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!

Monday, October 13, 2014

CPR Sunday 2014 - thanks for attending!

Thanks to the 741 citizens who learned the life saving skills of CPR this weekend at CPR Sunday! We appreciate your commitment to helping make our community safer. If you were unable to attend but would still like to learn CPR, we also offer two standing classes a month. Visit our CPR webpage for additional class times and locations.
TacomaFire's CPR Sunday 2014 album on Photobucket

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Have you registered yet? CPR Sunday almost here!

CPR Sunday is an annual community event offered free-of-charge to anyone interested in learning the basic life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). On the second Sunday in October each year, participants are taught the fundamentals of CPR and then given the opportunity to practice with CPR manikins and Automated External Defibrillators (AED). 

CPR Sunday will be held Oct. 12, at Foss High School, 2112 S. Tyler St. in Tacoma.

In order to secure your preferred class time please pre-register at http://www.cprsunday.net/registration.php.

What Attendees Can Expect
  • More than 50 certified Basic Life Support instructors
  • 1 1/2 hours of classroom training and 1 hour of hands on training
  • Four class options: 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM, or 2 PM
  • Practical training with CPR manikins and AED's.
What Attendees Will Learn
  • What happens when you call 9-1-1
  • Patient assessment
  • One rescuer adult/child/infant CPR and obstructed airway
  • Automated external defibrillator use
  • Foreign body airway obstruction management
  • Essentials of a home first aid kit
  • CPR-related information/reminder list for home and wallet

Note - this class is "Citizen Level CPR" and does not meet the Washington State Health Care Provider Level card requirements.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fatality fire on North "I" Street

Incident Date:  9/30/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  323 N “I” Street
Incident Type:  Apartment Fire

Narrative:  At 10:52 am firefighters responded to a report fire alarm, and when the first arriving company found smoke showing from the four-story apartment the incident was quickly upgraded to a full commercial fire response. 

Operationally, firefighters located the fire that had started in a bottom level unit, determined that the fire sprinkler system had contained the fire, and upon primary search of the apartment found one deceased occupant.

Crews then evacuated over 30 residents from the senior living apartment building due to dangerous smoke conditions.

There we no other injuries to report. 

Fire investigators determined that the fire was most likely caused by smoking materials igniting the fabric and foam padding of a chair.  

The identity of the deceased person, as well as the precise cause, time, manner of their death will be determined by the Pierce County Medical Examiner's office.   


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Requests for Service - August 2014

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TFD Ladder with mission statement
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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.