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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Fire Department Proposes New Marina Legislation

10/18/2004  1:11:00 PM
Kellie Randall  (206) 386-1335

Fire Department Proposes New Marina Legislation

The Seattle Fire Department is inviting public comment on a proposal to require fire sprinklers and standpipes to be installed retroactively in existing covered boat moorage in Seattle. A public meeting to review the proposal will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 PM at Port of Seattle Headquarters, Commission Chambers, 2711 Alaskan Way.

The Fire Department's proposal, in the event it goes forward for consideration and approval by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, would allow marina owners up to three years to install the fire protection equipment in existing covered moorage. Newly constructed covered boat moorage is already required to have fire sprinklers and standpipes under the current Seattle Fire Code. Those marinas without covered boat moorage would not be affected by the proposal.

The Fire Department's proposed requirement for fire sprinklers and standpipes in covered moorage is in response to a number of large loss fires occurring at Seattle marinas in recent years. In the five-year period from 1999 through 2003 there were at least 36 marina-related fires in Seattle accounting for more than $20 million in property loss. Five of those 36 fires occurred in covered moorage, and resulted in an average property loss of over $3.5 million for each fire. Fire officials indicate the actual losses, including required environmental cleanup, are probably much higher. The average property loss for marina related fires not involving covered moorage was just under $50,000.

Among the largest and most dramatic of the recent fires were those occurring at the Seattle Yacht Club on January 29, 2002 and at the Northlake Marina on May 17, 2002. These two fires accounted for more than $17 million in property loss.

The proposed marina requirements can be viewed on the Seattle Fire Department's web page at Copies may be requested in person at the Seattle Fire Department Fire Prevention Division Office during regular business hours. Written comments may be sent via e-mail to Seattle Fire Marshal John Nelsen at

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