Media Advisory: Seattle to Announce PulsePoint App



Lee Keller                                                                     Corey Orvold

(206) 799-3805                                                          (206) 250-1892                                 




(Seattle – May 27, 2016) On Wednesday, June 1, The Medic One Foundation, in partnership with the Seattle Fire Department, will be announcing the newest way to save lives by launching PulsePoint, a free mobile app used to alert community members to a sudden cardiac arrest in the immediate vicinity. Those scheduled to speak include Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and others.  The Seattle Fire Department is the first agency in King County to launch this innovative technology.

Event Details:        

WHAT:        News conference announcing the launch of PulsePoint in Seattle          

WHEN:        9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 1

WHERE:      Seattle Fire Station 10, 400 South Washington

WHO:          Seattle Mayor Ed Murray;

                   Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle Fire Department;

                   Dr. Michael Sayre, Medical Director, Seattle Fire Department, UW Professor of Emergency  Medicine;

                   Heather Kelley, sudden cardiac arrest survivor;               

                   Jan Sprake, Medic One Foundation Executive Director;

                   Kelsey Camp, 2016 President, Employees Community Fund of Boeing

NOTE TO MEDIA: In the event you are not available for this announcement in person, phone interviews can be done after the event and materials will be available electronically. Call either of the contacts above.




Media Advisory: Seattle Fire Department Participates in National “We Remember Night”

Contact:               Corey Orvold, PIO                               (206) 386-1679

Seattle Fire Department Participates in National “We Remember Night”

In support of families of firefighters and first responders who have taken their own lives, the Seattle Fire Department will participate in the national “We Remember Night” on May 20, 2016. Seattle Fire Department companies not engaged in an emergency response will join other departments around the country in turning on their vehicle’s emergency lights for one minute at 9 p.m.

“We Remember Night,” was started by the Firefighters Behavioral Health Alliance, to express support for all of the families that have suffered a loss. Learn more about “We Remember Night” at

WHAT:            Seattle Fire Department participation in “We Remember Night.”

WHO:              Seattle Fire Department Chaplain Joel Ingebritson and Lieutenant Sue Stangl will be available to speak about the department’s effort to raise awareness about firefighter suicide.

WHEN:            Friday, May 20, 2016 – interviews at 8:45 p.m., followed by Station 10 apparatuses participation in “We Remember Night” at 9 p.m.

WHERE:          Fire Station 10, 400 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA, 98104

Media Advisory: Seattle Fire Department to Honor Heroes

Contact:          Corey Orvold, PIO, (206) 386-1679


The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle 4 Rotary Club will honor the fire department’s 2015 award recipients. Each year, department members nominate their colleagues and Seattle residents for their exemplary service and dedication to the community. This is the first year the department has partnered with the Seattle 4 Rotary Club, to provide an event that allows the award recipients to be recognized by the community.

What:              Seattle Fire Department’s 2015 Annual Award Ceremony; including presentation of seven “Employee of the Year” Awards, 19 Commendations and Unit Citations, and the Rotary, “Service above Self” Award to Canlis Restaurant.

When:             Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Where:            Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Center Place, Room 6A

Among those being honored:

Firefighter-Paramedic Patrick Kyles – Receiving a Commendation for his actions while responding to the tragic Mass Casualty Incident involving a “Ride the Ducks” vehicle and a charter bus on the Aurora Bridge. Firefighter-Paramedic Kyles assisted in the assessment of the 51 patients involved in the collision ensuring that the most seriously injured patients received immediate treatment and transport to area hospitals.

Molly Seaman – Receiving the Fire Chief’s Medal for putting herself in harm’s way when she saw her neighbor in need of help. On April 26, 2015, the 12-year old scaled an eight-foot fence before entering a smoke filled hallway to assist a resident from their burning apartment.

Canlis Restaurant – Receiving the Rotary “Service Above Self” Award for providing first responders food and support following the Aurora Bridge Mass Casualty Incident on September 24, 2015. First responders were on scene for more than 11 hours and food provided by Canlis helped enable them to stay focused and available.

The 2015 Employees of the Year:

  • Customer Service Award – Sundae Garner, Fire Equipment Technician, 11-year department veteran.
  • Customer Service Award – Frankie Fox, Administration Support Specialist III, 34-year department veteran, retired.
  • Civilian Employee of the Year – Dori Towler, Senior Personnel Specialist, 14-year department veteran.
  • Firefighter of the Year – Firefighter Matt Runte, 14-year department veteran.
  • Officer of the Year – Lieutenant Tim Frank, 17-year department veteran.
  • Chief of the Year – Battalion Chief Paul Foerster, 27-year department veteran.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Michael E. Walsh, served as the Interim Fire Chief in 2015, 44-year veteran of the department, retired.


Detached Garage Fire Ruled Accidental

Fire investigators determined the fire on the 170 block of Lake Washington Boulevard East was accidental. The fire was the result of a chemical reaction from oil soaked rags placed in a trash can.

At 2:26 a.m., fire dispatchers received a call reporting a fire in a detached garage that had spread to a three-story, single family residence. The caller reported all of the occupants of the home were able to get out safely. Engine 34, the first firefighters to arrive on scene, reported the garage was on fire and there was no extension to the house. Engine 34 extended a pre-connect hose line, while Engine 6 secured a water supply connection to the hydrant. By 2:42 a.m., firefighters had the fire under control and contained to the garage. The fire was extinguished at 2:55 a.m. There were no injuries.

The damage to the garage and contents is estimated at 50,000 dollars. 


Multi-Family Home Fire Ruled Accidental

Fire investigators have determined the basement fire on the 200 block of 10 Avenue East was accidental. The fire was the result of improperly discarded smoking materials.

At 8:15 p.m., on May 4, 2016, fire dispatchers received several calls reporting the fire at the multi-family dwelling. When Ladder 10 arrived on the scene, they saw smoke and flames coming from the north side of the basement in the two-story home. Firefighters conducted a primary search of the building and did not find anyone inside. Once the primary search was completed, the incident commander ordered firefighters to continue to fight the fire defensively. All firefighters exited the building and began to apply water on the fire from the exterior of the building, containing the fire to the basement. The fire was knocked down and the incident commander transitioned the fire back to an offensive operation. Firefighters re-entered the home and used fans to push the heat and smoke out of the building, increasing their visibility. The fire was extinguished within 38 minutes of the first arriving firefighters.

There were no injuries and the lone occupant of the home was outside when firefighters arrived.

The damage to the building and contents of the home is estimated at 50,000 dollars.