Seattle Firefighters Rescue Driver Trapped in Car after Collission with Train

April 20- Seattle Firefighter worked for 15 minutes to extricate a driver of a car struck by a light rail train at 7150 M L King Jr Way S.

The initial 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center at 11:13 a.m. reporting the car versus train collision with the driver of the car trapped. A light pole had also fallen on top of the car which was jammed between a guardrail and the train.

During the rescue operation, all four lanes of traffic on South MLK Jr. Way South was shut down between South Myrtle Street and South Othello Street. Also, all Link train service along the tracks near MLK Jr Wy South were temporarily halted to allow firefighters a safe working space to extricate the driver of the car.

Medics transported the conscious and alert 50-year old male driver of the car to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition with complaints of neck and back pain.

Seattle Police Department will investigate the cause of the crash.

Firefighters Extricate Driver from Truck vs Bus Collision on Rainier Avenue South

March 7- Seattle firefighters spent half-an-hour extricating a mother from her pickup truck after a collision between the vehicle and a bus.

At 12:53 p.m.  firefighters were called to Rainier Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street for a car rescue. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a pickup truck with a smashed-in driver’s door. The female driver was trapped in the driver’s seat of the extended cab pickup. Ladder Company 3 cut the roof off of the pickup truck and took the driver’s side door off in order to extricate the female driver.  The woman was conscious and alert. The approximately 30-year-old driver suffered a cut to her head. Medics evaluated her and transported her to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.

By the time firefighters arrived, the three children, whose ages range from 2 to 6-years-old, and the male passenger were already outside the car. All 4 patients were evaluated by Medics and did not require further treatment. The three children were secured in car seats at the time of the accident.

Three passengers on the bus were evaluated for minor injuries and did not need treatment or transport.

The Seattle Police Department is conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.


Firefighter Burned Fighting Commercial Furnace Fire

February 23- A Seattle Firefighter will be moved to the burn unit overnight at Harborview Medical Center after suffering 1st and 2nd degree burns while fighting a furnace fire at a commercial building on Harbor Island.

Just minutes after 9 a.m., firefighters were called to a metal business located in the 3400 block of 13th Avenue SW for reports of an explosion of a furnace used to melt metal. When firefighters arrived they found a commercial furnace the size of an SUV on fire. Workers reported a catastrophic failure of the furnace causing it to smoke, shoot flames and spew molten metal. Those flames started at least one spot fire more than 20 feet away from the furnace.

The firefighter manning a hose line in the smoky building stepped into a two-foot deep slag pit that is designed to catch molten metal.  The unmarked and unsecured pit was full of boiling water. The boiling water made its way into the firefighter’s boots causing 1st and 2nd degree burns to his lower legs. A Mayday was called and fellow firefighters quickly rescued the injured co-worker.

Medics treated and transported the injured firefighters to Harborview Medical Center. The firefighter who is in his 30’s is in satisfactory condition. He was been employed with the Department since 2006 and works at Harbor Island Fire Station 36.

A worker at the plant also suffered several spot burns on his torso, face and head. AMR transported the man in his 30’s to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.

It took about a half-an-hour to control the fire and about 50 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

Fire investigators ruled the fire was accidental, caused by a failure in the induction furnace. The damage estimate is $85,000. The building was turned back over to its owner.

Late Night Water Rescue off Seattle Aquarium

January 6—the Seattle Fire Department’s Marine Emergency Response Team rescued a 27-year-old intoxicated male from the waters off the Seattle Aquarium.

At 11 p.m. a caller reported to dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center that a male had jumped 25 feet from the pier into the water near Pier 59. When firefighters arrived in the 1400 block of Alaskan Way they found a male who had jumped into the water and swam to a rock formation and pulled himself out of the water. The man was cold, wet and trapped.   According to the NOAA website, the water temperature in Elliott Bay was 49.8 degrees.

Technical Rescue Team divers entered the water to make sure the man was safe. The Seattle Fire Boat used it’s skiff to navigate the pylons of the pier structure to rescue the man who was trapped.  The rescue operation took about half-an hour.

The man was transported to waterfront Fire Station 5 where Paramedics evaluated him. Medics used a c-collar and backboard to stabilize the man after he complained of back pain. Also, the patient was experiencing symptoms of the cold water.

AMR transported the patient to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.




Two Alarm West Seattle Apartment Fire Injures 2 Firefighters

A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a West Seattle two-alarm apartment fire was accidental caused by combustibles placed too close to an electrical baseboard heater.

On Saturday November 29th, dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting an alarm going off inside a 4-story apartment building located in the 3800 block of Beach Drive SW. A second caller reported smelling smoke inside the building. All of the residents safely evacuated the complex.

Engine Company 29 arrived first to find flames shooting from a ground floor unit. Firefighter took an aggressive attack to knock down the fire.  One of the major challenges was the high winds which were driving the flames inside the building. The Incident Commander called for a two-alarm to bring in additional resources to help battle the apartment complex fire.

Two members on the hose line for Engine Company 29 suffered minor burns while fighting the fire. Both were treated and released from Harborview Medical Center for their injuries.

It took nearly 45 minutes to extinguish the flames. Crew limited the fire damage to the original fire unit. Other bottom level units suffered smoke damage.

Residents were temporarily housed in a Metro Bus to keep them warm while firefighters battled the flames. After air monitoring levels came back clear, the residents were allowed back into their building.

Two adult females and a dog were displaced by the fire. American Red Cross provided temporary shelter for the displaced occupants.

The damage estimate is $150,000 to the structure and $30,000 to the contents.

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