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 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.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue Offers Smoke Alarm Program
West Pierce Fire & Rescue received a grant that funds 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.