Seattle Fire Department
|Annual calls||81,733 (2012)|
|Facilities and equipment|
|Light and air||3|
The Seattle Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Seattle, Washington. The department is responsible for an area of 84 square miles (220 km2), including 193 miles (311 km) of waterfront with a population of over 634,000.
The Seattle Fire Department got its start as a volunteer fire department that was taken over by the City of Seattle on April 11, 1884. On June 6, 1889 the Great Seattle Fire broke out and destroyed over 64 acres (26 ha) of the city. Insurance investigators charged the city with not having adequately trained firefighters to provide protection for the residents. As a result, the Seattle Fire Department was officially established on October 17, 1889 as a paid professional department.
Stations and apparatus
As of June 2015[update] the department operates out of 34 fire stations spread across the city. In addition to these stations, the department has two ALS units stationed at the Harborview Medical Center.
|Ladder 4 (Tiller)||Aid 2||2|
|3||Commodore Marina||Chief Seattle Fireboat||7|
|5||Terminal 91||Leschi Fireboat, Fireboat 1||7|
|6||Central District||Engine 6||Ladder 3 (Tiller)||5|
|8||Queen Anne||Engine 8||Ladder 6 (Tiller)||4|
|9||Fremont||Engine 9||Air Unit||4|
|10||Downtown||Engine 10||Ladder 1 (Tiller)||Aid 5, Aid 10||Air 9, HazMat 1||2|
|11||Highland Park||Engine 11||7|
|13||Beacon Hill||Engine 13||5|
|14||SoDo||Ladder 7||Aid 14||Rescue 1, Squad 14||5|
|16||Green Lake||Engine 16||6|
|17||University District||Engine 17||Ladder 9 (Tiller)||Medic 16||Battalion 6||6|
|18||Ballard||Engine 18||Ladder 8 (Tiller)||Medic 18||Hose/Foam Unit||Battalion 4||4|
|21||Greenwood||Engine 21||MCI 1||4|
|22||Montlake||Engine 22||Mobile Command Unit||6|
|24||Bitter Lake||Engine 24||Air 240||4|
|25||Capitol Hill||Engine 25||Ladder 10 (Tiller)||Aid 25||Mobile Ventilation Unit, Purple K Unit||Battalion 2||2|
|26||South Park||Engine 26||Air 260||7|
|27||Georgetown||Engine 27||Metro Medical Strike Team
USAR, DECON 1, REHAB 1
|28||Rainier Valley||Engine 28||Ladder 12 (Tiller)||Medic 28||5|
|29||Alki Point||Engine 29||Battalion 7||7|
|30||Mount Baker||Engine 30||Battalion 5||5|
|31||Northgate||Engine 31||Ladder 5 (Tiller)||Medic 31||6|
|32||West Seattle||Engine 32||Ladder 11 (Tiller)||Medic 32||7|
|33||Rainier Beach||Engine 33||5|
|34||Madison Park||Engine 34||Hose/Foam Unit||2|
|35||Crown Hill||Engine 35||4|
|36||Harbor Island||Engine 36||Marine Incident Unit||7|
|37||High Point||Engine 37||7|
|39||Lake City||Engine 39||6|
Great Seattle Fire
On June 6, 1889, the Great Seattle Fire broke out in a cabinet shop located at the corner of 1st Avenue and Madison Street. The flames spread rapidly and the small volunteer department was unable to slow the fire with the town's small water systems. By the time the fire was extinguished, 64 acres (26 ha) of homes and businesses had been destroyed.
In popular culture
- In the 1965 film, The Slender Thread, starring Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft, the Seattle Fire Department dispatch center, as well as the interior of Fire Station # 2 are shown and Aid Unit 2 is seen responding to a report of a suicide attempt.
- "Emergency Response Totals". Seattle Fire Department. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Department Profile". Seattle Fire Department. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Apparatus Showcase". Seattle Fire Department. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- Stein, Alan (2 September 2002). "Seattle Fire Department is created on October 17, 1889.". HistoryLink. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Stations". Seattle Fire Department. Retrieved 22 June 2015.