Renton Ladder 11

August 20th, 2013

Renton Ladder 11, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

I found some fire apparatus while on my walk this afternoon. Engines 12, 13, and 14 responded with Aid 12 and Ladder 11 to a large house fire in South Renton earlier this afternoon. There may have been others there earlier, but I missed them.


August 18th, 2013

Selah-16, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

This morning, we drove through Selah on our way home. I found Selah-16, a brush truck from the Selah Fire Department parked in front of the station. The chassis is from 1987. The body work was replaced in 2003. It has a 250gallon water tank and foam capability.

Seattle’s first fire engine

July 13th, 2013

Seattle’s first fire engine, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

On July 6, 1876, Seattle established its first fire fighting organization. This was their first fire engine. It was built in 1834 for Salem, MA and then went to Sacramento, CA in 1854. The pumping arms are operated by 8 to 12 people.

Utah Vacation

June 14th, 2013

Utah, a set on Flickr.

From 2 June through 7 June 2013, we biked and hiked in Bryce and Zion Canyon National Parks. Here are some pictures of our travels.

SIFF 2013

May 24th, 2013

Last night we attended the opening of SIFF in Renton. Touchy Feely, a film by Lynn Shelton, was shown at the Ikea Performing Arts Center.

Seattle Fire Department Engine17

April 7th, 2013

Seattle Fire Department Engine17, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

On 6 April 2013, I found Seattle Engine 17 responding to a motor vehicle collision on the Montlake Bridge. Engine 17 is a 2006 E-One.

VRFA Engine 31

March 10th, 2013

VRFA Engine 31, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

While out enjoying the sun yesterday, I found Engine 31 of the Valley Regional Fire Authority. The crew was doing some regular checks of the pump. A replacement for this Engine is due to arrive within the week.

The new Engine is one of two coming from Rosenbauer. They are identical to two other Engines delivered to the Valley Regional Fire Authority last fall.

Seattle Haz-Mat

November 25th, 2012
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Seattle Haz-Mat, a set on Flickr.

While in downtown Seattle on 23 November, we saw a hazardous materials incident.

Seattle Air 9

November 4th, 2012

Seattle Air 9, originally uploaded by bbirmingham.

Last week while my wife and I were walking to dinner, we happened upon Air 9 parked out in front of Fire Station 2. Air 9 delivers spare SCBA bottles and medical oxygen to the 33 fire stations located throughout Seattle. This unit is also part of the first alarm assignment for a fire where it will provide replacement SCBA bottles to fire fighters.

Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer

November 4th, 2012

Shuttle FFT, a set on Flickr.

Yesterday, my wife and I went to a Member’s Preview of the Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. While there, we were fortunate enough to pick the right slip of paper from a box and win a twenty minute tour of the crew compartment. It was pretty exciting to get an inside look at things in there. Here are some pictures.