Local WA State Rep. Joe Schmick Blasts L&I for Fining City of Pullman for Fire Department’s Flash Flood Rescue

A local Washington State Representative is blasting the state department of labor and industries for fining the City of Pullman for the fire department’s rescue of people during April’s flood.  Republican Joe Schmick of Colfax is outraged that L&I has fined the city for safety violations involving firefighters use of a front-end loader.

Firefighters and city maintenance staff used the heavy equipment to forge Missouri Flat Creek which flowed down North Grand Avenue during the flash flood on April 9th.  Crews rescued 22 people who were trapped inside businesses along North Grand.  One of those rescued was having a diabetic emergency.

Schmick, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, called L&I’s legislative liaison in Olympia Tuesday morning after hearing about the fine.  You can listen to Schmick’s comment by clicking on the audio file below.

Schmick says he will continue to pursue the issue with L&I.  You can listen to his comment by clicking on the audio file below.


Schmick says he was told that L&I Director Joel Sacks will get back to him about his concerns.  The City of Pullman has paid the 2,700 dollars in fines.