National Pet Fire Safety Day – July 15, 2022

July 15, 2022 is National Pet Fire Safety Day! One of the hallmarks of responsible pet ownership is keeping them safe and planning for unexpected emergencies, including fires in your home. Make sure you have a plan for your pets in case of a fire and always have working smoking… [ Keep reading ]

Preventing urban brush fires

In June, the Seattle Fire Department responded to 27 bark and brush-related fires. There were 74 bark and brush-related fire responses in June 2021. The cooler and wetter than usual summer weather has helped keep brush and bark fire responses lower. But as the temperatures begin to rise, we’ll most… [ Keep reading ]

Close doors to stay safe during a fire

Did you know that keeping a door closed in a fire can slow the spread of fire, reduce toxic smoke levels and keep temperatures significantly lower? Keeping doors closed can give a person more time to escape the fire and smoke. For those reasons, the Seattle Fire Department recommends installing… [ Keep reading ]

Vacant building fire escalates to a 2-alarm response in the Belltown neighborhood

SEATTLE — At 4:05 a.m., the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Alarm Center received 911 calls reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the top two floors of a three-story vacant apartment building on the 2200 block of 2nd Ave. As crews arrived on scene, they confirmed the initial reports and… [ Keep reading ]

Car collision into a building causes 2-alarm fire in the Georgetown neighborhood

SEATTLE — At 6:38 a.m., the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Alarm Center received 911 calls reporting a car colliding into a commercial building on the 700 block of S. Michigan St. Callers also informed dispatchers that the collision caused the vehicle’s engine bay to catch fire, then quickly extended into… [ Keep reading ]

Preventing rooftop fires

This is the time of year when rooftop use and rooftop fires are highest. Please be mindful this summer when using rooftop grills, heaters and other amenities. Improperly discarded smoking materials and grilling are two of the main causes for fires on rooftops. Both are preventable. Smoking on rooftops Even… [ Keep reading ]

June 2022 Promotion Ceremony

SEATTLE – Fire Chief Harold Scoggins held a promotional ceremony on June 22 at headquarters to promote seven members to new ranks in the department and welcome new employees. Congratulations to all as they step into their new leadership role. Professional staff new hires: Robert Little, Grants and Contracts Manager (not… [ Keep reading ]

Water safety tip – how to assist someone in water needing help

Being situated in a place surrounded by water means that sometimes the Seattle Fire Department has to respond to emergencies in lakes, rivers and the sea. Water rescues can be tricky, especially when a person in need goes under water before help arrives. Beachgoers and boaters can assist firefighters greatly… [ Keep reading ]

3-alarm fire in First Hill neighborhood seriously injures three and displaces all building residents

SEATTLE — June 12, at 8:23 p.m., the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Alarm Center received 911 calls reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from windows on the top floor of a four-story apartment building on the 800 block of Madison St. As firefighters arrived on scene, dispatchers informed them of… [ Keep reading ]

Prepare now for wildfire smoke

This part of the state has been spared from the wildfire smoke and unhealthy air quality that accompanies it so far this year. However, dry conditions in eastern Washington will most likely create conditions for more wildfires this summer. Even though the air quality is currently healthy here, it’s a… [ Keep reading ]