How do I become a volunteer firefighter at the Camas-Washougal Fire Department?
ANSWER: The Camas-Washougal Fire Department is always taking initial applications for volunteer firefighters. The applications may be turned in at Station 42 (located at 4321 NW Parker Street, Camas) or emailed to Battalion Chief Greg Payne. The Department runs a new volunteer firefighter academy about every twelve to eighteen months, depending on departmental needs. When an academy date is decided upon, all potential candidates will be notified of the timeline. The process includes an interview and informational meeting, a written general knowledge test, a physical fitness test, a formal interview, and a background check. We then select the top six to eight candidates to get a physician's physical, fingerprinting, and eight hours of online training. Candidates that successfully complete all these phases will then begin the 12 week academy, consisting of eight hours of training each Saturday and three hours of training on Wednesday nights. Those passing both the practical competencies as well as the academic portion of the academy than are put on active status as a volunteer firefighter.
We anticipate our next academy will be held in the spring of 2017. If you have additional questions, please email Battalion Chief Greg Payne or call 360-817-7989.
Where can I take a CPR/1st Aid class?
ANSWER: The CWFD no longer offers regularly scheduled CPR/1st Aid classes. If you have a group of 6 people or more, contact our Certified CPR/1st Aid Instructors Greg Weisser, or Charlie Dawson to make class arrangements. Classes for individuals are regularly held at the Northwest Regional Training Center or through Washougal Community Education.
When are fireworks legal to use? What fireworks are legal?
ANSWER: The Fire Marshal's Office has published information on fireworks use and sales for July 2016. (Note: Camas City Council passed and ordinance in September of 2015 which revised sales and discharge dates for fireworks but the ordinance does not go into effect until one year after the date it was passed.)
When I called 911, I asked for an ambulance. Why did a fire truck also respond?
ANSWER: Frequently medical calls require the assistance of more than just the two personnel that arrive on the ambulance. Since all of our staff are medically trained, we frequently utilize the extra personnel from an engine to assist our paramedics. This is in line with federal standards, and allows us to provide the best possible care for the patient.
When I called 911, I asked for a fire truck. Why did an ambulance also respond?
ANSWER: All of our paramedics are also cross-trained as firefighters (they even keep their firefighting gear on the ambulance). Federal standards and state law require that we have a minimum number of personnel on scene before we enter a burning structure or other hazardous incident. If you report a fire incident, it’s common for an ambulance to respond with the fire truck to provide this assistance. This provides safety in numbers and allows us to extinguish your fire more quickly.
Can I burn yard debris?
ANSWER: No. The Southwest Clean Air Agency has declared that the City of Camas and other portions of southern Clark County do not meet federal air quality standards, and they have imposed an indefinite burning ban in those areas. For more information visit The Southwest Clean Air Agency website or call 360-574-3058. You may dispose of yard debris by signing up for the Yard Debris Program through Waste Connections at 892-5370.
What is a recreational fire? Can I have a recreational fire in my backyard?
ANSWER: Yes, recreational fires are permitted IF there is not a Burn Ban in effect. When there is no ban, recreational fires must meet the following International Fire Code Requirements:
• Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material unless contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread to within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
• Recreational fires must be under 3'x3'x2' in size and only charcoal or seasoned firewood (not lumber) may be used as fuel. Recreational fires must be used solely for recreational purposes and may not be used for disposal of yard debris or any other material.
• Recreational fires may not cause a smoke or odor nuisance to surrounding properties.
• Buckets, shovels, garden hoses or a fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating shall be readily available for use at recreational fires.
• Recreational fires shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of the fire-extinguishing equipment. An attendant shall supervise a recreational fire until such fire has been extinguished.
Discontinuance. The fire chief is authorized to require that recreational fires be immediately discontinued if such fires are determined by the chief to constitute a hazardous condition.
How do I report a property with overgrown vegetation?
ANSWER: If the property is an empty lot without any structures, call 834-6191. If there are structures on the property, call Code Enforcement at 834-4151.
I need an inspection to see if my wood burning appliance meets code. Will the fire department conduct this inspection?
ANSWER: No. Installation of wood burning appliances are regulated by The Camas Building Department. You may contact the Building Department at 360-817-1568.
I want to remove an underground heating oil tank from my property. What shall I to do?
ANSWER: A permit is required from the fire department. Submit an application along with two copies of a scale drawing of the property (indicating tank, piping and structure locations) to the Fire Marshal's office.
My child has been starting fires. What shall I do?
ANSWER: Call the Camas-Washougal Fire Department at 360-834-2262. You may schedule a time to discuss the situation with a department member trained in handling juvenile fire starter problems.