Wednesday, October 9, 2019

TFD Tower 2 "Push-In" Ceremony

Tacoma Fire Department will officially place a new ladder tower, designated as Tower 2, in service following a tradition historically known as a “push-in” ceremony. The celebration of welcoming a new apparatus has been a source of pride for the fire service for over 100 years. The origin of the ceremony dates back to horse-drawn equipment when the horse could not back-up the fire engines and firefighters would unhitch the horses and “push-in” the fire engine after returning from a call. The community is invited to attend the ceremony.

Date: October 15, 2019

Time: 9:00 am

Location
: Fire Station 8
4911 South Alaska Street 
Tacoma, WA 98408



Monday, October 7, 2019

Fire Prevention Week 2019

It's Fire Prevention Week! This year's theme "not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!"

Monday, September 16, 2019

Registration is now open for CPR Weekend - 2019

 CPR Weekend

CPR Saturday/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 weekend of 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). 

CPR Saturday will be held Oct. 12, at Eastside Community Center, 1721 E. 56th St. in Tacoma.

CPR Sunday will be held Oct. 13, at Foss High School, 2112 S. Tyler St. in Tacoma.

In order to secure your preferred class time please register.

registration

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
  • 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.










Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11 Remembrance - 2019


We are grateful to all who joined us today to remember the lives lost and sacrifices made on September 11, 2001.





Tuesday, September 3, 2019

National Preparedness Month 2019


National Preparedness Month, is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” For additional information visit https://www.ready.gov/september.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Save the Date - September 11 Remembrance Ceremony


Tacoma Fire Department will honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 at a public remembrance ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

The program will include speeches by City of Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, Tacoma Fire Chief Toryono Green, and retired Captain Michael Dugan, FDNY.  

Please join us at the Firefighter’s Memorial, 3301 Ruston Wayas the nation keeps its solemn vow that “we will never forget.” 



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

National Night Out - 2019


Tacoma Fire Department was honored to be invited to over 70 neighborhood get-togethers as a part of National Night Out. Designed to offer neighbors an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company while building bonds useful in preventing crime and improving safety in their neighborhoods, we were grateful to meet so many of you committed to making our community a safer place to live!






Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Requests for Service Report - June 2019

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
June
1/1-6/30
2019
1/1-6/30
2018
Fire
213
764
720
Emergency Medical
3,339
19,472
19,141
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
707
4,281
3,808
Total
4,259
24,517
23,669
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Personal fireworks use is prohibited in Tacoma.

Just a reminder that:
  • Personal fireworks use is prohibited in Tacoma.
  • Violators are subject to a $257 fine and the confiscation of their fireworks. 
  • Call (253) 798-4721 to report suspected violations.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Requests for Service Report - May 2019

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
May
1/1-5/31
2019
1/1-5/31
2018
Fire
150
551
546
Emergency Medical
3,293
16,133
15,980
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
654
3,574
3,174
Total
4,097
20,258
19,700
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Summer Heat - 2019

City of Tacoma Emergency Management recommends the following actions to minimize the health risks of hot weather throughout the summer.

Adjust your attire and activities to limit heat exposure and exertion!

If you are going out, plan to wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing that covers as much of your skin as practical. Limit your exposure to direct sunlight between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun's rays are at their strongest.

Drink plenty of water before you become thirsty and rest in the shade before you become tired!

Water is normally the best drink during hot weather, and you'll need more than you think. Avoid soda, alcohol, or caffeine as they can make the heat's effect on your body worse. Symptoms of dehydration and heat illness may include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, nausea, muscle cramps, headache, and vomiting.

Consider a cool place to visit or stay during the hottest part of the day.

Libraries, (note that Tacoma libraries are closed on Sunday and Monday) theaters, shopping malls and community facilities such as senior centers and parks may offer an air-conditioned refuge.

Many heat emergencies occur with people exercising, working or staying alone. Use a buddy system and check on elderly, disabled or at-risk neighbors on a regular basis. If you suspect someone is experiencing a medical emergency from extreme heat exposure, call 9-1-1.

Never leave children, pets or dependent adults alone in a hot car.

Even with the windows down, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can quickly rise to lethal levels.

More detailed heat safety information can be found at the TPCHDNational Weather Service and the Center for Disease Control.

National Environment Public Health Tracking Network

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Requests for Service Report - April 2019

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
April
1/1-4/31
2019
1/1-4/31
2018
Fire
109
401
360
Emergency Medical
3,166
12,840
12,583
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
681
2,920
2,518
Total
3,956
16,161
15,461
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Requests for Service Report - March 2019

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
March
1/1-3/31
2019
1/1-3/31
2018
Fire
104
292
264
Emergency Medical
3,334
9,674
9,453
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
740
2,239
1,957
Total
4,178
12,205
11,674
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Tacoma Fire Chief Jim Duggan announces retirement

Tacoma Fire Chief Jim Duggan has announced his retirement effective April 16, 2019. Chief Duggan was appointed Fire Chief in 2012 and has served 36 years with the department.
Under Chief Duggan’s command, the Tacoma Fire Department navigated difficult staffing and deployment reductions as a result of the great recession, he oversaw a significant effort to increase the diversity of the organization and developed several initiatives to reduce the non-emergent use of 911.
Deputy Chief Tory Green has been introduced for consideration and confirmation as Tacoma’s next Fire Chief.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New text-to-911 service is now available in Pierce County

Important information from the South Sound 911 dispatch agency regarding its new text-to-911 service in Pierce County.


 Link to south sound 911

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Requests for Service Report - February 2019

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
February
1/1-2/28
2019
1/1-2/28
2018
Fire
84
188
159
Emergency Medical
3,143
6,340
6,126
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
812
1,499
1,291
Total
4,039
8,027
7,576
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tacoma Fire Department Graduates Six Firefighter/Paramedics.

Six Tacoma firefighters graduated from our nationally accredited paramedic training program in a special ceremony this afternoon.

Over the course of the program, each student worked their way through more than 2,000 pages of assigned reading, answering thousands of test questions on the material. The hands-on portion of the curriculum involved over 1,500 clinical hours in the field and hospital settings demonstrating competency in a variety of emergency medical techniques.

Class valedictorian Janell Murry is the recipient of the Dr. James G. Billingsley Award for Academic Excellence.

The Bud Lucas Leadership Award was presented to Josh Haia for his consistent demonstration of teamwork as voted on by his peers. 

Congratulations to all!


From Left to Right: Dr. Gerecht, FF/PM Eriq Law, FF/PM Joshua Haia, FF/PM Jeffrey Polo, FF/PM Janell Murry, FF/PM Stephanie Campbell, FF/PM Alexandra Chapman  

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Women's Firefighter Workshop

A Women’s Firefighter Workshop is being held on April 13, 2019, at the Tacoma Fire Department Training Center. The workshop is free, but registration is limited to the first 50 who sign-up. Check out the attached flyer for more details.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Requests for Service Report - January 2019

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
January
1/1-1/31
2019
1/1-1/31
2018
Fire
104
104
79
Emergency Medical
3,197
3,197
3,311
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
687
687
691
Total
3,988
3,988
4,081
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Probationary Firefighters Celebrate Milestone

Probationary Firefighters celebrate a milestone today as they achieve the rank of Firefighter with the department.

The culmination of a one-year hiring process, probationary firefighters have successfully completed an initial 16-week Recruit Academy and subsequent hands-on and competency-based testing in fire suppression, emergency medical services, search and rescue, and hazardous materials operations. 



Tuesday, February 5, 2019

TFD recruit firefighters are getting in shape to help keep you safe!

TFD recruit firefighters are getting in shape to help keep you safe! Even if it means adjusting the daily workout routine due to the cold weather conditions this week.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Requests for Service Report - December 2018

TFD Incidents by Initial Dispatch Type
TFD - Incidents
December
1/1-12/31
2018
1/1-12/31
2017
Fire
105
1,780
1,603
Emergency Medical
3,305
38,761
37,998
All Other
(e.g. hazardous conditions, search and rescue, automatic fire alarms)
680
7,722
7,909
Total
4,090
48,263
47,510
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