Fircrest has enjoyed a strong partnership with the Tacoma Fire Department for many years. The firefighters assigned to our city provide excellent, professional service. Plus, they have warmly entertained drop-ins by my family when we wanted to check out the cool fire engines. (By “we,” I obviously mean my son and I.)
This week’s Council packet contains the TFD’s annual report, including a breakdown of calls in Fircrest. We hear the sirens on a regular basis. Here’s some data that shows how much service they provide in our city:
- TFD responded to 629 incidents in 2014, down slightly from 636 the year before.
- The average response time was 5:39 from dispatch to arrival on the scene.
- There were 418 confirmed incidents that required emergency medical services (EMS) response in 2014, an increase of six.
- There were two confirmed car fires and one confirmed structure fire in 2014.
- Through the first two quarters of 2015, Tacoma Fire responded to 314 emergency incidents in Fircrest, compared to 280 during the same period in 2014 – a 12.1% increase.
Finally, the report from Tacoma Fire Chief James Duggan thanked Mayor David Viafore, who decided not to seek re-election this year, for his involvement in setting the relationship between the city and the Fire Department.
“On behalf of TFD and the residents of both Fircrest and Tacoma, I want to thank you for your vision and leadership that helped forge and maintain the (Fircrest Services) Agreement, and we look forward to continuing our service to Fircrest in the future,” Chief Duggan wrote.