Clark County Fire District 6 is working closely with local public health departments and state agencies to respond to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Based on CDC guidelines and input from our physician supervisor, we’re working to ensure the safety of our personnel while continuing to provide the high level of emergency response that our communities expect.
District leadership, in coordination with state and local partners, have put plans in place to ensure the continuity of emergency operations. This includes updated protocols for 911 call takers, refreshed training for personal protective equipment, and patient assessment strategies that limit the potential for exposure.
Here’s a short video of what our firefighters and paramedics will look like while responding to a potential COVID-19 call:
What Does This Mean To You?
Additionally, CCFD6 is taking precautionary measures in response to COVID-19. Effective immediately, the following measures are enacted for the near future:
Fire station tours are suspended
Blood Pressure checks are curtailed
First responders will not attend community events, like school visits, community
Association meetings, or any situation where we could be exposed to someone carrying
All Fire Commissioner meetings will be help online only, until further notice
How can you help?
Well, first of all you should be familiar with the signs of COVID-19. They include:
Shortness of breath
If you think you may have the Coronavirus, don’t go to the hospital. First call your primary care physician and follow their instructions!
Know the regulations for outdoor burning. Washington state regulations ban the use of a burn barrel and prohibit the burning of all material, except natural vegetation grown on the property and firewood (defined as bare, untreated wood, not dimensional lumber).
This regulation also prohibits burning during periods of impaired air quality and prohibits outdoor burning from becoming a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and businesses. Fire safety burn-bans may also be called by county or fire protection authorities.
Recreational fires under 3’X3’X2′ are still allowed in all of Clark County without a permit. Only charcoal or seasoned firewood (not lumber) may be used as fuel for a recreational fire. Recreational fires must be used solely for recreational purposes and may not be used for disposal of yard debris or any other material. Recreational fires may not cause a smoke or odor nuisance to surrounding properties. Recreational fires in excess of 3’X3’X2′ need a special written permit from Southwest Clean Air Agency.
Residential Burning (outside the no-burn boundaries)
Residential burning is allowed in piles smaller than 10’X10’X6′ outside the Vancouver-Camas-Washougal (southern Clark County) and Battle Ground no-burn areas with a written permit.
If you would like help determining if you are within a no-burn area, click here for the No Burn Area Map or contact the Southwest Clean Air Agency at (360) 574-3058. These permits may be obtained at station 63 located at 1200 NE 134th Street in Salmon Creek. Contact the Clark County Fire Marshal’s office for additional locations. You can also download and print the Clark County Residential Burn Permit.