A new era of fire and emergency medical response begins Tuesday for Lakewood and University Place residents.
West Pierce Fire and Rescue begins operation as the Lakewood Fire District 2 dissolves and folds into the University Place Fire Department following voter approval of the merger earlier this month.
Officials from the cities and Pierce County will commemorate the merger during a celebration that begins at 10 a.m. Friday at the West Pierce fire headquarters, 3631 Drexler Drive West in University Place.
“It’s been a long process, but the nice thing is it’s been very smooth,” said Capt. Jenny Sharp, …