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As Fires Surge in Vacant Buildings, Mayor Harrell Proposes Emergency Legislation for Faster Demolition and Remediation of Risks

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has submitted emergency legislation to amend the Seattle Fire Code and allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to order and complete demolition or remediation of unsafe vacant buildings in Seattle. “These dangerous vacant buildings are known hazards that put our first… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Fire Department launches pilot program allowing paramedics to administer buprenorphine in the field

SEATTLE – Mayor Bruce Harrell joined Seattle Fire Department (SFD) Chief Harold Scoggins, SFD Medical Director Dr. Michael Sayre and other leaders today to announce the launch of a new pilot program in Seattle that allows SFD’s paramedics to administer a new medicine in the field. The medication, with a… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Public Forums to Discuss Creating a Safer Seattle

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced upcoming public forums to discuss his vision for creating a safer Seattle and to hear directly from community members on this important issue. The first Creating a Safer Seattle discussion will be Thursday, March 14, from 6 – 7:30 pm at the downtown… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on SPD Homicide Arrests

Seattle – Today, Mayor Harrell released the following statement after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced arrests made in three recent homicide cases:  “These homicide arrests are another example of why I am grateful for the service of our police officers. They were persistent, patient, and thorough – and the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Celebrates New Canopy Lighting at Chinatown-International District’s Hing Hay Park

New permanent canopy lights and lanterns will enhance the safety and character of treasured community gathering space Seattle – On Thursday, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined community leaders and business owners in the Chinatown-International District to celebrate the installation of new canopy and café lighting fixtures at Hing Hay Park. Supported… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell, City Leaders Expand Public Safety Network with Groundbreaking of New Fire Station 31  

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined the Seattle Fire Department (SFD), Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) and City and community leaders to break ground on the future site of Fire Station 31 in North Seattle.   Construction of the new 22,000 square foot station located at 11302 Meridian Ave…. [ Keep reading ]

As State Legislative Session Begins, Mayor Harrell Highlights Key Priorities for Seattle

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell shared key legislative priorities for his administration and the people of Seattle as the Washington State Legislature begins the 2024 session. Mayor Harrell is calling for bold action on critical public safety, behavioral health, and other priority issues that impact Seattle and cities… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New Seattle Fire Fighters Contract Proposal

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced a new proposed contract agreement between the City of Seattle and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 27 AFL-CIO-CLC has been submitted to the City Council for approval during their meeting at 2 pm today. The fire fighter members of Local 27… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Mayor Harrell and San Francisco Mayor Breed Urge Congressional Leaders to Support Increased Funding to Combat Fentanyl Crisis

37 bipartisan mayors ask Congress to support Biden Administration’s efforts to prevent overdose deaths Seattle/San Francisco, November 14, 2023 — Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and 35 other U.S. mayors sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass President Biden’s supplemental funding request… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor and Councilmembers Propose New Police Agreement Expanding Diversified Response, Increasing Park Ranger Responsibilities, and Improving Police Availability and Event Staffing 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, Council President Debora Juarez, and Councilmembers Lisa Herbold, Alex Pedersen, Dan Strauss, and Andrew Lewis announced a proposal for a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) regarding diversified response and special events. The MOU supports the City’s recently launched… [ Keep reading ]