Seattle Fire Department Annual Reports, 1895-1989  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Seattle Fire Department Annual Reports
Dates
1895-1989 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.8 cubic ft., ((5 boxes))
Collection Number
1802-G4
Summary
Annual reports of the Seattle Fire Department, also including Fire Marshall and City Electrician reports. Reports include information on Fire Department employees, duties performed, notable fires, and fire prevention.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Seattle amended its City Charter in 1883 to establish a fire department. It provided for equipment purchases, but not for hiring firefighters. By 1889, Seattle had seven volunteer fire companies. Following the Great Fire of 1889, a professional fire department was created with five district fire stations and purchase of a fire boat. The first Fire Chief of the professional department was Gardner Kellogg, who served 1890-1892 and 1895-1901. A Board of Fire Commissioners was established by the 1890 City Charter to prescribe rules and regulations for the Department. The Board's responsibilities included enforcing rules violations and appointing the Fire Chief and all subordinate officers. The Board was abolished with passage of a new City Charter in 1896. The Department's mission is to curtail loss of life and property by fire through inspection and certification of building safety systems, public education, regulation of hazardous material storage, and fire suppression.

The position of City Electrician was created in 1909 by Ordinance 22354 as part of the Special Service Corps. The City Electrician was originally in charge of the Fire Alarm Telegraph System, the Police Signal and Telephone System, the wiring of public buildings, and other responsibilities. Responsibility for inspection of electrical wiring and equipment installed in and about buildings was transferred to the Building Department in 1914. In 1918, through Ordinance 38896, the title of City Electrician was changed to that of Superintendent of Fire Alarm and Police Signal Systems, a position filled by appointment by the Chief of the Fire Department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Fire Department annual reports date from 1895 to 1989. Early reports include duties performed, statistics, financial information, and ages and names of Fire Department members. Information on alarms responded to includes date, time, location, and financial loss. Causes of fires are also listed, although this later transferred to the Fire Marshall reports. Later reports list only “notable fires.”

The position of Fire Marshall was established in 1901; responsibilities included enforcing ordinances for the prevention of fires. Causes of fire were listed in Fire Marshall reports. Fire Marshall reports are a separate subseries dating from 1904 to 1931, when they have a separate CF number. Fire Marshall reports are also included with the Fire Department report for many years. Fire Alarm Superintendent reports are also included with many Fire Department annual reports. This office originated in 1890 as the Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph department.

In the 1920s reports discuss administrative changes, such as the “Day Off in Eight” system, institution of a School of Instruction, rating systems, calisthenics, and, in the Fire Marshall reports, fire prevention work. By the 1940s, reports are less detailed.

There are seven reports for the City Electrician dating from 1908 to 1916. Howard Joslyn was the City Electrician for these years. Included are status reports on the fire alarm system and police signal system.

Records were originally filed with the City Clerk in the Comptroller/Clerk's Files (CFs) and were removed to create this record series.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Fire Department Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-G4. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Subseries I: Fire Department Annual Reports, 1895-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1895
1/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1897
1/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1899
1/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1900
1/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1903
1/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1904
1/3
Fire Department Annual Report (includes Fire Marshall)
1905
1/3
Fire Department Annual Report
1908
1/3
Fire Department Annual Report
1909
1/3
Fire Department Annual Report
1913
1/4
Fire Department Annual Report (includes inventory)
1910
1/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1913
1/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1914
1/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1915
1/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1916
1/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1917
1/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1918
1/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1919
1/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1920
1/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1921
1/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1921
2/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1922
2/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1923
2/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1923
2/3
Fire Department Annual Report (unpublished)
1924
2/3
Fire Department Annual Report
1924
2/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1925
2/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1926
2/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1927
2/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1928
2/6
Fire Department Annual Report (unpublished)
1931
2/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1931
2/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1933
2/8
Fire Department Annual Report
1934
3/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1935
3/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1936
3/3
Fire Department Annual Report
1937
3/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1938
3/4
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1939
3/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1939
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1940
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1942
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1943
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1944
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1945
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1945
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1946
3/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1947
3/6
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1948
3/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1948
3/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1949
3/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1950
3/7
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1950
3/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1951
3/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1953
3/7
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1953
3/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1954
3/7
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1954
3/8
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1955
3/8
Fire Department Annual Report
1955
3/8
Fire Department Annual Report
1956
3/8
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1956
3/8
Fire Department Annual Report
1957
3/8
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1957
3/9
Fire Department Annual Report (Statistical)
1958
3/9
Fire Department Annual Report
1958
3/9
Fire Department Annual Report
1959
3/9
Fire Department Annual Report
1960
4/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1961
4/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1962
4/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1963
4/1
Fire Department Annual Report
1964
4/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1965
4/2
Fire Department Annual Report
1966
4/3
Fire Department Annual Report
1967
4/3
Fire Department Annual Report
1968
4/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1969
4/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1970
4/4
Fire Department Annual Report
1971
4/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1973
4/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1975
4/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1976
4/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1977
4/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1978
4/5
Fire Department Annual Report (Supplemental)
1979
4/5
Fire Department Annual Report
1979
4/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1980
4/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1981
4/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1982
4/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1983
4/6
Fire Department Annual Report
1984
4/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1985-1986
4/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1987
4/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1988
4/7
Fire Department Annual Report
1989

Subseries II: Fire Marshall Annual Reports, 1904-1931Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/1
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1904
5/1
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1908
5/1
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1909
5/1
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1910
5/1
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1912
5/1
Fire Marshall Annual Report (Fiscal Year 1913)
1913
5/1
Fire Marshall Annual Report (Year End 12/31/1913)
1913
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1914
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1914
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1915
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1916
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1917
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1918
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1919
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1919
5/2
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1920
5/3
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1921
5/3
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1922
5/3
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1923
5/3
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1924
5/3
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1925
5/3
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1927
5/3
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1928
5/4
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1929
5/4
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1930
5/4
Fire Marshall Annual Report
1931
5/5
City Electrician Annual Report
1908

Subseries III: City Electrician Annual Reports, 1909-1916Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/5
City Electrician Annual Report
1909
5/5
City Electrician Annual Report
1910
5/5
City Electrician Annual Report
1913
5/5
City Electrician Annual Report
1914
5/5
City Electrician Annual Report
1915
5/5
City Electrician Annual Report
1916

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Fire departments--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Fire prevention--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Fire extinction--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Fire fighters--Training of--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Fires--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Occupations :
  • Fire fighters--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Fire Dept. (creator)
    • Seattle (Wash.). City Electrician (creator)
    • Seattle (Wash.). Fire Alarm Superintendent (creator)
    • Seattle (Wash.). Fire Marshall (creator)