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2010 - All Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue career employees took a 5% to 8% pay reduction resulting in over $223,000 in savings for the department.  These team commitments aid in maintaining response capability and the ability to serve their public.  Chief LaFave believes that the sacrifices made will balance the District's budget at least until the end of 2011 and hopefully until the economy turns around.  "This was an opportunity for our people to come together as a team...we have a dedicated group of volunteer responders that we will have to rely on now more than ever."  Surrounding executives supports the decision and commend "this is an organization built on trust and teamwork".  Click here for the full media release.

2001 - Dave LaFave was promoted to Fire Chief by the Board of Commissioners on March 14, 2001.  On July 1 of the same year, Longview Fire Department & Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue officially dissolved their administrative merger and are now two separate entities.  However, we do contract for certain services to provide the best response time and care to the citizens of the Longview & Kelso areas.

2000 - Dave LaFave was appointed as the Interim Fire Chief for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue in November of this year.

1998 - Chief Joe Valenzuela retired.  On August 16, Longview Fire Department and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue officially merged administratively and became "Longview / Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue".

1996 - "The Great Flood of 96" - Approximately 450 people were sheltered by American Red Cross.  Evacuations and about 40 slides were reported as well.  The damage was assessed at $6,565,119.

1993 - Burlington Railroad Train Derailment occurred near I-5, mile post 34.8

1985 - Wagner Road area of Rose Valley was annexed.  The City of Kelso was annexed by a favorable vote of residents of both the city and district.  A new Headquarters Station was built at 701 Vine Street in Kelso.  On December 1, 1985, Fire District #2 began providing fire protection for the City of Kelso with the District's first full-time firefighters.

1978 - Lexington Station was built at 1796 West Side Highway in Kelso.

1974 - Bunker Hill Station was built at 113 Bunker Hill Road in Longview.

1973 - Areas of Ostrander and Mt. Brynion were annexed.  Bunker Hill, Germany Creek, Mill Creek and Abernathy Creek areas were annexed up to the county line.

1967 - Rose Valley Station was built at 1436 Rose Valley Road in Kelso.

1966 - Holcomb Acres, Rose Valley, Mt. Pleasant and Carrolls were annexed by petition.  Areas of Clark Creek and Columbia Heights were annexed by petition.

1965 - Baker's Corner Station was built at 5699 Ocean Beach Highway in Longview.

1964 - Coal Creek / Willow Grove areas were annexed by a favorable vote.

1956 - Columbia Heights Station was built at 922 Nevada Drive in Longview, the first station in the District.

1947 - Cowlitz County Rural Fire Protection District #2 was created by a special election held on Saturday, December 6, 1947.

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