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 ]

Know the signs of a stroke

As May draws to a close, we want to remind you of how to identify the signs of a stroke. According to the CDC, 800,000 Americans have a stroke and nearly 150,000 will die from it each year. Anyone, including children, can have a stroke at any time. Think FAST:… [ Keep reading ]

2-alarm fire at the former Borracchini’s Bakery in the Mt. Baker neighborhood

SEATTLE — At 3:38 p.m., the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Alarm Center received multiple 911 calls reporting smoke and flames coming from the vacant Borracchini’s Bakery near the 2300 block of Rainier Ave. S. Firefighters arrived on scene within four minutes after the initial 911 calls came in, and they… [ Keep reading ]

Grilling safety tips for the start of summer

May is one of the top months for grill fires. Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. This is the time of year when more outdoor grills are dusted off and put to use. Whether using a grill on an apartment rooftop or in your backyard, consider these fire… [ Keep reading ]

Water Safety Month Tip – Wear a Life Jacket

May is National Water Safety Month and this week the Seattle Fire Department would like to encourage community members to wear a life jacket when out on the water. Most drownings are preventable. Even a strong swimmer can become overwhelmed by the cold waters in our area and lose the… [ Keep reading ]

New! Multilingual fire and life safety videos

We are happy to share a series of fire and life safety videos in several languages. They were developed over the past two years in partnership with the King County Fire and Life Safety Association. These videos include transcripts and were produced in American Sign Language and in the most… [ Keep reading ]

Firefighters rescue man from house fire in West Seattle

SEATTLE – On May 22 just around 7 p.m., firefighters responded to to the 9800 block of 45th Ave. SW in West Seattle for a fire in a residential home. Upon arrival, Engine 37 reported heavy smoke coming from a front window on the 1st floor of the home, and… [ Keep reading ]

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage month is an annual celebration that recognizes the many contributions of people of Asian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander descent in the U.S. This month provides an opportunity to learn the history of Asian American, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (ANHPI) in Seattle… [ Keep reading ]