This has always been one of my favorite quotes of all time because it can be applied to any situation or profession.

Here, we are applying it to the many fire agencies out there, especially those who are in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Credit | Tacoma Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 31

We are showcasing two great fire agencies, Tacoma Fire Department and the West Pierce Fire Fighters who depict the very meaning of Teamwork Makes the Dream Work and their dedication to specialized training. For these two Pierce County fire agencies, these men and women are committed to everything that happens on or can be assessed from the water.

Training together saves taxpayers money and creates opportunities for firefighters to become a single collective, skillful and experienced team when it matters the most – especially when responding as a mutual aid resource.

It is also a win-win for both the fire service, its members, and the people they serve.

Credit | Tacoma Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 31

We are giving them a shoutout for all of their great training exercises, knowing they are ready for anything.

As more Fire Departments share their many successes, we will bring to light how they are working together for those they serve in their communities. We want to share their dedication to training and the many other great accomplishments they have achieved day in and day out.

About Tacoma Fire Department

The Tacoma Fire Department was established in 1880 before the formal incorporation of Tacoma itself in 1884 when it formed as a volunteer fire agency has grown up over the last 140 years-plus with many new and exhilarating changes over the years.

Today, the City of Tacoma has a population of 213,500, and its Fire Department also provides fire and EMS services (contracted) to Fircrest, Fife, and Pierce County Fire District 10, with an additional number of residents of 18,000.

That’s a whole lotta people!

Credit | Tacoma Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 31

The Tacoma Fire Department has 17 fire stations all located within the City (see link for locations, apparatus at each station)

The Department has three fireboats, which include Fireboat Commencement and Fireboat Defiance located at the Thea Foss Waterway at East 11th Street, and Fireboat Destiny located at Point Destiny is headquartered at Point Defiance Park, according to a dedicated site listing their department’s assets.

About West Pierce Fire Fighters

The West Pierce Fire and Rescue (WPFR) was established on March 1, 2011, from the merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments, along with their contracted emergency services to the Town of Steilacoom also known as Pierce County Fire District #3 (established in 1944).

They serve several communities in a 31-square mile and a population of more than 100,000.

Credit | WPFR

The Fire District provides fire response, EMS, transport, technical rescue, HAZMAT response, special operations, fire prevention, inspections, code enforcement, and fire/life safety education.

WPFR recently trained on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in conjunction with Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One (Pierce County) and East Pierce County Firefighters under the direction of Seattle Fire and Puget Sound Fire instructors. This is part of the Pierce County response team, called the PCSORT organization when additional heavy rescue resources are needed.

They currently have six (6) fire stations and the agency is a Class 3 fire department.

To learn more about their services, apparatus, stations, successes, news, and overall agency, please visit them at (website)

Know someone in the fire service? Thank them for their dedication, service, and willingness to train to become better fire resources in their communities. You all are so appreciated!

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