Monday, August 16, 2010

Technical Rescue Near the Puyallup River

Incident Date: August 16, 2010

Issuing Officer: Toryono Green
Incident Location: 20th St E/Pacific Hwy E, Tacoma
Incident Type: Technical Rescue

At 6:25pm today, the Tacoma Fire Department responded to a call for a man over the bank of the Puyallup river. The call for help came from the victim using a cell phone.  A total of an engine company, a ladder company, a medic company, a technical rescue unit, command units, and a safety unit responded.

Guided by the victims instructions via cell phone to the dispatch center, the responding fire department personnel were able to locate the victim along the bank of the river. Once the technical rescue systems were in place, the victim was assisted to the road above the bank. The victim was evaluated by EMS personnel and was not transported to a local medical facility.


Save the Date - September 11, 2010

The Tacoma Fire Department Honor Guard invites you to join us for the 9th anniversary “Remembering 9/11” ceremony.  The event begins at  9:00 a.m. Saturday September 11, at the Tacoma Fire Fighters Memorial at 3301 Ruston Way.

We Have Not Forgotten

Sunday, August 15, 2010

TFD Responds to Chlorine Alarm

Incident Date: August 15, 2010

Issuing Officer: Toryono Green
Incident Location: 2001 Thorne Rd, Tacoma
Incident Type: Hazardous Materials Response

At 2:55pm today, the Tacoma Fire Department received a call reporting a chlorine alarm activation at 2001 Thorne Rd.  A total of two engine companies, a ladder company, a hazardous material unit, a command unit, and a safety unit responded. After fire department arrival and a joint investigation with plant personnel, it was discovered that there was a power failure at the plant.  Although the facility's alarm system indicated a minor detection of chlorine, fire department detection equipment found no readable traces of chlorine outside of the plant.

It is unclear whether the alarm was activated by chlorine or the power failure.  Tacoma Public Utilities restored power to the plant and plant personnel returned the facility to its normal state.  The plant was unoccupied at the time of the incident.  There were no injuries.