Big Seattle Fire presence by the bridge, but it’s not an emergency

(WSB photos)

Thanks for the tips! Lots of SFD firefighters on Harbor Avenue SW just north of the West Seattle Bridge, but it’s not an emergency – it’s “live-fire training.”

The house-turned-office building on this site is set for demolition as part of the 115-apartment project planned for the site (3417 Harbor SW, which cleared Design Review a year ago, and got land-use approval last spring). Property owners sometimes provide access to awaiting-demolition buildings for SFD. training, especially to help new recruits get experience; the department put out a call for properties earlier this year.

The crews at today’s site were too busy to offer many details but we have an inquiry out to downtown and will add any other details we get.

ADDED: SFD responded shortly after we published this. It’s set to continue tomorrow (Tuesday, December 7th) as well. And spectators are welcome as long as you stay on the sidewalk.

4 Replies to "Big Seattle Fire presence by the bridge, but it's not an emergency"

  • K December 6, 2021 (5:06 pm)

    That is really cool.But 115 units where a 1 house used to be…. Are they going to make Harbor Ave 4 lanes…. Traffic and what about parking 

    • Just wondering December 6, 2021 (7:20 pm)

      I was thinking how apartment occupants will get out of their garage (if they even have one!) onto Harbor Ave.  Hate to be in that area while commuting!

    • SpencerGT December 7, 2021 (5:12 pm)

      I agree that they need to density, but 115 units might be a lot…

  • SpencerGT December 6, 2021 (6:17 pm)

    Ironically, there was a water leak just up the street from where the training took place. Hopefully, they got that squared away.

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