WA State Lawmaker Joe Schmick Introduces Bill In Response To Pullman FD Being Fined For Flood Rescue

A local Washington State Representative has introduced a bill in response to the Pullman Fire Department being fined for its rescue effort during last Spring’s flash flood.

The April flood sent water from Missouri Flat Creek flowing down North Grand Avenue trapping 22 people.  Pullman Firefighters rescued the flood victims by using a front-end loader.  Those rescued included an individual who was having a diabetic emergency and an infant.

Someone reported the rescue technique to Washington Labor & Industries who fined the Pullman Fire Department for not following proper safety regulations.

Representative Joe Schmick was upset with the penalty and found out that L&I had no choice but to fine the fire department.  You can listen to Schmick’s comment by clicking on the link below.


Schmick’s bill would give the L&I director the ability to waive fines when actions are taken to avoid imminent loss of life or serious injury.  The Washington legislative session began this week in Olympia.