The majority of requests for service of the Camas-Washougal Fire Department are for emergency medical services. This is not exclusive to CWFD, it mirrors Fire
Department statistics nationally. In 2015, the northwest experienced a particularly long, dry summer which
skewed the ratio a few points, but in 2016, we returned to our traditional ratio of EMS calls being over 80% of
our call volume.
CWFD provides ambulance transport primarily for the cities of Camas and Washougal and the fire district of East County Fire and Rescue. This is facilitated through written agreement between the stated entities. EMS services are also provided to the City of Vancouver, EMS District 2, North Country EMS, and Skamania County through mutual aid agreements. 96% of EMS calls were within the boundaries of Camas, Washougal and ECFR, while 4% of calls were mutual aid calls outside of this service area.
What happens on a fire call?
In 2015, The Columbian reporter Emily Gillespie worked with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department on a training burn. Emily was able to see, firsthand, some of what our firefighters experience during a fire. Watch her experience here: