Media Advisory: Seattle Fire to Honor Fallen Firefighters

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department will gather to honor six Seattle firefighters among the 95 firefighters nationally who are being memorialized for line of duty deaths in 2017.

The local ceremony coincides with the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. During the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial weekend, firefighters from around the country pay tribute to those courageous firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The event will take place in front of the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which honors all Seattle firefighters who have died in the line of duty. The memorial was inspired by the four firefighters who died in the 1995 Mary Pang Warehouse Fire.

Rich in firefighter tradition, the ceremony will begin and end with the presentation of colors by the Walter Kilgore Memorial Honor Guard. The Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums band will play several musical selections and there will be short speeches by Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Local 27 President Lieutenant Kenny Stuart, Local 2898 President Deputy Chief Tom Walsh and Fire Department Chaplain Joel Ingebritson.

What:             2017 Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Who:              Six Seattle firefighters are being honored and added to the memorial this year:

  • Stephen Lohr
  • Jess Hernandez
  • Wallace F. Goulet
  • Joshua Milton
  • Tristan Smith
  • Scott Steed 

When:             Friday, October 6, 9:00 a.m.    

Where:           Fallen Firefighter Memorial, Occidental Square

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October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month in Seattle, a reminder to prepare and prevent fires. In 2016, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 15,787 fire responses in 2016. This year’s National Fire Prevention Week theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” With newer homes being built with lightweight materials that burn faster than older home construction and many of today’s products and furnishings producing toxic gases and smoke when burned, its imperative to be prepared.

A home fire escape plan provides the skill set and know-how to quickly and safely escape a home fire. Home fire escape plans should include two exits from every room in the home; a path to the outside from each exit; smoke alarms in all required locations; and a meeting place outside where everyone in the home will meet upon exiting. Every member of the household should participate in developing the plan and in practicing it.

>Home Fire Evacuation Planning Help

Help prepare and get educated on fire prevention tips through these upcoming events:

  • Participate in important family-friendly safety activities and see a fire engine up close during Seattle Fire Day at the Museum of History & Industry on Sunday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Fire safety and evacuation presentations at select community centers.
  • Help preschoolers understand firefighters are their friends by seeing them in their gear during nine Firefighter Story Times at select Seattle Public Library branches throughout the month. Find a story time near you!

Media Advisory: Seattle Fire Day at MOHAI

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) are teaming up to kick off Fire Prevention Month with Seattle Fire Day. Admission to the lower level of the museum will be free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors can tour antique fire trucks, modern day fire engine, ladder truck and SFD fireboat and watch demonstrations of firefighters in full gear. Additionally, families and kids can engage in fun fire safety activities with the Seattle Fire Department. Try on firefighting gear, participate in hands-on history, listen to firefighter story time, and enjoy a craft center.

For a complete schedule of Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Month activities, including Firefighter Story Times with the Seattle Public Library, visit seattle.gov/fire.

What: Seattle Fire Day

When: October 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Museum of History & Industry; 860 Terry Avenue N.

Operations Training in West Seattle

In cooperation with Ashworth Homes, Seattle Fire Department will be conducting training exercises in the community. Operations training exercises are crucial to the enhancement of firefighter skills and response readiness. This training will not include any live fire burning and every effort will be made to not impede traffic and/or access to the area.

Observers are welcome! Areas will be marked off for safe viewing.

What: Seattle Fire Department Training
When: August 20 – 22, 2017
Where: 3027 59th  Avenue SW

Don’t miss the Seattle Fire Festival – July 8!

Join the Seattle Fire Department on July 8, 2017. This year’s Fire Festival will be held at Bell Street Park, between 5th and 3rd Avenue on Bell Street. Station 2 will also be open for visitors 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Fire Festival features antique fire trucks from the Last Resort Fire Department, children’s activities, a Great Seattle Fire presentation and other fun activities for the whole family!