It’s Neighbor Appreciation Day around the city, and one highlight was a chance to tour some of the Seattle Fire Department‘s stations for a couple hours at midday. We stopped at Fire Station 11 at 16th and Holden in Highland Park, which is currently home to not only Engine 11, but also a numberless backup ladder truck. We’re told it’s one of the few straight-frame ladder trucks still in service, as the two-driver tiller trucks are now preferred. Changes are ahead for Station 11, where upgrades including earthquake-safety work will start this spring, and an on-site trailer will take the place of the permanent quarters for a while.
Though the station tours are over, other Neighbor Appreciation Day events continue. A free swim is under way at Southwest Pool till 2 pm, and the Log House Museum is celebrating with free chili and cornbread on its expansive porch. You’re welcome to stop by 61st/Stevens till 4 pm – photo to come.
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