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Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
2016 Bond Information
have ordered a new
Pierce PUC Engine from
Hughes Fire Equipment, Inc. We will
travel to Pierce's manufacturing
facility in April to finalize the engine
specifications, and we expect to have
the engine here in December 2017.
We have purchased a used chassis for a
new water tender at Station 22. The
district shop is ordering more parts to
continue building the 3000 gallon
Cowlitz 2 crews have spent many hours
researching extrication tools, quality
reports, and reviews. After spending an
entire day field testing different tools
hands on, we have ordered a Hurst
eDraulic spreader, cutter, and ram. See
them in action
Special thanks to Bumblebee
Towing for bringing us cars to cut up!
We are currently negotiating
with an architecture firm for future
construction of Baker's Corner and
Check back often for more updates!
Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Capitol Improvements Bond- $11,000,000
On July 27, 2016, the Board of
Commissioners of Cowlitz County Fire
District 2 voted to bring this proposition before the voters at the
November 8, 2016 election.
This proposition authorizes the
District to replace the Baker’s Corner and Lexington Fire Stations,
purchase a fire engine, issue $11,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum of twenty years,
and to collect excess property taxes annually to repay the bond.
Bond Amount: $11,000,000
Bond Length: 20 years
Tax Rate: $0.34per $1,000
Average Annual Homeowner Cost:
$57.80 (for a home assessed at $170k)
The impact will vary based on each property’s assessed value.
2016 Operating Budget for C2FR:
Career Emergency Responders: 33
Volunteer Emergency Responders: 77
Calls in 2015: 4,636
Population Served: 34,389
District Area: 152 sq. miles
Bond vs Levy
Bonds– Bond issues allow for the collection of tax monies and creation of long term bonds, typically for the purpose of constructing, repairing, and /or creating structures and facilities.
Levies– Levies allow for the collection of a set amount of tax monies over a short period, typically for the purpose of jurisdiction maintenance, operation, and continuity of services. Occasionally they may be earmarked for upgrades or enhancements of existing services.
5699 Ocean Beach Hwy
Longview, WA 98632
Station 22 was built in 1965, and currently consists of two main buildings, the apparatus bay and the crew quarters. There are no meeting rooms
or training facilities at the station.
Four apparatus are housed at Station 22: Engine 22, Tender 22,
Brush 22, and Aid 22. There are 18 station volunteers who respond
from their homes to 650 calls annually.
Station 22 does not currently meet the needs of the district. The apparatus bays are outdated and do not meet modern safety standards. They are too small to house new apparatus and the current apparatus is due for replacement. The crew quarters do not meet modern building codes, nor do they conform to American
Disabilities Act standards.
A new station would be appropriately sized, have adequate crew quarters,
and meeting facilities.
1796 Westside Hwy
Kelso, WA 98626
Station 25 was built in 1978, and consists of the apparatus bay and crew day room in the same building. There are no meeting rooms or
training facilities at the station.
Three apparatus are housed at Station 25: Engine 25, Tender 25, and Brush 25. There are 12 volunteers who respond to 700 calls annually.
Station 25 does not currently meet the needs of the district. There is not room in the apparatus bay for an ambulance. The building needs major structural repairs and there are no crew quarters, which means it cannot be staffed overnight.
A new station would be appropriately sized, have adequate crew quarters, and meeting facilities.