West Pierce Fire & Rescue protects approximately 31 square miles, proudly serving the citizens of Lakewood and University Place. It is a fire district funded separately from the cities. We provide numerous services to our community including fire suppression, emergency medicine and transport, technical rescue, hazardous incidents, fire prevention, inspections and fire and life safety education.

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Mobile Home Fire in Lakewood Displaces Three
At approximately 1:35 a.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a mobile home fire located at Mobile Manor, on 96th Street South in Lakewood. Reports said that smoke and flames were visible from the mobile home, and a large smoke column could be seen as firefighters approached the scene.

There were no injuries as a result of this incident and the American Red Cross is assisting three adults displaced from the mobile home. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Water Rescue on Puget Sound
At approximately 3:00 p.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to reports of an overturned boat in Puget Sound. 911 callers told dispatchers there were two people clinging to the boat. It was unknown whether they were wearing life jackets.

West Pierce responded and launched the Endeavor fire boat and started searching for the occupants of the overturned boat. They were assisted by Pierce County Sherriff?s Department, Anderson Island Fire & Rescue, Tacoma Fire Department, and Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One.

As crews and multiple boats started searching, the Coast Guard?s helicopter was requested. Within minutes of being in the area, the Coast Guard was able to find the boat, confirm there were two people in the water, and point Pierce County?s boat, the Mundell, to their location. The Mundell brought the patients on board, along with a firefighter from the Endeavor, and met West Pierce paramedics at the Steilacoom Dock. Both were transported to the hospital for evaluation but are in stable condition.

Thanks to a multitude of resources working together, this outcome was positive when it could have ended very differently.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue Deploys Resources to Okanogan Complex Fire
Resources are being deployed to eastern Washington to assist in the Okanogan Complex fire from around the region. West Pierce Fire & Rescue has not sent line firefighters to the area, yet four personnel have gone to assist at the command level. West Pierce personnel are filling various positions in the process, including public information, information from the field, as well as GIS and mapping.

These positions support vital tasks, such as providing information about evacuation levels, power outages and changing weather conditions, creating various safety and preparation messages, preparing staff giving interviews for press conferences, gathering information from the field and bringing it to the emergency operations center, as well as creating maps to assist with area familiarization and evacuations.

These individuals have extensive experience in emergency management and made themselves available and left to assist at a moment?s notice. All four are involved in emergency management at the local level as well.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue is proud of these individuals who have taken time from their families to travel to help others in need.
Applications Being Accepted for Entry Level Firefighter
West Pierce Fire & Rescue is currently accepting applications through National Testing Network (www.nationaltestingnetwork.com) for the position of Entry Level Firefighter through September 25, 2015. Please visit the National Testing Network website to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Human Resource Manager Julie Walker at (253) 983-4589 or julie.walker@westpierce.org.
Applications Being Accepted for Lateral Dispatchers
West Pierce Fire & Rescue is currently accepting applications through Public Safety Testing (www.publicsafetytesting.com) for the position of Lateral Dispatcher through September 20, 2015. Please visit the Public Safety Testing website to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Human Resource Manager Julie Walker at (253) 983-4589 or julie.walker@westpierce.org.
West Pierce Conducts Community Risk Assessment
West Pierce Fire & Rescue is conducting a study regarding its community and the emergency services we currently provide. There are several key elements to this study including the following:

A community risk assessment identifying both the fire and non-fire risks within our borders. The risk assessment is developed utilizing demographic data, call histories and a site visit to all of our commercial properties.

An analysis of our current response capabilities. This analysis includes identifying our current response times, times of the day when call volume is high, areas of the community where more calls occur and historical trends regarding call volume. An analysis of the services currently provided, such as fire response, emergency medical services, water rescue, special rescue, public education, fire prevention, fire investigations, etc.

A community expectations survey will also be completed. Community is very important to West Pierce Fire & Rescue and we want to make sure we are meeting your expectations. If you are a resident of Lakewood, University Place, or Steilacoom, please take a moment to take the survey by clicking here.

The purpose of this study is to assist West Pierce Fire & Rescue in making sound decisions for the future of the organization, ensuring our services are as efficient and effective as possible. Following this study, West Pierce Fire & Rescue will evaluate the data to determine if there are any changes that need to be made to our current response model, such as where apparatus are located, how they will be staffed and what types of prevention programs we will offer.

If you have any questions regarding this study please contact Battalion Chief Hallie McCurdy at 253-983-4579.


FREE Smoke Alarm Program
Read this flyer for more information about West Pierce Fire & Rescue's Free Smoke Alarm Program