Chiefs Corner

Welcome to 2017! We’ve had a busy year at Clark County Fire District 3, and I would like to share the highlights with you.

In June, Fire District 3 completed a Strategic Plan that outlines how we will meet the growing demand for emergency services. Emergency calls from people living in the fire district have increased almost 32% in the past five years. It’s critical that we meet this need, and we are taking the steps necessary to make sure that this happens.

For example, we started providing service to the City of Battle Ground in 2016, which has helped the emergency response for both fire district and city residents. In 2017, we will purchase a new water tender to replace one that has been in use since 1984. We also are hiring one probationary firefighter to respond to calls and reduce overtime expenses.

Even with these improvements, the demand for emergency services is outpacing our revenue income. Higher call volume means added costs for personnel, apparatus, maintenance, equipment, and supplies. State law limits us to a 1% revenue increase per year, but the cost to provide service is often higher than this. 

 We have been funding daily operations out of emergency reserves, which is not sustainable. In addition, we’re starting to see a slight increase in response times. This increase is not a risk to lives or property yet, but it could affect our insurance rating and cause homeowner insurance premiums to rise if we don’t address it.

We are working on a solution to meeting the emergency service needs of our community, and we will keep you informed as the plan unfolds. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at (360) 892-2331 or

Thank you for the opportunity to serve,

 Chief Steve Wrightson

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