Four West Pierce Fire & Rescue personnel were recognized and received accolades by Chief Jim Sharp at tonight’s Board of Fire Commissioners meeting for their heroic actions, all while off-duty. First, Captain Garret Smith received a merit award for his assistance to a Tacoma police officer who was struggling with a man.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue’s 2016 Annual Report is now available by visiting the WPFR website.
Twelve West Pierce Fire & Rescue personnel received invaluable training on the National Incident Management System this week in Emmitsburg, Maryland alongside community partners within Pierce County. This training would be used to manage complex, multi-jurisdictional disasters. While first responders use these expandable systems on a regular basis for emergencies, the opportunity to coordinate with […]
Each year, West Pierce Fire & Rescue puts together a team of firefighters to participate and raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) by climbing the 69 floors of the Columbia Center in Seattle, all while in full bunker gear. The annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is a fundraiser to help find a cure […]
Even when a firefighter is off-duty, there is a willingness to respond to those in need. The actions of West Pierce Firefighter Justin Tinsley is no different. At the Board of Fire Commissioners meeting on February 21, Firefighter Tinsley was presented with a Valor Award for his heroic actions while duck hunting in Puget Sound […]
By Jim Sharp, Fire Chief, West Pierce Fire & Rescue The future of emergency medical services (EMS) has been a hot topic throughout the fire service community for some time now. Fire-based EMS programs were implemented across the country in the 1970’s, marking a major shift in the core mission of the fire service. Throughout […]
Each January, the Washington Fire Chiefs and Washington Fire Commissioners Association meet at the Capitol in Olympia to hear the legislative priorities of both agencies, as well as those of the Washington Firefighters Association and Washington State Council of Firefighters. The morning consists of speakers for the agencies, lobbyists and Governor Inslee.
Winter can be especially difficult for those not outfitted for it. Operation Warm is a non-profit that’s mission is to give children a warm, American made coat with the help of local firefighters by teaming up with the Washington State Council of Firefighters and KISW radio.
The good little firefighters of West Pierce Fire & Rescue have a connection to Santa. And they’ve used it to entice Santa to pay a visit to the greater Lakewood and University Place communities. After all, it’s always good for Santa to get a first hand look for his list. Santa’s schedule:
A two vehicle collision at Bridgeport and 112th snarled traffic on Thursday afternoon. West Pierce Fire’s tweet (see below) cautioned travelers to avoid the area.