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 after 6:30 this morning firefighters responded to a house fire at 1762 17 Avenue South. When firefighters arrived at the scene they saw heavy smoke and flames pouring from the front window and back side of the house. Flames shot ten feet in the air and lapped out the window up to the roof, threatening the home next door.
A family of six evacuated the house before firefighters arrived. They were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms and a neighbor who knocked on the door. Firefighters immediately attacked the fire and protected the structure next door.
Fire Investigators determined that this was an accidental electrical fire that started on the back deck. Damage was estimated at $175,000. Red Cross assistance was requested for the family, including two adults and four children. One firefighter suffered minor injuries and was transported to Harborview and one family member was evaluated for possible smoke inhalation.
It’s important for families, and everyone to have a fire safety plan and exit the building as soon as there is indication of a fire. The Seattle Fire Department has developed a collection of activities and family worksheets for parents and caregivers. These materials provide tools to help teach children what to do if a fire should happen in their home. http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/familysafety/familySafety.htm.
Join the Seattle Fire Department on Saturday, July 31 for a Home Fire Safety Workshop. The workshop will take place at 3 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Center, located at 8825 Rainier Ave South. The workshop is open to Seattle residents interested in learning more about fire safety.
Seattle Fire Department Education Coordinator Bill Mace will share information about home fire safety, including the importance of having a fire escape plan, practicing the plan and tips on how to respond to a fire emergency in your home. Attendees will also have an opportunity to meet the firefighters who work on Engine 33, which is housed at Fire Station 33 in the Rainier Beach neighborhood.
For home fire safety information from the Seattle Fire Department, visit: http://www.seattle.gov/fire/pubEd/homesafety/homeFireSafety.htm
For more information Saturday’s Fire Safety Workshop, contact Education Coordinator Bill Mace at (206) 386-1337.
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.
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.
Just after 8:30 this morning, firefighters responded to a report of an explosion in a metal recycling facility near the intersection of 8th Avenue South and South Chicago Street in the South Park neighborhood. When firefighters arrived on the scene they found a warehouse with the fiberglass windows blown off and large garage doors bowing out.
Representatives from Independent Metals Recycling told firefighters that ten employees were inside the building when the explosion occurred. Paramedics treated two employees for minor injuries and one of those patients was transported to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.
Firefighters entered the structure with hose lines and found that the automatic sprinkler system had extinguished any fire. A hazardous materials crew monitored the air quality before anyone was allowed back in the building. Despite debris from fallen ceiling tiles and fiberglass windows firefighters determined that the building was structurally sound.
The accidental explosion was caused by a metal propane tank inadvertently placed into a metal recycling shredder. Damage was estimated at $175,000. Approximately 100 Seattle Firefighters responded to the incident.
Just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night firefighters responded to a reported fire in a Buddhist temple located at 3006 S. Juneau Street. When firefighters arrived at the scene they saw flames coming from the daylight basement of the three story temple. Firefighters made an aggressive attack on the fire and were able to contain fire damage to the basement. Seven people were able to evacuate the temple safely on their own and there were no injuries. Red Cross assistance was requested for those displaced by the fire. Fire Investigators determined that the fire was accidental – caused by a furnace malfunction. Damage was estimated at $75,000.
Early Friday morning firefighters responded to multiple calls reporting a house fire at 5626 S. Hazel Street. When the first engine arrived they found fire on the exterior of the house and flames visible in the attic. Firefighters quickly put the fire out, searched the house and found that everyone got out safely. The fire was accidental – caused by an unattended propane cooker left on outside the home. Fire lapped up the side of the house into the second floor and attic and caused $250,000 in damage. Red Cross assistance was requested for four adults and six children. There were no injuries.
On Saturday, February 6, Seattle Fire Stations will host open houses to celebrate Seattle’s 16th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents can stop by their neighborhood fire station to meet firefighters, tour the station and learn about firefighting equipment.
CLICK HERE for the location of your neighborhood fire station.
Visitors should be aware that firefighters may need to respond to an emergency and close the station to visitors during that time. Firefighters will return after the alarm and re-open the station.