Fire Department Training

The Seattle Fire Department will be conducting Operations Training exercises January 26 – 29, 2018, at the below locations:

2301 South Jackson Street
2309 South Jackson Street

Operations Training exercises are crucial to our skill enhancement and response readiness and is vital to the safety of our residents.

The fire department will not conduct any live fire burning. We will make every effort to maintain all public right-of-ways as not to impede your access. The neighborhood is welcome to observe from a safe distance. We will have areas that are marked as safe for viewing.

Seattle Fire Responds to Multiple Weekend Fires

SEATTLE – Over the weekend, firefighters responded to multiple fires, including three vacant building fires.

On Saturday, December 2, at 5:41 p.m., dispatchers received multiple calls about a residential fire in the 4500 block of 9th Avenue NE. Firefighters responded to find flames visible from a 1-story wood-frame structure with a basement. Engine 17 had water on the fire by 5:51 p.m., primary and secondary searches of the building were complete and the fire extinguished by 6:35 p.m. The vacant building had a previous fire on September 9, 2017. Fire investigators ruled the fire accidental and determined that unauthorized occupants most likely ignited combustible material.

On Sunday, December 3, at 10:51 p.m., dispatchers received a call reporting a residential fire near 15th Ave NW and NW 80th Street. Large amounts of heavy, black smoke were visible to the north and flames were coming from the vacant structure when crews arrived. Firefighters attacked the fire from outside the 2-story wood-frame building. The structure began to collapse and four additional engines and one ladder truck were added to the response. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. Due to extreme fire damage, fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire. The building was scheduled for demolition on Monday, December 5.

On Monday, December 4, at 4:55 a.m., dispatchers received a report of a fire in a vacant building in the 9500 block of Ashworth Avenue North. Engine 31 was the first arriving unit at the incident. Crews applied water to the fire from outside the building, and then transitioned to inside of the building to push fire out. Primary and secondary searches were completed, and no injuries were reported. The fire was under control at 5:34 a.m. and completely extinguished by 5:42 a.m. Investigators determined the fire was caused from a warming fire started by unauthorized occupants in the building.

Abandoned buildings pose a significant risk to responding emergency personnel. Seattle Fire has specific procedures for combating vacant building fires, including fighting the fire from outside the structure.


Kidde Recalls Plastic Handle and Push-Button Fire Extinguishers

Kidde has just issued a product safety recall involving two of their disposable fire extinguishers:

  • Plastic handle fire extinguishers
  • Plastic push-button fire extinguishers

Kidde says it estimates that this recall affects nearly 37.8 million fire extinguishers in the United States, which can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

For a summary of recalled fire extinguisher models, or to view return instructions, please visit Kidde.

Seattle Fire Deploys to California with South Puget Sound Strike Team

Photo by Puget Sound Fire

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.

Honoring the Fallen

Firefighters, family, friends and community members gathered in front of the Seattle Fallen Firefighter Memorial to honor the six Seattle firefighters being added to the memorial in Occidental Square.

The local ceremony marks the beginning of the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. During the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend, firefighters from around the country honor those courageous firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice. Seattle’s six firefighters are among 95 firefighters being memorialized in 2017.

Each of these firefighters are deeply missed by the department and community.

  • Stephen Lohr joined in 1990, assigned to Engine 2, and the Fire Alarm Center. In 1994, Lohr promoted to Firefighter/Paramedic. Firefighter Stephen Lohr passed away on July 28, 2009.
  • Jess Hernandez joined in
  • Wallace F. Goulet joined in 1982, assigned to Engine 9 and Engine 17. Firefighter Wallace Goulet passed away on June 28, 2014.
  • Joshua Milton joined in 2013, assigned to Engine 20. Firefighter Joshua Milton passed away on December 11, 2015.
  • Tristan Smith joined in 2009, assigned to Engine 40 and Ladder 8. Firefighter Tristan Smith passed away on April 14, 2016.
  •  Scott Steed joined in 1990, assigned to Ladder 8, Ladder 6, Engine 41 and the Fire Marshall’s Office. Firefighter Scott Steed passed away on October 19, 2016.

The ceremony started and ended with the presentation of colors by the Walter E. Kilgore Memorial Honor Guard. The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums band played several musical selections and the audience heard from Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Local 27 President Lieutenant Kenny Stuart, Local 2898 President Deputy Chief Tom Walsh and Fire Department Chaplain Joel Ingebritson.

The Honor Guard placed ribbons on the Memorial Pike for each firefighter being honored this year, before placing the  wreath and ringing the bell one last time. A special signal of five rings, four times, represents the end of the firefighter’s duty and that they will be returning to quarters. To signify that the fallen have given their lives for the good of the city, their tasks completed, their duties well done, the bell is rung. Their last alarm, they are going home.