TFD offers a CPR Class covering Adult, Child, and Infant CPR. Click here for more information.
Recreational fires and cooking fires are allowed in the City of Tacoma providing that fire safety requirements are met and that air quality conditions allow outdoor burning. Click here for outdoor burning regulations and Click here for more information from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency about burn bans. The burning of trash, yard waste or rubbish is always prohibited in Tacoma.
It is highly recommended that those who wish to be a firefighter investigate the job fully and acquire training before applying for positions. The job is demanding, both mentally and physically. In addition, the competition for the job can be daunting; it is not uncommon for scores of people to apply for one firefighter position. Training and job understanding will increase the chance of attaining a firefighter position.
There are two main avenues that can be taken to learn the job of a firefighter. The first involves becoming a volunteer firefighter. The second involves attending firefighting courses through technical colleges, such as Bates Technical College in Tacoma. Click here for more detailed information about how to become a firefighter with TFD.
TFD does not service fire extinguishers. Please look in the yellow pages under Fire Extinguishers for the service provider closest to your home. To determine if your extinguisher needs servicing, simply check the following areas:
1. Check the pressure gauge on the fire extinguisher. The arrow should be in the green area straight up on the gauge. If it is not, the extinguisher should be serviced.
2. The handle-locking device should be in place. If it has been broken, your extinguisher may need to be serviced.
3. You cannot use fire extinguishers more than once without having them serviced. If yours has been partially used, it needs to be serviced.
4. If any part of the extinguisher is cracked or broken, it should be checked and serviced.
If you live in our response area, own your home (if you live in a rental unit check with your landlord) and are in need of a smoke alarm call 253.594.5740 or e-mail. Click here for more information about smoke alarms.
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TFD utilizes full-time, paid firefighters and does not have a volunteer firefighter program.
No. Due to the inherent dangers involved in Fire Department operations, community service projects are not available.
Donations can be made as a memorial and can be used for training and purchasing special equipment. Mail donations checks payable to:
Tacoma Fire Department
901 S. Fawcett Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
Yes. Fire staff members will take blood pressure readings at stations. However, firefighters are frequently out of the station on emergency calls, so it may be necessary to check back later.
TFD response is based on the type of emergency, and how many personnel may be needed to handle each incident. For instance, a person suffering a heart emergency may have a fire engine and a paramedic unit respond (five total personnel), in case CPR is needed. CPR is a physically demanding skill, necessitating firefighter/EMT's to relieve each other as they become fatigued. Paramedics would be needed to administer cardiac-related drugs intravenously.
No. The cat will eventually come down. If you still have concerns, please call Animal Control at (253) 627-7387.
No. The water contained in the tanks of our fire engines and pulled from fire hydrants may contain dirt and other particulates and is therefore inappropriate for filling of swimming pools and dunk tanks.
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