Media Advisory: Aurora Bridge Mass Casualty Incident Personnel

Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Lieutenant Harold Webb (206) 386-1679

SEATTLE – Saturday marks one year since the fatal collision on the Aurora Bridge. On September 24, 2015, the Seattle Fire Department responded to reports of a collision between a “Ride the Ducks” vehicle and a charter bus. Within minutes, 35 Seattle Fire units arrived with more than 90 firefighters to rescue all 51 patients in under 32 minutes.

“The Aurora Bridge Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) had national significance and was widely reported across the nation and internationally,” said Assistant Chief Jay Hagen, Operations Division. “We can all take pride in the actions taken by our members that day, and reflect on our commitment to teamwork, practice and preparation, and skill delivery. Our crews immediately recognized the need to implement the MCI plan. They executed the plan in a manner that resulted in the rapid triage, treatment, and transportation of patients to area hospitals. I am proud of the professionalism displayed on the bridge that day. Our crews were able to extricate all 51 patients in under 32 minutes and transport the critically injured patients away from the scene in less than twenty minutes.”

Aurora Bridge Mass Casualty Incident Commander Chief Tamalyn Nigretto;
Medical Services Officer Lt. John Fisk
Date:  Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time:  11:00 a.m.
Location:  Apparatus Bay – First Floor
SFD Headquarters; 301 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104