TUESDAY: Secrets of efficient 911 calls

Happening tomorrow (with a preview for another crime/safety-related event next month), as announced on the Yahoo! list by Lora Suggs:

911 BEST PRACTICES

You will be surprised to learn what you didn’t know about calling 911 effectively and for best results.

Come to learn:

• When to call
• How calls are prioritized.
• What info you can provide to move your call to where it belongs in that prioritization.
• How 911 Operators operate, learn how to better communicate what they need
• What to look for when witnessing a crime
• How to give details that will empower Officers
• How to find out what happened to your call (response time, results, etc.)

Come learn about all this and more.

We will have Refreshments, Child Care and Spanish Interpretation. The event is FREE!

And mark your calendars for part 2 ► CPTED which stands for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Sept 22 @ 6 to 8pm

The physical design of your neighborhood and your own property, its layout, lighting, building and maintenance, can affect the levels of crime and fear in your neighborhood and home. The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED training on Sept 22nd will give you great information on the steps you can take to reduce crime in South Park and YOUR own HOME.

►The purpose of these 2 events are to gain knowledge on how we can better help ourselves, ►it will not be a forum to air grievances against the police. We would really appreciate your support on that. We hope you will come!

Hosted by the South Park Neighborhood Association with SP Merchants Assoc, The SP Business Assoc, The Community Center and SPD.

HAPPENING NOW: Fire Station 26 open house

If you’re not already there … we just received this from Seattle Fire:

The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 26, located at 800 S. Cloverdale St. in the South Park neighborhood, during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Fire Station 26 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1972, Fire Station 26 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Minor remodeling was also completed to accommodate additional equipment and to enhance operations.

Fire Station 26 houses one engine company (E26) and is one of two Seattle fire stations housing a mobile compressed air unit, which can refill spent air cylinders and deliver cylinders to wherever they are needed. The crew remained at the station during construction of this $2.5 million project.

“Engine Company 26 responded to more than 1,100 emergency responses last year assisting the residents of South Park,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “The open house is a chance for the community to get to know the firefighters who serve them on a daily basis and to see their newly remodeled fire station.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, Station 26 received additional seismic bracing to meet current codes. The remodel reconfigured the existing station space to accommodate decontamination equipment as well as crew preparation and vehicle maintenance functions.

The Fire Station 26 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by TCA Architecture + Planning and built by MJ Takisaki Inc. Construction began in September 2014 and was completed in July 2015.

UPDATE: Fire at vacant house in South Park; 14th Ave. S. blamed on ‘transient activity’

(Added 6:55 am – Seattle Fire Department photo)

6:22 AM: One person just texted us, wondering if there was a fire call, as the smell of smoke in the air was strong enough to wake them up. Yes, Seattle Fire is at 16th and Donovan, and says a vacant house there is on fire. It’s serious enough that they are fighting it “defensively.” They’re putting water on it from “two aerial pipes.” This was on the “dangerous building list” according to what we’re hearing via scanner. No report of injuries. Take note that this is affecting traffic on 14th:


According to scanner discussion, 14th is closed between Cloverdale and Director.

6:46 AM: The closure zone has expanded to Concord, so that vehicles have more room to turn around.

7:17 AM: 14th Avenue South is reopening. No word yet on the fire’s cause; we’ll update later when that information is available.

8:44 PM UPDATE: From SFD:

A Seattle Fire Investigators determined an early morning fire at a vacant South Park home was accidental, caused by transient activity which ignited combustible materials in the attic space.

At 5:36 a.m. a 911 call came into the Fire Alarm Center reporting a large amount of smoke coming from an abandoned home located in the 1400 block of South Donovan Street. Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from the eaves of the home. The house was vacant and previously boarded up. The local engine company had previously inspected the property and found interior hazards so the house was listed as a dangerous building.

Due to the dangerous building status, firefighters launched a defensive attack, fighting the fire from the outside of the building to avoid exposing firefighters to any unnecessary risks. Due to fire damage to the home, a collapse zone was created around the immediately exterior of the house.

The flames extended from the attic space down to the second floor of the home. Crews used multiple hose lines and two ladder pipes capable of dumping 1,000 gallons a minute each on the fire. At 9:27 a.m. the fire was extinguished or tapped.

During the firefight, the roof of the home and a second floor collapsed. Once the flames were knocked down, crews searched both floors of the home and the basement for any occupants. No one was found inside the home. Waist-deep combustibles were piled up throughout the home, which made the search more challenging.

The damage estimate is $55,000 and there were no reported injuries.

Scenes from Water Festival, Day 1, and a look ahead to Day 2

The first day of the Water Festival at Duwamish Waterway Park – presented by ECOSS in connection with the summer-long Duwamish Revealed celebration – is about to culminate in a lantern ceremony, after a day of lantern-making, food, and entertainment. An ongoing music/dance showcase this afternoon featured a variety of performers – while we were there, breakdancer Peanutt took a turn:

So did 10-year-old singer Palonnie Wolfe, who belted out ballads with a voice carrying power far beyond her years:

Whether you made it to the festival today or not, you definitely want to go tomorrow – with highlights including folk dance and lucha libre wrestling – here’s the schedule:

12-3 pm: Dragon boat racing from Club Sake, workboats dressed up as Mexican trajinera boats, and the Duwamish Raven Canoe.
12:00 pm: CeAtl Tonalli Danza Azteca
12:30 pm: Mariachi Ayutla
1:00 pm: Reverberando (Milvia Pacheco, David Blanco, & Mirta Wymerszberg)
2:00 pm: Ballet Folklorico Angeles de Mexico
3:00 pm: Lucha Libre Volcanica, the only Luchador school in Western Washington!

12-6 pm: Art and activities for all ages featuring:

Marianne Maksirisombat and Ben Brockus-Hall help you create your own “Happiness Mirror”
“Keep Quiet” by Timothy Firth – explore the hidden sounds of the neighborhood and the river

It’s all happening at the park, 7900 10th Avenue S.

Water Festival this weekend at Duwamish Waterway Park, as part of Duwamish Revealed

Today was sort of an impromptu celebration of water, with all that rain. Tomorrow and Sunday, the Water Festival arrives in South Park’s Duwamish Waterway Park, as part of the ongoing Duwamish Revealed. From the DR website:

Saturday August 15, 12-8 pm & Sunday August 16, 12-6 pm
Duwamish Waterway Park
Produced in collaboration with Las Promotoras and the UW Khmer Students Association

SATURDAY
12-3 pm: Dragon boat racing from Club Sake
3 pm: Cambodian Cooking Demonstration: Traditional, healthy dishes made with salmon from the river.
4-8 pm: Traditional dance and music showcase featuring:
UW Khmer Students Association
Rainier Vista Youth Dancers
Sayaw (UW Filipino American Student Association)
Palonnie Wolfe
Sameth Mell
Peanutt
Apsara

12-8 pm: Art and activities for all ages featuring:
Cambodian lantern making with a traditional lantern ceremony at 8 pm
Marianne Maksirisombat and Ben Brockus-Hall help you create your own “Happiness Mirror”
“Keep Quiet” by Timothy Firth – explore the hidden sounds of the neighborhood and the river

SUNDAY
12-3 pm: Dragon boat racing from Club Sake, workboats dressed up as Mexican trajinera boats, and the Duwamish Raven Canoe.
12:00 pm: CeAtl Tonalli Danza Azteca
12:30 pm: Mariachi Ayutla
1:00 pm: Reverberando (Milvia Pacheco, David Blanco, & Mirta Wymerszberg)
2:00 pm: Ballet Folklorico Angeles de Mexico
3:00 pm: Lucha Libre Volcanica, the only Luchador school in Western Washington!

12-6 pm: Art and activities for all ages featuring:
Marianne Maksirisombat and Ben Brockus-Hall help you create your own “Happiness Mirror”
“Keep Quiet” by Timothy Firth – explore the hidden sounds of the neighborhood and the river

Find It / Fix It walk set for Saturday, August 15

In case you haven’t heard – a Find It/Fix It walk is planned for South Park one week from Saturday. The announcement:

– Saturday, August 15th, @ 10 am

– Starting at South Park Community Center

– Starbucks Coffee will be provided

In 2014, Mayor Ed Murray initiated Seattle Find It, Fix It Community Walks, a series of Mayor-led walks that help to neighborhoods one block at a time. During these walks, the Mayor, city officials, Police Chief, and neighbors will come together to identify areas for revitalization in each neighborhood.

This year, The Mayor’s Office has partnered with Cities of Service – a national nonprofit that works to implement high-impact volunteer strategies – to take the community walks one step further. The City of Seattle was awarded grant money, in addition to two AmeriCorps VISTA members, to support the community project mini-grant program. The goal is to encourage volunteer efforts of community members who are working together to make their communities healthier, safer, and vibrant. For more information, click here.

Congratulations, Duwamish Rowing Club youth program! Green Lake regatta success

Congratulations to South Park’s own Duwamish Rowing Club for a big achievement. Thanks to Jay for the photo and report:

The youth program at the Duwamish Rowing Club placed 1st and 2nd in separate heats for the women’s novice 4+ events at this summer’s 2015 Extravaganza rowing regatta held at Green Lake on August 1st.

The club’s mission is to bring the sport of rowing to the residents of South Park, Georgetown, White Center and the surrounding neighborhoods; and to offer recreational access to the Duwamish River that is affordable for everyone. The club is always interested in taking on new members. Call Coach Mike at 206-402 1830 if you are interested in joining us. All ages are welcome.

Seattle Fire, City Light responding to transformer problem

Big Seattle Fire/Seattle City Light response in the 15th/Dallas/Thistle vicinity right now – a reported transformer leak.


This is complicating traffic on the SP side of the South Park Bridge, obviously. No injuries reported so far.

Concerns about crime/policing in South Park? ‘Focus group’ next Monday

If you haven’t heard about this already: Research assistant Jennifer Burbridge, who’s working with the Southwest Precinct right now, is leading “focus groups” around the area to listen to neighbors’ concerns about crime, safety, and policing, and she’s hoping to hear from South Park residents next Monday, July 27th, 6-7 pm at the precinct. Join her in the meeting room at 2300 SW Webster in West Seattle.

Arson suspect arrested in South Park apartment fire

(Seattle Fire Department photo)

Seattle Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the Saturday morning fire at an apartment building in the 1000 block of South Thistle in South Park.

According to their report on SPD Blotter, “A man was seen pouring what was believed to be gasoline over an external stairway at the building, then lighting it was an open flame. A woman was trapped on the second floor of the burning building, but firefighters were able to get her out safely. After extinguishing the fire, investigators called detectives from the Arson/Bomb Squad to the scene. Detectives interviewed several witnesses who were able to provide the identity of the suspect.” They found him in South Park later in the day.

The SFD website Fire Line tells more of the story of the fire:

Engine Company 26 arrived to find flames shooting out of the building and began a rescue effort, pulling a trapped female tenant from her burning apartment using a ladder. There were four residents home at the time of the fire and all four safely escaped. None of the occupants needed medical attention.

Firefighters used multiple hose lines to knock down the fire. It took 20 minutes to knock down the flames, and 45 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

The fire started on the outside of the building and extended to the structure. The fire investigator determined the damage estimate is $200,000 to the structure and $100,000 to the contents. … One firefighter was transported to Harborview Medical Center by medics as a precaution after becoming overheated.