Next Regular Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 -- 7 PM

Fern Prairie Station 91

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Message From the Chief:

Welcome to the East County Fire & Rescue (ECFR) website.  Thank you for taking time to ‘check-out’ the Fire District.   

We are honored to serve the 9,534 persons who live in the 60 square miles of unincorporated area that is north of—and east of— the cities of Camas and Washougal, Washington.  Currently, about 70 fire, medical and support personnel respond from our six (6) fire stations to provide Emergency Medical Services, fire suppression, and public service assistance.  We handled 917 incidents in 2012—a 3.2% increase in calls over last year—and a 51.5% increase over 2007 (the first full year after Fire Districts #1 & #9 merged to form ECFR). 

Ours is a ‘combination’ fire agency—comprised of volunteer, part-time, and full-time personnel.  MOST of our personnel (75%) volunteer their time, energy and talents to provide for a safer community.  ALL of our personnel are committed to serving the persons who live in the Fire District—as well as those folks who travel through or visit our Community.   

East County Fire & Rescue has served this Community since 1945.  We use innovative staffing models to deliver cost-efficient response to this rural area.  Careful stewardship of property tax revenue, additional revenue generated through State Mobilization (response to large wildfires anywhere in the State of Washington); and aggressive grant seeking have allowed ECFR to operate without significant reductions in programs or services; without reduction in staff hours; and without any lay-offs—during the first four years of the economic downturn. 

Unfortunately, another (unexpected) drop in assessed values for 2013 (approximately a 10.69% decrease) impacted us this year—forcing a reduction of 1.3 administrative support positions.  Firefighter staffing remains unchanged—thanks, in large part, to our receipt of a federal SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) grant. It has taken a lot of work to balance and maintain both the Emergency Response and Business functions of the Fire District while facing a loss of 32% of our total tax revenue.  In real dollars, the District has lost, cumulatively, almost $1.5 million in total tax revenue since the economy turned sour.     

We are proud of the programs and services that we are able to offer to our Customers.  Please feel free to call or visit our stations to learn about our (actually your) facilities, apparatus, personnel and programs.  

Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to assist you.  

Sincerely,

 

Scott Koehler, Fire Chief 

 

 

Station Locations

Station 91

600 NE 267th Ave.

Camas, WA  98607

Station 92

4909 NE 292nd Ave.

Camas, WA  98607

Station 93

121 NE 312th Ave.

Washougal, WA  98671

Station 94

1808 SE 352nd Ave.

Washougal, WA  98671

Station 95

211 39th St.

Washougal, WA  98671

Station 96

Bear Prairie area

 East County Fire & Rescue