Emergency Services We Provide To You
As we begin 2010 Fire District 6 is officially debt free. We paid off the bond to purchase fire engines and life-saving equipment to outfit them at the end of last year. Being good managers of your tax dollars is important to us. Take a look at our preliminary budget for 2010 in the pie charts below and see how your tax dollars save lives. Click Here to view the 2010 Preliminary Budget.
Almost 90 percent of the calls we receive are form emergency medical care, compared to just 10 percent for fire suppression. Our career firefighters and officers are trained to a minimum of Washington State Emergency Medical Technician. Twenty-two of our career personnel are state certified Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedics. We provide ALS-Paramedic services on each of our 4 career-staffed apparatus 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.
ALS vs. BLS
What is the difference between Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS)?
Basic Life Support includes treatments such as CPR, bleeding control and administering oxygen.
Advanced Life Support is the advanced care provided by paramedics under the direction of a physician. The care includes administering life-saving medications, giving shots and starting intravenous lifelines, reading cardia rhythms and diagnosing/treating an early stage heart attack or stroke. Paramedics can support breathing with tubes and ventilation devices and can make new airways in the neck. A significant number of additional hours of training is required to become certified as a paramedic.
Fire District 6 provides its citizens with around-the-clock fire protection in the form of four staffed fire engines. Augmented by a strong volunteer force and led by at least one chief officer, we can field a total of 8 engines, an air-supply unit, two rescue/brush fire units, command vehicles, and a rescue boat. The District also has long-standing mutual-aid agreements with all other Clark County Fire agencies to obtain assistance (or provide it) when needed.
“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. The 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.
Hazardous Materials Incident Response
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.