LATERAL FIREFIGHTER / EMT
LATERAL FIREFIGHTER /PARAMEDIC APPLICATION
OUR WEBSITE IS UNDERGOING SOME CHANGES. PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE UPDATE THE MATERIAL
ALL OUR CHANGES SHOULD BE DONE BY JANUARY 2014 .
*** Do you ever wonder where the Fire trucks or Ambulances are going?
You can now listen at home 911 audio is now live on our website***
Proudly Serving Our Community
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue serves in Cowlitz County, the City of Kelso, the unincorporated areas of Longview and Kelso; including Rose Valley, Lexington, Columbia Heights, Bakers Corner and Bunker Hill.
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue (C2FR) firefighters are ready to respond to a variety of emergency incidents when you call them. Medical emergencies, fires, hazardous material incidents, natural disasters, or a rescue emergency will be managed by our trained personnel quickly and professionally. Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue has 29 career firefighters and approximately 70 volunteers who respond to an average of 4,000 incidents per year.
More than 80% of the call volume is medical in nature and requires our firefighters to be trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or Paramedics. Eighteen of our career firefighters are paramedics which allows for 2 ambulances and often a paramedic staffed fire engine to be available daily. When medical emergencies occur this high level of care will be there for our community within minutes.
In addition to medical emergencies and fires C2FR has recently added the ability to mitigate Hazardous Materials Incidents. The District's Hazardous Materials Team is composed of 9 highly trained personnel. The team responds to fires, spills, and other incidents involving chemicals or toxic materials. In addition the team, along with Vancouver Fire Dept., is part of the State of Washington Homeland Security Region 4 Hazmat Team.
To remain effective in successfully managing emergencies Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue constantly trains and drills their firefighters on medical and firefighting fundamentals, incident management skills, and community interaction. This training, paired with modern technology, allows our firefighters and paramedics to make vital decisions when seconds count.
Citizen's Committee Report
We have been evaluating how to continue to provide services with restricted funding & reduced staffing. In order to properly gauge levels of service expected, a citizens committee was created. Click here for their report.
Recent News & Events
Click here for recent incidents, upcoming events and other news.
Cowlitz 2 added the Flash Alert service to communicate with our news media and community members on upcoming events, public education, and emergency incidents. This is a FREE service. Just log on to www.flashalert.net to sign up. Click here for all the details and directions as well as the media release.