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Public Education

Fire Marshal and Public Information Officer

Division Chief Tim Dawdy

911 N 65th Ave. Ridgefield, WA 98642 (360) 887-4609 or Email

Proudly protecting life and property through preparation, prevention, education and response.

Clark County Fire & Rescue works closely with design professionals, contractors, building owners and managers to ensure compliance with fire codes and standards. Engineering activities include; pre-construction plans review, fire protection system review, consumer product data collection and fire code development. Education opportunities include; Station tours, school programs and public presentations. For more fire prevention information: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/

Smoke Alarms
SparkyWorking smoke alarms save lives! No residence should be without working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area.  Clark County Fire & Rescue will provide and install smoke alarms, in an owner occupied home, if the homeowner is a senior citizen, disabled, or living on a fixed income. Personnel are also available to inspect and install resident purchased smoke alarms in any residence within fire district boundaries. For more information about smoke alarms go to http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/.
Residential Fire Sprinklers
The most effective fire loss prevention and reduction measure for both life and property is the installation and maintenance of home fire sprinklers. Fire sprinkler systems offer the optimum level of fire safety because they control the fire immediately in the room of origin and help limit the spread of fire.  For more information go to http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/sprinklers/.
Driveway Gate & Building Key-Boxes
The Fire Department does not accept private keys or codes to gates or buildings. We use a controlled key system. For additional information contact our office at (360) 887-4609.
Roads, Fire Lanes and Bridges
Road widths and surfaces are specified by the International Fire Code.  A link to the Clark County bridge code can be found below. http://www.clark.wa.gov/publicworks/roads/documents/private_bridge_faq_Jan132011.pdf
Address Signs
Help us find you! Free address signs are available for rural residents of the Fire District. Call our office at (360) 887-4609 for more information.
Plans Review
The plans review process allows the Fire Marshal to work closely with design professionals, contractors, building owners and managers to ensure compliance with fire codes and standards.  If you are interested in a plan review, contact our Fire Marshal, Chief Tim Dawdy at (360) 887-4609.
Station Tours
Capt Rommel with kidsThe Fire District is pleased to offer Fire Station tours for interested children’s and adult groups. During these tours the Firefighters remain on duty and may have to respond to emergency calls. Due to our many responsibilities, all tours must be requested 14 days before the desired tour date. This allows our Captains & Chiefs to determine if the tour will fit into the daily training schedule. No backpacks or packages are allowed on Station tours. One adult chaperone is required for every 7 children.  Examples: 1-7 children one adult is required. 8-14 children two adults are required. 15-23 children three adults are required. 24-30 children four adults are required. No more than 30 children are allowed on any Station Tour. If you are interested, please Fill out the Station Tour Form or call our office at (360) 887-4609 for more information.
School Visits
Capt Leavit with kidsThe Fire District is pleased to offer fire engine visits for schools within the District boundaries. During these visits, the Firefighters remain on duty and may have to respond to emergency calls. Due to our many responsibilities, all visits must be requested 14 days before the desired visit date. This allows our Captains & Chiefs to determine whether the visit will fit into the daily training schedule. To request a school visit, Fill out the School Visit Form or call our office at (360) 887-4609 for more information.
CPR Classes
Clark County Fire & Rescue offers a community CPR and first aid training class once a month. This class covers adult, child, and infant CPR and standard first aid. Additionally, participants receive training on the proper use of automatic external defibrillators (AED). Upon successful completion and skills assessment, participants will receive a CPR and standard first aid certification card valid for two years. For information and registration please contact Stacy Firl with La Center Community Education at (360) 263-2015.  For more information go to: http://www.lacenterschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Certified-CPR-class.web2_.pdf .
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention
Sparky and SmokeyBearChildren playing with matches or lighters is a leading cause of home fires and often the children or others present are injured. Clark County Fire & Rescue has trained personnel that offer an educational intervention program that includes the child and his or her family to address the fire setting behavior through education and support.
Fire Escape Plans
The first step in escaping a fire in the home is to plan ahead. Together, family members should decide on an escape plan in the event of a fire in the home. For more information go to http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/escapeplans/.