SEATTLE – Seattle Fire is deploying to California to assist with the wildfire efforts. Two Engine Companies, with four firefighters on each engine, and a support vehicle with an additional firefighter are joining with other departments to form a Type 1 Strike Team, South Puget Sound (WA-ST-7).
Seattle Fire’s nine members left the Joint Training Facility at 4:15 a.m., October 13. Seattle Fire crews, Engine 60, Engine 61 and Squad 10, combined with other crews from Vashon Island, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Bothell, Shoreline, Eastside, Snohomish County and Seattle Public Utilities to form a total of two Type 1 teams and one Type 3 team headed to California.
There will be four fire apparatus per strike team for a total of 50 firefighters and support personnel. The teams plan on being deployed for 18 days, which includes three to four days of travel. All the firefighters being deployed are “red card” certified, meaning that they have been trained in wildland firefighting, which is very different than traditional structural firefighting.