The Chief’s Desk;
This week our crews responded to 41 emergency calls including; A report of a stove top fire on 195th Ave KPS with extension to the range hood and crews found the fire extinguished by the homeowner, An illegal fire on Tiedman road where a home owner was found burning the debris from salvaging an old mobile home, A single vehicle crash into a tree on Key Peninsula hwy with one patient transported for further evaluation, A residential garage fire on 91st Ave NW with extension to the home resulting in a total loss of the garage and serious damage to the home, A 2-car collision on SR302 at Goodrich Dr with only minor injuries and, A 3-car rear end type collision on SR302 at 118th Ave NW with no injuries.
Did you know that today is our birthday? On November 4, 1952, Pierce County Fire Protection District #16 became an officially recognized fire district. The efforts of a small group of men and women, who had worked for months to form the new district, paid off after they recognized a need to provide local fire protection for the citizens of the Key Peninsula. In the 80’s career firefighters were hired and in those days the minimum staffing per day was just 1 firefighter. Over the years we have added additional staffing and today our minimum staffing per day is 5 firefighters. Still not enough to keep up with the demands of an ever growing community but we do our best to serve you every day.
Are you prepared for winter yet? The forecast tonight and tomorrow is calling for some snow and you know how it goes around here. Sometimes it is barely noticeable and the hype of a winter storm warning seems overblown. And yet, other times we get dumped on with several inches. We also see significant changes sometimes from the North end to the South end where one will be clear and the other looking like a scene from A Christmas Story. Spend some time preparing to be stuck at home for a few days so you can be comfortable if it really does snow.
Until next week!
Guy R. Allen – Fire Chief