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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West Pierce Maintenance & Operations Levy on August 4th Ballot
The West Pierce Board of Fire Commissioners voted April 7, 2015 to place a four-year maintenance and operations levy request on the August 4th ballot. This four-year request is for $10.9 million dollars annually, replacing the existing levy. This amount will be collected each year, starting in 2016 and going through 2019. This is not a new tax, but a renewal of a maintenance and operations levy the community has supported for over 40 years. This funding represents approximately 35% of the operating budget. This levy request is $200,000 less, annually, compared to the current levy renewed by voters in 2013.

In the first four years following the merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments, West Pierce Fire & Rescue has seen a drop in assessed values of more than 20%. During the same time, the department has experienced an increase in call volume of nearly 10%. Already in 2015, the department has seen requests for service increase by 6% over the same period last year.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue holds a Class 3 rating from the Washington State Survey and Rating Bureau and is one of only three fire departments in Pierce County, along with Central Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of Tacoma Fire Department, to receive such a high rating.

Chief Jim Sharp stated, "I am very proud of our efforts to provide the community with exceptional services utilizing the most cost effective methods possible. This Maintenance and Operations Levy provides the funding needed to continue providing our citizens with the high quality service they have come to expect from West Pierce Fire & Rescue."

West Pierce Fire & Rescue is an all hazards fire department. Six fire stations are staffed 24/7 throughout the communities of University Place and Lakewood, providing fire suppression, paramedic response and transport, technical rescue, marine rescue, hazardous materials response, fire code enforcement, and a wide range of fire and injury prevention education programs.
Smoke Alarms Alert Occupants in House Fire in University Place
At approximately 12:15 a.m. this morning, West Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to the report of a brush fire in the area behind the Cascade Apartments in University Place. Crews arrived to instead find a house fire and University Place Police officers banging on the door of the residence, attempting to alert the occupants. Smoke alarms were also sounding and between the two, the occupants woke up and safely evacuated the home.

The fire started on the roof and was not related to fireworks, according to the Pierce County Fire Marshals Office. The fire is under investigation, but is believed to be related to roof construction.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue offers a free smoke alarm program, thanks to grant funding. Residents in University Place and Lakewood may call (253) 983-4583 to request an appointment to have their smoke alarms assessed by West Pierce Fire & Rescue personnel and installed or replaced at no cost.
West Pierce Conducts Community Risk Assessment
West Pierce Fire & Rescue is conducting a study regarding its community and the emergency services we currently provide. There are several key elements to this study including the following:

A community risk assessment identifying both the fire and non-fire risks within our borders. The risk assessment is developed utilizing demographic data, call histories and a site visit to all of our commercial properties.
An analysis of our current response capabilities. This analysis includes identifying our current response times, times of the day when call volume is high, areas of the community where more calls occur and historical trends regarding call volume.
An analysis of the services currently provided, such as fire response, emergency medical services, water rescue, special rescue, public education, fire prevention, fire investigations, etc.

A community expectations survey will also be completed. Community is very important to West Pierce Fire & Rescue and we want to make sure we are meeting your expectations. If you are a resident of Lakewood, University Place, or Steilacoom, please take a moment to take the survey by clicking here.

The purpose of this study is to assist West Pierce Fire & Rescue in making sound decisions for the future of the organization, ensuring our services are as efficient and effective as possible. Following this study, West Pierce Fire & Rescue will evaluate the data to determine if there are any changes that need to be made to our current response model, such as where apparatus are located, how they will be staffed and what types of prevention programs we will offer.

If you have any questions regarding this study please contact Battalion Chief Hallie McCurdy at 253-983-4579.


FREE Smoke Alarm Program
Read this flyer for more information about West Pierce Fire & Rescue's Free Smoke Alarm Program