Friday, March 8, 2013

TFD is currently accepting applications for entry level firefighters.

Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) is currently seeking candidates interested in serving our community as firefighters.

TFD takes great pride in its ability to serve the needs of our diverse community.  Each day our citizens call upon us to respond to a variety of emergencies; fires, technical rescues, hazardous materials and emergency medical incidents.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the TFD team, select the following link and complete our on-line job application.

Job Title: Firefighter
Closing Date/Time: Friday 05/03/13 @ 5:00 p.m.
Salary $21.96 - $30.26 Hourly
Job Type: Classified
Location: Tacoma, Washington

Vertical ventilation at a recent house fire

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring into action and check your smoke alarm batteries this weekend!

Tacoma Fire Department urges you to check your smoke alarm batteries when you set your clocks forward to Daylight Savings time this weekend.

Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries, so maintenance is a simple and effective way to protect your family and reduce home fire deaths.

For best protection, it is recommended that you install alarms utilizing both ionization and photoelectric technology, and ones that have long life 10 year lithium ion batteries.

Visit the United States Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association for additional information regarding smoke alarm types, installation, maintenance and safety.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fire Incidents 3/5/13

Time: 12:31 p.m. 
Address:  1310 S. Union Ave
Response: Station 4
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Prohibited outdoor burning of household combustibles. 

: 2:59 p.m. 
Address:  1016 E. 61st St.
Response: Station 8,9,10,11,15
Damage Estimate: $2,800
Narrative:  Faulty wiring sparked a wall fire in the laundry room of a house.  Crews opened the wall, extinguished the fire and used a Thermal Imaging Camera to confirm that it had not spread to the attic.  There were no injuries to report.

Time: 4:41 p.m. 
Address:  724 S. "L" St.
Response: Station 1
Damage Estimate: $486
Narrative:  Crews responded to a reported oven fire.  The occupant was using the self- cleaning mode when a fire ignited inside the oven.  The fire was contained to the appliance, and firefighters confirmed there was no fire extension.  

Time: 5:17 p.m. 
Address:  1421 S. 56th St.
Response: Station 2,7,8,11,15
Damage Estimate: $593
Narrative:  Firefighters extinguished a pan on the stove cooking fire.  Crews put the fire out before it spread to the cabinetry and used a positive pressure fan to ventilate the smoke from the structure.  

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fire Incidents 3/4/13

Time: 5:49 p.m. 
Address:  1709 S. 41st St. 
Response: Station 8
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Prohibited outdoor burning of household garbage. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Fire Incidents for 3/1-3/3

Date: 3/1
Time: 2:51 p.m. 
Address:  S. 54th/South Tacoma Way 
Response: Station 8
Damage Estimate: $500
Narrative:  An air compressor and plastic housing caught fire in the back of motor vehicle (recreational vehicle).

: 3/1
: 5:23 p.m. 
Address:  West Rd/Yakima Ave 
Response: Station 9,13
Damage Estimate: None
Narrative:  Firefighters extinguished a mattress fire in a possible homeless encampment.

Date: 3/2
Time: 5:23 p.m. 
Address:  4411 Pacific Hwy, Fife 
Response: Station 2
Damage Estimate: Unknown
Narrative:  Firefighters extinguished an electrical fire in the trunk of a motor vehicle (car fire).  

Date: 3/2
Time: 2:52 p.m. 
Address:  5629 S. "J" St 
Response: Station 1,2,7,8,10,11,15
Damage Estimate: Unknown
Narrative:  Crews responded to a reported electrical fire.  They were met on-scene by TPD who had one person in custody.  Upon investigation they found evidence that the person was trying to steal electrical wiring and had caused arcing in an electrical box.  Crews confirmed that the fire was out, and had Tacoma Power secure the power to the building. 

: 3/3
Time: 5:02 a.m. 
Address:  815 N. "M" St 
Response: Station 1,2,4,9,17
Damage Estimate:  $12,000 
Narrative:  Firefighters responded to a reported house fire and upon arrival found a fire had started in the basement near the furnace.  Crews worked quickly to knock the fire down and ventilate the heavy layer smoke from the basement.  There were no injuries to report.  

Date: 3/3
Time: 5:23 p.m. 
Address:  1202 N. Pearl St 
Response: Station 9
Damage Estimate: $558
Narrative:  An occupant cooking with a high BTU burner accidently caught an exterior deck railing on fire.  The fire was extinguished by the occupant and neighbors, and firefighters used a Thermal Imaging Camera to ensure there was no fire spread.