Westside Fire Training Academy

Westside Fire Training Academy Co-op was established in 1992 by: Gig Harbor Fire, Key Peninsula Fire, University Place Fire, and Steilacoom Public Safety

Operating as usual

Timeline photos 06/24/2017

The 2017 Graduating Class. Great bunch of recruits, now Probationary Firefighters.

Timeline photos 06/24/2017

The official 2017 Academy t-shirt

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 05/09/2017

Advanced Live Fire 2017

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 05/09/2017

Thanks to our two helpers for the day, John Mohn filling SCBA bottles, and Garyn Doering running engine ops.

Timeline photos 05/09/2017

Chief Wolverton, explaining to The Flamingo how he keeps his helmet so clean.

Timeline photos 05/08/2017

Chief Garden explaining how he used to swat dinosaurs away when he fought cave fires.

Timeline photos 04/24/2017

WFTA 2017 had a long weekend of hose and ladders. Even though the class has a strong grasp of the basics, they still needed the help of The Flamingo to subdue the always dangerous Viper. (Photo be Anne Nesbit)

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 04/03/2017

The 2016 class projects...a stand for future class guidons, and a passport board for the classroom. Special thanks to Alex Jacobson for his wood working skills.

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 03/27/2017

2017 Westside Academy...spending the day training in live fire at the Washington State Fire Training Academy (WSFTA). Thanks to all the instructors and assistants that made this happen.

Timeline photos 03/17/2017

Timeline photos

Timeline photos 03/12/2017

Most of the 2017 Westside Academy. Displaying the triple W guidon of the Westside Water Wizards. Photo by Anne Nesbit.

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 03/12/2017

More forcible entry today using a circular saw. Photos by Anne Nesbit.

Timeline photos 03/12/2017

Recruits learning forcible entry techniques in the pouring rain. Strong work from FE Specialist Jeff Piercy.

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 02/27/2017

A weekend of hose and ladders. Thanks to West Pierce for allowing us to use their training tower.

Timeline photos 02/27/2017

Westside 2017 - Graduation date: June 24th, 1300 at Gig Harbor City Park.

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 09/21/2016

2016 Swearing in ceremonies.

Timeline photos 06/20/2016

Flamingo vs. Viper...Flamingo wins!

Timeline photos 06/20/2016

The final test for the WTA 2016-1 Recruits was yesterday, June 18th. After 14 hours of testing on Haz Mat and Firefighter skills, the class finshed with a 95% passing rate. Next up is graduation, Saturday, June 25th. 1pm at Crescent Creek Park in Gig Harbor.

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 06/06/2016

WTA 2015-1 during flag salute, and fire behavior lecture prior to entering the building.

Timeline photos 05/31/2016

Why do I succeed?

I succeed because I am willing to do the things you are not.

I will fight against the odds.

I will sacrifice.

I am not shackled by fear, insecurity or doubt.

I feel those emotions–drink them in and then swallow them away to the blackness of hell.

I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride.

Pride consumes the weak–kills their heart from within.

If I fall, I will get up. If I am beaten, I will return.

I will never stop getting better. I will never give up, ever.

That is why I succeed. ----Anonymous

Timeline photos 05/31/2016


Timeline photos 05/29/2016

2009-1 WFTA

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 05/29/2016

It has been a few years since Westside has gone and conducted night operations at the academy. Fire training at night adds a new perspective for recruits.

Photos from Westside Fire Training Academy's post 05/28/2016

This post was updated to include the 3 known WFTA shirts. The students of the '08 class decided to honor "The Flamingo", and included Recruit Nesbit's coined word "Firefightery." The 2012 shirt had a Steilacoom FF carrying a gun, and a Gig Harbor FF with a cup of coffee. The 2016 class included a gorilla head...certainly it was in honor of Ivan.

Timeline photos 05/28/2016

A Barrett Tillman quote on the side of the North Bend Academy cafeteria.

Timeline photos 05/27/2016

Without these instructors, the magic doesn't happen. L to R, AC Hal Wolverton, Lt. Larry Rucker, BC Anne Nesbit, and BC Dennis Petersen

Timeline photos 05/27/2016

A good reason not to leave your guidon unattended. In 2008, the North Bend "Firewyrms" forgot theirs, so The Flamingo grabbed it for some photo ops.

2002 WFTA 05/27/2016

2002 WFTA





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