Celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service

Following the annual Garfield High School Martin Luther King, Jr. rally, Mayor Murray, Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas, and Mayor’s office staffers participated in the National Day of Service. The Mayor’s office joined the Nature Consortium, students from the University of Washington, and current Miss Seattle Taryn Smith to plant native trees and spread mulch to help restore the West Duwamish greenbelt.

You can find ways to participate in today’s National Day of Service and beyond by visiting http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday2015.

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Family Taken to Hospital For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

January 1—Medics evaluated a family of three after high levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) was discovered inside their home.

At 6:10 p.m. an occupant in the 5100 block of 41st St NE called 911 to report her husband and 10-year-old daughter were experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning. When firefighters arrived they found the mother and daughter outside the house but the husband was in the basement.  When firefighter brought the husband outside, his symptoms started to subside. Medics gave the patient oxygen. AMR transported all three patients in stable condition to University of Washington Hospital to be checked out.

Firefighters discovered the CO was coming from the basement furnace.  Crews secured the furnace and aired out the house until the air inside was safe to breathe.  The residents will be staying at relatives until the furnace can be repaired.

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas. CO detectors are your best protection against CO poisoning.

For more CO safety tips click here.

CO safety tips


Flamesless Candles are a Safe Alternative



According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.

Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.

If you use candles:

Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
Put candles in sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic holders.
Place lighted candles where they won’t be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
Keep burning candles away from items that can catch on fire such as furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, etc.
For holiday fire safety information, visit the Seattle Fire Department’s Holiday Fire Safety site at:




Change your Clock/Change your Battery










Come visit the Seattle Firefighters as they team up with Energizer for a Change your Clock/Change your Battery event at the Bartell’s Drug Store at 100 N 85th Street on Saturday November 1, 2014 from Noon to 3 p.m.

As the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches on Sunday, November 1, the Seattle Fire Department wants to remind residents to change their smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) detector batteries when they change their clocks. Lithium long-life batteries do not need to be changed yearly. Changing smoke alarm and CO detector batteries at least once a year is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce home fire deaths and CO poisoning. In fact, working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape.

Every home in Seattle should have the protection of smoke alarms. The Seattle Fire Department can install smoke alarms and batteries free of charge in homes where the homeowner is either a senior citizen, living on a low income, or has a disability. If you live outside the city of Seattle, please contact your local Fire Department to request assistance.

For more information call 206-386-1337 or email fireinfo@seattle.gov  or visit www.seattle.gov/fire

Seattle Fire Chief to retire after 44 years with the Department

SEATTLE (Oct. 16, 2014) – Mayor Ed Murray announced today that Chief Gregory M. Dean intends to retire from the Seattle Fire Department after a distinguished 44-year career with the Seattle Fire Department.

“Chief Dean demonstrated the highest commitment to public service over a distinguished career here at the City,” said Murray. “We salute his devotion to the department and to his firefighters. I wish him the best in the future, even as I know I will miss his steady leadership and wise counsel.”

Chief Dean told the mayor in the early days of the new administration that he was looking forward to retirement. The mayor asked him to stay on at least another year.

Last week, Mayor Murray again asked Chief Dean to postpone his departure, but this time the chief told the mayor it was time to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

“I consider it an honor and privilege to have served as the Fire Chief for the Seattle Fire Department,” said Dean. “I leave with confidence that the department is in good hands with outstanding leadership and vision at all levels of the organization.”

Chief Dean will continue to serve in his position until the end of the year. The mayor is immediately launching a search process to hire a new chief.

Dean entered the Department in 1970 as a trainee firefighter and rose through the ranks to become Chief of the Department in 2004. He served in several senior leadership positions in the department, including Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief of Administration, Deputy Chief of Personnel, and Deputy Chief of Support Services.

Under his leadership, the 1,150 member department has maintained its international reputation for emergency medicine and firefighting operations. He is known throughout the region for his vision and commitment to partnerships with other fire departments and public safety organizations.

During his tenure as Fire Chief, Dean directed the implementation of the Fire Facilities Levy that resulted in the construction and renovation of 32 fire stations, a new Joint Training Facility and new fireboats.

Dean testified before the United States House of Representatives about the department’s efforts to hire more female and LGBT firefighters during the congressional review of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Dean testified before the United States House of Representatives about how the department had integrated female and LGBT firefighters into the fire culture during the congressional review of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

He also worked with the Port of Seattle to establish the cruise ship homeport by developing a permit process which allowed safe refueling of cruise ships on the Central Waterfront.

Dean’s career spans landmark fires and events that dramatically altered the course of the Seattle Fire Department. In the early 1970’s, the fatal Ozark Hotel and Seventh Avenue Apartments fires changed national fire and building codes. Firefighters began to serve as paramedics that same decade, saving countless lives in years since. The 1995 Pang warehouse fire killed four Seattle Firefighters, the worst firefighter fatality incident in the department’s history. The 2001 Nisqually Earthquake and the 2010 Fremont fire that killed four children and a young woman captured the nation’s attention.

In the New Year, Dean will be spending more time with family, travelling and improving his golf handicap.