Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Requests for service report - June 2015

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
June
2015 (YTD)
2014 (YTD)
Fire
275
781
575
Emergency Medical
3,016
18,100
17,040
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
550
3,137
2,648
Total
3,841
22,018
20,263
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Monday, July 13, 2015

1000 Man Family March and Festival

Save the date:  join us for the 1000 Man Family March and Festival on Saturday August 1, 2015.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scrap Metal Fire Response

Firefighters responded to a reported scrap metal fire at a recycling business located at 1902 Marine View Drive at approximately 3:30 this afternoon. The first arriving companies found a fire that had ignited in a large pile of scrap material. Operationally, crews established master streams to contain the fire and plant personnel used a grappling hook machine to pull the pile apart to get at the core of the fire to extinguish it. The fire took over two-hours to bring under control and there were no injuries to report.








Fireworks and 4th of July Safety

TFD encourages you and your family to attend a public fireworks display to enjoy fireworks.

Reminder:

  • All Fireworks are illegal in the City of Tacoma. 
  • Violators are subject to a $257 dollar fine and the confiscation of their fireworks. 
  • Please call (253) 798-4722 to report suspected violations. 
  • Tacoma Police Department will respond to fireworks related calls as units become available.



  • Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Requests for Service Report - May 2015

    TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
    TFD - Incidents
    May
    2015 (YTD)
    2014 (YTD)
    Fire
    147
    506
    406
    Emergency Medical
    3,083
    15,084
    14,161
    All Other
    (e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
    540
    2,587
    2,202
    Total
    3,770
    18,177
    16,769
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    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Tacoma Fire Department earns national EMS award

    In May, Tacoma Fire Department received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing operational and quality improvement procedures that expedite treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

    Every year, more than 250,000 people nationwide experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

    Fortunately for the more than 218,000 citizens served by Tacoma Fire—including those living in Tacoma, Fircrest, Fife and Fire District 10—the firefighter-paramedics and firefighter-EMTs work closely with Tacoma General Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center as part of a comprehensive emergency cardiac care system. “This system benefits our citizens who have a STEMI-type of heart attack each year, as well as those who experience other serious cardiac conditions,” said TFD’s Medical Service Officer Mike Newhouse.

    TFD was recognized for its early and accurate interpretation of 12-lead ECGs, which can determine if a heart attack is occurring, and for following protocols derived from national guidelines. The correct tools and training allow firefighter-paramedics to rapidly identify a STEMI patient and alert the hospitals that an incoming patient will need immediate treatment in a cardiac lab. This gives the hospitals time to assemble a specialized cardiac team to treat the patient.

    “While Tacoma Fire is working hard with its partners to decrease the time to care for STEMI heart attack patients, many still wait too long before calling 9-1-1 with heart attack symptoms. For example, they may have unexplained chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, or dizziness or sweating” Newhouse said.


    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Live-Fire Training in Fife

    On June 22 TFD conducted a structure fire training burn at 3914 Pacific Hwy East, Fife.

    Live-fire training in a controlled environment is a valuable tool in developing firefighter skills. Training burns also help TFD comply with the states requirements for live-fire training. Firefighters practiced interior fire attack, hose handling, observing fire behavior, and recovering trapped firefighters.

    TFD’s training center staff coordinated the regulatory aspects of the burn.