The Tacoma Fire Department protects a service area of 72 square miles (Cities of Tacoma, Fife and Fircrest) and a population of approximately 217,600. The department also services the Port of Tacoma, which is one of the largest container ports in North America covering over 2,400 acres.
The Tacoma Fire Department has 15 active fire station distributed throughout our response area. Our front-line uniform personnel staff 13 engine companies, four ladders, five medic ambulances, two squads and three command vehicles. Commissioned personnel also cross-staff a fireboat, hazardous materials unit and technical rescue vehicle. In 2013, TFD staffing consists of 357 commissioned and 32.5 non-commissioned budgeted positions. The majority of the commissioned force is engaged in fire suppression and emergency medical service delivery.
In order to help our firefighters fulfill our life saving mission, two major work-groups keep the department operating at peak performance.
The garage is responsible for repair and maintenance work on all Tacoma Fire Department ladder trucks, engines, medic units, fireboats and light duty vehicles. Additionally all small tools and small equipment are maintained by fire garage personnel. Fire Garage personnel are also responsible for ordering, stocking and delivering supplies to all Tacoma Fire Department facilities via a daily messenger service.
The Tacoma Fire Department Information Services group consists of three Computer Systems Programmers and three Application Development Systems Programmers. Information Services (IS) personnel support a variety of systems and hardware including Dispatch Systems, Database, E-mail and Web Servers. Customized applications have been developed for Scheduling, Reporting, Building Inspections and Training. Several mapping applications used by Dispatch and Administrative Decision Analysis are maintained. Over 200 computer workstations, laptops and printers are also supported.
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