Seattle Firefighters Tap Basement Fire Quickly

SEATTLE, Washington —


Firefighters were dispatched to a house fire in the 9000 block of 17th Avenue SW on Friday, September 28, 2018 around 1733 hours PDT.  Battalion 5 assumed fire control and the incident became 17th Avenue Command.

The fire appears to have been fully engulfed in the basement when crews arrived.


Fire Units included Aid 14, Air Unit 10, Battalions 5 and 7, Deputy 1, Engines 11, 26, 27, 36 and 37; Ladders 1 and 11; Medics 32 and 44 (Supervisor); Marshal 5 (FIU); Rescue 1 (Heavy Rescue unit), REHAB1 (Firefighter REHAB), Safety 2 Officer and Staff 10 (Officer).

Seattle Fire apparatus. (Not the fire scene) Stock Photo Credit: NW Fire Blog


Fire was reported to be burning in the basement on the alpha/bravo corner.  A 360* was completed of the building by Command/Staffing.  Primary and secondary searches of whole building resulted in nothing found.

Water was on the fire around 1929 hours. Less than 10 minutes later, overhaul was in progress.  A DECON line was established along with ventilation.  Rescue 1 had secured gas and established ventilation and was working securing the power.


The fire was tapped (put out) at 1941 hours.

Most of the Command staff (B5, Deputy 1 and Safety 2) went back into service quickly, while fire crews continued to overhaul and go through the DECON (decontaminate their gear and equipment) Line established at one of their engines.

Great job to Seattle Firefighters for putting out this basement fire so quickly and safely, so that everyone goes home.


No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.


The cause is currently unknown, as well as the financial damage to the contents and structure.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

National Preparedness Month | Day 1 | Creating an Evacuation Plan

In light of National Preparedness Month, we are gearing towards helping you all with ideas on how we all can be preparedness with Daily Tips.  Though we have been posting as best as we can on Twitter and on Facebook Social media pages, we had not been posting here due to time restrictions.  We are now making up for lost time.

So, here we go – starting from Day 1 and such.  This is one of many as you all we should be on Day 6.  Thanks for being so patient while we work to catch up.


Why is it important to create an evacuation plan?  Well, you all have seen the major wildfires that have been scorching the lands around us and with that, has come many evacuations.  Some residents did not have warnings long enough to retrieve their belongings, clothing or treasures, having enough time to hop in their vehicles driving away from their homes.  Some only had the clothes on their backs, fleeing for their lives as the fires were like a runaway train heading straight for them.

An evacuation plan incorporates what to do in the event of an emergency such as an earthquake, fire or flood.  Any type of emergency that can happen, you can be prepared for.

Here are some tips in creating an evacuation plan:


Always have two ways out of your home, business or place you visit/travel/play so you can make your “escape” from the danger that may be lurking out there.


We are going to use your “HOME” as an example for this topic, but keep in mind that this Plan can be applied to your business or places that you may visit frequently.


If you are like some residents, you may live in a remote or area where wildfire may be approaching your community and the Sheriff or Police Department notifies that there is an evacuation.

Level 3:  You are in grave danger and you must evacuate now. This is a mandatory evacuation.  When the Sheriff’s Office or Police Department come to notify you, it is highly recommended that you don’t try to stay back. There is good reason why they are asking you to evacuate.  If you should get into trouble or need assistance, it may be delayed or unavailable.

Level 2:  Prepare to Go.  This is the level when you may be evacuating in the near future because of danger approaching.  If you do not have a Pre-Plan on what to do at this stage, now is a good time to get things together, what you should bring, what your destination may etc.

Level 1:  This is the first level of possibly being evacuated.  It is a notification only that there is danger out in your community that may be fast approaching but you do not need to prepare yet.  However, Pre-Planning for any disaster before one strikes is the best way to being Pro-active instead of Reactive.

If you are evacuating in the wildfire setting, you are most likely going to be at a Level 3 Evacuation.


Look at your home and agree where there are two escapes, example:  a window or through a doorway.  Is it going to be safe if you exit either location?  Are there any obstacles such as rocks, a large drop to the ground below, are there any ladders or any other debris blocking your exit? Think about making a clear path that will allow you and your family to escape safely.


Once, you have established a clear safe path to escape out of your home, decided on a “meeting place” away from the danger, i.e. fire in home.  One example can be to safely evacuate to your neighbors across the street.  This will be the most safest place as the homes to either side would be considered as exposure buildings [a lot of homes are built very closely to neighbors these days] and recommend to not use these homes.  However, some instances could be an exception to the rule if homes are considerably away from each other. Either way, you and your family should meet in “one” spot after your emergency.  This is one to ensure every family member is accounted for and safe together.


When you may be forced to leave your home, many will wonder what can I take during a disaster while evacuating?

We recommend to have a “Go Kit” ready to take with you when you leave your home.  Our version of a “Go Kit”, is a portable condensed version of a Disaster Kit that can be picked up at a moment’s notice, taken with you as you evacuate your home.  We will discuss in a later post what a “Go Kit” may look like.


Most important thing to remember is to create an Evacuation plan and practice your escape routes at least twice a year – to keep it fresh in your mind and to not panic when you are faced with evacuating your home.  Additionally, this can be applied to your place where you work [check with your company as to what their plan is] and places where you most frequent.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog


Seattle Firefighters Battle House Fire in Ballard Neighborhood

Seattle, Washington | Firefighters are fighting a fire at a home in the 1500 block of NW 61st Street in the Ballard neighborhood.  The home was being rennovated at the time.

Crews have brought the fire under control.  No injuries have been reported.

The cause is currently under investigation.

ABOUT The Ballard Community

Homes in the Ballard neighborhood is a suburb in Seattle, Washington.  It is located in the Northwestern part of the City.  It’s Northern Boundaries are Crown Hill, Phinney Ridge and Freemont.  Southernly boundary is the Lake Washington Ship Canal.  To the West is Puget Sound’s Shilshole Bay.

It’s Community is rich in Scandavian cultures and full of seafaring activities.  It is traditionally known as Seattle’s ethinically seafaring communities, bringing those to fish for salmon.  The community is home to many fishing vessels based at Fisherman’s Terminal including “Deadliest Catch’s The Northwestern”.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

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Fire Causes Extensive Damage to Belleve Home

Bellevue, Washington | Firefighters were dispatched to 1655 on Monday to a fully engulfed garage fire in the 16100 block of SE 45th Street [Lakemont].

Responding Firefighters reportedly seeing a thermal column rising into the sky from a distance out and heavy fire conditions upon arriving on scene with  Engine 2 as first due in.

Battalion Chief’s Car [Photo Credit: LR Swenson]

Firefighters attacked the garage fire from the exterior sides of the home, while additional fire resources were en route from other parts of the Eastside.  Bellevue’s Engines 1, 2, 4, 6, 8; Ladders 1 & 3; Medic 2; Aid 2; Air Unit 1; MSO 5; and Battalion 1 were assisted through Mutual Aid  resources from Mercer Island’s Engine 91 and Battalion 91 along with Eastside Fire and Rescue’s Engine 71.

Bellevue Fire working at another fire [Photo Credit: LR Swenson]

Bellevue Fire working at another fire [Photo Credit: LR Swenson]

Firefighters aggressively used fire suppression tactics to stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the house or to nearby exposure structures saving the home’s valuables and the residents of the home.  The family dog, “Kate” had escaped on her home but was found to be missing after the fire had been extinguished.  Though an intense fire, the best news of all was reuniting “Kate” with her beloved family.  This is truly a remarkable story.

No injuries were reported.

Cause is unknown at this time.

Damage to the garage is estimated to be $200,000 in damages.

[c] 2014 The NW Fire Blog


WA CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: September 22, 2014 [Monday]




  • Spokane Co Fire District #10.                                                                                            Closes 10/29/14.





  • Northshore Fire Department.  Kenmore.



  • Northshore Fire Department.  Kenmore.


  • West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.  Olympia.



  • Spokane Co Fire District #10.  Airway Height.s.


  • Boeing FD.  Seattle.


  • Washington State Patrol – Fire Protection Bureau.  Thurston Co [Olympia].


  • Washington State Patrol – Fire Protection Bureau.  Multiple State Locations.







  • U of WA PD.  Seattle.



  • Lewis County Sheriffs Office.  Chehalis.
  • Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  Everett.


  • Clallam County.  Pt. Angeles.


  • Clallam County Sheriff’s Office.  Pt. Angeles.


  • Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  Everett.


  • King Co. Sheriff’s Office.   Seattle.


  • Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.  Chehalis.
  • Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  Everett.


  • King Co Sheriff’s Office.  Maple Valley.


  • King Co Sheriff’s Office.  Seattle.



  • King County Adult & Juvenile Detention Center.  Seattle.

[c] 2014 The NW Fire Blog – Posted 9/22/14 – Monday

HOT JOB! ***FIREFIGHTER / EMT*** City of McMinnville, Oregon

175 NE First Street
MCMinnville, OR 97128

Updated: February 12, 2014

Classification:  Firefighter/EMT

The McMinnville Fire Department is currently hiring for Firefighter/EMT.  All testing through National Testing Network (NTN) must be completed by March 14, 2014 by close of business day.  This position requires FireTEAM and CPAT testing.

The McMinnville Fire Department requires the candidate PHQ.  This questionnaire can be accessed through the candidate’s NTN account.  The PHQ must be completed by the closing date or you may not be considered further in the process.

Salary Information:  $3,926 – $5,010 plus certification pay if employee is English Spanish bilingual

Benefit Information:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance in which the City and the employee share in premium costs; City-paid VEBA benefits; City-paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance; full, City-paid participation in Oregon Public Service Retirement Program after meeting eligibility requirements.

Contact Information:

Rose Lorenzen
Administrative Assistant/HR Analyst
Department Information:  The Department is a state-of-the-art combination department consisting of Firefighter / EMS positions, a strong roster of volunteer firefighter / emergency medical technicians; and a Fire and Life Safety Division.  McMinnville Fire Department staffs three full-service ambulances and one rescue vehicle with fully qualified Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.  A busy EMS system provides many opportunities for skills development.  Fire services encompass an area of 97 square miles from two stations, and include the McMinnville Rural Fire Protection District.  MRFPD contracts with the city and consists of 90 square miles.  The Ambulance Service Area encompasses 450 square miles and includes McMinnville, five smaller cities, and rural areas.

City Information:  The City of McMinnville has a great deal to offer its employees, including a supportive Mayor, Council, City Manager, and community.  McMinnville is located in the western portion of Oregon’s agriculturally rich Willamette Valley on U.S. Highway 99 W.  David and Jean Vokac, in their book, “The Great Towns of Oregon,” rated McMinnville as the No, 2 city in the state for its high livability.  They cited McMinnville’s scenic beauty, historic, tree-lined downtown district, the Evergreen Aviation Museum, excellent parks, and the City’s cultural viability as major factors in their decision.  They described McMinnville as “genteel sophistication with deep Eastern roots.”  McMinnville’s population is nearly 33,000 with an annual growth rate over the past ten years of approximately 3 percent.

McMinnville has a Council-Manager form of city government.  It is a full service city, providing a broad range of public services, and has a statewide reputation for stability and effective governance.  It is the mission of the City to maintain a safe, livable environment within the community through open government and efficient delivery of public services.

A recent citizen survey rated the City’s livability at 8.1, with 74 percent of responders rating livability at 8 or higher.  The small-town atmosphere, the historic downtown area, and community spirit were most highly valued by those responding to the survey.

Population:  32,435

Job Requirements

Age: 18

US Citizen: Yes or Lawfully able to work in the US

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid OREGON State Driver’s License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision: Per NFPA 1582 Requirements

Academy Certifications: 

-EMT Basic – Oregon Certified

-Firefighter I NFPA(minimum)

-NFPA Driver

-Hazardous Materials Operations Certification

McMinnville is seeking only candidates with EMT Basic and not Paramedic certifications at this time.

To apply and sign up for pre-employment testing, go to and click on FIREFIGHTER JOBS.  Select the department and read over all the information and if qualified, select a testing location and a time and date on the website calendar.  A CPAT can also be scheduled by clicking on the CPAT icon on the main page of the website and then following the instructions.  For questions concerning the testing process, please contact NTN Customer Support at 866-563-3882.  For updates and new job announcements, “Like” National Testing Network on Facebook.

Courtesy:  The National Testing Network

2014 The NW Fire Blog

2014: FDIC Conference Fast Approaching

FDIC 2014 – April 7 – 12, 2014

It’s that time of year ago, where the world’s largest fire-training based conference and exhibition is that is dedicated to delivering the best training offered to both men and women in the fire service, will be held again.  The location will take place in Indianapolis, IN at the Indiana Conference Center [Lucas Oil Stadium] on April 7-12, 2014.

Registration Open, Incentives to Register Early Apply.

Purchase tickets at  Check out the special pricing for individual and groups.  There are incentives for registering early.

Great Training Opportunities

Great classes and courses have already been scheduled.  Here’s a sneak peek as to what the conference has to offer everyone in the Fire Service.

4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshops 

Building the Foundation of a Winning Team  by Assistant Chief of Operations Douglas Cline, Horry County [SC] Fire Rescue.

– Designing a Safe and Effective Emergency Response Plan by Assistant Professor Ken Folisi, Lewis University.

– Extrication Zone:  Hybrid/New Vehicle Technology by President Matt Stroud, MGS Tech.

– Think Like an Incident Commander by DC Thomas Dunne, FDNY.

– Leadership So Everyone Goes Home by Coordinator Richard Mason, National Fallen Firefighters Fdn.

Classroom Sessions

The Seven C’s of Fire Officer Trust by BC John Alston, Jersey City [NJ] FD.

Branding Your Department Through the Recruitment Process by BC Bob Atlas, Contra Costa [CA]  County Fire.

Fighting Fires in Structures: 2014 by Lt. Steve Bernocco, Seattle FD.*

Special Operations in Small Departments by Firefighter Al Bloomer, Kearny [NJ] FD.

– Basement Fires:  Fire Dynamics and Collapse Hazards by Coordinator of Research and Development James Dalton, Chicago FD.

H.O.T. [Hands-on Training] Courses – 4 & 8 Hour Sessions

– Aerial and Tower Operations by Lead Instructor Lt. [Retired] Michael Wilbur, FDNY.

– Conventional Forcible Entry by Lead Instructor Firefighter Chris Minichiello, FDNY/East Coast Rescue Solutions.

Flashover by Lead Instructor BC Joseph Berchtold, Teaneck [NJ] FD.

– Conducting NFPA 1403 Live Training Burn by Lead Instructor Capt. [Ret.] Gregory A. Fisher, Champagne [IL] FD.

– Nozzle Forward by Firefighter Aaron Fields, Seattle FD.*

Over 100 Exhibitors On Scene

Some of the recognizable exhibitors will be in attendance and showing you many of what’s out on the market or the services they provide,  such as 3M, American LaFrance LLC, Ben Meadows Company, Cintas, Detroit Fire T-Shirts, Dive Rescue International, Emergency Reporting, FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant, Fire Engineering, FLIR Systems Inc, Friends of Firefighters, GoLight Inc and many more.

* Recognized NW Firefighter Instructors.

Conference Sponsors

Spartan Chassis, Pierce, Globe, MSA – The Safety Company, Fire Dex and Whelen are just to name a few.

Overall, looks like a great conference.

Check them out also on their Facebook page at

(c) 2013 The NW Fire Blog

Manhattan [NY] Fire Upgraded to 5-Alarm

Manhattan, NY – Firefighters were dispatched to a commercial structure fire on W. 145th Street around 1948 hours EST.

At 1951 hours EST, B16 reports 10-75, 1 story 100×50 request extra 1&1.

Units arriving on scene,  primaries underway 1 LSO request at 1953 Hours EST.

A second alarm is called at 1955 hours EST.

At 2006 Hours EST, D6 states they have a fire in a hairdress in a row of taxpayers with extension to the cockloft.  2 LSO trucks are opening up primaries.

Firefighters are pulled out of the building at 2014 Hours EST which they performed a role-call as a precaution.  Exposures around the Fire building is a street, a 6-story Doctor building, a yard and a 2-story building.

A TL was requested at 2015 hours EST.

[2] Lines from the street are now into the cockloft at 2032 hours EST.

Accountabililty Roll-call is completed.  No missing members. 2038 hours EST.

Additonal units requested. 2043 hours EST.

Sitrep:  Fully involved fire with 2 LSO and 2TLs operating. 2045 hours EST.

Fire is upgraded to a 3-alarm.  5 residents are in fire building.  Building fully involved.  A precautionary line is stretched on exposure 2 side.  2100 hours EST.

Command is on W. 144th St. and Powell Blvd.

Sitrep:  3 TLs operating and 6 handlines from the street with handlines in building exposures of 2,3,4.  Fire is contained to fire building. 2121 hours EST.

Sitrep:   3TLs operating and 7 handlines from the steet and the fire is contained to the fire building. 2146 hours EST.

Sitrep:  Same as before.  Fire is darkening down. 2215 hours EST.

Fire upgraded to 4-alarm.  States doesn’t need Planning Chief at the moment. 2233 hours EST.

Sitrep:  3 TLs still operating and 7 handlines operating from exterior.  Partial roof collapsed with debris burning under the collapse. The main body of fire has been KD and continuously fighting fire from exterior and request 2 extra engines. 2330 hours EST.

At 0004 hours EST, [1] truck called to relieve L40 as the FAST Truck.

Electric company requested. 0022 hours EST.

Sitrep:   3TLs operating and 6 Handlines extinguishing pockets of fire under the collapsed portion it is contained to fire building. 0110hours EST.

Relief units called in at 0119 hours EST.

Fire upgraded to 5-alarm for relief purposes with 4 engines requested.  0135 hours EST.

Sitrep: States this will be a prolonged operation.  0137 hours EST.

Firefighters are still working on hitting pockets of fire in the building.

Units that responded to fire:

Initial Call:  E69, E80, E84, L28, L23, B16, E59, L40FAST, B14, Sq41, R3, D6,RAC1, E37, L34.

2nd Alarm:  E35, E71, E60, L30, B12RUL,  B17SO, B13FF, E72 with SAT2,TSU1,SB,FC,RB, CTU, TL14, Car4D, L49,TL45

3rd Alarm: E83, E67, E47, E93, L117aL45, B11Staging, E46Comm Unit, MSU, B58ARC, L27aL40, Car1G, Car12B, Car23, E22aE69, E307aE84

4th Alarm: E58, E23aE91, TL22aL45, Car12A, Car4,  E91a93, E74, L26, TL17, B8, B9.

5th Alarm: E92, E50, E76, E292a84, L55

E76 is acting E59
E40 is acting E37
E307 is acting E84
E22 is acting E69
E23 is acting E91
E292 is acting E84(E307 went to the fire)
E319 is acting E69(E22 went to the fire)
E24 is acting E40
E91 is acting E93
E21 is acting E91(E23 went to the fire)
L25 is acting L28
L136 is acting L40
TL21 is acting TL23
TL117 is acting L45
L16 is acting TL14
L12 is acing L22
TL22 is acting L45(TL117 went to the fire)
B20 is acting B16
B49 is acting B13

2013 The NW Fire Blog