Fire District 6 strives to provide it's citizens with around-the-clock fire protection in the form of one immediately available 3-person engine crew at each of our three stations. An additional crew of at least 2 persons responds on rescue apparatus. Augmented by a strong volunteer force, and led by at least one chief officer, we can field a total of 9 engines, 1 aerial-ladder apparatus, 1 air-supply unit, 1 rescue/brush fire unit, 1 brush fire unit, command vehicles, and a boat. Coupled with long-standing mutual-aid agreements with all other Clark County Fire agencies, we know we can successfully accomplish our mission.
Our career firefighters and officers are trained to a minimum of Washington State Emergency Medical Technician. Twenty-two of those career personnel are state certified Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedics. We provide ALS services on each of our 3 career-staffed engines, as well as our rescue vehicle, at all times. Volunteer personnel are medically trained to a minimum First-Responder level, and many are EMTs as well. Through the highest training standards, state-of-the-art equipment, the skills and dedication of our personnel, and a modern emergency care delivery system, the department provides the best service available.
"Technical rescue" is a special skills area of the fire service that focuses on the application of specific knowledge, skills, and equipment to safely resolve unique and/or complex rescue situations. Examples include: rescues from confined spaces, trench collapse, water emergencies, structural collapse, and rescuing people trapped above or below grade or in other challenging situations. Providing multi-disciplined technical rescue services requires careful planning, a large time commitment from the team members, equipment research and acquisition, risk analysis, training, and funding. The Southwest Washington, Region 4 Technical Rescue Team is a group of personnel having the advanced training and special equipment to safely and efficiently conduct technical rescue operations. The Regional team consists of firefighters from Fire District 6 and Vancouver Fire Department.
This regional team is available to respond to incidents in Washington state Region 4 including Clark, Skamania, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties. The Southwest Washington team may also respond to the Urban Area Security Initiative area including Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties in Oregon as well as Clark County.
Fire District 6 personnel are trained to the "First Responder Operations" level, which is defined as follows: "First responders at the operations level are members who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release."
Additionally, All of our Battalion Chiefs are trained to the "Hazardous Materials On Scene Incident Commander" level which is defined as: "The person in overall command of an emergency incident. This person is responsible for the direction and coordination of the response effort. If a hazardous materials response team is on site, tactics will be implemented by the Incident Commander after consultation with the Hazardous Materials Response Team." Hazardous Materials Response Teams are available through mutual aid agreements from Vancouver Fire Services or Portland Fire Bureau.
Fire District 6 has a strong commitment to our fire prevention program, and we employ a wide variety of tools and techniques to deliver our message. Fire prevention education is available to all age groups. Follow this link to the Community Info page or contact us for more information.
Safety education goes hand-in-hand with our fire prevention message. Email the Public Education Coordinator or call us at 360-576-1195 for more information.
Maritime Fire Safety Association
Fire District 6 is an original member of the Maritime Fire Safety Association (MFSA), which was formed in 1982 after the grain ship Protector Alpha caught fire at the Port of Kalama, Washington and was declared a total loss.