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.


Media Advisory: Final Assessment of Homeless Encampment

 Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Corey Orvold, 206-386-1679

City, County and State Teams to Assess Health and Safety Conditions of Encampment

Date:                     Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time:                    9:25 a.m.

What:                   Media availability with Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins

Location:             PIO will escort media to press area. Please park near Airport Way South and South Royal Brougham Way.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins will make brief statements to the media prior to further evaluation of the homeless encampment located along the Interstate 5 greenbelt. As directed by Mayor Ed Murray, the assessment is a collaborative effort of city, county and state workers led by the Seattle Fire Department. The multi-agency assessment is expected to begin at 9:30 a.m. and take between 3 and 5 hours.

Invited agencies include:

  • Seattle Fire Department
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Seattle Public Utilities
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • Human Services Department
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation Department
  • Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Community outreach staff
  • Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)
  • Health Care for the Homeless Network

The goal is to assess the health and safety of the encampments as well as the impact that the encampments are having on infrastructure. The team will not displace any residents or remove any personal items or garbage.

Reporters and photographers will not be invited to join the assessment team.



Neighbor Appreciation Day – February 13, 2016

The Seattle Fire Department in partnership with the Department of Neighborhoods is sponsoring the 22nd Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The department wants to say thank you to our neighbors who live and work around us. The day also serves as an opportunity for the Seattle Fire Department to engage with members of the community we serve on a daily basis.

 The fire stations that will be participating are: Stations 6, 9, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 40 and 41. Participating fire stations will be open for tours, demonstrations of firefighting tools and visits with firefighters.


Community invited to tour Seattle’s latest fire station renovation – Station 29


Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Corey Orvold 206-386-1679

Community invited to tour Seattle’s latest fire station renovation

Fire Station 29 hosts an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to view the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 29, located at 2139 Ferry Ave. SW in the Admiral District during an open house from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.

“Our firefighters play an important role in this tight-knit community,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “Here is a chance for the residents to meet their local firefighters, learn more about their lifesaving techniques and see their improved work facility.”

Fire Station 29 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. The upgraded Fire Station 29 houses one engine company (E29) and provides capacity for one reserve engine unit. It was built in 1970 and, as one of the newer stations in the system, was in generally fair condition but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2 million project.

“Fire stations are integral to the communities they serve. Our firefighters protect public safety and respond to natural disasters every day,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The upgrades and improvements to Fire Station 29 better equip the firefighters to continue that work and provide them a safer environment. I encourage everyone to visit the newly upgraded fire station and meet their neighborhood firefighters.”

Safety upgrades to the facility included seismic strengthening on the structure, a new fire sprinkler system and a decontamination room, which the original facility lacked. Improvements to the exterior included new lighting, an energy-saving roof, doors, fiberglass windows and a new brick addition that blends with the existing masonry, which was cleaned. Internally, the station has a new day room (in the new addition), a beanery (i.e., kitchen) with energy-saving fixtures and appliances, bunker gear storage, private bunk rooms and a new HVAC system.

Additionally, the project is expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification. Sustainability features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting and insulation, and use of recycled and locally sourced materials.

The Fire Station 29 project was developed by the City of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Lawhead Architects P.S. and built by Par-Tech Construction Inc. Project construction began in March 2015 and was completed in December 2015.