Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years

From all of us at the Tacoma Fire Department - Happy New Years. During this years holiday festivities, please remember the following:

- City ordinance prohibits the use of Fireworks in the City of Tacoma - including on New Years Eve. Violators of the fireworks law are subject to a $257 dollar fine and the confiscation of their fireworks.

- Please celebrate responsibly (no drinking and driving).

From our TFD family to yours, have a safe and healthy New Years and we look forward to serving in 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Owen Beach Rescue

Incident Date: 12/29/2009
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke 253.255.3260
Incident Type: Rescue
Incident Location: In the area of 6101 Promenade Lane

Narrative: At 11:33 a.m. Tuesday December 29th, 2009 5 companies of Tacoma Firefighters - 2 Engines, 2 Medic Units and the Fire Boat Commencement responded to the Owen Beach Area of Point Defiance Park for a person who had fallen down the cliff.

First arriving companies found one patient next to the water on the beach. Due to the remoteness of the patients location, the assistance of a nearby fishing boat was secured and the patient was transferred to the Vashon Ferry Dock area and then transported to a local area hospital.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dispose of your Christmas Trees Safely

Now that Christmas is over, TFD would like to remind you of the City of Tacoma's convenient and safe way to dispose of your tree. Never burn your tree in your fireplace or yard.

Yard waste container
Solid Waste Management encourages you to cut your Christmas tree (unflocked, undecorated) in small enough sections to fit inside your yard waste container so the lid closes flat.

Curbside pick-up
If you’re unable to fit your tree inside the container, and you are a City of Tacoma resident, the City of Tacoma will pick up your tree at no additional charge from Jan. 11 to Jan. 22.
• Remove all decorations and tinsel.
• Dispose of flocked trees in the garbage or at the landfill.
• Take tree out of the stand.
• Cut into lengths no longer than three feet and bundle with heavy twine.
• Place in container or in front of the curb.
A different truck will come along to pick up bundled trees only. Please note that Christmas trees are the only exception to the utility’s rule that no separate bundles are allowed outside of containers.

Landfill drop-off
Single-family residents may recycle their clean, unflocked trees at the Tacoma Landfill (3510 S. Mullen St.) now through Jan. 24. The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (closed New Year’s Day). For more information on Christmas tree recycling within the City of Tacoma, call (253) 591-5543. Go to for information on tree recycling outside the City of Tacoma.

Diesel Tanker Crash

Incident Date: 12/28/09
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke 253.255.3260
Incident Type: Motor Vehicle Crash
Incident Location: Frank Albert Rd E & North Levee Rd E Fife WA

Narrative: At 12:02 p.m. Monday December 28, 2009 4 companies of Tacoma Firefighters – 2 Engines (one with the Spill Containment Unit), 1 Ladder and 1 Medic Unit responded to the area of Frank Albert Road E and North Levee Rd E in Fife for an overturned diesel fuel truck.

First arriving companies found a fuel truck carrying approximately 1,200 gallons of diesel fuel had rolled down the side of the levee on the river side of the road. Crews transported one patient (the driver) to a local area hospital. The vehicle is now in the process of being up righted so that the fuel can be transferred to another tanker before being towed. There is no fuel leaking at this time.