Station 13 - Beacon Hill

Updated: May 16, 2013

Station 13 houses one engine company (E13), a battalion chief unit and reserve battalion chief unit. It currently serves as the lead station for Battalion V, which serves most of southeast Seattle. In 2004, the station was designated as a landmark. See the landmark nomination report.

Although Station 13 was built more than 75 years ago, its extensive expansion and renovation in 1987 resulted in many improvements. The south apparatus bay went through emergency seismic repairs in 2001 in response to the Nisqually earthquake.

About the Project
Hoshide Wanzer Williams Architects designed the upgrade of the facility.

The project scope included:

  • A seismic upgrade to bring the station up to current safety standards
  • An addition to accommodate crew kitchen, dining and outdoor storage
  • Remodeled interior to provide space for support functions
  • Emergency generator
  • New roof

Current Status
The project is complete.


  • May 2012: Approximately 1,200 neighbors had the opportunity to tour the upgraded station, meet with local firefighters and explore children's activities at the Dedication and Open House event.
  • April 2012: Project completed.
  • December 2011: Fire crews moved to temporary quarters at Fire Station 14, located at 3224 Fourth Ave. S. for the duration of the project. The relocation will ensure continued fire response to the neighborhood served by Fire Station 13.
  • July 2011: Construction started. Representatives of the City's project management team join Beisley, Inc. and the fire department at a "meet and greet" event prior to construction.
  • June 2011: The battalion chief is temporarily relocated to Fire Station 30 at 2931 S. Mt. Baker Blvd. for the duration of the project.
  • May 2011: Beisley, Inc. was awarded the construction contract.
  • September 2010: the City's Landmark Preservation Board approved the exterior design of the project.
  • June 2010: Neighbors attended a design development open house to see the progress of the preliminary design and the fire engines.
  • November 2009: Neighbors attended a schematic design open house to see the preliminary design and the fire engines.
  • February 2009: Hoshide Wanzer Williams Architects were selected to design the project.

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