SFD paramedics graduate, win awards

Congratulations to Seattle Fire’s newest paramedics. Eight Seattle firefighters graduated from the intensive nine-month Medic One Paramedic Training Program on July 28, 2018. These paramedics are now assigned to Seattle Fire medic units to provide advanced life support on emergency response calls. Including this graduating class, Seattle Fire now has more than 70 paramedics in service.

Newest Seattle Fire paramedics

During the ceremony, two Seattle Fire students were announced award recipients.

Kent Burden was selected as winner of this year’s Jack N. Richards Inspirational Award. The class selects the award winner from their peers. 

Andrew Hewitt received the Mike Storbakken Airway Award, which recognizes the student who excelled in controlling patient airways (via intubation) on critical calls.

The graduating class also included students from seven other local fire departments and King County Emergency Medical Services. To see a list of those agencies, visit this page.

The training program is led by the University of Washington and considered one of the most rigorous paramedic training programs in the nation. Students take 2,500 hours of instruction (national recommendation is 1,100 hours) and average 700 patient contacts – three times the national average.

Paramedics trained through the University of Washington learn to provide physician-level care for cardiac arrest and other potentially life-threatening issues at an incident scene.

Having high levels of care available to patients prior to arriving at a hospital increases their chance for survival.

For example, an August 2018 report issued by King County Emergency Medical Services shows that 21 percent of cardiac patients treated by Seattle/King County emergency responders survived and were able to be discharged from the hospital (includes care provided by emergency medical technicians and paramedics). Nationally, that rate is at 11 percent.

These rates are also viewed as benchmarks for the quality of care provided by emergency responders in the field.

The Medic One Foundation fundraises to cover paramedic training costs for each class. We thank them for this incredible level of support, which ultimately benefits Seattle and King County.

To learn more about the paramedic training Seattle Fire personnel received, visit the University of Washington Paramedic Training website.

Media can email SFDPIO@seattle.gov to interview winners and hear firsthand about paramedic training.

8 Seattle Firefighters are Fighting Wildland Fires Across the State

August 17—The Seattle Fire Department has deployed eight firefighters to two separate wildland fires across the State to assist in firefighting operations.

Four Seattle Firefighters were sent to the Kettle Complex Fire. The crews are part of a Type 1 Engine Team. 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. The crews were also sent to Pateros and Alta Lake for help in these fires.

Three days ago, four additional firefighters were sent to the Reach Complex Fire to be part of the firefighting operations. Three firefighters are working on radio communications. The firefighters are currently in the town of Curlew Washington.

All of the firefighters are wildland trained and have “red cards”.


Unattended Candle Caused Weekend House Fire in Ballard

August 16—Seattle Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire inside a 2nd story home located in the 8300 block of 28th Avenue NW.

At 9:21 p.m., firefighters were called to the home for reports of flames visible from the second floor window of the home. When firefighters arrived they found a small fire in the upstairs bedroom. The family evacuated the home.  A neighbor used a dry chemical extinguisher on the fire to knock it down before firefighters arrived.

The fire was started by an unattended candle left on a desk full of papers and books. The flames burned a window casing above the desk and also caught the window blinds on fire. The damage estimate is $3,500.

The family was allowed to re-occupy the home after firefighters cleared the atmosphere of smoke.

AlertSeattle Launches for Seattle Residents









The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management has launched a new emergency alerting system called Alert Seattle.


Residents can sign up for the free system which will send you customized alerts by:

·         Text message

·         Email

·         Voice Message

·         Facebook

·         Twitter

This service is provided by the City of Seattle at no cost; however, message and data rates may apply.


Emergency alerts would be sent when there is a significant risk to life and /or property at any time of the day.


Alert Seattle can also send you customizable and are sent only during the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. These notifications include:

·         Severe weather

·         Safety

·         Health

·         Utility service disruptions

·         Major traffic incidents

You can sign up online for Alert Seattle or visit the Facebook and Twitter pages.

For even more information, visit alert.seattle.gov.


Firefighters Evacuate Home After Car Fire Threatens South Seattle Home

August 7—Seattle Firefighters extinguished a car fire that resulted in a fatality at Renton Avenue South and South Fountain Street. The car collided with a power pole causing a number of charged power lines to fall across the scene.

At 12:58 a.m. Seattle Firefighters were called to the scene for a report of a car fire with the possibility of a victim inside. When fire crews arrived, King County Fire District 20 engine was already on scene and pouring water on the car fire. Seattle crews continued to extinguish the flames. One victim appears to have been ejected from the burning car and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The flames from the car exposed 25 feet to a nearby home causing vinyl siding to melt off the house. Firefighters evacuated two residents out of the house.  The house did not suffer any fire damage.

Seattle City Light crews responded and de-energized the power lines allowing fire crews to access the deceased victim.

The Seattle Police Department is investigating the accident.