With the additions, CCFR now has a plan for a paramedic on every rig, every day, thereby improving the speed and effectiveness of advanced life-saving capabilities
RIDGEFIELD – Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) held a swearing-in ceremony on March 20 for 15 new entry level firefighters and firefighter paramedics. This ceremony marks an important milestone for the district as the new staff members will greatly improve the district’s operational abilities, response times, and level of protection for the community.
The new hires are a direct result of the support for the EMS levy that was passed last year. The levy enabled CCFR to hire additional firefighters and firefighter paramedics, resulting in improved staffing for the entire district. This has allowed for 3-person crews to handle a wider range of emergencies, reducing the need for multiple units on individual incidents.
With the addition of these 15 new members, CCFR now has a plan for a paramedic on every rig, every day, thereby improving the speed and effectiveness of advanced life-saving capabilities. Additionally, CCFR is staffing additional unit(s) in the system, such as Engine 151 and adding a transport capable ambulance. This will result in better response times, improved operational abilities, and a higher level of protection for the community.
The new members are in addition to the seven recently hired lateral entry firefighters and firefighter paramedics that were hired earlier this year – who are already assigned to engine companies, protecting the community.
CCFR’s efforts to improve staffing and operational abilities may also result in an improved Protection Class with the Washington Survey and Ratings Bureau, which could lower property insurance rates for the community.
“We are thrilled to welcome these new members to our team,” said Fire Chief John Nohr. “Their expertise and dedication will greatly improve our ability to respond to emergencies and protect our community. This is a significant step forward for our district, and we are proud to serve our community.”
CCFR is committed to providing the highest level of service to the community and will continue to make improvements to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents. For more information regarding our upcoming open house, as well as numerous firefighter paramedic job openings, see www.clarkfr.org]www.clarkfr.org.
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves 50,000 people over 125 square miles, including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, and the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to an average of 5000 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR also provides a wide array of Community Risk Reduction programs including fire inspections, building plan reviews, and a Community Paramedic program. CCF&R operates under a balanced budget and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state.
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