Last night, Seattle Firefighters and representatives from the Public Education Division enjoyed time with neighbors during National Night Out. Firefighters visited as many neighborhood block parties as they could get to during the evening, all while continuing to respond to fire and medical emergencies throughout the City. Thank you to all of the Seattle residents who let Seattle Fire Department be a part of your Night Out events.
Just before 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 31 a Seattle Fire Department Medic Unit was returning to their fire station after transporting a patient to Virginia Mason when they were involved in a motor vehicle accident with one other vehicle on Northbound I-5. Two Firefighter/Paramedics aboard Medic 16, one male and one female, were transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Two people in the other vehicle died at the scene. Washington State Patrol is conducting an investigation into the accident.
The Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department would like to remind the public that there are no legal fireworks in the City of Seattle.
The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited. Fireworks offenses are gross misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine
Fireworks pose a fire hazard to property and present a safety risk to those who use them. Every year the Seattle Fire Department responds to fireworks-related fires and injuries. Each and every one of these incidents could have been prevented.
On the 4th of July, 911 centers become overloaded with non-emergency fireworks calls. DO NOT call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help from police, fire or medics. Unnecessary 911 calls block people with real emergencies from reaching 911 and getting help.
Any fireworks-related fires or injuries should be reported directly to 911. Other fireworks violations may be reported by calling the Seattle Police non-emergency number at (206) 625-5011.
The Seattle Police and Seattle Fire Department wish you a safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration!
Carol Mathewson could not have imagined that her life would soon be hanging in the balance when she entered Lake Washington for the 2008 Danskin Triathlon. Despite being in peak physical condition, the 56-year-old woman went into sudden cardiac arrest and went underwater.
Thanks to the quick response by emergency medical technicians and paramedics, Mathewson survived. After being brought to shore by event staff, Seattle Firefighter/Paramedics Bryan Smith and Zach Drathman performed CPR and used an Automatic Defibrillator to shock Carol’s heart. For at least six minutes, Carol had no pulse. She was successfully resuscitated and spent nearly a month recovering at Harborview Medical Center.
Today, at Fire Station 28 in the Rainier Valley, Carol met with the medics and firefighters who helped resuscitate her on that fateful day. She also got a chance to meet Dr. Leonard Cobb, who helped pioneer emergency medical services in Seattle in the late 1960’s. Today, Seattle and King County set the standard for paramedic training and pre-hospital emergency care in the United States and worldwide.
The reunion kicked off National EMS Week, which takes place May 16-22. EMS Week pays tribute to all those involved in providing emergency medical services — from the person who teaches CPR to the paramedic on the front line.
This year, EMS Week is highlighting child safety. Unintentional injuries remain the leading cause of death for children three to five years old. To reduce unintentional injuries among children, the Seattle Fire Department developed an injury prevention curriculum for those who care for preschool aged children in Seattle.
Dr. Leonard Cobb, one of the founders of Seattle Fire Department’s acclaimed Medic One Program, was honored with a “Pioneers of Paramedicine” Lifetime Achievement Award last weekend in Los Angeles.
In the late 1960’s, in partnership with the late Gordon Vickery who was the Chief of the Seattle Fire Department, Dr. Cobb conducted a study to determine whether lives could be saved with pre-hospital care and whether non-physicians could provide high quality care with remote physician guidance. The Seattle Fire Department’s Medic One Program began in 1970 when the first group of firefighters were trained as paramedics in cooperation with Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington.
Since then, Seattle’s Medic One Program has become world famous due to the training, dedication and first-rate pre-hospital emergency patient care paramedics deliver within the community. The Medic One system expanded and now provides paramedic services throughout King County.
Medic One directly provides the City of Seattle with Advanced Life Support activities that, in the past, could only be performed by licensed physicians. The Department responds to approximately 28,000 Basic Life Support (BLS) alarms and 25,000 Advanced Life Support (ALS) alarms per year. In addition to these alarms, the paramedics respond on all working fires, hazardous materials and rescue responses.
Dr. Cobb was honored, along with Eugene Nagel, MD, J. Michael Criley, MD, and Walter Graf, MD, as the four founding fathers of paramedic programs. They will be part of the “Pioneers of Paramedicine” exhibit at the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum.
The “Pioneers of Paramedicine” is a national program created by the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association Board of Directors to recognize and honor individuals whose lives and accomplishments exemplify the courage, independence and spirit of innovation that helped shape the development of modern emergency medical services in the United States in the 1960’s and 1970’s. In addition to annual recognition, the project will include a video interview series and a permanent exhibit at the museum’s future home. For more information about the award, visit http://www.pioneersofparamedicine.org.
Seattle Firefighters and Fire Department members will be honored for acts of bravery, heroism and exceptional service as part of the annual Seattle Fire Department Promotions and Awards Night celebration on Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Among those who will be honored:
Fire Investigators Jim Berger and Steve Olson – Honored with a Meritorious Service Award for their role in the apprehension of a serial arsonist who terrorized the Greenwood neighborhood for months. In the early morning hours of November 13, 2009, Berger and Olson were patrolling Greenwood in an unmarked vehicle when they heard Seattle Fire units called to assist with a large fire in Shoreline. They drove towards the fire and spotted a person of interest watching the fire from a bus stop. They called in Seattle Police, who arrested the man. He later confessed to setting 10 fires in the Greenwood area.
Firefighter Brian Root – Recognized with a Meritorious Service Award for performing CPR off-duty. While on vacation at Disneyland, Brian Root sprung into action when a five year-old girl was found at the bottom of a hotel pool. She had been there for an undetermined length of time. Root performed CPR on the girl, who was unconscious and had no pulse. After several minutes of CPR, the little girl regained consciousness. She was transported to the hospital by the Anaheim Fire Department and made a full recovery.
Seattle Fire Department will also recognize employees of the year.
- Firefighter of the Year — Janett Wingett, firefighter/dispatcher and 27-year veteran
- Officer of the Year — Captain William Simpson, Technical Rescue Team member and 20-year veteran
- Chief of the Year — Battalion Chief Richard Verlinda, Safety Chief, President of the Chief’s Union, Local 2898 and 27-year veteran
- Lifetime Achievement Award — John Ellis, firefighter/dispatcher and 32-year veteran
- Civilian Employee of the Year — Lynne Kilpatrick, fire code advisor in Fire Marshal’s Office and 15-year veteran
- Customer Service Award — Kathy Moury, receptionist at Fire Department Headquarters
- Community Service Award — Chaplain Joel Ingebritson, Fire Department Chaplain to firefighters and community members
Those who received promotions in 2009 will also be honored at the ceremony.