Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall back on sound advice – time to change your clock and check your smoke alarm batteries!

Tacoma Fire Department urges you to check your smoke alarm batteries when you set your clocks back for Daylight Savings time this weekend. 

Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries, so maintenance is a simple and effective way to protect your family and reduce home fire deaths.

For best protection, it is recommended that you install alarms utilizing both 
ionization and photoelectric technology and that have long life 10 year lithium ion batteries.

Visit the 
United States FireAdministration and National Fire Protection Association for additional information regarding smoke alarm types, installation, maintenance and safety.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Smoke alarm installation event with the Red Cross was a great success!

On Saturday October 24, twelve Tacoma Firefighters and twenty volunteers from the Mount Rainier Chapter of the American Red Cross teamed up to install smoke alarms and distribute emergency management information to residents and businesses in Tacoma’s Lincoln district.

In all, 153 smoke alarms were installed in 65 homes, and 300 emergency management packets were given to businesses and residents during the outreach event.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Requests for service report - September 2015

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Technical Rescue team responds for a patient aboard a large cargo ship

At 10:13 am Sunday October 18, TFD responded to a report of a person needing medical care aboard a large cargo ship anchored in Commencement Bay. Operationally, incident command determined that the safest method to move the patient was to lower them in a stokes stretcher to the fireboat Destiny waiting below. 

Firefighters used an on-board crane as fixed directional point and set a two rope system with a tag line to safely lower the stretcher approximately 60 feet. The patient was then transported via boat and ambulance to a local area hospital. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Great Washington ShakeOut 2015

Since earthquakes may happen anywhere you work, live, or travel, Tacoma Fire Department stresses the importance of being prepared and practicing how to protect yourself during a quake.

At 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2015, millions across the country will practice the survival skill of “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”

The goal of the drill is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization, and your community. Why is this drill important? As with anything, to act quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake before strong shaking knocks you down, or something falls on you.

Visit the Great Washington ShakeOut for more details on how to participate!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

CPR SUNDAY underway!

Over 1000 signed up for free CPR classes today. Still room for more. Sessions at 10:00, 12:00, & 2:00. Foss High School, 2112 S. Tyler St. Hope to see you soon.