NFPA Seattle Report - 1994 to 2000

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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

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Number of full-time uniform firefighters: 984 987 998 966 994 1,012* 999*
Number of part-time (volunteer) firefighters: 0 0 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.

 

Number of Active Fire Fighters by Age Group

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Under 20 0 0 1 0 1 2 1
20 to 29 125 139 140 115 131 183 127
30 to 39 332 344 349 362 382 395 411
40 to 49 378 376 361 348 339 322 305
50 to 59 148 125 143 140 140 109 153
60 and Over 0 3 4 1 1 1 2

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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):

1994 - 1997 1998 1999 2000
532,900 539,700 539,700 572,600


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
06/16/94 Rich's Upholstery - Aurora Ave. North and North 100 St. 0 $ 3,000,000
01/28/95 2230 4th Ave. 2 $ 3,500,000
02/15/95 14315 Aurora Ave. North 0 $ 750,000
04/18/95 2801 130th Ave. North 0 $ 500,000
09/15/95 1420 5th Ave. 0 $ 500,000
12/05/95 1422 25th Ave. 0 $ 545,000
01/09/96 Boat Marina - 2601 W. Marina Place 0 $ 1,500,000
05/04/96 Paulsen Bldg. - 625 Western Ave. 0 $ 3,500,000
10/02/96 Timmerman Marine - 1117 N.E. Boat Street 0 $ 1,120,000
02/12/97 Mercer Place Condo -  500 West Mercer Street 0 $ 1,750,000
03/05/97 Thriftway Grocery - 4201 Southwest Morgan Street 0 $ 1,600,000
05/01/97 The Copy Company -  616 Sixth Avenue South 0 $ 1,050,000
08/30/97 Ship Fire - Terminal 25 -  3225 East Marginal Way South 0 $ 2,000,000
03/19/98 Dwelling - 6519 57th Avenue South 1 $ 275,000
04/23/98 Dwelling - 3936 South Ferdina Street 1 $ 105,000
05/27/98 Dwelling - 9308 32nd Avenue S.W. 2 $ 152,000
09/03/98 Dwelling - 5007 1/2 8th Avenue 0 $ 100,000
11/04/98 Dwelling - I-90 at 12th Avenue South 1      ---------
12/29/98 Dwelling - 5300 26th Avenue N.W. 1 $ 80,000
01/02/99 Ship: Northern Victor Fish Processing
    4025 13th Avenue West
0 $ 5,000,000
08/02/99 Dwelling - Apartment Building -  940 North 98th Street 0 $ 600,000
09/22/99 Dwelling - 1616 34th Court West 0 $ 1,300,000
04/05/00 Sunset Apartments - 5400 22nd Avenue West 0 $ 1,000,000
06/12/00 Nordstrom's Department Store -  6th and Pine Streets 0 $ 1,000,000
06/13/00 BonAir Linen Company -  1414 South Concord Street 0 $ 525,000

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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 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
1. Private Dwellings (1 or 2 family), inc. mobile homes 334 305 300 268 252 242 211

# of Fires:  

# of Civilian Deaths:  

3 2  0 3 7 3 6
# of Civilian Injuries:   29 15 16 14 20 14 15
Estimated Property Damage:   $6,053,885 $6,692,720 $7,489,220 $7,688,805 $9,121,720 $7,658,525 $12,421,190
2. Apartments (3 or more families) 200 201 183 157 142 184 164

# of Fires:  

# of Civilian Deaths:   1 0 1 0 1 3 4
# of Civilian Injuries:   33 13 22 9 14 25 10
Estimated Property Damage:   $3,324,495 $3,324,495 $2,809,651 $3,708,380 $2,874,940 $5,256,147 $3,324,495
3. Hotels & Motels 11 5 7 5 7 4
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 1 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $626,725 $22,500 $36,305  $51,925 $87,520 $5,545 $21,985
4. All Other Residential (dorms, boarding houses,  etc.) 18 13 13 14 17 10
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 2 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $69,900 $216,750 $83,728 $64,440 $486,500 $95,071 $594,500
5. Total Residential Fires 583 524 503 440  413 450 389
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   4 2 3 3 9 6 10
# of Civilian Injuries:   62 30 40 23 34 39 25
Estimated Property Damage:   $10,054,805 $13,461,653 $10,418,904 $11,153,230 $12,570,680 $13,015,287 $16,362,170
6. Public Assembly (church, restaurant, clubs, etc.) 39 35 37 43  40 29 25
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $2,258,800 $217,391 $486,621 $1,506,230 $2,189,330 $1,117,271 $918,050
7. Schools & Colleges 33 20 28 21  18 4 11
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $132,788 $20,280 $21,137 $495,450 $99,700 $34,100 $6,905
8. Health Care & Penal Institutions (hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, etc.) 15 14 11 6 7 6
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   3 0 11 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $27,306 $9,285 $71975 $5,180 $3,630 $41,255 $3,180
9. Stores & Offices 53 52 45 32  23 33 34
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $1,211,170 $2,193,264 $4,412,188 $2,280,405 $364,510 $359,240 $2,157,295
10. Industry, Utility, Defense, Labs & Manufacturing 18 19 19 19  8 15 7
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   11 11 0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $178,950 $73,875 $797,750 $1,715,045 $107,700 $134,090 $232,560
11. Storage Structures (barns, garages, general storage, etc.) 25 29 21 20  13 10 11
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $1,048,600 $153,025 $437,950 $508,275 $265,550 $46,000 $217,400
12. Other Structures** (vacant bldgs., bridges, out-buildings) 18 6 17 17  13 8 11
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $215,005 $34,324 $401,170 $2,231,710 $218,260 $14,500 $215,000
13. Total for Structure Fires 784 699 681 600  534 556 494
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   4 2 3 3 6 0 10
# of Civilian Injuries:   81 33 51 23 0 42 25
Estimated Property Damage:   $15,027,424 $16,163,097 $6,628,791 $20,255,845 $15,819,360 $14,761,743 $19,897,160
B. Other Fires & Incidents 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
14a Fires in Highway Vehicles (autos, buses, trucks, etc.) 628 635 547 572  521 482 464
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   1 3 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   8 4 10 2 3 4 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $1,973,990 $1,751,635 $2,104,693 $1,832,039 $1,778,170 $1,817,916 $1,971,864
14b Fire in Other Vehicles  (planes, trains, ships, etc.) 19 27 37 16  18 19 14
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   1 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $2,224,650 $277,763 $3,850,300 $330,450 $214,675 $5,305,500 $122,038
15. Fires Outside of Storage Structures w/Value (but not vehicles) 117 93 89 78  80 83 89
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:   $114,885 $52,803 $128,542 $191,008 $177,860 $107,005 $316,972
16. Brush, Grass, Wildland Fires w/No Value (excluding crops & timber) 256 260 256 155  254 227 308
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   2 0 0 1 0 0 0
17. Rubbish/Dumpster Fires w/No Value  Involved (outside of structures) 579 470 471 388  406 412 472
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 0 0 0 0 1
# of Civilian Injuries:   1 0 1 0 0 0 1
18. All Other Fires 104 87 97 132  115 190 167
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   0 0 2 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:   11 0 4 2 3 1 4
Estimated Property Damage:   $111,793 $325,381 $355,870 $1,249,481 $702,136 $425,169 $260,822
19. Total for Fires 2,004 2,271 2,178 1,941  1,928 1,969 1,514
# of Fires:   
# of Civilian Deaths:   6 5 5 3 0 6 11
# of Civilian Injuries:   105 37 66 29 44 48 30
Estimated Property Damage:   $19,452,742 $18,570,679 $6,439,405 $23,858,823 $17,990,065 $22,417,333 $22,590,576
20. Rescue, EMS Response*  484 423 425 495 446 57,121 57,461
21. False Alarm Responses 6,585 6,298 6,635 6,551 6,830 6,337 6,631
22. Mutual Aid or Assistance 17 0 235 12 0 23 32
23a Hazardous Materials (spills, leaks, etc.) 351 344 285 295 227 272 280
23b Other Hazardous Materials (wires, bombs) 573 570 592 562 582 567 484
24. All Other Responses (lock outs, animal rescues, etc.) 5,145 5,102 5,687 5,935 6,561 6,615 6,985
25. Total For All Incidents  15,159 15,008 16,037 15,779 16,624 72,904 71,873

* Prior to 1999 EMS was not included in the NFPA Report - only Rescue.
** This category refers only to structure fires (i.e., not brush or vehicle).

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 Part IV:  Breakdown of False Alarm Responses

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
1. Malicious, Mischievous False Call

623

652

572

579

523

506

590

2. System Malfunction 3,604 3,197 3,333 3,252 3,286 2,743 2,666
3. Unintentional (Accidental tripping, etc.) 1,511 1,514 1,754 1,637 1,778 1,833 1,955
4. Other False Alarms (bomb scares etc.) 868 962 989 1,105 1,276 1,290 1,469

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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).

 
  

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998 1999 2000

1.

Structure Fires of Definite Incendiary Origin 82 73 60 49 27 32 110

# of Fires:   

# of Civilian Deaths:    1 0 2 0 0 0 2
# of Civilian Injuries:    8 1 6 0 2 0 6
Estimated Property Damage:    $5,108,915 $1,254,820 $1,692,500 $553,050 $505,260 $661,471 $2,144,775

2.

Structure Fires of Suspicious Origin but Unconfirmed as  Incendiary. 98 95 99 96 85 95 4

# of Fires:   

# of Civilian Deaths:    0 0 1 1 0 1 0
# of Civilian Injuries:    12 1 9 6 10 11 0
Estimated Property Damage:    $1,063,657 $1,073,680 $1,628,606 $861,680 $1,287,135 $1,606,125 $81,200

3.

Vehicle Fires (confirmed Incendiary and Suspicious) 4 5 1 3 1 2 2

# of Fires:   

# of Civilian Deaths:    0 0 0 0 0 0 0
# of Civilian Injuries:    0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Estimated Property Damage:    $21,400 $31,100 $750 $71,000 $15,000 $35,200 $35,200

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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.

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Total Number of FF deaths 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
FF's Exposed to Infectious Diseases (hepatitis, HIV, meningitis) 0 4 63 47 27 NA 11
FF Injuries - All Types of Duty (not exposures to infectious diseases) 488 680 691 328 302 311 319
 

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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
1994 0 3 0 0 0
1995 0 15 0 0 0
1996 0 7 0 5 3
1997 0 1 0 1 0
1998 0 8 0 0 0
1999 0 2 0 0 1
2000 0 5 0 1 2
           
2a. Smoke or Gas Inhalation
1994 0 18 0 0 0
1995 0 8 0 0 0
1996 0 0 0 0 0
1997 0 1 0 0 1
1998 0 1 0 0 0
1999 0 1 0 0 1
2000 0 1 1 0 0
           
2b. Other Respiratory Distress
1994 0 3 0 0 0
1995 0 0 0 0 0
1996 0 10 0 0 10
1997 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 1 0 2
           
3. Eye Irritation
1994 0 1 2 0 0
1995 0 0 3 0 0
1996 0 0 0 0 0
1997 0 0 0 0 5
1998 0 2 2 1 3
1999 0 0 0 3 0
2000 - - - - -
           
4. Wound, Cut, Bleeding or Bruise
1994 0 8 0 2 0
1995 1 4 1 4 8
1996 3 17 5 5 13
1997 2 5 4 0 9
1998 6 8 12 4 8
1999 1 3 0 10 12
2000 1 5 1 5 6
           
5. Dislocation, Fracture
1994 0 3 2 0 0
1995 0 6 0 0 0
1996 0 2 1 0 4
1997 0 1 1 0 1
1998 0 0 1 1 3
1999 0 1 0 1 2
2000 1 4 0 5 5
           
6. Heart Attack or Stroke
1994 0 3 2 0 0
1995 0 0 2 0 0
1996 1 0 0 0 3
1997 0 0 0 0 6
1998 0 2 0 7 0
1999 0 1 0 1 1
2000 0 0 0 0 3
           
7. Strain, Sprain, Muscular Pain
1994 7 193 0 20 198
1995 34 103 88 92 0
1996 31 84 100 44 236
1997 17 47 39 32 88
1998 11 40 48 32 68
1999 12 39 48 41 82
2000 11 36 56 44 107
           
8. Thermal Stress (frostbite, heat exhaustion)
1994 0 1 0 0 0
1995 0 2 0 0 0
1996 0 2 0 0 0
1997 0 4 0 0 0
1998 0 3 2 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 1 0 0 0
           
9. Other (all other injuries)
1994 0 0 0 0 0
1995 0 0 0 0 0
1996 0 6 43 3 60
1997 0 1 6 3 53
1998 0 4 5 1 19
1999 1 1 10 3 33
2000 0 3 0 4 2
           
10. TOTAL
1994 7 230 6 22 272
1995 35 141 93 96 8
1996 35 128 149 57 330
1997 19 60 50 36 163
1998 17 68 70 39 108
1999 14 48 58 59 131
2000 13 56 60 60 130
           
 

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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 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
1. Caught, Trapped 0 0 N/A 3 2 1 7
2. Exposure to Fire Products 3 18 N/A 0 8 3 0
3. Exposure to Chemicals or Radiation 8 18 N/A 0 0 0 10
4. Fell, Slipped, Jumped 22 32 N/A 13 14 14 21
5. Overexertion, Strain 160 104 N/A 30 27 26 7
6. Stepped On, Contact w/Object 10 30 N/A 6 10 1 7
7. Struck by Object 11 17 N/A 4 7 3 -
8. Caught, Trapped 0 5 N/A 0 0 0 3
9. Other (all other causes) 7 78 N/A 4 0 0 -
 

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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

1994

1995

1996 - 2000

Accidents involving Fire Dept. Emergency Vehicles 0 92 N/A
Resulting Fire Fighter Injuries 0 0 N/A
Accident's involving Fire Fighter's personal vehicle 0 0 N/A
Resulting Fire Fighter injuries 0 0 N/A

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