Training: Wildland Training
Due to the geography of our area, wildland fires are a constant threat. To be prepared for this threat, the Department trains its personnel to battle these devastating fires. Additionally, through cooperative agreements, Clark County Fire & Rescue sends personnel throughout the Pacific Northwest to assist other communities when threatened by wildfire.
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the United States Forest Service (USFS) have all adopted the "red card" system of training and tracking certifications for wildland firefighters. Although not required, these certifications meet a national standard of training and proficiency. The majority of Clark County Fire & Rescue firefighters have earned a "red card" at the basic firefighter level (Wildland Firefighter II) or above. All new firefighters are required to receive this training during their first year. All personnel are given annual training on wildland firefighting safety that exceeds all state and federal requirements.