Saturday, May 4th at 10 a.m.
Montlake Cut (finish line is 300 yards west of Montlake bridge)
Come cheer on your Seattle Fire Department Crew at Opening Day as we race against the Seattle Police Department in the 4th annual “Battle of the Brave” First Responders Crew Race. This will be the first race down the course, set to begin immediately after the National Anthem at 10:00 am sharp. SFD Crew will be looking to improve our 2-1 record, and we could use some fan support!
Viewing is available from either side of the Montlake Cut, but the finish line is the best place to be: about 300 meters west of the Montlake Bridge. There will also be much to see after our race as over 100 crews are set to compete in the 32nd Annual Windermere Cup Races. The races are followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade.
With boating season officially underway, Seattle Fire wants to ensure you have a fun and safe adventure. Please follow these safety tips:
- Ensure your boat has a working smoke alarm. Test alarms monthly.
- Have a U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board and know how to use it. Mount the extinguisher near an exit to prevent being trapped.
- Dispose of oily rags in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Fuel portable tanks on the dock, not on your vessel.
- State law requires personal flotation devices for each person aboard a vessel.
- Never swim in or near marinas, docks or boatyards.
- Have your boat inspected by a certified electrician.
- Boats with AC systems should have isolation transformers or equipment leakage circuit interrupter protection.
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning while boating:
- Gas vapors will accumulate in low spots – before fueling, close all hatches, compartments and covers.
- After fueling, open everything up and ventilate.
- Swim and play away from areas where engines vent their exhaust.
- Educate all passengers about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning (irritated eyes, headache, nausea, dizziness).
- Never block exhaust outlets. Blocking outlets can cause CO to build up in the cabin and cockpit areas – even when hatches, windows, portholes, and doors are closed.
- Dock, beach, or anchor at least 20-feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine. Exhaust from a nearby vessel can send CO into the cabin and cockpit of a boat.