Councilmember Kettle Visits MOHAI, Attends Fire Station 31 Groundbreaking

Seattle City Councilmember Bob Kettle and his staff at MOHAI

Last Friday, February 2nd, Councilmember Kettle and his staff visited the Museum of History and Industry. This was the first in-district “field trip” for the Councilmember, and while he was there, he was greeted by the Executive Director Leonard Garfield, Director of Education Sondra Snyder, Ben Straley, Mike Stanley, and Maureen Frisch.  

The MOHAI is one of the most dynamic and beautiful museums in Seattle, sitting at the foot of South Lake Union, and the current building that houses the MOHAI has an interesting history—it started as a Navy armory before being decommissioned.  

Right now, the MOHAI has an exhibit dedicated to the “Boys in the Boat”, and this upcoming Thursday—February 8th—is Free Admission Day for the month of February!  

Thank you to the staff and Board of the MOHAI for hosting the Councilmember and his staff! 

Yesterday, February 5th, Councilmember Kettle and his chief of staff attended the groundbreaking of Fire Station 31 in Northgate. This event was well attended, and short speeches were given by Mayor Harrell, fellow Councilmember Moore, Fire Chief Scoggins, Acting Director Grover (FAS), Vice President of IAFF27 Liam Roney, and Battalion Chief Murray. 

Seattle Fire Department is an integral part of Seattle’s public safety network, and this new Fire Station will have the capacity to house a fire engine, a ladder truck, a medic unit, an aid unit, and it will also be host to a Health One unit. The SFD bridges the needs of public safety and public health, and Councilmember Kettle was grateful for the opportunity to join the SFD for the beginning of the construction of this much needed station in Northgate.  

Seattle Firefighters are facing some major challenges, some that predate the pandemic: aging gear, a drug-use crisis, more frequent occurrences of theft and assault, and burn-out. The Councilmember is determined to work these issues in his capacity as Chair of the Public Safety Committee and as a Councilmember more generally. 

Thank you to Mayor Harrell, Councilmember Moore, Fire Chief Scoggins, and Battalion Chief Murray for inviting Councilmember Kettle to this groundbreaking!