Seattle Fire Day at MOHAI

Come celebrate fire prevention month at Seattle Fire Day! Join us for family-friendly activities highlighting fire safety, past and present.

The Seattle Fire Department and the Museum of History and Industry are teaming up for a day of firefighting history – artifacts, demonstrations and more. Admission to the lower level of the museum will be free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You’ll be able to tour an antique fire truck, a modern day fire engine or ladder truck and watch demonstrations of firefighters in full gear. Activities include fun fire safety lessons, hands-on firefighting history, firefighter story time and arts and crafts.

Seattle Fire Day, Oct. 10, 2015, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at MOHAI, 869 Terry Avenue E.

Check out other Fire Prevention Month activities, including Firefighter Story Times with the Seattle Public Libraries.


Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins remembers fallen firefighters.

Seattle Firefighters honoring fallen firefighters at memorial.

The Seattle Fire Department gathered to honor the 87 firefighters nationally who are being memorialized for dying in the line of duty.

Seattle’s local ceremony marks the beginning of the 34th 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.

Firefighters and community members gathered in front of the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which pays tribute to all 43 Seattle firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The memorial was inspired by the four Seattle Firefighters who died in the 1995 Mary Pang Warehouse Fire.

Rich in firefighter tradition, the ceremony began and ended with the presentation of colors by the Walter Kilgore Memorial Honor Guard. The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums band played several musical selections and the audience heard from City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Local 27 President Lieutenant Kenny Stuart, Deputy Chief Charles Cordova and Fire Department Chaplain Joel Ingebritson.

This year, Seattle Firefighter Keith Johnson will be added to the memorial and was honored at the service. Johnson joined the department in 1975, getting his start on Ladder 8 at Station 18. He spent time on Engine 35 and as the driver of Ladder 6 at Station 8. He moved to the Fire Marshal’s Office in 2007, where he served as a Special Hazards Inspector until he passed from cancer in December 2014. Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins spoke of his career and accomplishments, closing with a heartfelt thank you, “thank you Firefighter Johnson for your thirty-nine years of service and dedication to your duties.”

Replace Smoke Alarms after 10 years

Do your smoke alarms need to be replaced? If they are more than 10 years old, it might be time to replace them with new ones.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

The Seattle Fire Department recommends that you install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and in each bedroom.

Do you need smoke alarms in your home? You may qualify for free combination smoke/CO alarms from the Seattle Fire Department if you meet the following criteria:

  • You live in the City of Seattle
  • You own and live in your home
  • You are living on a low income, are a senior citizen or have a disability.

Seattle residents who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing may qualify for a free strobe smoke alarm. If you fit these criteria and wish to request the installation of smoke alarms in your home, call the Seattle Fire Department at (206) 386-1337 or send us an email to learn more about this program.

Learn more about smoke alarms.