Firefighters Respond to Fire at Seattle Waterfront Hotel

Seattle, Washington | Firefighters were dispatched today for a “Fire in Building” call at 2411 Alaskan Way.  Units dispatched:  Engines 2, 22, 25, 5, 8; Aid 2; Air9; Battalions 4, 5; Deputy1; Ladders 10, 4; Medics 10, 16; REHAB1; Safety2; Staff10 . [1200 PDT] and later Fireboat4 aka The Leschi staffed by Engine4 crew. [1211 PDT]

Fire was named, “Alaskan Command”. [1200 PDT]

Fire was deemed as a wall fire and appeared to be smoldering for awhile  to be coming inside the building, not from underneath the pier. [1212 PDT]

The fire was brought under control. Fireboat4/The Leschi was Code Green due to no access from the water side.  The RIT was also cancelled as well. [1214 PDT]

Traffic broadcasted between crews and Command staff eluded to this being a wall fire inside a 4-story wood frame hotel on the pier, approx 300×75. They were using tactics to battle the smoldering fire above the fireplace flue. [1221 PDT]

The wall was opened up by Firefighters checking for extension, which none was found.  Firefighters then used positive pressure ventilation on Floor 2. Smoke conditions at that time were light and hazy. In addition, several companies were above the chimney flue, on the interior and overhauling on the exterior. [1222 PDT]

A water supply was established, temporarily closing Alaskan Way to allow firefighters to lay their hose lines across the roadway. [1222 PDT]

The fireplace flue was being looked at above the exterior side. The interior looked good at this time. No additional resources were needed.

Firefighters brought the fire under control within 20 minutes into the incident. They were still busy with working to dig out hot spots. [1227 PDT]

Battalion 2 reported no heat and no char above the fireplace, above Floor 2. [1230 PDT]

About 30 minutes into the incident, Firefighters successfully reached a tap fire status or fire is out.  [1230 PDT]

After Fire Command called a tap fire, some fire units began going back into service. Some will remain on scene waiting for Marshal 5 [Fire Investigator] to arrive on scene. [1305 PDT]

Seattle Fire’s PIO was paged to contact B4. Sounds like this event is turning into some bigger than it appears. Glad to be able to hear how the call went. It almost seemed like we were there [again] in person. We so miss those days of fire buffing and taking care of firefighters on the fire ground. [1305 PDT]

All units were placed back in service. [1315 PDT]

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Seattle Fire Responds to West Seattle Garage Fire

Around 1724 Hours PDT this evening, Firefighters were dispatched to the 3000 block of 28th Ave W in Seattle, Washington to a detached garage fire with one vehicle inside.

Units dispatched [according to their online CAD system]:

  • E11
  • E20
  • L8
  • B4
  • Safety2
  • E18
  • E8
  • Aid2
  • Air9
  • B6
  • Deputy1
  • E2
  • L6
  • M18
  • Staff10
  • REHAB1
  • Marshal5

Firefighters quickly had water on the fire and got it knocked down super fast.  Around 1734 the fire was knocked down and all units except E41, E20, L6, B4, Safety 2 and Air 9 were Code Greened.

The fire was said to be about 20×20 detached garage with one car inside.  A preliminary report states the car fire extended to the structure.

Seattle Fire’s Marshal 5 [Fire Investigator] was requested.  Firefighters still remain on-scene until the cause has been determined or until released by Command back into Service.

No injuries to Firefighters or civilians were reported.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

NW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES | Fire | Friday, August 7, 2015


City of Everett [WA] – Closes 10/31/15 @ 1700 PDT.  $4429 – $6320/month plus benefits.

City of Seattle [WA] – Closes 9/21/15 @ 2359 PDT.  $5,515.00 Monthly.

Idaho National Guard – Boise, ID – No Closing Date.


West Valley Fire DistrictWillamina, OR – Closes 8/31/15. Part-Time.  $10/hour.


City of Gresham – Gresham OR – Closing Date not listed. $8,214.00 – $10,676.00 Monthly.

Posted 8/7/15 2010 PDT

STRUCTURE FIRE: Seattle Firefighters Respond to S Holden St House Fires

Seattle, Washington

Firefighters were dispatched to the 3500 block & S Holden Street.  Here is the call log of the incident as we heard it going down.

2102:  Engines 13, 26, 30, 27, 33, 10, 26, 36, 6.  Ladders: 1, 3, 7, 12. Battalions 4, 5.  Aid Unit 14.  Medic Units 28, 44.  Air 9. Deputy1. REHAB1. Safety2. Air260. CommVan. PIO.  Marshal5. 234.  [Per Seattle Fire CAD]

21xx: Time not recorded. First due unit reports: “2 fully single family residences approximately 20×30. Asked immediately for 2nd alarm. Established “Holden Street Command”.

21xx:  E13 laying a pre-connect, on the water hydrant and is now taking a line through the front door. E33 is water supply. E27 is on Charlie side, laying down line to at rear of house. L12 is Search and Rescue west side. E30 is backup for E13.  E26 checking East basement. L12 conducting primary search.

2130: Assignments: “East Branch” B4, E33, E26, L7, L12.

Seattle Fire Buff Unit driven by Lee Kane, Support 4. [Photo by LR Swenson]

Seattle Fire Rehab Unit [Stock Photo by LR Swenson]

2131: Division Charlie/E27: Reporting  fire mostly knocked down. Going to get air bottles exchanged.

2132:  Wset branch requesting one company.  E6 is reassigned to branch.

2133:  E10 reassigned to Charlie Division. REHAB & Staging is located at Air9 unit, west of Command Post.

2136:  Fire knocked down in both buildings. Red Cross needed for 2 displaced adult males.

2137:  L7 exiting building.

2138:  East branch reports Fire under control; doing overhaul.

2139:  IC told: City Light can’t guarantee that the house isn’t energized.  Will take 10 minutes


Seattle Air Unit [Credit: LR Swenson]

2140:  West branch/E36 &  East branch/E6. Told to exit the building with all of the firefighters.  Power not secure.

2141: Fire under control.  Completing a demob plan. Due to the heat, keeping firefighters a little longer in REHAB.

2142:  “Holden St Command” called Dispatch to confirm 2 Alarm companies.

2145:  All firefighters are out of the West building. E36 PAR. L1, L3 back in service.  40 minutes on incident clock.  PIO on scene.

2146:  Command requests to terminate incident clock.  Says that no burning embers.  Dispatch will discontinue time checks.  Said tap fire will take a little while.

2148:  Power has been secured.

Firefighters help each other with their air bottles at the S. Monroe fire on June 18, 2012. (Photo by Lisa Swenson)

Firefighters help each other with their air bottles (Stock Photo by LR Swenson)

2149:  E10 to report to Command Post.  E27 to replace them.  E6 to complete overhaul in the East branch.  West building power is not secure. City Light is in process of pulling meter.

2200:  Bottles being from Air 260.

2205:  E10 in service, returning.

2207:  Attic on West side is cold.

2208:  Aid14 is back in service.

KUDOS to Seattle Firefighters for getting the fire out Super fast.  The citizens are lucky to have such great Firefighters in their City!  Here’s to a vwarywary qwuiet night. [Shhhh…]

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

Washington State Patrol Sgt Hit by Drunk Driver on I-90

Seattle, Washington |  A person who decided to drive drunk has struck again in Washington as they do every so often. This time the DUI driver slammed into the side of a stationary State Trooper Sgt. sitting on the right side of the I-90 freeway.

The MVI [motor vehicle incident] occurrred Friday evening, May 29, 2015, around 2115 hours PDT, located westbound I-90 at the East highrise.

Seattle Fire units that were dispatched :

  • Aid 10
  • Engine 30
  • Engine 6
  • Aid 5

Though we don’t know the Trooper’s name or condition, most likely he or she was transported to HMC [Harborview Medical Center], our regional Trauma hospital here in Seattle.

For those of you or have friends/family traveling through the area, please always remember #MoveOver for emergency vehicles with #LightsAndSirens and to please remember to NOT #DontDrinkandDrive.  We CARE greatly about you, your safety and most importantly, for the #Lives you may seriously injure or kill.

Washington State Patrol, we are thinking of you all tonight and hoping his or her injuries are non life-threatening.

For traffic updates, please visit the Washington State DOT website at

To follow along with updates about this incident, follow @wsp2pio WSP Trooper Chris Webb.


According to MADD’s website [] in 2013, 10,076 people were killed from drunk driving incidents and approximately 290,000 were injured.  This is so sad, because this is so completely preventable and that’s why we refuse to call it an “Accident”.   This is when a person makes a seriously bad choice and CHOOSES to drink with their own “Free will”.  It is not by accident that a person gets in the car and drives.

This not only does this affect many victims in these crashes but their support systems, such as their families, classmates, co-workers, friends, Public Safety 1st Responders and those who are indirectly involved which will help pay for the $132Billion annual price tag from drunk driving.

Please reach out to those who need yours or a Professional to help them stop drinking.  There are many resources that can be found on the internet and within your own communities.

Thank you for following our story this evening and please pray for the WSP Trooper/Sgt.  Though we are not technically not firefighters or police officers, we feel that ANY & ALL Public Safety/First Responders are OUR Family Members and we grately Love every single one of you out there and the people who support you.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES | Washington State | April 11, 2015 Saturday




4/11/15 2325 PDT

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WE WILL NEVER FORGET: Remembering 4 Seattle Firefighters Whose Legacies Changed Firefighting Forever

Seattle, Washington | On January 5, 1995, an arson fire claimed the lives of four Seattle Firefighters, Lt. Walter Kilgore, Lt. Greg Shoemaker, Firefighters James Brown and Randy Terlicker in what would be one of the worst fires in history.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET, is a tribute to all those in Public Safety who have died in the Line of Duty remembering their Legacy, Commitment, Dedication and Service.  Though GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN is a way we remember who they were here on Earth.  Their memory still lives on in our hearts and souls.

This year marks the 20th Year Anniversary of their Lives Lost and remembrance of these four Heroes will be celebrated on Monday, January 5th in Occidental Park at 0900 Hours.  This is also the same place where four statues were created in their Memory and dedicated all the men and women whom have died in the Line of Duty.

The Seattle’s Bravest Charity and The Walter Kilgore Honor Guard was created from these tragedies and are dedicated to their Memory.

All are Invited to Support your Fire Service Community, their Families and remembering their Lives.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

[ As a tribue to these 4 Seattle Heroic Firefighters, Author LR Swenson wrote a short story, Seattle Mourn published in the anthology Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides released by Oak Tree Press in July 2013 and can be ordered through ]


COPS BEING TARGETED: Seattle Police Officers Fired Upon in Drive-By Shooting

Seattle, WA | Police Officers responded to a DV call to the 4200 block of S Eddy around 2200 hours on New Year’s Eve.

While investigating the incident, Officers heard more shots outside of the residence. Multiple calls were coming through Dispatch to respond to the 4300 block and S Eddy.   Reportedly 15 shots had been shot in the area and additional Officers were dispatched to assist.

Exiting the residence, the Officers at the DV call walked out to the street where heard shooting found two vehicles barrelling down the street  towards them.  The second vehicle following the first was shooting at them.

Three Officers drew their weapons shooting directly at the suspect vehicle but the suspects fled the area.

Detectives from the Gang Unit, Force Investigation Team and CSI are working to try to locate them.

If you know whom was involved in this incident, do not approach them.  Call 9-1-1 or you can visit any Police Department and report what you know.

No Officers or citizens were reportedly injured.

The Officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation has been completed, which is a normal procedure.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog


Food Safety Alert: Tofu Pad Thai Bowl and Thai Noodle Salad by Real Foods Recalled due to Misbranding

Real Foods of Kent, Washington is recalling 299 units of Tofu Pad Thai Bowl and 178 units of Thai Noodle Salad due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product contains shellfish (shrimp) an allergen which is not declared on the product label.

The Tofu Pad Thai Bowls and Thai Noodle Salads subject to recall are as follows:

Fred Meyer 13.5 oz rigid plastic container of Tofu Pad Thai Bowl
UPC 0 30223 00914 6
Best Buy 12/23/14, 12/24/14Quality Food Centers 13.5 oz rigid plastic container of Tofu Pad Thai Bowl
UPC 0 30223 00914 6 12/23/14
Best by 12/24/14, 12/25/14

Haggen/Top Foods 8.5 oz rigid plastic container of Thai Noodle Salad with Thai Peanut Salad
UPC 0 45009 10116 7
Best by 12/18/14, 12/19/14, 12/20/14, 12/21/14, 12/22/14, 12/23/14

There were 2 units produced on 12/18/14 with a best by of 12/23/14 and 2 units produced on 12/19/14 with a best by of 12/24/14. The 4 units were shipped to one Fred Meyer store in Kent, Washington.

295 units produced on 12/18/14, 12/19/14, and 12/20/14 were shipped to a limited number of Quality Food Centers in Washington and Oregon only. This product was distributed and sold to Quality Food Centers in the following cities: Belfair, WA; Tacoma, WA; Port Townsend, WA; Lacey, WA; Portland, OR; Vancouver, WA; Kent, WA; Seattle, WA; Mercer Island, WA; Bellevue, WA; Kirkland, WA; Bothell, WA; Redmond, WA; Issaquah, WA; North Bend, WA; Mukilteo, WA; Bothell, WA; Lynnwood, WA; Sequim, WA; Edmonds, WA; Everett, WA; Mill Creek, WA; Mt. Lake Terrace, WA; Enumclaw, WA; Renton, WA; Stanwood, WA; Maple Valley, WA; Gig Harbor, WA; and Pt. Hadlock, WA.

178 units produced on 12/14/14 through 12/19/14 were shipped to a limited number of Haggen/Top Foods stores in Washington and Oregon only. This product was distributed and sold to Haggen/Top Foods stores in the following cities: Olympia, WA; Bellingham, WA; Burlington, WA; Stanwood, WA; Snohomish, WA; Ferndale, WA; Mt. Vernon, WA; Lake Stevens, WA; Marysville, WA; Auburn, WA; Puyallup, WA; Woodinville, WA; Aberdeen, WA; and Tualatin, OR.

No adverse reactions or illnesses attributed to the Tofu Pad Thai Bowls and Thai Noodle Salads have been reported.

Customers who purchased these products and are sensitive to shellfish (shrimp) or have shellfish (shrimp) allergies should not consume the above-mentioned products. The affected products may be returned to the store where purchased for a full refund.

Repost from US Food Safety

2014 The NW Fire Blog

CALLING ALL OF OUR HEROIC ELVES: Help Fill the Seattle AMR Sleigh Benefiting the Homeless

Seattle, Washington

When we think of the word, “Compassion” we think of the literal meaning as defined in the Dictionary:

“A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by astrong desire to alleviate the suffering.”  

Many faces have graced our presence along the way showing the amazing compassion they have for others without asking for anything else in return or recognition in any way shape or form.  It is just who they are and will ever be.  There are many “Heroes” who fall into this category.

However, there is one particular “Hero” that seems to stand out from the rest making impacts on the lives of the homeless in Seattle, when others have simply forgotten or avoid them altogether.

She has never forgotten them nor the vision of people living a hard life on the streets. You see, our “Hero” is 9-1/2 year veteran EMT Kanani Yee with the national based EMS Agency, American Medical Response or aka AMR with local Headquarters here in Tukwila, Washington.

Since 2010, “Answering the Call” was born though she plays down that title we have given her, we all know the amazing good deeds she has put into motion has touched many lives a long the way.  She has received amazing support from colleagues and the communities both inside and outside of Washington State.  Collecting the “bare” necessities to give to those less fortunate has been her soul [pun intended] mission in creating a better life for them.

Entering into her third year, handing out donations to those “less fortunate” she will again in 2014, do the same but she can’t do it alone and this is where we are calling upon YOU to help her out.  Her partner, Josh Young will be alongside with her giving out these “gifts” to others while they are on duty.

Here’s her personal story she shared with us on her Facebook page recently,

“A face, a smile, and a moment that I will never forget. I never knew his name. I saw him in an alley in Seattle, pushing everything he owned in a cart.

He didn’t seek anyone out and did not ask for a thing. In fact, I sought him out. I was on a mission to find homeless people who could benefit from the donations that myself and a co-worker collected.

He put a face to the term “homeless person”. He broke the stereotype of a homeless person being someone who asked for money only to buy drugs and/or alcohol–again, he did not ask for a thing.

Though I was there to give him gifts (a hat, a scarf, gloves, socks, toiletries, a blanket, and food), I did not expect to receive a gift myself: the humbling tearful moment that we shared. The moment in which I realized, more than ever before, that we are one in the same.

I do not know what happened on this man’s journey to lead him to this point in his life, but what I do know is that we are both human.

No matter the details of our struggles in life, we both need a little help sometimes–we all do.

I am thankful for those who have helped me through my own struggles and I want to do something that will help someone else in their own.” – Kanani Yee, EMT for AMR

We are calling upon all of our Public Safety “Elves” to help fill the AMR Sleigh with items that will benefit Seattle’s homeless population.

Donated items can either be dropped off or mailed to AMR’s Headquarters located at: 13075 Gateway Drive, Suite #100, Tukwila, WA 98168 Attention: Tom Maxian or Kanani Yee c/o AMR.  Business hours are 0800-1700 Monday – Friday. All need to be received by Friday, December 12, 2014. 

She will then be hitting the streets with her partner, Josh Young and AMR’s new GM Tom Maxian on Monday, December 15, 2014.

Here are some suggested items:

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Socks
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, etc)
  • Gift cards
  • Gently used coats/hoodies
  • Gently used shoes
  • Gently used blankets
  • Healthy snacks

Give today and help save a Life!

More information on her progress will be updated. YOU can make a Difference and show the true meaning of “Compassion” upon a person’s life.  Please give today!

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