Friday, February 15, 2013

Requests for Service, January 2013

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
2013 (YTD)
2012 (YTD)
Emergency Medical
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)

Fire Incidents 2/14/13

Time: 5:12 a.m.
Address: 29 St. Helens Ave
Response: Station 1
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Smoldering planter box fire ignited by improperly discarded cigarette butts. 

: 6:57 a.m. 
Address: S. 58th St and S. Adams St
Response: Station 7
Damage Estimate: Unknown
Narrative Crews extinguished motor vehicle fire (car).

: 5:52 p.m. 

Address: S. 72nd St. and Interstate 5
Response: Station 2,8,9,10
Damage Estimate: $3,000
Narrative Crews extinguished a fire that broke out in the engine compartment of a motor vehicle (car).

: 7:23 p.m. 
Address: 2308 S Sheridan
Response: Station 1,2,9,11,17
Damage Estimate: $13,000
Narrative Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire.  The first arriving engine company found flames and smoke showing from the large detached garage.  Operationally, crews made an initial interior attack, but had to switch to a defensive mode as the building stability was compromised.  Search and rescue revealed that one dog perished in the blaze. The cause of the fire was the re-ignition of ashes from a woodstove improperly discarded in a five gallon plastic bucket.

Time: 9:09 p.m. 
Address: 7231 E. "F" Street 
Response: Station 2,8,9,10,11,15,17
Damage Estimate: $20,000
Narrative Firefighters responded to a reported house fire.  Crews arrived to find a fire in an attic space above the stove area in the kitchen.  The occupants had a cooking oil fire earlier in the evening and thought it was fully extinguished.  They left home for a while, and upon return discovered the house was warm and paint was bubbling on the ceiling and wall adjacent to the kitchen.  A fire investigator determined that the cooking oil fire had ignited framing members in the attic space.  There were no injuries to report.         


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fire Incidents 2/13/13

Time: 8:39 a.m.
Address: 2201 S. 78th St 
Response: Station 2,4,7,8,9,11,15
Damage Estimate: $315
Narrative Firefighters responded to a reported fire at Bates Vocational College. The fire appeared to start when a woodworking shop table saw blade struck a metal object (i.e. screw) creating a spark that ignited the saw dust in a 10" section of rubber exhaust hose.  Firefighters put water on the smoldering embers, removed the hose from the building and used a Thermal Imaging Camera to check out the remaining dust collection system and external collection components for fire extension. 

: 11:35 a.m. 
Address: 36720 1st Way SW 
Response: Station 3
Damage Estimate
Narrative Mutual aid fire response in Federal Way with South King Fire and Rescue.

: 12:57 p.m. 
Address: 3400 Industry Dr. E, Fife
Response: Station 1,2,4,8,9,11,12,15
Damage Estimate: $300
Narrative A lens of sodium light in cold storage area melted and caught fire.  Fire was out upon arrival.  Firefighters check for extension finding no further damage.

: 6:26 p.m. 
Address: 617 E. 57th St
Response: Station 2,7,8,9,11
Damage Estimate: none
Narrative Prohibited burning of a mattress and other household debris.  

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

AFG grant awarded to TFD to purchase new SCBAs

FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday, February 08, that the Tacoma Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) for $742,498 to purchase up to 163 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAs).  
Firefighters wear SCBAs along with their protective clothing not only when fighting structure fires, but also anytime respiratory protection is needed in order to work safely and effectively in a hazardous environment.  Each set will include a high-pressure 45-minute air bottle, breathing regulator, frame, harness, full face piece, and a spare bottle.  The new SCBAs will replace equipment that is 15 years old, and reduce ongoing maintenance and repair costs.  The new equipment is expected to have a 10-year service life.  The City’s match to the federal grant will be $185,624, which was included in the Fire Department’s 2013-14 budget.  The Fire Department submitted the grant application to the competitive AFG program last July.

Fire Incidents 2/12/13

Time: 9:31 a.m.
Address: 1928 E. 56th St. 
Response: Station 2,8,9,15
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Crews were dispatched to a reported smell of smoke in an apartment building. Upon investigation they found the smoke alarm going off in one of the units.  Firefighters had to force entry into the apartment, where they found a smoking pan of food that was accidentally left on the stove burner.  There was no fire extension and firefighters ventilated the smoke from the apartment. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fire Incidents 2/11/13

Time: 3:43 a.m.
Address: 102 S. 26th St
Response: Station 1,2,4,8,9,11,17
Damage Estimate: $12,500
Narrative: Fire started in a "homeless type shelter" set up in an alcove of a vacant commercial structure.  See original post.

Time: 04:30 a.m.
Address: 2110 S. "J" St.
Response: Station 8  
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Resident left pan on the stove.  No fire extension and crews ventilated the smoke from the house.  

Time: 9:26 a.m.
Address: 2524 62nd Ave E
Response: Station 12
Damage Estimate: Minor
Narrative: Crews used a booster line to extinguish a small trash fire in a dumpster.

Time: 1:21 p.m. 
Address: 6646 S. Wapato St
Response: Station 7
Damage Estimate: None
NarrativeProhibited burn in a burn barrel. 

Time: 3:59 p.m. 
Address: 4332 S. "M" Street 
Response: Station 1,2,7,8,11,15,17
Damage Estimate: $150
Narrative Firefighters responded to a reported garage fire.  Crews arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the one story detached garage.  Crews worked quickly to contain the contents fire from spreading to the garage structure.  The cause of the fire is undetermined, but considered suspicious.     

Monday, February 11, 2013

Early morning commercial structure fire on South 26th Street

Incident Date: 2/11/13
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 102 S. 26th Street
Incident Type: Commercial Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 3:43 a.m., firefighters from station 1,2,4,8, 9,11,17 responded to a reported commercial structure fire.

The first arriving crews found flames and smoke showing from the exterior of the 14,823 square foot former Kitchen and Bath retail distributor.  Crews worked quickly to knock down the flames that started in an exterior doorway alcove, and ventilated the smoke that had built up inside the vacant building.  Primary and secondary search revealed no occupants inside.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, originating from materials used in a homeless type shelter that was set up in the alcove. The fire resulted in an estimated $12,500 damage to the building and here were no injuries to report.


Fire Incidents 2/8 - 2/10, 2013

Date: 2/8/13
Time: 4:42 p.m.
Address: 5412 S. "J" Street
Response: Station 7
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Prohibited burning of lumber and trash.   

: 2/9/13
Time: 1:11 a.m.
Address: S. 15th & Oakes Street
Response: Station 4,9
Damage Estimate: $6,000
Narrative Generator caught fire in the rear compartment area of a Recreational Vehicle.

: 2/9/13
Time: 4:40 a.m.
Address: 401 N "G" Street
Response: Station 1,4,8,9
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Crews assisted with smoke removal caused from burnt food on the stove.

: 2/9/13
Time: 4:19 p.m.
Address: SB I-5 at Port of Tacoma Rd
Response: Station 2,12
Damage Estimate: $9,217
Narrative Crews arrived to find a fully involved car fire on the shoulder of I-5.  Firefighters made forcible entry into to the engine compartment to fully extinguish the fire the appeared to originate from the transmission area.     

: 2/9/13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Address: 1123 E. 53rd Street
Response: Station 15
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative Prohibited outdoor burning in a burn barrel.   

: 2/9/13
Time: 6:52 p.m.
Address: 8436 Fawcett Ave
Response: Station 2,8,9,10,15
Damage Estimate: $7,500
Narrative Occupant started to heat oil in a pan to cook, became preoccupied, and the oil overheated and caught fire.  The fire extended into the cabinetry above the stove.  There were no injuries to report and the fire displaced two occupants.  

Date: 2/9/13
Time: 9:09 p.m.
Address: 4514 N 16th St
Response: Station 1,2,4,9,14,17
Damage Estimate: Minor
Narrative:  Motor vehicle fire (car) inside a detached garage.

Date: 2/10/13
Time: 1:46 p.m.
Address: 1658 S. 40th Street
Response: Station 8
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Prohibited outdoor burning of construction materials.

Date: 2/10/13
Time: 4:43 p.m.
Address: 4907 N. Bristol St
Response: Station 14
Damage Estimate: $1,000
Narrative:  Cooking oil overheated and ignited when an occupant removed the lid to deep-fry some food.  Occupants dumped flour on the still burning pot to extinguish the fire.  E-14 crews used a thermal imaging camera to check for fire extension and ventilated the home from the smoke.  One injury to report, with no transport.