Neighbors’ day to explore West Seattle’s new Fire Station 37

December 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm | In Sunrise Heights, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

(WSB photos by Ellen Cedergreen)
This might have been West Seattle’s hottest (free!) ticket today – the long-awaited community open house at brand-new Fire Station 37 in Sunrise Heights, two months after crews moved in. Outside, visitors got to check out various SFD vehicles; inside, there was face painting, coloring, stickers, beverages, and treats. The next view is from the workout room on the second floor (living quarters are on the ground floor):

One of the big attractions – the sculpture “Lifter” outside the station (discussed here extensively, with a photo of the entire sculpture, in case you haven’t seen it), whose artist Pete Beeman came up from Portland for the occasion:

He helped kids figure out how to turn its crank – and offered prizes to everybody who gave it a try:

Visitors got to meet firefighters from all over the city:

In a nod to history, the Last Resort Fire Department (famous for appearances in parades including the West Seattle American Legion Post 160 Grand Parade) had an engine on hand too. Bob Carson told WSB he thinks historic engines like this will probably outlast the new ones!

And as much as everyone enjoys meeting firefighters, the goal is to not ever meet them in more urgent circumstances – so educational displays were part of today’s event as well, as were free batteries for smoke detectors (change yours every year!):

Fire Station 37 is at the corner of 35th and Holden, a few blocks south of its predecessor, whose fate hasn’t been determined yet – the city intends to sell it, but since it’s a landmark, tearing it down is not an option.


  1. thanks to everyone for inviting us into their fire station, we had a great time. got our face painted, loved the view from the upper roof deck, and sit in the engine..

    I am curious, if the sculpture is meant to represent the ‘jaws of life’- what is the incredibly similar sculpture in Lake Oswego meant to represent again ?

    Comment by 1% for what ? — 4:36 pm December 4, 2010 #

  2. go station 37. very nice looking station

    Comment by ws mavrick — 11:48 am December 5, 2010 #

  3. We’re all excited that there is a firehouse there instead of that old crackhouse-looking building that was there before. Still though, you’re calling the area “Sunrise Heights”? Did you guys just make that name up? It’s called High Point. We can’t just make up a new name every time we want an area to seem nicer…

    Comment by Alex — 5:46 pm December 5, 2010 #

  4. No, that’s not High Point. High Point is to the north. It’s Sunrise Heights. Even has a neighborhood association (though its website was unfortunately built on Ning and is in some kind of weird limbo at the moment). From a meeting we covered last year:
    A more recent, and governmental, usage of the name:

    Comment by WSB — 6:00 pm December 5, 2010 #

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