July 2019
Here’s the latest news impacting Seattle Fire Fighters…
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Seattle July 4 Fireworks Shows: 2019 Guide
It's almost time for America's 243rd birthday, and cities across Puget Sound are as usual planning to celebrate with fireworks displays. This year, Patch has gathered all the 2019 July 4th fireworks festivities in one handy guide. Whether you're heading to the big show at the Seattle Center or are staying home on the Sammamish plateau, there's a show nearby for you. Click HERE for shows happening for Independence Day 2019.

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Seattle Fire’s notorious 'cancer house' evacuated following tests for toxins
North Seattle fire station long suspected of causing illness in firefighters who work there was evacuated Monday evening, hours after potentially harmful mycotoxins, produced by mold, were found in parts of the building. Based on the initial results of testing carried out by the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins made the decision to move the firefighters out of Station 31 in Northgate — with the approval of Mayor Jenny Durkan.

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Fire breaks out at Fremont home; 2 dogs found dead
Two dogs were killed in a house fire that broke out Saturday afternoon in Fremont, officials say. The house is located in the 4100 block of Baker Avenue Northwest. The fire broke out at about 1 p.m. and was extinguished shortly after 2:30 p.m. Seattle Fire Department officials said that no people were home at the time of the fire but two dogs were found deceased inside.

Fire Watch
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Firefighters extinguish house fire in Ballard neighborhood (Sunset Hill)
On June 13 around 3:30 p.m., the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting a basement fire from a single-story house on the 6700 block of 33rd Ave NW. The first arriving engine company reported flames coming from the basement that extended onto an attached deck as well as a detached garage. The fire continued onto the rear ride of the house and up through the attic. Crews responded quickly in a coordinated fire attack while simultaneously searching the house for any occupants. All occupants safely evacuated the house with no injuries. The fire was under control within 30 minutes and extinguished within an hour. One firefighter sustained minor injuries during firefighting efforts.

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House fire on SW Hinds
Seattle Fire responded to a house fire in the 3900 block of SW Hinds. Crews gained control of the blaze and the damage was mostly contained to the back side of the house.

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Vehicle explosion and fire at 34th and Market
A converted camper caught fire near the Ballard Locks after an explosion on May 24 th just after 11am. Seattle Fire says the fire started in an, “old, decommissioned ambulance-type vehicle,” and that just one fire truck was enough to contain and extinguish the blaze.

Severe wildfire season is arriving early, warns Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz
Washington’s wildfire seasons are arriving earlier, and that’s probably not good news for anyone hoping to avoid a repeat of the sun-choking smoke that has afflicted Seattle and much of the rest of the state for the last couple of summers. So what’s being done to prepare for and contain the blazes? On Episode 107 of The Overcast, The Seattle Times news and politics podcast, we put those questions to state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the elected official who manages state forestland and wildfire-fighting efforts. She offers a somewhat grim prognosis for the 2019 wildfire season, starting with the fact that it has already begun — with 54 fires breaking out during a single week in March.

First Responder News
Ambulance carrying critical patient T-bones car
An ambulance carrying a critical patient T-boned another car at James and Boren Saturday evening. The crash was so severe, the woman in the car was trapped. The impact trapped the woman inside and left her seriously hurt. “In this particular situation I think you can see it was really challenging for firefighters to gain access to that driver,” said Sue Stangl, a Seattle Fire Department lieutenant. Crews cut off the roof and a door of the car to get the woman out.

Teen dies in hospital after near-drowning in Lake Washington
A 14-year-old boy who was rescued Monday after nearly drowning in Lake Washington off Magnuson Park died Tuesday, according to hospital officials. Rescuers and medics responded to the scene, about 100 feet off the park's swimming beach, at about 2:30 p.m. Monday after receiving an urgent call about a water rescue in progress. The boy was pulled out of the water onto a floating dock and then transferred to a police boat that responded to the scene. Rescuers performed CPR and other lifesaving measures, then rushed the teen to Seattle Children's Hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

Man critically injured in downtown Seattle shooting
Seattle police are investigating a shooting in downtown Seattle that sent one person to the hospital and another person to jail. Police said calls came in around 11 p.m. for a drive-by shooting near 7th Avenue and Pike Street. Police said moments after the shooting, a car crashed into a restaurant at 7th and Union, damaging the property. “According to witnesses, one of the occupants got out of that vehicle and began firing a handgun toward a group of other people in the middle of the street,” officials said in a Seattle Police Department Blotter post. “Multiple shots were fired, and one male was struck by gunfire in his legs.” Police said when they got on scene, they found the victim and started first aid; applying a tourniquet to the gunshot wound. Seattle Fire Department officials said a 22-year-old man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Seattle police investigate shooting near Cal Anderson Park
Seattle police are investigating a shooting near Cal Anderson Park. Seattle police say they were called to Broadway and Howell Street just after 8 p.m. where they located a man who had been shot multiple times. Seattle Fire told KOMO News a 28-year-man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition.

Woman seriously injured in stabbing in Seattle's Dunlap neighborhood
A woman is in the hospital Monday after she was stabbed in or near a park in Seattle's Dunlap neighborhood, officials said. Officers and medics responded to the scene, near Seward Park Avenue South and Wabash Avenue South, just before 9 p.m. Sunday after receiving 911 calls about a woman screaming that she had been stabbed. A 33-year-old woman was found with injuries. She was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition, said David Cuerpo of the Seattle Fire Department.

Woman fighting for life after stabbing in Seattle's Bitter Lake neighborhood
A 24-year-old woman is fighting for her life after being stabbed in Seattle's Bitter Lake neighborhood Friday morning. Police and medics were called to an apartment complex the 14100 block of Linden Avenue North around 5 a.m. after 911 dispatchers took reports of a woman screaming for help. One caller reported seeing a woman in the hallway with obvious injuries. The victim was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

Woman arrested after stabbing Seattle cab driver with scissors
A woman was arrested early Tuesday after she stabbed her cab driver with a pair of scissors then chased him on foot after he exited the taxi, police said. The incident unfolded at around 12:30 a.m. as Seattle police officer Ilya Ivanov was on patrol in the 1300 block of Beacon Avenue South. The officer spotted a taxi cab with its hazard lights on and a woman chasing the cab driver across the street, said Detective Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police.

Pepper spray causes hazmat response, evacuations at Northgate Mall
A Seattle fire hazmat team was called to Northgate Mall Wednesday morning after multiple people there complained of an irritation caused by an unknown substance. Fire officials said the irritation was reported near the Nordstrom entrance to the mall. Other areas in the mall that were affected by the substance were evacuated as a precaution. Seattle fire said they identified the substance as pepper spray.

Seattle teen suspected of attacking grandmother with a machete died from drowning
A 16-year-old boy who apparently fled into Lake Washington after he allegedly attacked his grandmother with a machete Monday died from drowning, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The teen was identified Wednesday as Davion Jackson-McDade. His death was ruled undetermined because death investigators couldn’t say whether his death was an accident or suicide, according to the office. A person’s manner of death can be classified in one of five categories: Natural, homicide, suicide, accident or undetermined. According to Seattle police, someone inside a house in the 9700 block of 57th Avenue South called 911 around noon to report that the 16-year-old had attacked his grandmother. By the time police and medics arrived, the teenager had fled.

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Wayward trailer strikes man, smashes Capitol Hill dental office
A man was seriously injured Tuesday evening when he was struck by a wayward tractor-trailer in Capitol Hill. It happened just before 6 p.m. on Pine Street near 12th Avenue, according to Seattle Fire officials. Investigators are still looking into how the crash started, but the truck driver appears to have lost control of the flatbed trailer which was carrying an excavator. The trailer eventually struck a man in his 70s who was standing at a nearby bus stop, then crashed into the window of an adjacent dental office.

State News
Save Washington’s Jobs Corps centers, where the next generation of firefighters are trained
Washington is primed for a bad wildfire season. The state has already responded to more than 275 small fires, a pace that is weeks ahead of average for this time of year. The last thing anyone wanted to hear, then, was news that the Trump administration wants to gut a federal program that trains the next generation of firefighters. Joint Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (CCC) provide a triple-whammy for the nation. First, they train young people in firefighting, forestry management, construction and other hands-on skills that are in high demand in states like Washington with abundant forest lands. Second, when a large wildfire or other natural disaster occurs, students provide critical support services to responders such as cooking and camp maintenance. And third, CCC benefits at-risk youth, engaging with them before they become problem youth and teaching them skills that they can turn into careers.

National News
Jon Stewart chokes up, gives angry speech to Congress
Former late night host and 9/11 first responders advocate Jon Stewart chokes up and slams Congress over health care for the 9/11 first responders during the hearing for reauthorizing the 9/11 victim compensation fund.

Congress Says It Is Working Hard To Extend 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Indefinitely
Sept. 11 first responders, emergency workers and civilians suffering from related illnesses and the families of those who have died since the attack are one step closer to knowing they will be compensated for their heroism. On Sunday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle announced that they’re working to ensure the Victim Compensation Fund, which is set to expire in 2020, will be extended indefinitely, CBS2’s Marc Liverman reported.

Firefighters Cancer Registry to Get $900K Boost
Federal lawmakers passed an amendment to add funding to the Centers for Disease Control's Firefighter Cancer Registry. The amendment, which was passed by the U.S. House and backed by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), allocates $900,000 to the CDC to bring funding for the cancer registry to $2.5 million, according to a release by Pascrell. The measure was supported by several fire groups, including the Congressional Fire Services Institute, the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers’ Association, the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Fire Service Training Association, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, and National Volunteer Fire Council.

Boy with rare condition shadows Seattle Fire Department medics
Konnor Sato spent most of 6th grade in a hospital bed. The 13-year-old has a rare condition that qualified him for a liver transplant. For the Sato family, that meant leaving their home state of Hawaii for the Pacific Northwest. Konnor's cousin in Tacoma was a perfect match. “You’ve known that person for all of your life. Now you have a little part of them in you, so you know you can’t forget them,” Konnor said. Despite spending months in the hospital, Konnor always stayed focused on helping others. He has always wanted to be a paramedic — and this experience only reinforced his dream. “You can put yourself in the situation, like you know you can feel how the person is feeling, if the person is scared or nervous,” he said. On Thursday morning at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, Konnor got a first-hand look at being a first responder, thanks to Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

'Great Seattle Fire' was 130 years ago
One hundred and thirty years ago, a massive fire swept through Seattle changing the face of the city forever.

Ready to Respond
Fire fighters train on a daily basis to practice a wide variety of critical emergency skills so we are ready to respond to any incident need. Here, fire fighters are practicing “Forcible Entry” techniques using hand tools and working as a team to get through metal doors.

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In Remembrance
William H. Hoppe: 1935-2019
Willie passed away at age 83 on May 8 th , surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, of 38 years; beloved son Michael (LaNell), stepson John Imus; grandchildren Michelle Golder, Kelby Hoppe and Lisa (Chris) Moore; sister Margaret (Bill) Cooley. He is also survived by his two cherished great-grandchildren, Everly and Camden, and many nephews and nieces. He was born in Seattle, WA. His firefighting career started as a ladder truck driver for Station 18, followed by a pioneer in arson investigation as a detective on the Seattle Fire and Arson squad.

Thomas F. Kenney (Hyannis Firefighters Local 2172): Passed away on 6/5/19 from Pancreatic Cancer.
Ken J. Kinney (Burnaby Fire Fighters IAFF Local 323): Passed away on 6/7/19 from Lung Cancer.
Marty Osborne (Claremore Firefighters Local 1077): Passed away on 6/7/19 from Respiratory Arrest.
Chris Moore (Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri Local 2665): Passed away on 6/8/19 from a Heart Attack.
Stacy A. Hamilton (CAL FIRE Local 2881): Passed away on 6/8/19 from Blunt Trauma.
Jeremy Knott (Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Local 385): Passed away on 6/12/19.
Dale Allen Brown (Covington Professional Firefighters Local 38): Passed away on 6/21/19 from Melanoma.

Firefighter Robert J. Gribble (Ret.): Passed away on 6/8/19.

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.