Seattle Fire prepares staffing plans ahead of vaccine mandate deadline

SEATTLE — Contingency planning for the Seattle Fire Department is underway as a result of the vaccine mandate deadline on Oct. 18.

Based on current vaccine verification forms that have been submitted, Seattle Fire expects to lose some personnel as a result of the mandate.

Planning ahead, Seattle Fire has put the following into action:

  • All nonessential training and community events are canceled
  • Limiting annual building focus to schools
  • Prioritizing which units could be placed out-of-service
  • Adjust response models to best serve residents
  • Activating the Resource Management Center to monitor response data in real-time

Seattle Fire assures the community that 911 calls will be answered during this time and crews will arrive.

A final plan will be determined once the number of personnel who depart are tallied.