2014 Press Releases

Santa Claus is a busy man, but he’s making time to stop by each of the East Pierce Fire and Rescue fire stations to join the firefighters in wishing the community a happy holiday. Instead of escorting Santa around the neighborhoods, the firefighters will host the jolly fellow at the various fire stations throughout the district. (Posted Nov. 26, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

The public is invited to stop by the fire station in Sumner for the 19th annual Pancake Feed, sponsored by the East Pierce Fire and Rescue International Association of Firefighters Local 3520, from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, December 6, at the Sumner Fire Station, located at 800 Harrison Street. The cost is a $3 donation. Tickets can be purchased at the door. (Posted Nov. 26, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Two residents escaped a fire that destroyed their home on Lake Tapps early Tuesday morning. Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a fire on the 3200 block of Deer Island Drive at 12:45 p.m. (Posted Nov. 25, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Smoke alarms are credited with saving a family from an early morning house fire Sunday. All five family members escaped the blaze that heavily damaged their single-story home on the 7200 block of 166th Avenue in Sumer. (Posted Nov. 23, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

On November 5, voters failed to renew a Maintenance & Operations Levy that had been used to fund the local fire district’s daily fire, rescue and medical operations. With the defeat of the levy, East Pierce Fire & Rescue faces a $3.2 million shortfall in its 2015 budget, representing 15 percent of the overall budget. According to East Pierce Fire Chief Jerry E. Thorson, the district is now forced to make drastic cuts that will affect service and slow response times. (Posted Nov. 19, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Three family members are at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a house fire on the 1500 block of 12th Avenue in Milton late Sunday night. Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a house fire at 11:44 p.m. The single-story home was fully-involved when they arrived. (Posted Nov. 17, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Although the chance of emergency crews responding to a patient who has been infected with the Ebola virus is remote, East Pierce Fire and Rescue is preparing for that possibility. (Posted Oct. 22, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

This November, East Pierce Fire and Rescue is asking voters to renew a Maintenance and Operations Levy. If approved, it would renew the expiring levy at the current, annual levels of approximately 37 cents per $1,000 of assessed property values through 2018. (Posted Oct. 13, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

For the second year, East Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Sumner Police Department will join students, parents and staff from Daffodil Elementary School to celebrate International Walk to School Month by participating in a Walk to School Day Parade, Wednesday, October 15. (Posted Oct. 13, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Just before 7:30 a.m. Friday, a Sonic Drive In employee prepping for the day called 9-1-1 to report that the fryers were on fire. East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters arrived at the restaurant, located at 19855 South Prairie Road East in Bonney Lake, to find smoke coming from the kitchen area. They were able to quickly douse the flames. (Posted Oct. 10, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

During Tuesday night's Board of Fire Commissioner's meeting, members of the East Pierce Fire and Rescue Foundation presented a $3,250 check to East Pierce Fire and Rescue to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as part of the fire department's Law Enforcement AED program. (Posted Sept. 18, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters were call to a brush fire at 4:14 p.m. Sunday along northbound state Route 167 near 8th Street East interchange, in north Sumner. (Posted Sept. 14, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue invites the public to stop by its 21st annual Open House, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at the East Pierce headquarters station at 18421 Veterans Memorial Drive East, in Bonney Lake. The free health and safety fair showcases programs and services provided by the fire district, including demonstrations by its special operations teams. (Posted Sept. 10, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

No homes were threatened in the half-acre forest fire at Tehaleh Saturday. Just before 5 p.m., an Orting Valley Fire and Rescue crew called dispatch to report smoke wafting up from the woods on the ridge overlooking Orting. (Posted Sept. 6, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

One person was seriously injured in a head-on crash that was reported around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. According to witnesses, the two vehicles crashed on the Carbon Park River Forest Reserve Road several miles past the Fairfax Bridge near the entrance of Mt. Rainier State Park. (Posted Aug. 23, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

The first test of the new Lake Tapps incident locator program was a success, says East Pierce Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief John McDonald. Designed to get emergency resources to the scene of water-related and land-based incidents on Lake Tapps as quickly and efficiently as possible, the program implemented by East Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Bonney Lake Police Department was used July 31 when a boat, carrying four people, became disabled around 9:30 p.m. The boaters were able to tell the 9-1-1 dispatcher exactly where they were by using a sign posted on a nearby dock. (Posted Aug. 21, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

An East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighter was transported to the hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries while fighting a house fire Tuesday. Neighbors called 9-1-1 just before 1 p.m. to report smoke and flames coming from the house on the 12300 block of 241st Avenue Court East, between Bonney Lake and Buckley. The single-story home was fully involved when the firefighters arrived. (Posted Aug. 12, 2014)View Full Press Release (PDF)

The proposed East Pierce Fire and Rescue Fire Maintenance and Operation Levy failed to receive the super majority it needed to pass August 5. According to unofficial results Wednesday afternoon, the measure had received 55.45 percent yes votes to 44.55 percent no votes. It needed at least a 60 percent yes votes to pass. (Posted Aug. 7, 2014)View Full Press Release (PDF)

Have fun and learn about water safety at the free Summer Splash-Tacular event on Lake Tapps from 1-4 p.m., August 9 at Allan Yorke Park, 7203 West Tapps Highway East, in Bonney Lake. The firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue, along with the Bonney Lake Police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, will be on hand for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and games that also teach important water safety tips. (Posted July 30, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

An unoccupied, single-wide mobile home was destroyed when fire ripped through the abandoned structure just after 11 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the mobile home at 11:10 a.m. on the 13100 block of Prairie Circle East in the Prairie Ridge area of Bonney Lake. (Posted July 16, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Join the East Pierce firefighters for the annual, free Summer Splash-Tacular event on Lake Tapps from 1-4 p.m., July 19 at Pierce County’s North Tapps Park, 1715 198th Ave E, in Bonney Lake. The firefighters, along with the Bonney Lake Police and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, will be on hand for an afternoon of family-friendly fun and games that also teach important water safety tips. (Posted July 11, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

The East Pierce Fire & Rescue Fire Board of Fire Commissioners has voted to place a four-year Maintenance and Operation Levy on the August 5 ballot. District voters will be asked to renew the levy passed in 2012 that expires in 2014. (Posted July 11, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue is supplying personnel and a brush rig to help battle wildland fires in central and eastern Washington. (Posted July 11, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Firefighters from five departments converged on a two-alarm fire at the maintenance building at Bonney Lake High School, located at 19701 104th Street East, late Thursday night. At 11:25 p.m., East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to reports of flames and smoke at the building that houses the children’s nutrition and food service for the high school. (Posted July 11, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters searched the thick brush for a small plane that went down in the trees near the 21600 block of Connell’s Prairie Road East, between Bonney Lake and Buckley. Several witnesses reported seeing the plane circling, then hearing an explosion, before the plane crashed into the wooded area between the Sumner-Buckley Highway and Connell’s Prairie Road East. (Posted July 7, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Following two years of talks between the Wilkeson Town Council and East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Wilkeson has decided not to renew its contract with the fire district. East Pierce had been working with town officials to resolve a tax discrepancy between Wilkeson and the rest of the district’s residents. A contract that pre-dated the East Pierce merger allowed the town to pay a lesser rate for fire, rescue and emergency medical services than the rest of the citizens in the East Pierce service area. “That inequitable contract needed to be resolved,” says East Pierce Fire Chief Jerry E. Thorson. (Posted June 28, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce fire and Rescue firefighters responded to a crash at a logging site near Wilkeson Thursday night. At 10:47 p.m., a Wilkeson resident reported that an injured man had come down from the woods saying that he and two others had been in an accident with an excavator. (Posted May 30, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to multiple reports of a house fire at the 15100 block of 276th Avenue East, just after 5 a.m. Thursday. The crews from four fire engines and a medic unit arrived to find the attached garage of a two-story house engulfed in flames. (Posted May 8, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

A coalition of public and private organizations, known as Swimsafe, has been recognized for its community approach to drowning prevention. Swimsafe received the Tom Warren Award for Innovation this month from the Washington State Drowning Prevention Network. The annual award recognizes a program, organization or individual that has taken an innovative approach to water safety and drowning prevention. Swimsafe members include the Bonney Lake Police Department, East Pierce Fire and Rescue, the Sumner and Dieringer School Districts, Cascade Water Alliance, Pierce County Parks and Sumner-Bonney Lake Aquatics. (Posted May 5, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Multiple East Pierce Fire and Rescue crews responded to a school bus crash at 2:45 pm at the 13400 block of State Route 162, also known as Pioneer Way, between South Prairie and Orting. According to Battalion Chief Rick Goetz, the bus was carrying 27 middle school students from the Orting Valley School District. (Posted April 21, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce firefighters will sponsor three annual Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 19. All three events are free. Food and monetary donations will be collected for local food banks. (Posted March 17, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue has armed Bonney Lake police officers with an important life-saving tool--automated external defibrillators (AEDs). (Posted March 17, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

The Nick of Time Foundation along with East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Franciscan Health and other healthcare professionals will be at Bonney Lake High School (BLHS) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday March 28 to provide student athletes with a free heart screening. This event is held in memory of 2012 BLHS graduate, Madison Murphy, who died last year at the age of 19 of sudden cardiac arrest. (Posted March 14, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Bonney Lake Police and Sumner Bonney Lake Aquatics are teaming up to sponsor April Pools Day, a free family water safety event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Sumner/Bonney Lake Aquatics Center pool, behind Sumner High School, at 1707 Main Street. (Posted March 14, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters responded to a devastating head-on crash on Sumner-Tapps Highway and 162nd Avenue East at 6:40 p.m. Friday. (Posted Feb. 22, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

A Bonney Lake woman is safe following a fire that trapped her in her home early Thursday morning. Firefighters from East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a house fire at the 18800 block of Mountain View Drive, just after 6 a.m. The crews from four fire engines, a ladder truck and two medic units were informed that a woman was barricaded in her bedroom on the second floor of the two-story house. (Posted Feb. 13, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

Sumner resident David Nelson and his wife stood before the Sumner City Council to thank the police and firefighters who saved him. (Posted Jan. 21, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue crews responded to a major natural gas line break at 1515 Puyallup Street in Sumner. A construction crew at the site called to report the rupture of a four-inch gas line just after 8 a.m. this morning. (Posted Jan. 14, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)

East Pierce Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a shooting at 7:49 a.m. in the Sumner-Orting Valley at the 14000 block of 96th Street East. According to Battalion Chief Rick Goetz, the residence is located off of State Route 162 between Sumer and Orting. Goetz stated that a patient had been shot at least once and suffered other injuries. He was transported to an area trauma center. (Posted Jan. 5, 2014) View Full Press Release (PDF)


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