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November 10th, 2016

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Test Post

November 10th, 2016

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Regency Woods Apartment Fire

July 19th, 2014

While listening to my scanner shortly before 2pm on 19 July, I heard a dispatch for a commercial fire at an apartment complex at 1401 South 18th St. The following units were dispatched:
Ladder 74
Ladder 11
Engine 51
Engine 17
Engine 14
Engine 13
Aid 12
Battalion 12
Battalion 13

While units were enroute, the large thermal column was noted and a second alarm was called. The first arriving engine found a fully engulfed apartment building. A couple other building were being threatened. Winds, with gusts up to 30mph, push the flames into nearby buildings, trees, and shrubs. Burning embers and debris created small fires to the north and east of the incident.






The fire quickly grew to four alarms. Renton’s Ladder 11 was the first of several elevated master streams set up over the course of the afternoon. Ladder 11 was able to knock down a good portion of fire in the first building as well as some of the related grass fire.

Many neighbors lent a helping hand to the effort by stopping some of the small grass fires and providing bottled water to displaced residents and fire fighters.

The burned out section seen here is across two streets from the first fire building. The burned section, under the power line support, at the top of the picture is across yet another, fairly wide street. This is the beginning of the fire’s nearly two mile run through the woods and grass.


Renton requested and received great mutual aid support. Strike Teams (or maybe they were actually task forces) came from Eastern King County, Seattle, Snohomish County and Pierce County. The team shown here is from east King County (Zone 1) and includes apparatus from Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland.


The team from Seattle was set up in a residential neighborhood about 3-4 blocks from the fire. Their aerial was shooting water over the houses into the grassland behind the houses. The fire was working its way through that grassland.

This is probably one of the largest fire incidents I have observed. At the original fire location, nearly 20 apartment units were destroyed (2 buildings) and another 10 were damaged (1 building). This fire started a grass fire that ran about 2 miles, fortunately between neighborhoods and apartment/condo complexes. Many apparatus were relocated numerous times. Different incident command posts were setup and moved as required. The mutual aid system appeared to work well. No citizens were injured.

Renton Aid 13

April 5th, 2014

Renton Fire Aid 13

Maple Valley Fire Aid 80

February 22nd, 2014


Maple Valley Fire Aid 80, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

A few of the south King County Fire Departments sent some crews to do some Swift Water Rescue Training in the Cedar River near the Renton Community Center. I found one of the new aid units from the Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety there. It is a 2014 Braun on a International TerraStar chassis. It is very similar to the eight new paramedic units that King County Medic One recently put into service.

Renton Aid 12

January 5th, 2014


Renton Aid 12, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

Renton has taken delivery of two new aid units. They were built by Braun Northwest on 2013 Navistar chassis. One unit, shown here, went to Aid 12. Aid 13 has the second, identical unit.

Sooke Fire Rescue Services

January 2nd, 2014


Sooke Fire Rescue Services, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

Two weeks ago, while vacationing in Sooke, B.C., I found a small fire apparatus used by the Sooke Fire Rescue Service. This is a “Muster Station” located in the sales center of a new housing development. An old public education trailer serves as storage for gear and equipment. The vehicle is described as a 2008 Chevrolet one-ton pick up. It appears to function as a squad, bringing personnel and equipment to an incident. It supports two fire stations in Sooke.

King County Medic 5

November 30th, 2013


King County Medic 5, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

Because Ford chose not to make a van-body chassis with a diesel engine this year, the next batch of Medic Units for King County will be on the International TerraStar chassis. This, the first of those units, is now in service as Medic 5. The module is made by Braun NW.

This vehicle has an air suspension. The graphics seen on the fender will soon be required on all new ambulances. However, the required colors will be day-glo yellow and day-glo blue.

Yakima Engine 91

October 20th, 2013


Yakima Engine 91, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

Yesterday, while passing through Yakima on our way to some wineries in Zillah, I found one of Yakima’s newest fire engines. This is Engine 91, a 2011 Spartan/Rosenbauer. The city opted for more of an “off the shelf” design as opposed to their typical custom apparatus to save a bit on costs.

Eastside Fire & Rescue

September 15th, 2013
Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 85Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 76Eastside Fire & Rescue Air Unit 81Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 71Eastside Fire & Rescue Engine 81

Eastside Fire & Rescue, a set on Flickr.

We found ourselves in Issaquah this morning. There was an unusually large number of fire apparatus from the Eastside Fire & Rescue in the downtown area this morning. Most of them were supporting a large bicycle ride in the area. I had an opportunity to photograph many fire engines I don’t often get to see. I got a few pictures of Engine 85 from the Carnation area. Engine 76 was there as well. The air support unit and Engine from Station 81 were around town as well. I missed the chance to get Engine 72 though.