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EMS
EMSClark County Fire & Rescue provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) services to the cities of La Center, Ridgefield and Woodland Washington – as well as the surrounding Clark and Cowlitz County communities located between the four cities. Every Clark County Fire & Rescue Firefighter is cross trained to a minimum level of Emergency Medical Technician–Basic (EMT-B). EMT-B’s are capable of administering Basic Life Support skills to the sick and injured, utilizing procedures such as:
  • Automatic External Defibrillators in the setting of cardiac arrests
  • CPR and Oxygen therapy
  • Basic medications such as oral glucose and epinephrine
  • Basic trauma care and wound management
  • Child birth / delivery
  • Approximately 140+ hours of clinical training to become a certified EMT-B

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Working alongside the EMT-B’s, Clark County Fire & Rescue also utilizes Firefighter / Paramedic staffing to deliver Advanced Life Support to the more critically sick or injured citizens we serve. Paramedics are the most advanced level of pre-hospital care available, capable of utilizing procedures such as:

  • Advanced oxygen therapy and airway control (intubation)
  • Delivery of over 30 different pre-hospital medications for the treatment of cardiac arrests, allergic reactions, overdoses, respiratory illnesses, heart attacks, stroke, narcotic pain control, and more
  • Surgical procedures such as cricothyroidotomy and pleural decompression
  • EKG interpretation and advanced cardiac care – including the ability to actively alter a patient’s cardiac output by utilizing both cardiac medications and manually controlled electrical shocks
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy for the administration of both fluids and medications
  • Approximately 1200+ hours of clinical training to become a certified Paramedic

All career staffed Clark County Fire & Rescue apparatus are equipped with ALS supplies. We also alter our Paramedic staffing in an attempt to best spread out the ALS coverage to as many of our citizens as possible, for each given shift. ALS equipped apparatus include:

  • Tower  26: Dollar’s CornerATV Rescue
  • Engine 24: Downtown Ridgefield
  • Engine 23: Downtown La Center
  • Engine 29: Downtown Woodland

All other Clark County Fire & Rescue apparatus are equipped with BLS supplies. This may include volunteer staffed fire engines, reserve engines, brush rigs, ambulances, rescue boats, and special response units – such as ATVs and bicycles.

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Hazardous Materials
VFD-Foam Vehicle-1207-002 (2) (4)Incidents involving hazardous materials are becoming more and more prevalent. All Clark County Fire & Rescue firefighters are trained to the Haz Mat Operations level and all officers are trained to the Haz Mat Incident Command level. This level of specialized training is sufficient to handle the vast majority of Haz Mat incidents in the Clark County Fire & Rescue service area. However, occasionally we are faced with a Haz Mat incident or spill that requires technical expertise. In those rare instances, the Vancouver Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team is asked to respond and assist. Significant Haz Mat incidents require technical expertise and are relatively rare. Additionally, the training required to train and maintain personnel at the Haz Mat Technician level is very expensive. As such, very few departments in the state of Washington maintain Haz Mat Teams. Clark County Fire & Rescue, along with all other fire agencies in the county, entered into an interlocal agreement with Vancouver Fire several years ago to utilize its Haz Mat Team on an as needed basis. Depending of the size of the incident and the material involved, the Vancouver Haz Mat Team will provide assistance. That assistance can be as simple as a phone call to the Incident Commander at the scene to answer questions or provide technical information or it could be a full response of vehicles, equipment and technicians to the scene.While the basic cost of the regional Haz Mat Team is provided by Vancouver Fire, much of the specialized equipment and support for the team is through Homeland Security grants. Additionally, state law allows for cost recovery for hazardous material spills. As with most of the other specialized teams, the Vancouver Haz Mat Team will respond anywhere in Southwest Washington.
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Marine Division
marine_div1Clark County Fire & Rescue supports the Marine Division as part of its Special Operations function to respond to waterborne and waterfront emergencies. The division has specialized equipment, with trained personnel assigned to provide rapid response capabilities to a variety of water-based incidents. The department maintains a fire boat and other support boats to provide fire, rescue and emergency services within our 43 river mile jurisdiction on the Columbia River, Lake marine_div2River & North & East Forks of the Lewis River. The division works closely with local and state agencies under mutual aid agreements to support rapid responses on the Columbia River. Each agency works in partnership to provide adequate, efficient, and effective resources to any waterway incident.
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Technical Rescue Team
TTRT Turnouthe Technical Rescue Team is called to to assist regular crews with more complicated incidents. High angle rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and swift water rescue are just a few examples of situations that may arise in which our regular crews need additional assistance. The County’s first Technical Rescue Team (TRT) was formed in 1996 with donations of a heavy rescue truck from Clark Public Utilities and equipment donated by a number of businesses and community members in the greater Hazel Dell area. Coordinated by Fire District 6 in Hazel Dell, the TRT solicited help from a number of other fire departments including Clark County Fire & Rescue. The team evolved over the years into a group of highly Water Rescue phototrained individuals made up of members from Clark County Fire & Rescue and Fire Districts 3 and 6.  In 2005, the County TRT consolidated training and operations with Vancouver Fire’s TRT. Homeland Security grants have provided additional equipment that allows the team to expand their scope of rescue to a possible terrorist incident. Members have also had the opportunity for advanced training in urban search and rescue as well as structural collapse rescue techniques. The TRT is asked to respond to incidents in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties. The consolidated regional team is now comprised of 30 firefighters.
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