January 2021
Here’s the latest news impacting Seattle Fire Fighters…
Seattle gets 3 new COVID-19 testing kiosks
Seattle now has three new walk-up kiosks at locations in north, central and south Seattle where people can get a COVID-19 test free of charge. Two of the new kiosks launched Tuesday with the third launching on Saturday. Operating hours may be changed depending on demand, with initial days and hours set at Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Courtesy of City of Seattle
City of Seattle Gives Proclamation Honoring Front-Line Workers
The Seattle City Council signed a proclamation in Council Chambers to honor the frontline workers who have made the people of Seattle safer through City-wide COVID-19 testing. Members from the SFD, Local 27, the Office of the Mayor, FAS Department, and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs were honored for their collective work.

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Paramedic becomes 1st Seattle FD member to receive COVID-19 vaccine
A veteran paramedic has become the first member of the Seattle Fire Department to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Paramedic Alan Goto, who has been with the department for 22 years, received the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine alongside other healthcare workers at University of Washington (UW) Medical Center on Tuesday, according to a fire department press release.

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Seattle Fire Fighters Collect Toys for Toys for Tots
We know many Seattleites make it a holiday tradition to bring toys to their local fire station to benefit the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots. While we weren’t able to receive visitors at our stations this year, Seattle firefighters and the Marine Corps were at multiple locations to collect toys in a safe, no-contact way.

Fire Watch
'Sad loss': Fire destroys historic Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle's University District
The cause of a massive fire that ripped through a historic theatre in Seattle's University District remains under investigation. The Seattle Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire at the former Seven Gables Theatre in the University District on Thursday. Around 11:45 a.m., smoke and flames were spotted from the roof of the vacant building, which is located at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 50th Street.

Officials say strip mall fire in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood was intentionally set
A 2-alarm fire that tore through a strip mall in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood overnight was intentionally set, according to Seattle police officials. Seattle police officers were first called to the shopping center in the 3000 block of Northeast 127th Street for a report of a burglary. The suspects were seen running from the area, and the fire started shortly after, just before 11 p.m. Monday, investigators said.

Photo by John Odegard
Crews battle Roosevelt structure fire
Fire fighters rushed to the 7500 block of Lake City Way NE at approximately 3am to find a flames bellowing from an upper window in a residential home. Crews were able to extinguish the fire within 45 minutes and reported no injuries at the scene.

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Man critically injured in Capitol Hill fire
A man was critically injured in a house fire Tuesday evening in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. After 7 p.m., crews responded to a report of a person possibly trapped in a house fire in the 2100 block of East Denny Way. When crews arrived, they quickly got water on the fire and firefighters found an unresponsive man in a room adjacent to the fire.

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Seattle fire, police investigating after fires set in Central District area
The Seattle Fire and Police departments are investigating after seven fires were intentionally set in the Central District area, beginning on Dec. 4. Officials said the fires were set to vehicles and debris. A vehicle was set on fire Dec. 4 and another on Dec. 6, both in the 150 block of 12th Avenue.

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Woman critically injured as stove fire damages South Seattle apartment
A woman was hospitalized Sunday evening when a fire broke out in her kitchen in South Seattle. Firefighters were called to the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South just before 8 p.m. for a report of a fire in a fourth-floor unit, according to Seattle Fire officials. They found a woman had been injured and rushed her to Harborview Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition, officials said.

First Responder News
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Trapped worker rescued at Seattle construction site
Emergency crews rescued a worker who became trapped under concrete at a construction site Monday in Seattle's Mount Baker area, officials said. Firefighters and medics were dispatched to the scene, in the 3800 block of 39th Avenue South, at about 11 a.m. after receiving reports that a worker was pinned underneath concrete steps.

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Man with multiple gunshot wounds dropped off at Seattle fire station
A man dropped off at a Seattle fire station overnight was found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, officials said. The man, believed to be in his mid-20s, was dropped off at Fire Station 28 in the 5900 block of Rainier Avenue South, said Kristin Tinsley of the Seattle Fire Department. The man was treated at the scene and then rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. No other information was immediately available about him.

Photo by John Odegard
Seattle Fire Fighters rescue trapped driver near Georgetown
At approximately 5;40am, crews responded to a vehicle collision with an occupant trapped inside their SUV at East Marginal Way S & S Hudson St. One person was extricated and transported to a hospital for further treatment.

Reported two-car collision knocks out power along E Madison
A two-car collision left a path of destruction along E Madison including at least one city utility pole leaning precariously across the roadway after it was struck by an out of control vehicle that also decimated another pole before coming to a rest near 13th Ave. The crash was reported near 15th and Madison just before 4 PM and reportedly involved at least two vehicles and at least two utility poles.

Photo courtesy of West Seattle Blog
Hazmat response in Highland Park after man found dead
Just after 10:30 am SPD & Seattle Fire responded to a possible overdose in the 7900 block of 14th Ave SW. A male in his early 40s was declared dead at the scene. An extraction lab was found at the site, but hazmat crews determined the scene is safe. Site cleanup is being arranged.

Government Watch
Photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times
Mayor Jenny Durkan signs 2021 budget, hopes Seattle has ‘turned a corner’
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan hopes she and the City Council have “turned a corner” on the crises and the political clashes that have characterized this year, Durkan said Tuesday as she signed the city’s 2021 budget into law. Adopted by the council last week, the budget had to respond to COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter uprising and the West Seattle Bridge closure — all unexpected. It also had to address a persistent homelessness crisis, with tent encampments growing during the pandemic.

Photo by Benjamin Minnick
$6M project would replace the dock at Fire Station 5
The city of Seattle wants to replace the dock and gangway that make up the waterside operations of Fire Station 5 at 925 Alaskan Way, just south of Ivar’s Fish Bar. The nearly 30-year-old dock has reached the end of its planned life, according to the city.

State News
Photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times
Malden residents await federal aid 3 months after wildfire
Nearly three months after a wildfire destroyed 80% of the homes in Malden, residents are still waiting for aid from the federal government. The Babb Fire ravaged the Whitman County towns of Malden and neighboring Pine City on Sept. 7. Gov. Jay Inslee asked President Donald Trump to declare the fire a major disaster. The Spokesman-Review reported that designation would send millions in aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide temporary housing and help residents rebuild.

Photo by Jesse Tinsley
Lack of federal aid to scorched Whitman County is inexcusable
Months after summer wildfires eviscerated swaths of the West, scorched Eastern Washington communities are still awaiting federal government relief. The Trump administration’s foot-dragging on a disaster declaration is inexcusable, especially given the times. Malden, in Whitman County, lost 80% of its 200 houses and its public buildings in the Babb wildfire Sept. 7. Neighboring Pine City suffered deeply, too.

Where to get tested for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19
Below is an evolving list of where COVID-19 testing is happening in the Seattle region.

Jeff Guernsey (Washington Township Professional Firefighters IAFF 3369): Passed away on 12/3/20 from complications from Pneumonia.
Raymond C. Johnson (Boston Fire Fighters Local 718): Passed away on 12/6/20 from Lung Cancer.
Robert O’Grady (Dayton Firefighters Local 136): Passed away on 12/10/20 from Lung Cancer.
Dustin Samples (Cleveland Professional Fire Fighters Local 3748): Passed away on 12/11/20 from an unknown cause.
Darlene G. Raffelson (Tumwater Firefighters Union IAFF Local 2409): Passed away on 12/17/20 from Colon Cancer.
Randal D. Robinson (Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Local 440): Passed away on 12/17/20 from Covid-19.
Robert Truevillian (Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2): Passed away on 12/17/20 from Covid-19.
Brandon T. Peterson (Lancaster Firefighters Association Local 3164): Passed away on 12/29/20 from Lung Cancer.
Stephen Sunday (Scranton Fire Fighters Local 60): Passed away on 12/29/20 from Covid-19.
Bryan P. Hamilton (IAFF F 121 National Capital Professional Federal Firefighters): Passed away on 1/1/21 from Covid-19.


Lieutenant Willard L. Shockey (Ret.): Passed away on 12/2/20.

(Our Local 27 Remembrance information comes from the Pension Board and we are reliant upon its accuracy with regards to names, dates, and rank.)
About Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27:
The Seattle Fire Department became a paid, professional department in 1889 with 32 fire fighters, but it wasn’t until 1917 that the original City Fire Fighters Union No. 15462 was organized. In 1918, the International Association of Fire Fighters was established and the City Fire Fighters Union was admitted as Local 27, one of 218 charter locals. Local 27 has made significant improvements in wages, hours, and working conditions. These advances were due to the hard work and dedication of union officers and the solidarity and support of the membership. For more information, visit iaff27.com.