Seattle firefighters need a favor: Could they please burn down your house?

It's all for training, but SFD needs a real house that's already slated for demolition so they can train and practice

October 4, 2020
Firefighter using a hose

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I'm not sure why this caught my eye, but I love the idea.

You know how in Seattle's red-hot real-estate market, people will sometimes buy a creaky old bungalow that's seen better days, then tear it down and build a big, boxy new contemporary house in its place?

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Well if you're lucky enough to be in a position to do that, and your contractor has a demolition permit for the old house, the Seattle Fire Department would like to save you a few bucks on the teardown: They'd like to set your house on fire and burn it down.

Here's the story from the SFD Twitter feed:

Help us out with live-fire training for our newest Seattle firefighters! Live-fire training for our current recruit class is scheduled for Nov. 2-6, 2020. The fire department is actively looking for single-family home(s) scheduled for demolition. The project must have a Demolition Permit in hand. Additionally, would need to be willing to allow access Oct. 27-30 to facilitate training set-up. Contact SFD’s Training Division if interested at 206-386-1772 or

Live-fire training is an opportunity for our new fire recruits to work with our company officers and face real fire scenarios in a controlled setting. This experience is vital to the development of new recruits as these fires act as a final evaluation of what they have learned over the past 12 weeks of training. The training focuses on fire attack, teamwork and communication.

I know it's a long shot, but if you happen to wind up letting them use your old house, please let me know, so my 9-year-old son and I can come over and watch the action!