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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Fatality Fire in Lakewood Apartment Complex
At approximately 12:00 p.m., West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to an apartment fire at 6116 112th Street SW in Lakewood. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from a ground floor apartment window and had reports of possibly two people inside. Crews made entry and confirmed one fatality in the apartment and there was not a second person inside. It was later determined the other possible occupant was not home at the time of the incident. The fire was contained to the room of origin and no other units were effected.

One working smoke alarm was present in the apartment and was sounding when firefighters arrived. Due to the size of the fire, an automatic sprinkler system could have extinguished it prior to firefighters' arrival. The cause of the fire is deemed undetermined at this time, pending the findings of the Medical Examiner.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue Offers Smoke Alarm Program
West Pierce Fire & Rescue received a grant that funds 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 us at (253) 564-1623.