West Pierce Fire & Rescue (WPFR) was created March 1, 2011 with the merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. WPFR provides full service to the cities of Lakewood and University Place and contracted services to the Town of Steilacoom, which covers 31 square miles and serves a population of 97,259.
In 2015, WPFR responded to 15,477 incidents. Numerous services are provided to the community including fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and transport, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials response, Special Operations, Fire Prevention, inspections, code enforcement, fire investigation, as well as fire and life safety education. There are currently six fire stations, which operate 24 hours a day and are located strategically throughout its borders.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue protects many bodies of water throughout the District. The fire boat, Endeavor, is housed at Narrows Marina for incidents occurring on Puget Sound and is a regional asset to surrounding jurisdictions. Two other boats are in service for incidents occurring on any of the many lakes. Due to the different types of responses, WPFR has specialized teams trained for these types of situations, including marine pilots, divers and rescue swimmers.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue has 176 full-time employees who work by the District’s motto: Respond Efficiently • Execute Flawlessly • BE NICE! WPFR also manages an additional 29 employees in a regional 9-1-1 dispatch center. The center provides fire and EMS dispatch services to all Pierce County fire departments with the exception of the City of Tacoma Fire Department.
Several major institutions lie within WPFR borders, including, but not limited to; Western State Hospital, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, Chambers Bay Golf Course, Lakewood Community Center, Steilacoom Ferry Landing and Fort Steilacoom Golf Course.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue responds to a vast array of incidents on a daily basis. WPFR has state of the art medic units, which are in excellent condition and well equipped. Exceptional ongoing training is of utmost priority so crews are ready for any situation that may arise