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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West Pierce Fire & Rescue Transfers to New Radio System
This week a new digital 800 MHz radio system was put into place to allow better communications among fire departments within Pierce County. This new system will improve safety and emergency communications, and allow agencies to talk to one another without difficulty.

Our current radio network was established around the same time cell phones first became commercially available, over thirty years ago. I couldnt imaging still using my first cell phone. It is an amazing leap forward in technology, said Jim Sharp, Fire Chief for West Pierce Fire & Rescue.

With their old VHF radio system West Pierce firefighters in University Place could not communicate directly with firefighters operating in the southern part of Lakewood. The new radio system eliminates that problem. The clarity of the new radios is a vast improvement and crews are now able to talk to each other no matter their location throughout the county.

Funding for the radio upgrades was dedicated through the 2011 ballot initiative that was passed to create South Sound 911 and develop a county-wide radio system. The new technology gives responding units seamless communication abilities by repeating radio signals from multiple radio sites.

We are very excited to finally be operating on the new radio system. It will greatly improve safety for our firefighters and the community, Chief Sharp added.
High School Seniors Make A Career Connection At WPFR
Local high school seniors made a career connection at WPFR recently. These students were accepted into WPFR's Job Shadow/Senior Project Program and were able to get an inside look at a career in the fire service. Each student participated in a ride along with WPFR firefighters. They also spent a day putting on firefighting gear, climbing the 105 ft. aerial ladder, receiving tips on job interview and resume skills, visiting our 911 center, and getting their hands dirty while learning about anatomy and trauma with pig hearts and lungs.

This once in a lifetime experience was enjoyed by all who participated.

Students in the Clover Park and University Place School Districts that will be seniors this fall and are interested in this program can contact their College and Career Counselor or Captain Michelle Johnson at 253-983-4553 or michelle.johnson@westpierce.org.
West Pierce Pushes Back New Medic Units
On Monday, February 2nd, West Pierce Fire & Rescue brought a new medic unit into the fleet. A second medic unit will go into service within a few weeks. These units will become two of the busiest in the fire district, with one responding out of Station 31 in University Place and the other responding out of Station 21 in Lakewood.

While the typical life span of a medic unit is 12 years, the units being replaced have been in service and on the streets for 15-18 years, due to conscious budget constraints. West Pierce Fire & Rescue has been waiting to replace them in an effort to save taxpayer dollars and reduce overall costs. One of these new medic units was purchased with federal grant dollars, thanks to an award of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

A dedication ceremony was held this morning, where firefighters took ownership with a push back ceremony to officially put the medic unit in service. The ceremony began with a welcome and thanks to those in attendance, then the Chaplains blessed the new unit, as well as the citizens and firefighters that will rely on it.

This tradition began when pumpers were pulled by horses. When a new pumper was brought to the station for the first time, the horses were unharnessed and the water from the old pumper would be transferred into the new, spilling over the sides and wetting it down, or "christening" it. The firefighters would wash and dry the pumper down and then push it into the bay.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue is thankful to have two new units join its fleet and replace those that were overdue.
Home Heating Safety
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) remind you that these simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace,
fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Have a three-foot kid-free zone around open fires and space heaters.

Never use your oven to heat your home.

Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central
heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions.

Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified

Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your

Test smoke alarms monthly.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue Offers Smoke Alarm Program
West Pierce Fire & Rescue received a grant that will fund more than 2,500 smoke alarms to be installed in residences within Lakewood and University Place. Installations will be done by appointment by West Pierce Fire & Rescue personnel.

This program funds smoke alarms with a 10-year battery. The battery will not need to be changed each year like a typical 9-volt, but will need to be tested monthly to ensure it is working properly.

Appointments can be made based on the following criteria: If your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old. However, if your home has smoke alarms that are hard-wired into your electrical system, we cannot replace them, as the protection you have is greater than the battery powered alarms can offer. If you do not have alarms inside and outside each sleeping area. We recommend a smoke alarm is in each sleeping area, as well as in the hallway outside. If you do not have alarms in both places, we can add alarms where they are needed. If your smoke alarms are not working properly. We can replace battery operated alarms that are not currently working properly. However, if you have hard-wired alarms, we cannot replace those with a battery operated alarm. If you are not sure what kind of smoke alarms you currently have.

Please call us to make an appointment and we can assess your current alarms. We will then replace or add any alarms we can for you. To schedule an appointment, please contact us at (253) 564-1623.


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