Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The unthinkable happens, a major quake devastates the greater Tacoma area, first responders are unable to get to your neighborhood to help - would you know what to do?

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates participants about the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, utility safety, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

The Tacoma Fire Department invites citizens who live or work within the city limits of Tacoma to become a certified member of our team through completion of the CERT program.  The spring 2012 CERT training begins March 6 and the cost is unbeatable - its free!  For more details about the course schedule and meeting dates register here and we look forward to seeing you there!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Year In Review - 2011

The mission of the Tacoma Fire Department is to protect People, Property and the Environment. In 2011, Tacoma Fire dispatched 64,714 fire companies to 38,239 incidents. These incidents included:
  • 1,445 Fire Incidents
  • 30,263 Emergency Medical Service Incidents
  • 6,531 Other Incidents
Departmental highlights from 2011 included:
  • Receiving a $1.5 million dollar SAFER grant to hire 10 new firefighters
  • The graduation of 37 new firefighters from two recruit classes
  • Training over 800 citizens how to preform CPR at our annual CPR Sunday event
  • Community involvement - including our food drive in support of the YWCA and firefighters Christmas presents project
  • Re-accreditation of our Paramedic Training Program