FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2012
Joe Meinecke, Tacoma Fire, email@example.com, (253) 591-5176
Tara Mattina, Communications Director, Port of Tacoma, firstname.lastname@example.org, (253) 428-8674
Tacoma Fire Department, the Port of Tacoma and the City of Tacoma will christen the new Tacoma Fireboat, Destiny, Friday, May 4, from 1:30 to 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend the ceremony in front of Thea’s Park at 535 Dock St.
The Destiny is a rapid response patrol/fireboat acquired to improve safety in the Commencement Bay area. In a unique partnership aimed at meeting security and safety needs by sharing resources, the Port of Tacoma purchased the boat with funding from the Tacoma Fire Department, Port of Tacoma and grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security. Tacoma Fire will manage the operations of the boat.
About the Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America. The Port is also a major center for bulk, break-bulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks.
About the City of Tacoma
Tacoma is recognized as a livable and progressive international city located at the foot of Mount Rainier and along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington state. With a population of more than 199,600 residents, the city that incorporated in 1884 has grown from its historical roots as a home of sawmills and a bustling port that exported goods around the world to a center for international exports, the arts and healthy, affordable living.