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Personal use of fireworks are banned in Seattle – find other ways to celebrate the 4th of July safely

SEATTLE – The personal use of fireworks in Seattle and King County is illegal. Even though they are banned, each year fireworks cause fires and injure people in the City and surrounding areas. In 2023, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 58 fireworks-related incidents. Just four years ago in 2020,… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs Legislation to Expedite Demolition and Remediation of Dangerous Vacant Buildings in Seattle

Seattle – On June 6, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed new legislation that will amend the Seattle Fire Code and allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to order and complete remediation or demolition of dangerous vacant buildings. The legislation was unanimously passed by the City Council this week and includes an emergency clause to… [ Keep reading ]

Captain Wolcott and Firefighter Ehlers make history as first father and daughter serving together in the Seattle Fire Department

SEATTLE – Captain Gordon Wolcott was pleased to pin the badge on his daughter Firefighter Raechel Ehlers when she was officially sworn in as a Seattle Firefighter/EMT on March 7, 2024. While the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) has many legacy children who have followed in their parents’ footsteps, Raechel and… [ Keep reading ]

As Fires Surge in Vacant Buildings, Mayor Harrell Proposes Emergency Legislation for Faster Demolition and Remediation of Risks

Shared from the City of Seattle Office of the Mayor Seattle – On April 18, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he submitted emergency legislation to amend the Seattle Fire Code and allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to order and complete demolition or remediation of unsafe vacant buildings in Seattle. “These dangerous vacant buildings are known hazards that put our… [ Keep reading ]

Hydrant inspections – and what to do if you experience temporarily discolored water 

The 19,000 fire hydrants located within the City of Seattle are maintained and repaired by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), and are inspected by the Seattle Fire Department (SFD). Firefighters inspect all fire hydrants across the City on an annual basis to ensure they are working properly and will provide sufficient… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Fire Department launches pilot program allowing paramedics to administer buprenorphine in the field

Buprenorphine helps reduce withdrawal symptoms caused from opioid use and is now being administered by a cadre of Seattle Fire paramedics in the field as part of pre-hospital treatment. SEATTLE – Mayor Bruce Harrell joined Seattle Fire Department (SFD) Chief Harold Scoggins, SFD Medical Director Dr. Michael Sayre and other leaders… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and City leaders expand public safety through groundbreaking on new Fire Station 31

SEATTLE – Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and members of the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) joined Mayor Bruce Harrell, the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) and City and community leaders on Feb. 5 to break ground on the future site of Fire Station 31 in North Seattle. Construction of the… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle bans batteries from the garbage

Batteries can be safely and easily disposed of at low or no cost SEATTLE – Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) announced on Jan. 29 that all batteries from small button cell and alkaline batteries to lithium-ion batteries used in e-bikes and electric vehicles, are banned from the garbage. The SPU Directors… [ Keep reading ]

3-alarm fire in First Hill neighborhood

SEATTLE – On Jan. 1 at 4:41 a.m., Seattle’s Fire Alarm Center received multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a fire in the 800 block of Madison St. in the First Hill neighborhood. When firefighters from Stations 10 (downtown) and 25 (Capitol Hill) arrived first on scene, they saw heavy black smoke… [ Keep reading ]

Help us help you: Move right for lights and sirens

SEATTLE: The Seattle Fire Department wants to remind drivers to move right for lights and sirens. Seattle Fire and Police personnel respond to incidents in the city 24/7. Many times, private vehicles do not yield the right of way when approached by emergency vehicles with lights and sirens. When drivers… [ Keep reading ]