West Pierce Fire & Rescue protects approximately 31 square miles, proudly serving the citizens of Lakewood and University Place. It is a fire district funded separately from the cities. We provide numerous services to our community including fire suppression, emergency medicine and transport, technical rescue, hazardous incidents, fire prevention, inspections and fire and life safety education.

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University Place Resident Rachel DeForrest to Receive 2014 Governors Volunteer Service Award
A University Place citizen has been awarded the 2014 Governors Volunteer Service Award for Outstanding Volunteer of National Service Programs in Washington State. This award recognizes the outstanding efforts made by volunteers in addressing the needs of their communities. Rachel DeForrest was nominated by West Pierce Fire & Rescue for her enthusiasm and dedication to the Community Emergency Response Team or (CERT) Program. She is the CERT team leader for the University Place North Team. Her team is very organized, she attends all meetings and reaches out to her community to inform them about CERT.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue is proud to be associated with such devoted citizen volunteers and joins the Governor in thanking them for their service and dedication. To acknowledge the vital role of volunteers, the tenth annual recognition event will be held in the Executive Mansion in Olympia on April 21, 2014. On the evening of April 21st, the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service are hosting the sixth annual Salute to Volunteers Night. Pre-game ceremonies will include an on-field special tribute to the distinguished volunteers.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue Emergency Management Coordinator Deployed to Oso Mudslide Incident
West Pierce Fire & Rescues Emergency Management Coordinator, Christine Badger, has been deployed to the Oso Mudslide in Snohomish County to assist in the recovery effort.

Christine has worked for West Pierce Fire & Rescue since 2011, as part of a cooperative emergency management program between West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood. This position is primarily grant-funded, and the costs are shared between the City and the Fire District. Prior to her arrival at West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Christine had many years of experience in Snohomish County, working for both the County and the City of Arlington. She was specifically asked to help with this event because she was the incident commander for the 2006 slide in the same area. For this incident, she is initially attached to Fire Chief Travis Hotts as his assistant.

This joint emergency management program has been highly successful, improving the ability of West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Lakewood to prepare for, respond to and recover from major disasters such as the Oso Mudslide. Christine has coordinated several drills in Lakewood that have given members of many different community organizations the opportunity to work with each other prior to an incident occurring. She has also worked to identify resources in Lakewood which can be utilized in response and recovery efforts should such as disaster occur in our community.

Shortly after the incident command center was established, a request was made for Christine to assist in the emergency management operations. She is expected to be on site throughout the recovery efforts. Lakewood City Manager John Caulfield said, We feel fortunate to have Christines expertise here in our community, and we are very glad she is able to provide assistance to the recovery efforts in Oso.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue Offers Smoke Alarm Program
West Pierce Fire & Rescue received a grant that will fund more than 2,500 smoke alarms to be installed in residences within Lakewood and University Place. Installations will be done by appointment by West Pierce Fire & Rescue personnel.

This program funds smoke alarms with a 10-year battery. The battery will not need to be changed each year like a typical 9-volt, but will need to be tested monthly to ensure it is working properly.

Appointments can be made based on the following criteria:

If your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old. However, if your home has smoke alarms that are hard-wired into your electrical system, we cannot replace them, as the protection you have is greater than the battery powered alarms can offer.

If you do not have alarms inside and outside each sleeping area. We recommend a smoke alarm is in each sleeping area, as well as in the hallway outside. If you do not have alarms in both places, we can add alarms where they are needed.

If your smoke alarms are not working properly. We can replace battery operated alarms that are not currently working properly. However, if you have hard-wired alarms, we cannot replace those with a battery operated alarm.

If you are not sure what kind of smoke alarms you currently have. Please call us to make an appointment and we can assess your current alarms. We will then replace or add any alarms we can for you.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Rachel Adler at (253) 983-4569