Video/photos: Seattle firefighters-to-be train at Lowman Beach

(Video and photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
You heard here about the plan for Seattle Fire Department trainees to practice their skills at the soon-to-be-demolished structures on the future Murray Combined Sewer Overflow storage-tank site across from Lowman Beach. Now, see (and in the clip above, hear Capt. Eddie Nelson explain) for yourself what happened. WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams shadowed them during the first day of their two-day training session:

That’s trainee Josh Milton readying his air pack. Next, trainee Ricardo Cuevas, putting on his breathing mask:

After getting geared up, trainees headed up to practice cutting a roof for “vertical ventilation:

More scenes from the firefighter trainees’ work – which comes about midway through their training – ahead:

Among the lessons learned, how to remove power lines:

And more ventilation:

From across the street, the training group had an audience:

That’s Finnegan Gras-Usry, 9, left, and Kai Kindem, 8, watching.

Whatever the task, the gear is a matter of life and death:

Above, that’s trainee William Rose. In the next photo, as trainees practiced breaching walls, Tony Savelli tried to climb through an opening:

Teamwork is vital. Below, Luke Sampson pulls Josh Milton through a wall:

The trainees learned from veterans – below, a lieutenant is showing how the interior could be difficult to navigate:

More breaching:


Below, Lt. Mike Daigle, talking with trainees outside:

And back inside:

Eventually, there is time for a break:

That’s trainee Cameron Rowand. Hydration is important. And at this site, there’s a perk:

Another round of training at the site is planned next month, including some burning, before the county finishes the demolition and starts work on the storage-tank facility. SFD told us they are very grateful to the county for allowing them the chance to train here.

5 Replies to "Video/photos: Seattle firefighters-to-be train at Lowman Beach"

  • Silly Goose March 29, 2013 (6:19 pm)

    As I look at the tanks and regulators are they suppose to look that worn out? Are our firemen getting the right equipment they need?

  • ltfd March 29, 2013 (8:16 pm)

    “As I look at the tanks and regulators are they suppose to look that worn out?”

    If you mean dirty, covered in dry wall dust, and superficially scratched from using them 40 hours/wk during each 3 month training program, then yes- they are supposed to look that worn out.

    Temporary dirt/dust from ongoing training during the day will be rinsed-off. Superficial scratches on the composite air bottles (tanks) and self-contained breathing apparatus are acceptable. The carbon fiber wrapped composite bottles are regularly inspected to ensure integrity.

  • Silly Goose March 30, 2013 (8:02 am)

    FANTASTIC, want to make sure the city leaders are directing funding to you, out of the “GENERAL FUND”! Thanks firemen!

  • Michelle R-R March 30, 2013 (8:16 am)

    Such a great video. I meant to take the kids by to watch but will show them this instead. Thanks WSB for another great piece, complete with mini-documentary!

    • WSB March 30, 2013 (9:16 am)

      You bet. And when they set those dates for more training next month, we expect to have advance notice of that too so maybe you’ll have a chance to take them by then :) – TR

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