Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TFD food drive supports YWCA - 2014

An annual event since 2003, Tacoma Fire Department takes great pride in supporting our local YWCA Women's Shelter. Firefighters and YWCA staff created a human supply chain today to unload and stock thousands of pounds of non-perishable staples, toiletries and infant care items that TFD employees donated to help support program participants in the coming months. 

Established in 1906, the 
YWCA Pierce County has devoted over a century to creating opportunity and safety for women and children in our community. A forerunner in the domestic violence service provision field, the YWCA established Washington State's first domestic violence shelter in 1976.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Tacoma Firefighters Christmas Project

Tacoma Firefighters raise $14,000 to brighten the holidays for 140 local families.

For the past 26 years, Tacoma Firefighters have brought holiday cheer to the lives of thousands of Tacoma children and their families with deliveries of food, clothing and gifts just before Christmas. This year, firefighters have raised over $14,000 dollars to help more than 140 children and families in need.

“It’s always a great honor to help bring a little happiness to those in need during the holidays,” said project co-founder Captain Jim Lee (other co-founders include Lieutenant Andrea Schroeder and Firefighter Ron Ernst). "We are also very grateful for the generous support from active and retired Tacoma Firefighters throughout the past 26 years. Without their commitment to the community and this program, none of this would have been possible" said Lee.

Special deliveries from a fire engine, medic unit and Santa Claus are scheduled for Dec. 20 and Dec. 22. This year’s recipients were identified through the Tacoma School District Head Start Program, YWCA Women’s Shelter, and the Sharing House.

For additional information regarding this event, contact Captain Jim Lee at (253) 381-0851.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Requests for Service - November 2014

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Training burn on 70th Avenue East

On Wednesday, December 03, 2014, Tacoma Fire Department conducted a training burn at 3007 70th Avenue East, Fife.

Live fire training in a controlled environment is a valuable tool to develop firefighting skills. Over 20 firefighters and staff participated in a variety of drills throughout the day. Training objectives included interior fire attack, hose handling, observing fire behavior, and deploying a Rapid Intervention Crew to rescue trapped firefighters.

TFD’s training center staff coordinated the regulatory aspects of the burn and there were no injuries to report. 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"Tried & True" recipe for a safe Thanksgiving - 2014!

According to the United States Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires!

Tacoma Fire Department encourages everyone to follow this "tried and true" recipe for a safe holiday.

When it comes to cooking:
  • Keep a close watch on your cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Keep oven food packaging and combustibles away from burners and heat sources.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three-feet around the stove.
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarms.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Requests for Service - October 2014

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fire rips through 4-plex on South "M" Street

Incident Date:  11/14/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 4109 S. “M” St.
Incident Type:  Apartment Fire

Narrative: At 3:30 am firefighters from stations 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, and 11 responded to a reported apartment fire.

The first arriving company found heavy flames showing from the front of the three-story approximately 4,900 square foot four-plex. Crews mounted an aggressive interior attack with handlines and searched the building to confirm that no one was trapped inside. As the threat of a possible roof collapse mounted, the Incident Commander transitioned to a defensive strategy, deploying an overhead master stream to extinguish the well-entrenched fire on the top floor and roof.

All occupants were able to escape without harm and the Red Cross was requested to provide relocation assistance to the five adults and three children displaced in the blaze.

The cause of the fire appears accidental and may have been caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. The area of origin was the second floor porch. The building is likely a total loss.