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26 units displaced in 2-alarm fire at an apartment building in the Ravenna neighborhood 

SEATTLE — Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1:40 p.m., crews were dispatched to reports of a fire in an apartment complex in the 900 block of NE 63rd St. Crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and flames coming from a window of a third-floor unit. The incident was upgraded… [ 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 ]

April 2024 Promotional Ceremony

SEATTLE – Fire Chief Harold Scoggins held a promotional ceremony on April 16 at the Fire Station 10 to promote members to new ranks in the department and to introduce new hires to the department. Congratulations to all as they step into their new leadership roles. New hires: Professional staff… [ Keep reading ]

Fire safety tips for e-bikes and e-scooters

The popularity of electric bikes and electric scooters (e-bikes and e-scooters) have grown a lot lately. Most use lithium-ion batteries to work. But if these batteries get damaged or used the wrong way, they can catch fire or even explode. Whether you use e-bikes or e-scooters for getting around or just for fun, it’s important to remember the following safety tips when charging or storing them. 

It’s time to spring into preventive home cleaning!

As we gear up for spring and tackle those home and yard projects, it’s essential to prioritize fire safety every step of the way. Please check out our helpful safety tips and recommendations to minimize the risk of fires and associated hazards: Home safety check Clear your home clutter in… [ 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 ]

Daylight saving time reminder about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

The Seattle Fire Department would like to remind everyone to check on your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms for the start of daylight saving time this weekend (2 a.m. Sunday, March 10). We recommend carefully vacuuming around the alarms to remove dust and cobwebs and replace batteries if needed…. [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Fire gifted 78 thermal imaging cameras

Seattle Fire Foundation makes public safety investment with purchase of thermal imaging cameras. The $73,000 cash donation will help enhance Seattle firefighter safety and effectiveness. The Seattle Fire Foundation announced on Feb. 7, 2024, the purchase of 78 thermal imaging cameras for the Seattle Fire Department. The purchase was funded… [ Keep reading ]