron Gipson is suing Snohomish County claiming he suffered racial discrimination.

Front Porch

EVENTS Support for Alzheimer’s caregivers A Sno-Isle Libraries “Issues That Matter” forum… Continue reading

Most Read