Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Early Morning Blaze - Media Release

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Incident Date: 8/5/09
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Type: Residential Fire
Incident Location: 2508 S. 76th St.

Narrative: At 2:42 a.m. Wednesday August 5th, Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) responded to a reported residential fire at 2508 S. 76th St. The first arriving engine company found a fully involved detached garage fire with extension to a second seperate garage a crossed an alley. Crews controlled the exposure fire and protected the nearby houses initially and then concentrated their efforts on the main garage fire. The storage of numerous automotive parts and flammable liquids contributed to both the intensity and the degree of difficulty in extinguishing the main garage fire.

Approximately 27 firefighters battled the blazes. The fire damaged two garages and several collectible automobiles. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is suspicious in nature and Tacoma Police Department has been called in for further investigation.

Probable Cause: undetermined
Fire Disposition: Suspicious
Damages: Two garages and collectible automobiles
Dollar Loss: unknown at this time

National Night Out 2009

August 4th 2009.

Tacoma Fire Department was honored to be a part of numerous Neighborhood celebrations throughout the city of Tacoma last night. The 26th Annual event was designed to promote neighborhood spirit and heighten awareness to crime prevention efforts. Last year, over 37 million people participated in the event nationally. This year TFD was invited to 101 neighborhood events throughout the city during Tuesday night’s festivities. Thank you for all who helped makes it a great evening.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Camp Blaze 2009

Tacoma WA - August 4, 2009

Narrative: With a flurry of activity and shouts of encouragement, campers enthusiastically began their drill rotations this morning at the Tacoma Fire Department Training Center. Camp Blaze, hosted by Tacoma Fire Department and Seattle Fire Department attracts 16-19 year old females from across the United States. This years 24 participants got to try out several firefighter skills today, including climbing a 100 foot aerial ladder, repelling down a building out of a fourth floor window and cutting the roof off of cars with the “jaws of life” hydraulic tool. Campers are building their skills each day of camp, culminating in "live fire" exercises at the end of the week.

Career female firefighters are serving as instructors/mentors for the week long adventure and their overall goal is to teach leadership skills, teamwork and provide campers with exposure to a potential career in the fire service.