Fire District Purchases New Equipment in Washington State


The Pierce County Fire District #23 Fire & Rescue announced the purchase of two  new Stryker power cots and loading systems for two of their four ambulances.  The purchase will help reduce and hopefully prevent injuries to their firefighters and EMTs.

This will also enable their patients to be more comfortable and safer as they are being transported to the hospital.

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Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

To see this new equipment in action, the public and residents are invited for their Annual Open House on Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 1000 hours to 1600 hours (10-4).  It will be held at the Ashford Fire Station located at 29815 SR 706, Ashford, WA 98328.

Additionally, the Air Care air ambulance will be arriving to the Open House at 1100 hours or 11 am.

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Courtesy | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue

The equipment was purchased with the assistance of their Fire Commissioners.

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Credit | Pierce 23 Fire & Rescue (Facebook)

This is a great family event for those who live in the area or are fire buffs, like ourselves.


The Fire Department serves the southern portion of Pierce County considered to be the Upper Nisqually Valley to areas that include Ashford, Elbe and Alder, Washington.  It is home to 2,500 residents and travelers who pass to and from the southwest side of Mt. Rainier National Park.

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The Department has four different stations and 25 active volunteers that staff them, as well as one paid Chief.   They provide services to those in a 67-square mile that includes Route 7 and State Route 706, which can be busy due to high volume of traffic from those who work/play/live in the area.

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NEW FIRE APPARATUS: Ladder Trucks to Arrive in Bellevue Washington Soon

The Bellevue Fire Department announced on their Facebook page, two new Ladder trucks on order for their Light Force 3 and Light Force 7 companies from Pierce Manufacturing.

There was no estimated date of arrival listed.

We sent a request to see when they expect the Ladder Trucks to arrive and go into service.  In addition, we had asked if their former trucks will be sent to auction or donated/sold to another agency.

Bellevue (WA) Fire Ladder 3 at a small structure fire. [Photo Credit: LR Swenson]

Bellevue (WA) Fire Ladder 3 at a small structure fire in 2011. [Photo Credit: LR Swenson]

Great news for Bellevue Fire!  Congratulations on your rigs that are almost here.


Bellevue Fire Chief Pete Lucarelli who was a former City of Los Angeles FD Deputy Chieff throughout the 90’s, brought the “Light Force” concept to Washington State.

It is a combination of a 4-person ladder truck with a 1-person pumper. These apparatus comprise as one crew working together in unison resulting in a dedicated pump for the Ladder truck.

Bellevue Fire states as a result, “The Ladder always has a pump dedicated to it at structure fires, and can be effective in combating other types of fires such as vehicle fires, brush fires, and such.”

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BELLEVUE FIRE: New State-of-Art Defibrillators Being Used

Fire Department staff have completed the process of deploying 29 new state-of-the-art automatic defibrillators to the city’s trucks and medic units. The new defibrillators already have been used six times for victims of cardiac arrest in recent weeks.

The new equipment is expected to boost Bellevue’s cardiac arrest save rate, which at 57 percent is well above the national average, estimated in the 10 percent range.

Bellevue’s automatic defibrillators were several years old and nearing the end of their useful life. The new Phillips Heart Start FR-3s are smaller, lighter and have improved software that can be customized by fire department staff as protocols change. The total replacement cost was approximately $115,000.

The FR-3 identifies life threatening rhythms, prepares to shock and delivers the needed energy quicker and more efficiently. It has been redesigned to provide better feedback to firefighters about the rate, depth and quality of CPR being performed.

Other improvements include the ability to defibrillate children with the same pads as adults, and blue tooth capability that allows data to be transferred wirelessly for event review and data collection.

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