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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|LAKEWOOD YMCA OFFERS FREE SWIM LESSONS IN MARCH|
|FREE SWIMMING LESSONS! The Lakewood YMCA is offering Free Swimming Lessons during the month of March. Knowing how to swim is one way to decrease a child's risk of drowning. If you know a child who doesn't know how to swim, pass this info on to their caregiver.|
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|West Pierce Fire & Rescue Establishing Entry Level Firefighter Hiring List|
|West Pierce Fire & Rescue is accepting applications to establish a hiring list for the position of Entry Level Firefighter. |
Please click on our Employment tab above for information on the application process.
|West Pierce Relocating Fire Station|
|The Board of Fire Commissioners for West Pierce Fire & Rescue have decided to relocate the fire station located at 7909 40th Street West in University Place. Relocation was deemed to be in the best interest of the department and the community due to the stations close proximity to the headquarters station, located at 3631 Drexler Drive West. The close proximity of the two stations creates response gaps in the southern and eastern portions of University Place said Fire Chief Jim Sharp.|
A new, more centrally located station will be built to improve the efficiency of response times throughout the fire district. A final determination on a location for the new station is expected to be finalized in early 2014. The property on 40th Street is anticipated to be placed on the market in January.
The station on 40th Street will remain open while the property is being marketed. When the property is sold, the personnel will be moved to the headquarters station on Drexler Drive until a new station is completed.
|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 Rachel Adler at (253) 983-4569
|High School Seniors Make A Career Connection At WPFR|
|Twelve local high school seniors made a career connection at WPFR recently. These students were accepted into WPFR's 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Winter Fire Safety Tips|
West Pierce Fire & Rescue, the United States Fire Administration, National Fire Protection Association, and Washington State Department of Health recommends these safety tips to prevent winter home fires:
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period, turn off the stove.
Space heaters need space; keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from each heater.
Check electrical cords often and replace cracked or damaged electrical or extension cords. Do not try to repair them. Do not put any furniture, chairs, or heavy things on cords.
Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home. They are not meant for this purpose and can be a fire hazard. Also, carbon monoxide (CO) gas from natural gas, propane, and other fuels can kill people and pets.
Do not put your live or cut Christmas tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
Avoid using lighted candles. If you must use candles, place them in sturdy candleholders that wont burn. Put them in places that pets will not knock them over. Extinguish them before going to sleep or when you leave.
If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes and smoke outside. Make sure they are out and not smoldering when you are done.
Winter fires are preventable. Everyone should find out what they need to know to prevent a tragedy and have a safe winter season.
For more information about the causes of winter fires, winter storm fire safety, holiday fire safety, and tips that will help prevent fires in the home, visit the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov/winter and the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org/winter.