Archive for the ‘fire apparatus’ Category

Regency Woods Apartment Fire

Saturday, 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 Ladder 11

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Renton places a new aerial in service as Ladder 11. It is a 2011 E -One 100ft platform powered by a Cummins 500hp engine. It has a number of features and technological improvements over it’s predecessor. The bumper houses a small handline supported by a 50gal pressurized water system. The bed section of the aerial has a 4000lb lift capacity. LED lighting is featured throughout the vehicle.

Renton Ladder 11

Seattle Fire Ladder 4

Sunday, October 24th, 2010


Seattle Fire Ladder 4

Originally uploaded by bbirmingham

We were at the Pike Brewery for dinner last night. The fire alarm went off. I checked the SFD online dispatch log (good iPhone) and found they were sending Engine 5 and Ladder 4 to an address within the building. I went outside to see what was going on. Engine 5 had just arrived. I got video (again the iPhone) of Ladder 4 arriving. There was no fire. Something set off the fire alarm.

New orders from Pierce Mfg.

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Per the local Pierce dealers website, the following orders have been placed:

Bellevue Fire Department has ordered five Pierce Arrow XT pumpers.

Redmond Fire Department has ordered one Pierce Velocity pumper.

Sno Co FD1

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Again today, while Alexis was in class, I traveled through North King County and South Snohomish County looking for fire apparatus to photograph.  I found Snohomish County Fire District 1 Ladder 11 out in the sun.  I got a few pictures of that.  I was able to get pics of the new Engine 22.  It was parked out in front of the station with Rescue 22.  The Rescue is actually an older engine that carries the heavy rescue equipment.  The crew there told me they have a Heavy Rescue on order that is expected to be delivered next month.

Renton Fire & Emergency Services was holding Open Houses at most of their fire stations today.  I visited my neighborhood fire station, number 13, and the neighboring neighborhood’s fire station, number 17.  They were very informative visits.  I learned that it is no longer the case that all the Aid Units carry extrication tools.  Ladder 14, Engine 17, Aid 12, and possibly Engine 16 have the tools.  Aid 16 is not staffed at this time.  Another aid unit splits its time between Station 13 and 14.

Kid’s Safety Day

Friday, June 25th, 2010

South King Engine 651, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

25 June 2010 was the annual Kid’s Safety Day at the Museum of Flight. Local fire departments brought vehicles and equipment to display and educate children about fire safety.

Yakima FD Engine 91

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Yakima FD Engine 91, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

My wife and I took a day trip over to Yakima on Friday, 26 March 2010. While in town, I happend to see Engine 91 of the Yakima Fire Department. This is a 1991 Spartan/Darley triple combination pumper.

Seatac Engine 45

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Seatac Engine 45, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

It is the first day of spring. It is sunny and the temperture is supposed to be near 70. I set out to photograph some fire apparatus near the Sea-Tac airport. I knew Engine 45 has a relatively new Pierce Quantum. Station 46 is fairly new and it has a nearly new heavy rescue.

There wasn’t much going on the City of Sea-Tac today, however, I did manage to find the new Quantum sitting in front of Station 45.

Snohomish County FD1 Ladder 11

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Snohomish County FD1 Ladder 11, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

I was killing time while Alexis was in class today. I found Ladder 11 from Snohomish County Fire District 1 sitting out in the cold. This is a 2001 E-One. The replacement for this truck was sitting inside the fire station. The replacement is a 2009 Spartan/Crimson aerial. It is black over red like the other new apparatus for Fire District 1.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Engine13

Sunday, November 15th, 2009


Snohomish County Fire District 1 Engine13

Originally uploaded by bbirmingham

I spent some time yesterday driving around North King County and South Snohomish County looking for fire apparatus to photograph. It was cold and there wasn’t many apparatus out and about. I did find Engine 13 from Snohomish County Fire District 1. One of the firefighers on duty told me that the City of Edmond’s Fire Department will be merging with Fire District 1 in January 2010.