Advisory: Release of Health and Safety Assessment Report on Homeless Encampment

Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Corey Orvold, 206-250-1892


City, County and State Team to Release Report of Health and Safety Assessment of Seattle Homeless Encampment

Date:    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What:  9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Technical review of Assessment Report (no recording devices allowed during this briefing)

9:30 – 10 a.m. – Interview opportunity with members of the assessment team (recording devices allowed)

Location:    Seattle Fire Department Headquarters, 301 Second Avenue South, Duwamish Room

The results of the health and safety assessment of the East Duwamish/I-5 greenbelt will be released to the media and the public on Wednesday, February 17 at 9:00 a.m. Media will be provided the report along with high resolution photos taken during the assessment. There will be an interview opportunity with the following members of the assessment team:

  • Seattle Fire Department – Fire Chief Harold Scoggins
  • Seattle Police Department – Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Assistant Chief Steve Wilske
  • Human Services Department – Director Jason Johnson
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County – Environmental Health Services Division Manager Darrell Rodgers; Public Health Director Patty Hayes
  • Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) – Senior Environmental Compliance Inspector Eric Autry
  • Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) – Deputy Director Barbara Gray
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) – Assistant Regional Manager Dave McCormick; Northwest Region Communications Manager Travis Phelps

The goal of the assessment was to examine the health and safety concerns of the encampment areas under I-5 and in the East Duwamish Greenbelt as well as the impact those encampments have on the freeway and environment. The team did not displace any residents or remove any personal items or garbage during the course of the assessment.