The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 was a reason we needed to have an organized Fire Dept. On June 6, of that year, we lost our entire city thanks to a bucket of glue that boiled over and caught fire. We had a fire chief out of town that day at a wedding in San Francisco and a volunteer detachment that had many challenges that day (Short fire hoses, Low tides, Low water pressure, Warm weather and a city with buildings , streets and sidewalks made all of wood.. August 1889 the Seattle Fire Dept was born. Since then we have seen many fire trucks and engines come and go over the years. Thanks to a father and son (former Seattle Fire Fighters) we now have the largest collection of fire apparatus for a US City. And the most rigs that are still running and capable of full operation. The Seattle Fire Festival is a celebration of the community and dedicated work of all fire fighters and these trucks. This free admission event is this Saturday (July 13, 2013) in Seattle's Pioneer Square (Occidenatal Square Park). Trucks of the last 100 years will be featured as well as free admission to the Last Resort Fire Dept. Museum (Main St. and 2nd Ave South) , Seattle Police Museum and Klondike Gold Rush Museum. Trucks featured include one the first motorized rigs that went into service in 1913 (Now celebrating 100 years) and a Hook and Ladder featured in a Seattle episode of NBC's hit series 'EMERGENCY" from the 70's (remember paramedics Johnny Gage and Roy Desoto and Squad 51 with a rescue in the KINGDOME?)
Below is the President of Last Resort Fire Dept., Page Reed, sharing the highlights of this event. She is former personnel of Harborview ER in Seattle and an EMT.