Seven local citizens got first-hand looks at the operations at East County Fire and Rescue during its Citizen’s Basic Fire Academy in March at the Fern Prairie fire station in Camas.
During the eight-hour session, the citizen group learned about how fire districts serve the unincorporated areas in Clark County, performed emergency medical care, extinguished vehicle fires, and used extrication tools to tear a car apart.
Participants included Scott Abels, Jim and Diane Case, Martha Martin, Mike Milani, Sheila Plato and Faren Ramos. ECFR firefighters who took part in the exercise included Arthur Bonenfant, Reece Bonenfant, Nathan Brimlow, Mike Carnes, Brad Delano, Alex Gray, Matt Hazlett, Paula Knapp and Zach Vetter. Camas firefighters included Dale McKenzie and Greg Weisser.
According to a press release from ECFR, the Citizen’s Fire Academy exposes interested persons to the “workings” of the fire district.
ECFR Fire Commissioner Gary Larson and Fire Chief Scott Koehler talked about the business aspects of running the Fire District including laws pertaining to the formation and operation of fire districts, the funding, the many legal mandates that govern fire districts, the customer service aspects of providing emergency service, and the ongoing fire and risk reduction efforts made by local firefighters.