Water rescue response on Harbor Island

SEATTLE – At 8:42 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2018, the Fire Alarm Center received a call about two people in distress in the water near Harbor Island. When crews arrived on scene, they received reports that a man had seen a person in the water in need of medical assistance, and jumped in to help him. Firefighters later learned that the man who jumped in to rescue the patient is a worker at Terminal 18. The patient was working on a cargo ship, and the circumstances which led to him being in the water are unknown to the fire department.

Prior to the arrival of Seattle Fire crews, a private boat picked up the two individuals, and Terminal 18 crews used a crane to hoist them on to the shore. Medics immediately began life saving efforts and transported the patient in critical condition to Harborview Medical Center. The patient is estimated to be approximately 30-years-old.

The Seattle Fire Department extends our appreciation to the man who jumped in to save the patient, and to the private boat owners for stopping to help. If it weren’t for their coordinated life-saving efforts, the outcome may have been different.

Crews respond to two structure fires on Aug. 10

SEATTLE – Seattle Firefighters responded to two structure fires on August 10.

The first fire occurred just after 9 a.m. at 14th Avenue and East Spruce Street. The Fire Alarm Center had received a call about a fire in a residential home, and upon arrival, crews saw that it was a boarded up structure. Firefighters fought the fire from outside of the structure until it was deemed safe to enter. Once inside, firefighters searched all floors of the structure and reported there were no occupants inside. The fire was under control within 30 minutes and no injuries were reported. Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental, and determined it started on the exterior of the southeast corner. Total estimated loss is $20,000 due to five vehicles sustaining heat damage. The building is scheduled for demolition, so there was no dollar loss to the structure.

The second fire occurred just after 6 p.m. in the Greenlake neighborhood at the 7500 Block of Sunnyside Avenue East. A 9-year-old boy named Caleb was riding his scooter in the area when he saw smoke coming from the attic and alerted his dad. His father then ran into the home, and got all of the occupants out of the house safely. Due to the fire being in the attic space, the occupants were unaware the home was on fire. Crews had the fire under control within one hour of arriving on scene. There were no reported injuries to members of the public or firefighters. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Seattle Fire Department thanks Caleb for his observation and fire safety skills, and his parents for their quick actions in alerting the occupants of the home.

MEDIA ADVISORY: CPR success story, public encouraged to sign-up for PulsePoint

SEATTLE – On July 31, 2018, an adult male from Seattle went into cardiac arrest at 24-hour Fitness in Seattle. Two bystanders trained in CPR came across the patient and began life-saving efforts. One of the individuals who responded had signed up for the PulsePoint app and received an alert on his phone just after he began conducting CPR. Due to the quick life-saving actions of the two bystanders, use of an AED and cardiac treatment at Harborview Medical Center, the patient has made a full recovery.

Media is invited to interview the CPR survivor, the individual(s) who conducted CPR, and the Seattle Fire Department Medical Director. The CPR survivor’s daughter will be at the event to translate for her father who speaks Lao.

  • What: Media availability for CPR success story
  • Who: CPR survivor, individual(s) who conducted CPR, Seattle Fire Department Medical Director and Emergency Services, Harborview, Dr. Michael Sayre
  • When: August 9, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Harborview Medical Center, 325 9th Avenue, Seattle, Medic One Apparatus Bay, South of HMC Emergency Room Entrance on 9th Avenue


Media Contacts:

Kristin Tinsley, Public Information Officer
Seattle Fire Department

Susan Gregg, Director of Media Relations
UW Medicine Marketing & Communications

June 2018 Promotional Ceremony

SEATTLE – On June 27, 2018, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins held a promotional ceremony at Fire Station 10 to appoint 21 department members to new positions. The following employees were promoted:

  • Dennis Dahline, Michael Sharp and Derek Williamson to Deputy Chief
  • Erik Hotchkiss, Melissa Kennedy and Christopher Lombard to Battalion Chief
  • Schon Branum, Matthew Johnson, Daniel Murray, Daniel Nelson, Michael Perkow and Kyle White to Captain
  • Jameel Andrews, Brady Collins, William Howe, Daniel Johanns, Joshua McBride, Stephen Wilkins and Sean Williams to Lieutenant
  • Jose Parra to Fireboat Engineer
  • Shaun Cole to Admin Specialist III

Chief Scoggins also welcomed new employees:

  • Robert Noble, Admin. Specialist II
  • Vuen Pahn, Principal Accountant
  • Kim Schmanke, Public Affairs Director

Congratulations to all!


House fire in Fauntleroy neighborhood

SEATTLE – On July 17, 2018 just before 2 a.m., firefighters responded to a house fire in the Fauntleroy neighborhood. When Engine 37 and Engine 11 arrived on scene, they saw flames from all four sides of a single-family residence, and upgraded the response to a 2-alarm. A house on the right side was in close proximity to the house that caught on fire, and crews wanted to ensure the fire did not spread.

Crews began to apply water on the fire from outside of the structure due to the extent of fire inside. Once safe to do so, firefighters entered the house and fought the fire from the inside, pushing the fire out. The initial firefighting efforts were successful in extinguishing the large body of fire, which resulted in the 2-alarm response being reduced to a single-alarm response.

The two people living in the house were home at the time of the fire, and safely evacuated prior to Seattle Fire’s arrival on scene. Both of their cats also made it out safely. There were no reported injuries to members of the public or firefighters.

Fire investigators will return to the scene during daylight so they can finish their investigation. They will work to determine the cause, origin and estimated loss.

Last updated: July 17 at 8 a.m.