The following is from West Pierce Fire & Rescue, which serves the Cities of Lakewood and University Place, as well as the Town of Steilacoom:
West Pierce Fire & Rescue was recently evaluated by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) for the first time since the 2011 merger of the Lakewood and University Place Fire Departments. The citizens of West Pierce will be proud to know that both cities have retained their Class 3 rating.
Fire Protection agencies throughout the state are periodically reviewed by the WSRB to determine the level of fire protection they offer to their communities. The WSRB evaluates departments in a number of categories such as water supply (hydrants), equipment, facilities, staffing, response times, training, fire prevention, code enforcement and communications. Protection classes range from 1-10, a 1 being the highest and a 10 being the lowest protection rating.
Starting in 2013, West Pierce began providing fire protection service to the Town of Steilacoom. Due to this contract, the fire protection class rating for the Town of Steilacoom improved from a 6 to a 3. This is a very significant improvement in their rating and may even have an impact on insurance premiums. The WSRB recommends Steilacoom residents and business owners contact their insurance carriers to check for possible savings as a result of this change.
West Pierce Fire & Rescue, Tacoma Fire Department, and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue are the only Class 3 fire departments in Pierce County.