Trial by fire for Seattle’s newest firefighters

The Seattle Fire Department will be training brand new firefighters at a vacant home in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.

Starting Tuesday October 27 and continuing until Friday October 30, 2015, training officers and fire recruits will be practicing firefighting skills at a home located at 9680 51 Ave. South. During these dates, residents will notice an increase in the number of fire apparatus parked on the street.

The live fire training is an opportunity for the recruits to face real fire scenarios in a controlled setting. This essential experience prepares the newest members of the Department for the risks and challenges of fighting a home fire. The skills they learn will benefit the citizens of Seattle by better preparing the members in fundamental life and property protection skills.

Residents should prepare to see smoke at times as controlled burns are set at the vacant structure. All carpet, plastics and toxic synthetic materials have been removed from the home prior to the burns. Also, asbestos abatement has been completed. The training officers will be setting wood fires in a controlled fashion with safety officers on hand during the exercises. This training is being conducted under the strict regulations and rules of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

Neighbors are welcome to come and watch the live training. Typical training days begin around 7:00 am with the live fire training starting at 9 a.m. and will last until approximately 5 p.m.