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

Contact: Seattle Fire Department PIO Corey Orvold, 206-250-1892

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m.

What: Media availability with Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Seattle Police Assistant Chief Steve Wilske and other members of the assessment team to explain assessment objectives.

Location: Airport Way South and South Royal Brougham Way (grassy area southwest of the intersection)

 A team of city, county and state workers led by the Seattle Fire Department will begin an assessment of the homeless encampments along the Interstate 5 green belt, located in the SoDo District. The multi-agency assessment is expected to begin at 10:00 a.m. and take between 3 and 5 hours.

Participating agencies include:

  • Seattle Fire Department
  • Seattle Police Department
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County
  • Human Services Department
  • Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
  • Seattle Parks Department
  • Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Community outreach staff
  • Homeless advocates

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 assessment team will interview residents who agree to participate. The team will not displace any residents or remove any personal items or garbage. The team will not make recommendations – they will simply assess the current conditions.

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


New Seattle Fire Public Information Officer

The Seattle Fire Department would like to announce Corey Orvold as the new Public Information Officer. Corey is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications emphasis in Broadcasting. Corey has over 10 years’ experience in the media, starting her career with an internship at KYCW and KNDD. She has also previously worked in Palm Springs and Las Vegas, where she was a general news reporter for KXNT Radio as well as on-air talent for music radio stations. She has appeared on the Nancy Grace Show where she served as a correspondent for the Las Vegas market. Corey is a member of the Junior League of Seattle as well as recently was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for King County. Her office number is 206-386-1679. She can also be reached via cell phone at 206-250-1892.

Corey started with Seattle Fire in December and has been learning about the fire service and the Department. Lieutenant Sue Stangl, who has been training Corey, will be returning to her firefighter duties at Fire Station 10 in the Pioneer Square area.


Light up a Safe Holiday

A decorated holiday tree is the source for approximately 210 home fires each year in the US, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Electrical problems are the cause of one third of those tree fires.

Consider these safety tips as you decorate this season!

How to handle those holiday lights! 

  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets for both indoor and outdoor lights.
  • Limit connecting of holiday lights to 3 strands.
  • Do not use frayed, broken or worn string lights.
  • Use low wattage cheerful little mini lights at 2.5-watts or energy efficient LED bulbs, which operate at a cool-to-the-touch temperature.
  • Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.

Caring for your holiday tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Keep your tree at least three feet from heat sources, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Dispose of the tree when it becomes dry. A dry tree should be placed outside, away from all flammable structures for pick up.

For more safety tips, click here!

Update on Search for Firefighter Milton

The Seattle Fire Department and the family of Firefighter Josh Milton  received information from law enforcement this morning that Washington State Patrol located Josh’s car at Deception Pass State Park. Two SFD liaisons will be meeting with park officials in Island County to assist with communication.

The Department truly appreciates the support of Seattle Police and local law enforcement agencies for their continued efforts to locate Josh.

 For any information that can help authorities in their search, call 911.


Search for Missing Seattle Firefighter

Seattle police are working to locate a missing Seattle Firefighter after he did not arrive for a scheduled work shift Thursday evening.

Colleagues of Joshua Ryan Milton, 36, contacted police when he did not arrive for his 5:30 PM shift as a paramedic student at Harborview Medical Center. Police have attempted to locate Firefighter Milton and contact him by phone, but have been unsuccessful. At this time, police have no indication Firefighter Milton is the victim of a crime, but are concerned for his safety.

Milton was last seen near Harborview at approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday. He is reported to have been driving a white 2000 Honda Accord with four doors, license plate number ABR2611.

The Seattle Police Department is actively investigating this as a missing person case and encourages anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Firefighter Milton to contact Seattle Police.

Firefighter Milton joined the Seattle Fire Department in 2012, and was recently accepted into the paramedic program. He is 36- years old and his father is a Lieutenant with the Seattle Fire Department. Firefighter Milton is married with a three-year-old son.

If you have any information that can help authorities locate Firefighter Milton, please call 911.