Budget Request 2019-2020
Detailed Decision Package


Camas-Washougal Fire Department
Increased Staffing
The CWFD is requesting to add 4 new personnel.
Background
Like most city departments, the FD has struggled with the increased requests for service that have resulted from the growth in the size of our community.  While calls for service have gone up by some 35% in the past 10 years, staffing has not increased.  This will eventually result in increased response times and negative outcomes, especially to the Northshore area.  The department has already been downgraded in its fire “rating,” as determined by WSRB and was recently fined by the Washington Department of L&I over an incident that occurred in February.  Instances like these are, overall, caused by staffing challenges. 
Current situation
Daily staffing challenges lead to continued cross-staffing of Station 42, which causes degradation of service for people living in Grass Valley.  Present staffing levels are also partly responsible for our annual overtime costs.
Proposed solution
We are requesting the addition of 4FTEs to the fire department.  These personnel would be placed on front line rotation to help add additional daily staffing to the crew complement at Station 42.
Expenditure Calculations and Assumptions
Entry level FTEs at the fire department are estimated at $100,000 per firefighter, salary and benefits included.
The costs for the FTEs reflect the City of Camas’ portion of the salary and benefits. The City of Washougal would pay for their portion as well. The current cost sharing split is approximately 60% Camas and 40% Washougal.