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Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention WeekTM campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire SafetyTM.” This year’s campaign, October 3-9th,  works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

“What do the sounds mean? Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? Knowing the difference can save you, your home, and your family,” said Lorraine Carli, vice-president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA.

Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One encourages all residents to embrace the 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme.

Learn the Sounds!

  • A continuous set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
  • All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.
  • Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.

Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.  Making sure there are two ways out of every room is essential for fire escape planning.  We encourage all residents to create and escape plan.  Taking just 15 minutes to complete the task could save your life.

Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One has engaged the services of Dynamix Consulting Group, a consulting firm specializing in assisting local governments and public safety agencies, to facilitate Community Risk Assessment: Standards of Cover. This involves assessing the fire department’s current staffing, organization, and delivery of services, as well as identifying existing strengths, weaknesses, and costs in these areas. Ultimately, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One will be presented with potential options, recommendations, and implementation strategies for structural and procedural improvements in these areas.

Community input is a critical component of evaluating the services provided by the fire department. Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One is encouraging all residents and business owners to provide their opinions on the services offered by the fire department. All individual responses will be held in strict confidence, characterized only as part of the global feedback.

Click here to take the survey.

This survey will be available until Friday, September 24th at midnight PST.

Please join us on Saturday, September 11, 2021, as we honor the lives lost 20 years ago during the 9/11 Terrorist Attack on America.  Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One will be hosting a public ceremony in the 911 Memorial Garden at Station 50 (10222 Bujacich Rd. NW) at 9:00 am. that morning.

From a historical perspective, the “911 Memorial Garden” provides an opportunity in Gig Harbor to pay tribute to those who died on 9/11, to the acts of bravery that brought us together as a nation, and to those who put themselves in harm’s way in the service of others. The treasured piece of steel salvaged from one of the World Trade Center’s twin towers now has a permanent home, not just in landscape, but in the hearts of our community as well.

The Red Flag Event has been lifted.  The Pierce County Fire Marshal is allowing recreational burning again, more information can be found at this link: https://www.piercecountywa.org/982/Outdoor-Burning  or by visiting our website: https://www.gigharborfire.org/education-and-events/services-offered/burn-permits/

Please be aware that the fire safety burn ban that went into effect on June 25, 2021 is still active.

This burn ban applies to all land clearing and yard debris outdoor burning.  This ban does not apply to small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds or private property with the owner’s permission.  The use of gas and propane self-contained stoves and barbecues is allowed under the ban.

Recreational fires must: 

  • Be built in a metal or concrete fire pit, such as those typically found in designated campgrounds; and not used as debris disposal.
  • Grow no larger than three feet in diameter.
  • Be in a clear spot free from any vegetation for at least 10 feet in a horizontal direction, including at least 25 feet away from any structure and allow 20-foot vertical clearance from overhanging branches.
  • Be attended at all times by an alert individual and equipment capable of extinguishing the fire like hand tools and a garden hose attached to a water faucet that is on, or not less than two five-gallon buckets of water.
  • No burning when winds exceed 5 mph.

ALL outdoor burning including recreational and cooking fires (except a gas grill) during this Red Flag event is prohibited until the Red Flag event is over as determined by the National Weather Service.  More information can be found by clicking here.

 

Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One facilities have been closed to the public for non-essential business since early in the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done out of an abundance of caution for our citizens, visitors and employees.  Based on current guidance from local and State health authorities, we believe it is safe to re-open our facilities to non-essential business.

Our 24hr Staffed Fire Stations (see list below) will be open for walk-up EMERGENCY requests:

  • Station 51 – 6711 Kimball Dr.
  • Station 52 – 2217 Pt. Fosdick Dr NW
  • Station 56 – 5210 144th ST NW
  • Station 58 – 10302 Bujacich Rd NW
  • Station 59 – 3828 62nd Ave Ct NW

NOTE: Response crews may be out of the fire station for alarms or department business. It is ALWAYS better to call 911 from your current location instead of driving to one of our station locations.

Our headquarters facility located at 10222 Bujacich Rd NW is open Monday-Friday from 8AM to 5PM, excluding Holidays. This facility will be open for general business inquiries, deliveries, and address sign pick-up.

Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One facilities are currently unable to accommodate non-emergent blood pressure checks, bicycle helmet fittings or public education classes (CPR, BLS-Healthcare Provider, Safe Sitter, etc.). These programs will be re-evaluated at a later date or as health and safety guidance changes. 

Based on current health guidance, if you are experiencing symptoms of an illness please refrain from coming to our facilities for non-essential business.  We also ask that visitors follow all current local, state and federal masking requirements.

Sincerely,

Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One

A fire safety burn ban went into effect for our service area at 8 a.m. on June 25, 2021, until further notice (This does not effect recreational fires).  More information can be found by clicking here.

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