|April 9, 2020
| ALERT: A message from PCFD #23 regarding Covid-19|
Posted: Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 1:30 PM, Expires: Wed, Mar 24, 2021, 1:30 PM
Today is Thursday, April 9, 2020
Pierce County Fire District #23’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our members and citizens. During the growing risk of Coronavirus (Covid-19), we want to reiterate our commitment to our citizens, but in a safe and practical manner.
We, like other departments in the region, have temporarily suspended the following items:
Additionally, please do not deliver food items to the stations.
- Station tours & Engine visits;
- Issuing burn permits in person (please use this online form to get your permit);
- Blood pressure checks at stations;
- Issuing address signs;
- Public education classes;
- Community group use of our facilities; and
- Participation in community events.
We are also asking the community to please refrain from visiting our fire stations for medical needs. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 and let us come to you.
Our department remains staffed with committed volunteers who will assist you in your time of need. Our members have been equipped with personal protection equipment and are following recommended procedures.
We encourage our community members to follow CDC recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
We highly recommend that you visit the Washington State Department of Health website about the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak for the latest information and guidance. Additional information can be found at the Tacoma/Pierce County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control sites on the Coronavirus.
- DO NOT PANIC. This includes avoiding hoarding of food, cleaning products, and personal hygiene products.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Practice social distancing
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Follow government advice and stay-home orders to limit the spread of the infection.
Remember that while many who get Covid-19 recover within a few weeks, those with immunodeficiency or compromised immune systems and who have underlying medical issues are at higher risk for developing more serious cases. Actions undertaken by you and your family to slow the spread of the disease can have direct positive impacts to those around you.
If you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please do not go to the emergency room. Hospitals need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs, so please contact your healthcare provider first. In addition, MultiCare is offering free virtual care by visiting and using the promo code COVID19.
We all hope to get through this difficult time and return to normal operations soon. Thank you for your awareness and compliance with CDC and state recommendations to help us all get through this new and unusual situation.
Please contact our department via email or phone (360-569-2752) if you have any questions.