Fatal Multi Casualty Incident on Aurora Bridge

Seattle Firefighters responded to a report of a head-on crash involving a school charter bus, an amphibious tour vehicle and several passenger vehicles on the south end of the Aurora Bridge at 11:11 this morning. Four  people were killed and over 44 patients were transported to Harborview Medical Center and other area hospitals with a combination of critical and serious injuries. Overall firefighters and medics evaluated approximately 50 people for injuries at the accident scene.

Mutual aid was requested from the Shoreline Fire Department to assist with the large number of patients. About 90 Seattle Firefighters and Medics responded to the incident.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated to coordinate response efforts between the Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The north and southbound lanes of the Aurora Bridge are currently shut down for the accident investigation.

Two-alarm Boylston Avenue fire ruled accidental

Seattle Fire Investigators determined that yesterday’s two-alarm fire in an apartment building at 1517 Boylston Avenue was caused by an electrical malfunction in a refrigerator. The damage is estimated at $73-thousand to the contents and the building.

Black smoke and flames were reported coming from a first floor unit at 5:41 Monday afternoon. Due to the amount of fire and the number of injuries, additional firefighters were called to the incident. Five residents were transported to Harborview Medical Center. Four residents suffered smoke inhalation and another suffered a leg fracture after jumping from a third story window on to the roof of an adjacent building. None of the injuries are considered life threatening.

A total of 45 people were displaced from the building. Red Cross is providing assistance with temporary housing.

More Seattle Firefighters Dispatched to Central and Eastern Washington Wild Fires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 24-The Seattle Fire Department continues to support the statewide effort to fight numerous wild fires burning throughout Washington. Right now 19 Seattle Firefighters are currently deployed around the State including wild land firefighters on the front lines.

On August 24, 2015 three fire personnel including a Battalion Chief, a Lieutenant and a Firefighter were dispatched to the Okanagan County Emergency Operation Center (EOC). The firefighters are members of our Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team.  The firefighters will assist Forest Service crews with peer counseling.

Returning tonight are four members of the CISM team who dispatched to Okanagan on Thursday, August 20th.  The Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) requested the firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department’s CISM team to provide support in Okanagan.

On Saturday Night August 21st, three firefighters battling the Chelan fire since August 18th returned to Seattle. The firefighters were relieved by three additional wild land trained Seattle Firefighters.

Seattle Fire has assisted the State with multiple requests for firefighting resources as follows:

August 14, Seattle fire was part of a Type 1 Engine Strike team to the Reach Complex Fire in Chelan to provide structure protection. The crew has worked on the First Creek Fire on the South Shore of Lake Chelan State Park. Fire crews protected structures and also assisted in back fire operations to slow the spread of the main fire. The crews were also sent to Pateros and Alta Lake to assist in these fires.

August 15, One Fire Officer was deployed with Incident Management Team  as a Communication Section leader at the Kettle Complex Fire in Curlew. He was assisted by two more Seattle Firefighters as Radio Operators. A line Paramedic was also provided by Seattle fire to this incident. These firefighters have been reassigned to the Stickpin Fire.

August 18, four Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to Fruitland in a Type 6 engine which is a 4×4 pickup truck with a water tank and pump. This crew will be working in the wild land to cut fire lines and extinguish the fire. These firefighters have been reassigned to the Stickpin Fire.

August 19, four Seattle Firefighters deployed this morning as part of a King County Strike team made up of five engines from Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, Valley Regional, and Eastside Fire Departments to head to Conconully, Washington to assist in structure protection in the small Eastern Washington Town.

South Park Fire Station Open House

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 26, located at 800 S. Cloverdale St. in the South Park neighborhood, during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.

 

Fire Station 26 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1972, Fire Station 26 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Minor remodeling was also completed to accommodate additional equipment and to enhance operations.

 

Fire Station 26 houses one engine company (E26) and is one of two Seattle fire stations housing a mobile compressed air unit, which can refill spent air cylinders and deliver cylinders to wherever they are needed. The crew remained at the station during construction of this $2.5 million project.

 

“Engine Company 26 responded to more than 1,100 emergency responses last year assisting the residents of South Park,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “The open house is a chance for the community to get to know the firefighters who serve them on a daily basis and to see their newly remodeled fire station.”

 

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, Station 26 received additional seismic bracing to meet current codes. The remodel reconfigured the existing station space to accommodate decontamination equipment as well as crew preparation and vehicle maintenance functions.

 

The Fire Station 26 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by TCA Architecture + Planning and built by MJ Takisaki Inc. Construction began in September 2014 and was completed in July 2015.

 

16 Seattle Firefighters Deployed in Eastern Washington for Wild Fires

August 19—Four Seattle Firefighters left this morning to head to Conconully Washington to assist in protecting homes and structures in the small Eastern Washington Town.

The Seattle Firefighters were alerted at 8:30 a.m. this morning that they would be heading to Eastern Washington as part of a 5 engine strike team including Bellevue Fire, Eastside Fire & Rescue, Kent Fire and Valley Regional Fire Authority.

16 Seattle Firefighters are currently deployed in Eastern Washington to assist in firefighting operations. All of the firefighters have received wildland fire training and have their Incident Qualification Card or “red cards.”

Earlier this month, four Seattle Firefighters were dispatched to the Reach Complex Fire in Chelan. The crews are part of a Type 1 Engine Team which is involved in structure and building protection.

Four additional firefighters were sent to the Kettle Complex fire in Curlew. One Lieutenant is acting as communication leader. Two other firefighters are working in radio communications. An additional firefighter/paramedic is acting as a field paramedic.

On August 18, four firefighters were dispatched to Fruitland in a Type 6 engine which is a pickup truck with a water tank and pump. This crew will be working in the wild land to extinguish the fire and cut fire lines.