Tyler Rhine and Russell Franklin-Lyons Swearing-In

posted Mar 14, 2017, 10:16 AM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Mar 14, 2017, 10:16 AM ]

Fire Commissioner Jon Couture administered the swearing-in ceremony for two of our new Firefighters, Tyler Rhine and Russell Franklin-Lyons at the Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting last night. Tyler’s dad Roy and Russell’s mom Suzanne performed the honor of "pinning" the badges. Many friends and family members attended. Congratulations Tyler and Russell. Welcome to Fire District 3!

Clayton Morris Swearing-In

posted Feb 15, 2017, 8:59 AM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 8:59 AM ]

Fire Commissioner Jon Couture administered the swearing-in ceremony for our newest Firefighter Clayton Morris at the Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting Monday night. Many family members attended the ceremony. Clayton’s mom Debbie performed the honor of "pinning" the badge. Congratulations Clayton! Welcome to the family.

2016 Service Person of the Year

posted Feb 15, 2017, 8:52 AM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 8:52 AM ]

Fire Chief Steve Wrightson was presented with the 2016 Service Person of the Year Award by the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce on Thursday February 9th. Wrightson has been Fire Chief at Fire District 3 since 1989. Wrightson started his fire service career in 1975. His previous positions included Wild land Firefighter, Structural Firefighter, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Deputy Fire Marshal, and Battalion Chief.

Chief Wrightson said, “It’s a great honor and I appreciate it very much. It’s also humbling because everyday I get to work with some really great people in the fire service and law enforcement. There are so many people who could certainly be standing here tonight; many people that work very hard to make this community what it is.”

Wrightson is pictured with Battle Ground Mayor Philip Johnson. Photo courtesy of Joanna York.

Visit to Hockinson Heights Elementary

posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:53 AM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 11:53 AM ]

Captain Larry Bauska along with Firefighters Zack Shamrell and Jacob Higley spent time with Hockinson Heights Elementary School students today. Fire District 3 firefighters participate in the Firefighter Lunch and Mentorship Experience program (F.L.A.M.E.) This program offers firefighters the opportunity to visit local schools during lunch to share a meal, spend some time with the students, and provide a positive influence. We are happy to be a part of it!

Fire Cadet Training

posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:49 AM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 11:50 AM ]

Fire District 3 Fire Cadets throwing ladders as part of their training this morning.

Motor Vehicle Collision

posted Feb 2, 2017, 11:47 AM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 11:48 AM ]

Firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident this morning (1-30-17) at 09:13 at NE Ward Rd. and NE Davis Rd. One passenger in the white vehicle sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital by AMR ambulance. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office directed traffic and investigated the cause. One fire engine and four firefighters from Fire District 3 were on scene.

Our History

posted Dec 16, 2016, 1:12 PM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 1:12 PM ]

The Hockinson Volunteer Fire Department was officially formed in November 1947. Members of the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers & Sisters (UFKBS) gathered their resources and formed this fire department to serve and protect their neighbors. Their meetings were held in the building at NE 182 Ave and NE 164 St. This building has been fondly referred to as Finn Hall for many years. The original Fire Department officers and trustees included Albert Konanen, Ernest Tikka, Ed Isaac, Walter Johnson, Jack Bechell, Walter Konsa and Bill Kiive. Bill Kiive was the first Fire Chief. State regulations required a name change, so in 1953 the fire department name was changed to Clark County Fire District 3.

The original members of our fire department instilled the values of integrity, community, and responsible use of public funds in this organization. Those values live on today in all of our actions and decisions. Please take a close look at our web site to learn more about Fire District 3. We welcome your comments and questions.

Back Row: left to right, John Uusitalo, Ernest Carlson, Eino Matilla, Charley Tikka; Center: Axel Jauhola; Front Row: Albert Kananen, Ernest Tikka, Bill Kiivi, Alfred Adophson, Irving Weisenborn, Jack Beechill, Walter Johnson, Pete Frohs; Not Pictured: Leo Kiivi, Walter Konsa, Jim Bellcoff, Buck Wayne.

A lot is happening at Fire District 3. Beginning January 1, 2016 Fire District 3 began providing contract services for fire and emergency services to the City of Battle Ground. One 24 hours-per-day crew and one 12 hours-per-day crew provide emergency response out of the Battle Ground Fire Station at the intersection of SW 1st St. and SW 5th Ave. Personnel staff Rescue 35 (Paramedic equipped SUV), Squad 35 (Paramedic equipped crew cab F-450 flat bed with water/pump), Fire Engine 35, and Engine 39. Crews respond with the appropriate apparatus, dependent on the emergency call type.  The 12 hours-per-day crew provides Peak Hour Staffing, when the majority of emergency calls occur in Battle Ground between 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. After 8:00 P.M. the 12 hours-per-day crew moves to the Venersborg Fire Station and staffs that station from 8:00 P.M. until 8:00 A.M. When additional emergencies occur within the City of Battle Ground, and the first and second crews are busy on emergency calls, Fire District 3 personnel and resources will respond from nearby Fire District 3 fire stations.  In 2014 there were 197 overlapping responses in the City of Battle Ground.  Three simultaneous emergency responses are rare.

We continue to improve our emergency response capabilities. We provide fire suppression and Advanced and Basic Life Support response throughout the 80+ square miles we are responsible for. We also provide mutual aid and automatic aid to our neighboring jurisdictions.

Beginning in 2011 Fire District 3 began using SUV vehicles for emergency medical response. Currently we have Rescue 31 at the Hockinson Fire Station and Rescue 35 at the Battle Ground Station. At our more rural stations (Battle Ground Lake, Venersborg, Rawson Road) we use Squads to respond to medical calls and small fires.  Squads are F-450 crew cab flat bed trucks, with a water tank and pump. The Rescues and Squads are equipped with Advanced Life Support supplies. Two to four personnel respond to medical emergencies instead of taking the fire engine. The smaller vehicles have proven to be less expensive to operate and quicker to arrive at medical emergencies. These vehicles allow us to save wear and tear on the much more expensive fire engines, extending their service life.

We appreciate your continued support. We are committed to providing you the best possible service. We look forward to the future as we strive to be the best rural fire district in America.


Bryce Ponder Swearing-In

posted Dec 13, 2016, 9:40 AM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 9:40 AM ]

Fire District 3 swore in our newest career Firefighter Bryce Ponder at our Board of Commissioners Meeting last night. Bryce has been a volunteer with Fire District 3 for over 2 1/2 years. Bryce's mom Kim performed the honor of "pinning" the badge. Congratulations Bryce!

Donations are Coming In

posted Dec 7, 2016, 2:28 PM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Dec 7, 2016, 2:29 PM ]

Gurkaran and Chase stopped in to support our Toy and Food Drive! They obviously support a certain NFL team too. 
;) Thanks for the donation guys!

Safety is a Priority

posted Dec 6, 2016, 3:13 PM by Michelle Eisenbeis   [ updated Dec 6, 2016, 3:15 PM ]

Fire District 3 personnel have been busy today putting snow chains on and taking snow chains off. Captain Drew Simpson and Firefighter Brandon Bohart put chains on Engine 31 in Hockinson this morning. The weather creates challenges for us but we are ready for it. Be safe!

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