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.
In honor of the 15th anniversary of September 11th, West Pierce Fire & Rescue will hold two brief public ceremonies in remembrance of the 2,977 victims killed on that date in 2001. Among the victims, 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 55 military personnel paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
“Even when firefighters are off-duty they consistently feel compelled to provide assistance no matter what the situation. Such was the case for four West Pierce firefighters over this past year. On July 19, 2016 at the Fire Commissioners Meeting, Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Garrels, Captain/Paramedic Mike Harn, Firefighter/Engineer Travis Kuch and Firefighter Chad Walker all received Merit […]
West Pierce Fire & Rescue will conduct a training burn at 8511 South Tacoma Way in Lakewood starting at approximately 9:00 in the morning, July 6.