On Thursday (Sept 9), the Port of Seattle held a small ceremony at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Fire Station to formally hand over two fire trucks that are being retired from the active fleet. The two trucks will continue to serve elsewhere as training vehicles.
The first truck — a 1992 Oshkosh designed primarily to fight aircraft fires — will find a new berth in North Bend, WA at the State Patrol’s Fire Training Academy. The Oshkosh carries 3,000 gallons of water on board, 500 pounds of dry chemical, 400 gallons of foam and can shoot water while on-the-move, something that normal fire trucks can’t do.
The Washington State Fire Academy is operated by the Washington State Patrol, through the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Most city and county firefighters receive their initial and recurrent training there. About 5000 students a year pass through the academy gates, and about 500 of those have received additional training in Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting.
Mark Reis, Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport and Randy Krause, Port of Seattle Fire Chief handed over a symbolic Oshkosh’s “pink slip” to State Patrol Chief John Batiste and State Fire Marshall Chuck Duffy in lieu of keys, which it doesn’t use.
The second — a 1986 Darley fire engine — will stay closer to home and serve at the Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC), a school for career preparation and technical education in the Highline School District. Battallion Chief John Madson, Fire Services program administrator at PSCC, was on hand to accept the Darley along with lead instructor Robb Lovre, instructor Mark Voigt, Greg Smith, Alicia McAlvey and Erin Certain.
The Port of Seattle regularly retires its vehicles after 12 years in active service and four years in reserve service. The Port has donated four of its retired trucks to regional agencies since 1998.
Photographer Michael Brunk was at the ceremony and put together the following slideshow.
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