Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Heat - 2017

With the temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees this weekend, City of Tacoma Emergency Management recommends the following actions to minimize the health risks of hot weather throughout the summer.

Adjust your attire and activities to limit heat exposure and exertion!

If you are going out, plan to wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing that covers as much of your skin as practical. Limit your exposure to direct sunlight between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun's rays are at their strongest.

Drink plenty of water before you become thirsty and rest in the shade before you become tired!

Water is normally the best drink during hot weather, and you'll need more than you think. Avoid soda, alcohol, or caffeine as they can make the heat's effect on your body worse. Symptoms of dehydration and heat illness may include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, nausea, muscle cramps, headache and vomiting.

Consider a cool place to visit or stay during the hottest part of the day.

Libraries, (note that Tacoma libraries are closed on Sunday and Monday) theaters, shopping malls and community facilities such as senior centers and parks may offer an air-conditioned refuge.

Many heat emergencies occur to people exercising, working or staying alone. Use a buddy system and check on elderly, disabled or at-risk neighbors on a regular basis. If you suspect someone is experiencing a medical emergency from extreme heat exposure, call 9-1-1.

Never leave children, pets or dependent adults alone in a hot car.

Even with the windows down, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can quickly rise to lethal levels.

More detailed heat safety information can be found at National Weather Service and the Center for Disease Control.
National Environment Public Health Tracking Network

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Requests for Service Report - May 2017

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
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TFD Ladder with mission statement
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TFD Earns American Heart Association Lifeline Award - 2017

The Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award, their program’s highest level of recognition, 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 heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart.

TFD was recognized for its early and accurate interpretation of 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs), which can determine if a heart attack is occurring, and for following EMS protocols derived from national guidelines. The correct tools and training allow firefighter-paramedics to alert the hospitals that an incoming patient will need immediate treatment in a cardiac lab. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mock DUI simulation brings safety message to Fife High School Students - 2017

TFD, Fife Police Department, Airlift NW and Fife School District teamed up today to participate in a "mock" driving under the influence (DUI) simulation at Fife High School. As a part of the powerful "Every 15 Minute Program," students have been learning first hand about the devastating consequences of unsafe driving choices.  
With students celebrating at their prom and graduation parties over the next few weeks the message is simple: PLEASE - DON'T DRINK/TEXT AND DRIVE!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Barbecue Grilling Safety

With the weather finally starting to warm up and since we are all a bit "rusty" (pun intended!) from this really long and wet winter, a friendly reminder on BBQ Grilling safety is in order.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Requests for Service Report - April 2017

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
2017 (YTD)
2016 (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, April 14, 2017

Certificate of Commendation awarded for CPR/AED Intervention

Medical Services Officer Mike Newhouse awarded Certificates of Commendation to Emerald Queen Employees Anthony Santos, Joshua Ramsey, William Bales, and William Smith (not pictured) at a special gathering yesterday.

The four were recognized for performing CPR and using one of the Casinos Automated External Defibrillators to revive a patron that had suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

“Rapid intervention is critical. We are grateful that these four were able to act quickly to save a life,” said Fire Chief Jim Duggan.  

Information about free CPR classes is available from the Tacoma Fire Department. 

L to R: Anthony Santos, Joshua Ramsey, Medical Services Officer Mike Newhouse, William Bales