As Kent grows, fire department has adapted along with community

  • Source: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
  • Published: 10/15/2018 06:04 AM

As the population in the city of Kent continues to explode, the growth plays a significant role on the effects and demand for public safety. Serving a city like Kent certainly has it’s unique challenges -- and the department has survived and thrived by adapting and changing, right along with that growth. As flames engulfed a commercial warehouse in Kent late September, firefighters around the south sound were prepared. "It is a welding shop, I don’t know what exploded but you do have compressed gas cylinders in there, Captain Keith Kepler told crews on scene in an interview September 20th. Firefighters took a somewhat ‘ariel approach’ high atop a tiller ladder truck. That was a tactical decision. And according to the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority--an intentional one. A 67-foot tiller ladder truck is one of the many resources the department has added over the years to adapt to the city's growth.


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