West Pierce Fire Rescue
West Pierce Fire & Rescue (WPFR) was created March 1, 2011 with the merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The District provides service to the cities of Lakewood and University Place and the Town of Steilacoom. Known as Pierce County Fire District No. 3, it was established in 1944. The District now operates using the name of West Pierce Fire & Rescue. The District operates under Revised Code of Washington (RCW) title 52 and is a municipal corporation as defined by law in the State of Washington pursuant to RCW 41.24.010, operating as a junior taxing district.
The District is 31 square miles and serves a population of more than 90,000. WPFR is governed by a Board of five elected officials, Fire Commissioners, who serve six-year terms. The Board appoints a Fire Chief to oversee day-to-day operations.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue respects different identities, experiences, and perspectives and is committed to our Equity & Empowerment Initiative. This initiative has led to the development of a Recruitment and Retention Team as well as an Equity Team. The Recruitment and Retention Team is developing a multifaceted recruitment program, across all career fields, with a goal of better reflecting the community we serve. The team is developing resources and practices to ensure retention of the District’s ultimate resource, its employees. The Equity Team has a goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive organization through development of cultural competency and open dialogue.
WPFR provides numerous services to the community including Fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and transport, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, special operations, fire prevention, inspections & code enforcement, as well as fire and life safety education. There are currently six fire stations, which operate 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, located strategically throughout its borders.
In 2016, the District responded to 15,904 incidents and employs 172 full-time employees. Several major institutions lie within WPFR borders and the District maintains contracts for service with the following agencies; Western State Hospital, St. Clare Hospital, Clover Park Technical College, Pierce College, Pierce County for Chambers Creek Properties, Pierce Transit, Lakewood Water District, Clover Park School District and University Place School District. The school districts are comprised of four high schools, two intermediate schools, five middle/junior high schools, 15 primary/elementary schools, and five private schools.
At merge, WPFR was designated a Class 3 fire department through the Washington Survey and Rating Bureau. In July of 2014, WPFR underwent a re-rate by the agency and the District maintained its Class 3 rating. The Town of Steilacoom was also awarded a Class 3, attributable to the service they receive from WPFR.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue, in partnership with the community, protects lives and property through a well-trained, cost effective, pro-active fire department, serving and educating the community.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue is a premier fire and life safety organization, dedicated to providing modern, community focused service.
Respond Efficiently • Execute Flawlessly • BE NICE!
Every employee at West Pierce Fire & Rescue strives to achieve this motto on a daily basis.