Saturday, February 1, 2014


GO HAWKS! From your fans at Tacoma Fire Department.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Firefighters battle house fire on David Ct. E. in Fife

Incident Date:  1/29/14
Issuing Officer:  Joe Meinecke
Incident Location:  2407 David Ct. E., Fife
Incident Type:  Residential Structure Fire

Narrative:  At 7:19 pm, Firefighters from Stations 1,2,8,9,11,12 and 14 responded to a reported residential house fire.

Initially dispatched as a single engine company response, the first arriving company found heavy smoke and flames showing from the approximately 1,200 square foot one-story house. The incident commander quickly upgraded the incident to a full fire response, bringing additional resources on-scene to battle the well-entrenched blaze. Crews mounted an aggressive interior attack, ventilated the structure, and conducted a search to confirm no one was trapped inside the vacant house undergoing renovation.

Fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire that appeared to have started in a bedroom area. Damage estimates are $160,000 to the building and its contents and the house is considered a total loss.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tacoma Fire Department Awarded $3.4 Million SAFER Grant

The Tacoma Fire Department has received notification that they have been awarded $3.4 million from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. The grant would provide funding for up to 20 existing front-line firefighter positions for two years. 

According to Fire Chief Jim Duggan, should the City Council accept the award, the department would hire and train the new firefighters this spring. In accordance with the grant’s requirements, the new firefighters would replace firefighters who have recently retired or who have officially notified the department they will be retiring later this spring.

“The grant allows us to hire new firefighters, but does not add new firefighter positions or expand our current deployment model,” said Duggan. “While the grant does not provide funding to re-open the station that was closed as part of the 2013-14 budget process, it is a significant step toward maintaining our current staffing levels into the 2015-16 biennium.”

The SAFER grant is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

TFD food drive supports YWCA Shelter - 2013

An annual event since 2003, Tacoma Fire Department takes great pride in supporting our local YWCA Women's Shelter. Firefighters and YWCA staff created a human supply chain to unload and stock thousands of pounds of non-perishable staples, toiletries and infant care items that TFD employees donated to help support program participants in the coming months. 

Established in 1906, the 
YWCA Pierce County has devoted over a century to creating opportunity and safety for women and children in our community. A forerunner in the domestic violence service provision field, the YWCA established Washington State's first domestic violence shelter in 1976.