NFPA Seattle Report - 2001 to 2005

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Each year the Seattle Fire Department sends information about fire related incidents to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The following are the report details for the years indicated are displayed in a similar format as the NFPA survey form that is sent to all fire jurisdictions.

 

Fire Service Personnel

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Number of full-time uniform firefighters: 1,005* 1,003* 1,003* 1,007* 992*
Number of part-time (volunteer) firefighters: 0 0 0 0 0
*Actual positions filled is typically less than the total number of positions (which is filled plus vacancies) and does not include recruits.
**Actual average number of filled positions.

 

Number of Active Fire Fighters by Age Group

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Under 20 1 0 0 0 0
20 to 29 143 101 55 42 23
30 to 39 425 407 389 367 338
40 to 49 300 321 359 371 370
50 to 59 134 170 189 216 241
60 and Over 2 4 11 11 20

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Definitions

Civilian Casualties:  The term "civilian" should include anyone other than a fire fighter and covers public service personnel, such as police officers, civil defense staff, non-fire service medical personnel, and utility employees.

Death:  An injury that occurred as a direct result of a fire and that is fatal or becomes fatal within one year.

Incendiary:  Legal decision or physical evidence indicates that a fire was deliberately set.

Fires:  Any instance of uncontrolled burning. Include combustion explosions and fires out on arrival. Exclude controlled burning (whether authorized or not), overpressure rupture without combustion, mutual aid responses, smoke scares, and hazardous condition responses (e. g., oil spill without fire). In the case of an extension of a fire to exposed properties please report just one fire including all associated casualties and property loss.

Mutual Aid or Assistance:  Any assistance rendered to another fire department in an area that is not considered your primary responsibility.

Structure:  An assembly of materials forming a construction for occupancy or use in such a manner as to serve a specific purpose. A building is a form of a structure. Open platforms, bridges, roof assemblies over open storage or process areas, tents, air-supported structures, and grandstands are other forms of a structure.

Suspicious:  Circumstances indicate the possibility that a fire may have been deliberately set, multiple ignitions were found, or there were suspicious circumstances and no accidental or natural ignition factor could be found.

Fires in Highway Vehicles and Other Vehicles:  Fires in these instances may have been associated with an accident; however, casualties and property loss reported should be the direct result of the fire only. Highway vehicles include any vehicle designed to normally operate on highways, e. g., automobiles, motorcycles, buses, trucks, trailers (not mobile homes on foundations), etc. Other vehicles include trains, boats and ships, aircraft, farm, and construction vehicles.

Property Damage:  Give your best estimate for overall direct loss - loss to contents, structure, machinery, a vehicle, vegetation or anything else involved in the fire. Do not include indirect losses, such as business interruption, or temporary shelter provisions. Insurance paid should be reported only if corresponded to the complete fire loss and did not over or understate the direct fire damage. If you estimate individual fire losses as broad ranges (e. g., $1,000 to $10,000), do not attempt to add these ranges to get a single overall figure. Instead, report "NA". If your loss records are not complete at this time, report "NA" as appropriate.

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Part I:  Population and Area Protected of Primary Responsibility and Community Type Protected

Number of people (permanent residents) your department had primary responsibility to protect (exclude mutual aid areas):

2000 - 2005
572,600


Area, in square miles, your department had primary responsibility to protect (exclude mutual aid areas): 
 91 Square Miles

Percentage of population protected that live in an unincorporated area:   0%

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Part II:  Major Fires

Please indicate all multiple-death fires (3 or more deaths), and all large-loss fires ($1 million or more) that occurred in the reporting year. If none, please list below the three highest loss of life fires (if any) during the reporting year and also the three fires with the highest property damage.

Date Property Address No. of Civilian Deaths Property Loss
01/21/01 Coe Elementary School
     24th and 6 Ave. West
0 $ 15,000,000
05/21/01 UW Horticulture Center
     University of Washington
0 $ 8,600,000
08/04/01 Vessel Holding, Inc.
     225' LOA-Commercial vessel
0 $ 16,000,000
09/24/01 Four Freedom Retirement Facility
     747 N. 135th St.
0 $ 1,000,000
09/30/01 Dyno Batteries, Inc.
    4248 23 Ave. West
0 $ 1,000,000
06/29/02 Seattle Yacht Club
    1807 E. Hamlin St.
0 $ 10,000,000
05/17/02 Northlake Marina
    2401 N. Northlake Way
0 $ 7,006,500
12/19/02 University of Washington Educational Outreach Cntr.
    4909 25 Avenue N.E.
0 $ 2,000,000
10/12/02 Preston Dwelling
    4655 N.E. 89th Street
0 $ 1,500,000
03/02/02 Vehicle Incident
    3800 17 Avenue S.W.
1 ----------------
05/18/02 Peterson Dwelling
    4516 47th Ave. S.W.
1 $ 200,000
9/24/02 Morel Apartment
    1819 Bellevue Avenue
1 $ 20,000
3/12/03 ST Produce
    426 South Massachusetts Street
0 $ 2,000,000
8/21/03 Warehouse
    605 Dexter Avenue North
0 $ 5,500,000
1/18/04 Capital Industries Inc
    5801 3rd Ave S
0 $17,000,000
8/14/04 Condominium
   11914 Stendall Drive N
0 $2,000,000
8/11/04 Environmental Home Center
   1724 4th Ave S
0 $2,800,000
7/25/04 Condominium
   4410 N. Meridian Ave
0 $2,850,000
8/1/04 Condominium
   6015 Phinney Ave N
0 $5,000,000
3/10/04 Jensonia Apartments
   1241 8th Ave
0 $1,100,000
1/22/05 Vessel
   901 Fairview Ave N
0 $1,200,000

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  Part III:  Breakdown of Fires and Other Incidents

Fires in structures and other fires and incidents should be included in this Part. If you had no fires, no causalities, or no loss for a particular category, please write "0" int he appropriate place. Departments using the 1976 edition of NFPA 901 or NFIRS will find the Type or Situation Found (TSF), Fixed Property Use (FPU), and Mobile Property Type (MPT) codes for each category in parentheses. For all items except item 22 include only incidents where you had primary responsibility. For fires in vehicles include only those casualties and property loss that are the direct result of the fire.

A. Structure Fires by Fixed Property Use 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1. Private Dwellings (1 or 2 family), inc. mobile homes 239 170 183 228 166

# of Fires:  

# of Civilian Deaths:  

3  1  0 0 1
# of Civilian Injuries:   8 5 2 11 10
Estimated Property Damage:   $9,757,180 $8,019,879 $4,581,500 $2,966,530 $8,192,150
2. Apartments (3 or more families) 137 99 119 183 164

# of Fires:  

# of Civilian Deaths:   1 0 0 1 1
# of Civilian Injuries:   8 5 5 8 8
Estimated Property Damage:   $3,660,200 $3,267,530 $2,719,310 $1,101,700 $8,190.000
3. Hotels & Motels 3 5 8 6 4
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $30,400 $136,250  $10,720  $100 $6,000
4. All Other Residential (dorms, boarding houses,  etc.) 11 5 395 * 839 1,338
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 1 0 5
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 0 3 2 7
Estimated Property Damage:   $517,050 $133,250 $1,195,290 $1,557,490 $1,542,140
5. Total Residential Fires 390 279 705 1,256 1,672
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   4 1 1 1 7
# of Civilian Injuries:   17 10 10 21 25
Estimated Property Damage:   $13,964,830 $11,556,909 $8,506,820 $5,625,820 $10,559,290
6. Public Assembly (church, restaurant, clubs, etc.) 23 11 10 0 0
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $2,254,566 $610,400 $57,010 0 0
7. Schools & Colleges 8 6 10 11 8
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $11,101,322 $31,035 $31,150 0 0
8. Health Care & Penal Institutions (hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, etc.) 8 7 4 6 8
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 1 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $1,304,775 $75,860 $1,500 $200 0
9. Stores & Offices 23 17 30 44 27
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $2,304,325 $2,381,750 $2,137,850 $277,400 $109,430
10. Industry, Utility, Defense, Labs & Manufacturing 5 9 7 16 16
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $4,003,900 $305,000 $5,052,000 $10,300,000 $88,000
11. Storage Structures (barns, garages, general storage, etc.) 14 4 15 20 13
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $70,500 $86,000 $130,600 $64,800 $10,200
12. Other Structures** (vacant bldgs., bridges, out-buildings) 10 11 3 0 0
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   2 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $309,251 $271,350 $21,000 0 0
13. Total for Structure Fires 481 344 784 1,353 1,744
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   4 2 1 1 7
# of Civilian Injuries:   19 10 10 21 25
Estimated Property Damage:   $35,313,519 $6,628,791 $15,937,930 $16,268,220 $10,766,920

 *  The NFPA changed the definition for Part III, Section A, No. 4 in 2003

B. Other Fires & Incidents 2001 2002 2003 2004  
14a Fires in Highway Vehicles (autos, buses, trucks, etc.) 415 349 369 360 173
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 1 2 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   2 5 3 2 1
Estimated Property Damage:   $1,848,285 $1,380,000 - $1,435,160 $578,595
14b Fire in Other Vehicles  (planes, trains, ships, etc.) 9 14 31 60 36
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 0 0 4 3
Estimated Property Damage:   $16,443,150 $10,373,000 - $736,500 $845,900
15. Fires Outside of Storage Structures w/Value (but not vehicles) 86 77 128 178 172
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $160,606 $337,082 - $79,950 $111,050
16. Brush, Grass, Wildland Fires w/No Value (excluding crops & timber) 232 250 363 211 162
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   1 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   2 0 1 0 0
17. Rubbish/Dumpster Fires w/No Value  Involved (outside of structures) 381 397 424 471 183
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 1
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 1
18. All Other Fires 132 110 191 284 326
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 1
# of Civilian Injuries:   3 0 1 1 2
Estimated Property Damage:   $515,972 $465,335 $122,679 $35,485 $49,025
19. Total for Fires 1,736 1,541 2,290 2,917 2,796
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   5 3 3 1 9
# of Civilian Injuries:   28 15 15 28 32
Estimated Property Damage:   $54,281,532 $27,874,071 $18,140,758 $18,555,315 $12,351,990
20. Rescue, EMS Response*  57,231 55,594 57,411 60,624 62,071
21. False Alarm Responses 6,059 5,084 5,325 6,472 2,499
22. Mutual Aid or Assistance 88 30 30 1 90
23a Hazardous Materials (spills, leaks, etc.) 299 237 222 308 113
23b Other Hazardous Materials (wires, bombs) 655 449 503 638 502
24. All Other Responses (lock outs, animal rescues, etc.) 7,609 6,221 6,520 7,796 13,062
25. Total For All Incidents  73,677 69,556 72,301 75,839 81,133

** This category refers only to structure fires (i.e., not brush or vehicle).

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 Part IV:  Breakdown of False Alarm Responses

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1. Malicious, Mischievous False Call

590

584

497

602

413

433
2. System Malfunction 2,666 2,536 2,311 2,125 2,243 2,065
3. Unintentional (Accidental tripping, etc.) 1,955 1,869 1,456 1,526 2,241 2,203
4. Other False Alarms (bomb scares etc.) 1,469 1,099 831 1,081 1,575 1,284

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 Part V:  Incendiary and Suspicious Fires in Structures and Vehicles

Report in this part fires of incendiary origin (fires that were deliberately set) or of suspicious origin (fires that are suspected of having been deliberately set).

 
   2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

1.

Structure Fires, Intentionally Set 123 32 12 48 24

# of Fires:   

# of Civilian Deaths:    1 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:    8 0 0 2 0
Estimated Property Damage:    $6,913,050 $2,048,800 $33,500 $129,500 $356,150

2.

Vehicle Fires, Intentionally Set 4 3 8 23 33

# of Fires:   

# of Civilian Deaths:    0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:    0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:    $43,600 $650 $5,700 $32,600 $15,200

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 Part VI:  Fire Service Deaths and Injuries  

Occupationally related fire fighter deaths: If any fire fighters in your department died during the reporting year as a result of occupationally related injuries or illness, report the total.

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Total Number of FF deaths 0 0 0 -  
FF's Exposed to Infectious Diseases (hepatitis, HIV, meningitis) 23 42 - - 29
FF's Exposed to hazardous conditions (asbestos, chemicals, fumes, etc) - - - - -
FF Injuries - All Types of Duty (not exposures to infectious diseases) 323 451 - - 420
 

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On-Duty Fire Fighter Injuries (not exposures to infectious diseases) by Type of Duty, and Nature of Most Serious Injury. If a fire fighter sustained multiple injuries, report below only the nature of the single most serious injury. For type of duty, at non-fire emergencies includes rescue calls and hazardous condition calls, while other on-duty includes inspection and maintenance duties. The sum of the reported injuries in the table below should equal the total number of injuries reported above.

  Responding or Returning from Incidents Injuries at the Fire Ground Injuries at Non-Fire Emergencies Training Injuries Other On-Duty Injuries
1. Burns
2001 0 6 0 0 0
2002 0 1 0 0 0
2005 0 2 0 0 0
2a. Smoke or Gas Inhalation
2001 0 8 0 0 0
2002 0 1 4 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0
2b. Other Respiratory Distress
2001 0 1 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0
3. Burn and Smoke Inhalation
2001 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0
4. Wound, Cut, Bleeding or Bruise
2001 0 2 6 2 7
2002 1 10 6 10 18
2005 0 6 7 7 4
5. Dislocation, Fracture
2001 0 1 1 0 0
2002 0 0 1 0 2
2005 0 3 0 1 1
6. Heart Attack or Stroke
2001 0 2 0 3 3
2002 0 0 0 0 1
2005 0 0 0 0 0
7. Strain, Sprain, Muscular Pain
2001 15 45 117 35 20
2002 4 35 52 49 167
2005 8 37 42 39 74
8. Thermal Stress (frostbite, heat exhaustion)
2001 0 2 1 1 0
2002 0 3 1 1 0
2005 0 2 0 0 0
9. Other (all other injuries)
2001 0 2 2 3 8
2002 0 0 1 0 15
2005 1 1 38 8 20
10. TOTAL
2001 15 69 127 44 38
2002 5 50 65 60 203
2005 9 52 87 55 109
 

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Fire Ground Injuries (Nonfatal) By Cause
In this table, include injuries that occurred at the fire ground only, as reported in column (B) above. Report the number of fire ground injuries by cause, based on the initial factor leading to the injury. 

Fire Ground Injuries 2001 2002 2005
1. Exposure to Fire Products 16 2 3
2. Exposure to Chemicals or Radiation 3 0 0
3. Fell, Slipped, Jumped 10 2 14
4. Overexertion, Strain 25 33 17
5. Contact w/Object 6 10 6
6. Struck by Object 4 0 3
7. Extreme Weather 0 0 0
8. Other (all other causes) 2 0 8
Number of Injuries that resulted in lost time - 337 35
Number of shifts lost as a result of injuries - 4,821 332
 

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Fire Department Vehicle Accidents
Please report below the number of accidents involving fire department emergency vehicles or fire fighter personal vehicles while responding to or returning from incidents. Include backing up and parking.

Fire Dept. Vehicle Accidents

2001

2002

2005
Accidents involving Fire Dept. Emergency Vehicles 92 40 -
     Resulting Fire Fighter Injuries 0 5 -
Accident's involving Fire Fighter's personal vehicle 0 0 -
     Resulting Fire Fighter injuries 0 0 -

 

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