Off-duty Seattle Firefighter responds to vehicle collision, saves life

SEATTLE – On April 7, 2018, Seattle firefighter Josh McBride, was on his way to work when he came upon a multi-vehicle collision on westbound Interstate-90, just west of the summit. Emergency personnel had not yet arrived on scene. Firefighter McBride pulled in front of the vehicle, put on his hazard lights, and began conducting a size-up of the incident based on skills learned as a Seattle Firefighter. Firefighter McBride rendered medical aid to the driver of the SUV, who was in critical condition. Snoqualmie Pass Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly after, and utilized Josh to assist with patient extrication. Josh was able to use their hydraulic tools to push the dash board and steering wheel off of the patient, freeing his legs. Eastside Fire arrived and took over patient care, transporting the driver to Harborview Medical Center.

The patient’s family members visited the fire station a few days following the incident, and McBride happened to be on shift. Chief Scoggins invited the family and FF McBride to Headquarters to recognize McBride for his quick actions.

Media interested in interviewing McBride at his fire station can contact the acting Seattle Fire PIO via email at sfdpio@seattle.gov.