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

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
2014 (YTD)
2013 (YTD)
Emergency Medical
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
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TFD Ladder with mission statement
Protecting People, Property & the Environment

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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

MVA at S. 12th & S. Union Ave

Incident Date: 10/31/14
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: S. 12th St. and S. Union Ave.
Incident Type: MVA

Narrative:  At 6:02 pm firefighters responded to a reported motor vehicle accident at the intersection of S. 12th and S. Union Ave.

The first arriving crews found a multiple car accident with one vehicle into a power pole. The incident commander upgraded the call to a mass casualty incident bringing additional resources to the scene.

Operationally, crews isolated the scene to protect people from the damaged power pole and lines and assessed and transported six patients from the scene with non-life threatening injuries.



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 Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association for additional information regarding smoke alarm types, installation, maintenance and safety.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Requests for Service - September 2014

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
2014 (YTD)
2013 (YTD)
Emergency Medical
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
HTML Tables

TFD Ladder with mission statement
Protecting People, Property & the Environment

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill - October 16, 2014

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 10:16 a.m. on October 16, 2014, 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.

Best of all - everyone can participate!