Friday, September 14, 2012

CPR Sunday 2012 Registration is Open

CPR Sunday is an annual community event offered free-of-charge to anyone interested in learning the basic life-saving skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). On the second Sunday in October each year, participants are taught the fundamentals of CPR and then given the opportunity to practice with CPR manikins and Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Over 800 participants attended this life saving class last year.

CPR Sunday will be held Oct. 14, at Foss High School, 2112 S. Tyler St. in Tacoma.

In order to secure your preferred class time please pre-register at

What Attendees Can Expect

  • More than 50 certified Basic Life Support instructors
  • 1 1/2 hours of classroom training and 1 hour of hands on training
  • Four class options: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 2 p.m.
  • Practical training with CPR manikins and AED's.
What Attendees Will Learn
  • What happens when you call 9-1-1
  • Patient assessment
  • One rescuer adult/child/infant CPR and obstructed airway
  • Automated external defibrillator use
  • Foreign body airway obstruction management
  • Essentials of a home first aid kit
  • CPR-related information/reminder list for home and wallet
Note - this class is "Citizen Level CPR" and does not meet the Washington State Health Care Provider Level card requirements.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Debris Pile Fire in NE Tacoma/Fife Heights Area

Incident Date: 9/13/12
Issuing Officer:  BC Dave McRoberts & Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 5300 block of 12th Street NE
Incident Type: Debris/Brush Fire

Narrative:  At 12:37 p.m. Tacoma Firefighters responded to a reported brush fire in the NE Tacoma/Fife Heights area.

Crews arrived to find brush and a large pile of debris on fire.  The debris pile contained tires and car parts and created a heavy smoke plume that could be seen throughout the area.  TFD's Tender apparatus was brought in to assist with a water supply due to the fires remote location (the Tender holds 3,000 gallons of water and is used when fire hydrants are unavailable) and Class A foam was mixed with the water to help extinguish the blaze and minimize the chance of flare-ups.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and there were no injuries to report.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Requests for Service August 2012

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FCC Total Calls Received
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TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
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Total Incidents by Type

September is National Preparedness Month!

The Tacoma Fire Department Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to participate in National Preparedness Month (NPM).  NPM focuses attention on what citizens should do to ready themselves, their families and their communities for potential disasters.  This year's theme is "Pledge to Prepare - Awareness to Action."     

According to Ready.Gov, the U.S. government’s official preparedness website, there are three key steps for each citizen to become prepared for an emergency:
  1. Build A Kit:  Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. For example, water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, and a battery-powered radio.
  2. Make A Plan:  Discuss, agree on, and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Work together with neighbors, colleagues and others to build community resilience.
  3. Be Informed:  Free information is available to assist you from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial resources.
Like to stay informed?  Sign up for Pierce County emergency alerts to be notified about emergencies and other important community news such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, and evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

Want to get involved? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to learn about how to prepare and respond to a disaster in our community.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thanks for Attending the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

We are grateful to those who joined us in honoring the heroes and victims of 9/11 at our Remembrance Ceremony today.  Thank you for helping us we keep our nation’s solemn vow to "never forget!"