Emergency Preparedness/Safety

The City of Burien is hosting an open house for its Puget Sound shoreline property owners on Monday, July 29, 4-6 pm, at City Hall Council Chambers, 400 SW 152nd St., first floor.

The purpose of the open house is for the shoreline property owners to learn more about Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposed new Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) that are based on a new King County flood insurance study report.

If enacted, these new maps may significantly affect shoreline property. The City has asked FEMA to revalidate the City’s own flood study, approved by FEMA in November 2011, to supersede the proposed FIRMS. FEMA has indicated it will treat the request as an appeal.

Property owners are encouraged to attend the open house to learn more about the study and how the flood zone designations will change if the proposed maps become effective.
For more information, see www.burienwa.gov/floodstudy/

Two drills scheduled each day, Tuesday - Friday

Press release:

The Port of Seattle Fire Department will be conducting aircraft fire response exercises this week as part of regularly scheduled training on a runway closed due to construction. Two exercises are scheduled for each day from Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19.

Passengers in the terminal may notice fire response vehicles during daytime hours. Again, these are training exercises ONLY and will NOT affect normal operations or airline flight schedules.

Port of Seattle Fire vehicles will respond to a mock aircraft located at several different positions on the closed center runway (16C/34C) during the week.

Firefighter response will include water spray on the mock aircraft. The drills take advantage of the temporary closure of the center runway for pavement maintenance.

These exercises were scheduled prior to the recent aircraft incident in San Francisco as part of the port’s regular training exercises.


Press release:

Four people were able to escape safely from their home after their detached garage caught fire July 2 in the 2600 block of South 142nd Street.

The fire, first reported at 9:57 a.m., was quickly extinguished by firefighters from SeaTac, North Highline, and Tukwila before it could spread to the house.

Firefighters had to use extra caution while fighting the fire after the electrical power line to the house burned through and fell to the ground. The live wire was eventually disconnected by Seattle City Light.

Red Cross has been called in to assist the two adults and two children who live in the house.

The fire is currently under investigation and there is no damage estimate.


Our news partner, Q-13 Fox News is reporting on the fire at the Des Moines Marina on Sunday night:



School is out and the weather is perfect...all the more reason to be extra careful as children and walkers alike are streaming outside and lining the sides of the roads.

They are not thinking about the white line that they should stay behind or the car coming up the road.

Therefore it is our responsibility as drivers to be more aware. Kids just want to have fun this summer and thinking of safety is one of the last things on their minds (unless they have some really smart parents who are on top of this).

So when you see children or walkers, slow down and just think that they will suddenly turn in front of you, without even seeing you.

Let's all stay safe.

Karen Steele
Normandy Park

Red Cross is coordinating disaster response services

News release:

Several families from Midway Elementary, Pacific Middle School, and Mount Rainier High School lost their homes during this morning’s apartment fire in Des Moines. The Red Cross Disaster Services team is already on site and will provide families with financial assistance, temporary housing, and other immediate needs.

“Our hearts go out to the families impacted by the fire,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “We are so grateful that no one was seriously injured. We are also thankful for the good work of the American Red Cross and their speedy response in meeting the needs of our students and their families.”

Anyone wishing to provide aid to the families displaced by the fire is encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3097, Seattle, WA 98117 and mark the donation as “local disaster services.”

Currently, there are no means in place to manage local donations of clothing or household goods. Financial support to the Red Cross is the best way to help those impacted.

Apartment fire in Des Moines displaces Highline families
Photo credit: 
Photos by Eric Mathison

Damage is estimated at $250,000 from an April 30 fire in the Sea-Tac Airport parking garage. The fire destroyed eight cars and damaged another 10.

Cause of the fire is believed to be mechanical failure in one of the vehicles. Airport staffers will attempt to identify owners through license plate numbers and notify them before they return to the airport.

Smoke from the fire closed one service tunnel and doors were closed in the north end but airport operations remained normal.

The Port of Seattle Fire Department first responded at 7 a.m. on April 30 to the fire on the garage’s sixth floor. Firefighters from the SeaTac Fire Department and other jurisdictions also responded.


Press release:

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission has approved a grant for SeaTac elementary schools to receive funding of up to $2,000 for its existing school zone safety programs.

The grant, applied for by the SeaTac Police Department, will give Bow Lake, Hilltop, Madrona and McMicken Heights Elementary schools upwards of $500 towards new safety equipment for their safety programs.

Equipment will include items such as flashing arm lights, raincoats, crossing guard hats, gloves, windbreakers, crossing guard paddles and illuminated vests.

Madrona Elementary School was the first to receive their new equipment on Jan. 25. Bow Lake, Hilltop and McMicken Heights will be receiving theirs within the coming weeks.


SeaTac lawmakers gave approval Dec. 11 to going ahead with plans to consolidate the city’s fire department with the Kent Fire District Authority.

The consolidation would be similar to the city’s contracting with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services, according to fire chief Jim Schneider.

Schneider said he could come back to the City Council with a consolidation plan in May. In September, council members could start reviewing the process for an Interlocal agreement between SeaTac and Kent.

In presenting a white paper on consolidation, Schneider cited the cost savings to SeaTac in contracting with a larger fire department.

SeaTac already shares a fire chief and a fire marshal with Kent. Schneider heads both departments.

The city also has been part of a larger training consortium with Kent and Kent provides public education programs.

Other possible advantages outlined by Schneider include lower insurance rates, lower supply costs and elimination of duplicate services.


Press release:

The Annual Community Food and Toy Drive for Des Moines and Federal Way has kicked into high gear.

Firefighters are asking once again for your help and generosity. The need will be more significant this year with the downturn of the economy.

Citizens may drop off donations of canned food or dry goods, new unwrapped toys (no stuffed animals please) or money at any South King Fire & Rescue Fire Station between Saturday, December 1st and Friday, December 21st. Donations of cash or checks made out to the “Community Food and Toy Drive” will also be collected. Delivery of food and toys is set for Saturday December 22nd.

The Annual Community Food & Toy Drive started in the 1980s with retired Fire Chief ML “Bud” Thorson and local community service clubs. When the program first started they were only able to help about 30 families.

Since that time, thanks to the continuing assistance and generosity of local service clubs, private businesses and neighborhood groups the program has grown.

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