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In a normal 48-hour period West Pierce Fire & Rescue responds to an average of 50 911 calls district wide, which is approximately 31 square miles. During the recent winter storm West Pierce's calls for assistance were six times above average.
From 7 a.m. January 18th to 7 a.m. January 20th, firefighters responded to 320 emergency calls.
In addition to the normal fire and medical aid calls, many calls were for trees across the roadway, in power lines, arcing power lines and power lines down. At these calls, firefighters assisted the community by clearing roads and making the areas as safe as possible until public works staff and power crews could get to the location.
Because of the anticipated increase in calls, West Pierce was in High Incident Response Load for more than a 24 hour period. HIRL allows our 911 centers to dispatch fire and medic crews to life-threatening emergency calls while allowing the fire department to use their available resources to prioritize non-life threatening calls and respond as they can.
With continued challenging weather conditions, West Pierce reminds citizens to check on neighbors and use proper emergency lighting and heating during power outages. Do not use charcoal grills or generators inside and avoid candle use, as it is a leading cause of home fires during power outages.