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Thursday, September 11, 2014

World Trade Center steel dedication at TFD's 9-1-1 remembrance ceremony 2014

We are grateful to those who joined us in honoring the heroes and victims of 9/11 at our Remembrance Ceremony today.

A special thanks to retired Lt. James Joyce of FDNY for joining us for the dedication of a piece of World Trade Center Steel at our Tacoma Firefighters Memorial. Thank you for helping us we keep our nation’s solemn vow to "never forget" the sacrifices made.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

National Preparedness Month - September 2014

The City of Tacoma Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM). NPM focuses attention on what citizens should do to ready themselves, their families and their communities for potential disasters. This year's theme is "Take Action to Prepare."     

According to Ready.Gov, the U.S. government’s official preparedness website, there are three key steps for each citizen to become prepared for an emergency:
  1. Build A Kit:  Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. For example, water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and a battery-powered radio.
  2. Make A Plan:  Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience.
  3. Be Informed:  Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources.
Want to get involved?
Consider enrolling in a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to learn about how to prepare and respond to a disaster in our community.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Suspicious fire causes heavy damage to office building on East 44th St.

Incident Date:  9/3/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  1421 E. 44th St
Incident Type:  Commercial Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 7:01 am, firefighters from stations 1, 2, 8, 10 ,11, 12, and 15 responded to a reported commercial structure fire. 

The first arriving company found heavy smoke and flames showing from a single story office building of a rental storage business. Crews attacked the fire with handlines and searched the building to confirm no one was trapped inside.

There were no injuries to report. The fire resulted in an estimated $62,500 damage to the building and it's contents. 

The cause of the fire was determined to be intentionally set, and the incident has been referred to the Tacoma Police Department for further investigation.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Save the date - TFD hosts remembrance and World Trade Center Steel dedication on Sept 11, 2014

On Thursday September 11, 2014, the Tacoma Fire Department will honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 at a public remembrance ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Firefighter’s Memorial, 3301 Ruston Way. This year marks the 13th anniversary of this tragic event. 

The program will include speeches by Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma Fire Chief James P. Duggan and retired Lieutenant James Joyce of FDNY. There will also be a dedication of a piece of World Trade Center Steel.  

Please join us as the nation keeps its solemn vow that “we have not forgotten.” 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Electrical failure sparks early morning fire on S. Ferdinand Dr.

Incident Date:  8/19/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  1456 S. Ferdinand Dr.
Incident Type:  Residential Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 5:51 am, firefighters from stations 2, 4, 9, 13, 16 and 17 responded to a reported house fire.

The first arriving company found heavy smoke and flames showing from the garage and upper floor of the 1/1/2 story 2,154 square foot residence. Crews mounted an aggressive interior attack on the fire that had spread throughout the attached garage, second floor and attic space of the structure.

A working smoke alarm alerted a single-occupant to the fire, allowing them to escape without harm.

Additionally, two pet dogs presented a rescue challenge. One dog was able to escape initially, but a second chihuahua "Chloe," remained missing for several minutes into the blaze. After an extensive search, she was found hiding under a bed and was brought to safety by the crew from Engine #9.

The cause of the fire was failed electrical wiring, resulting in an estimated $155,000 damage to the building and its contents. An additional $3,000 damage occurred to the home next door.



Monday, August 18, 2014

Multi-agency demonstration of AirTEP deployment

The Tacoma Fire Department, Seattle Fire Department and King County Sheriff’s Office conducted a joint training demonstration along the Thea Foss Waterway today.

In conjunction with the Marine Security West 2014 Conference in Tacoma, the King County Sheriff Office’s Guardian 2 helicopter demonstrated an Airborne Tactical Extraction Platform (AirTEP) deployment by inserting a Seattle Fire Department rescue swim team into a simulated water rescue scenario.