2021 Annual Toy & Food Drive

Through December 14

This holiday season, Fire District 3 is collecting non-perishable food items, toys, and gift cards for area families in need.

If you’d like to donate, please drop off (or mail gift cards) to the Fire District by December 14. Cash donations can be made through GoFundMe.

Drop-off/Mail: Station 31 in Hockinson – 17718 NE 159th St., Brush Prairie, WA  98606

Drop-off: Station 35 in Battle Ground – 505 SW 1st St., Battle Ground, WA 98604

Budget Hearing for Clark County Fire District 3 Scheduled for November 22

Community Invited and Encouraged to Comment

Clark County Fire District 3 is holding its annual public hearing for the 2022 Budget on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually and community members are encouraged to attend. Meeting access information and a draft copy of the budget can be found on the fire district’s website at www.fire3.org.

“Our meetings are the best way to learn about fire district business,” says Chief Scott Sorenson. “All meetings are open to the public, and we would love more people to attend.”

Staff will make its budget presentation, take public comment and answer questions during the meeting. The Board of Fire Commissioners will vote on the budget at the end of the meeting for the following year.

“These are your tax dollars, and we want you to understand how they are used to save lives and property,” said Chief Sorenson. “We couldn’t operate without community support and we are grateful.”

Celebrate Safely on the Fourth of July

Due to high fire risk, fireworks are strongly discouraged

Clark County Fire District 3 is encouraging residents to celebrate without fireworks this year.  The hot weather and dry vegetation make it much riskier to light off fireworks this year.

Fire potential forecasts indicate that with the upcoming heatwave, most of Fire District 3 will be at an extremely high-risk level.  This is very rare for this time of year and occurs when extreme dry conditions exist that pose a significant threat for a large fire to occur with the introduction of an ignition source.

“We ask that you keep this in mind when celebrating this particular Independence Day,” said Fire Marshal Chris Drone. “Fireworks may very well provide the ignition source of a catastrophic wildfire.”

Fire District 3 will be providing additional staffing levels during this year’s upcoming fire season, but is asking the community to help out with fire prevention.  Even if they are legal in your area, fireworks are not recommended this year.  If you do choose to celebrate the holiday with fireworks, please do so as safely as possible.

Information about fireworks can be found on the fire district’s website at www.fire3.org, including links to the regulations in Clark County and the City of Battle Ground.   

Hands-Only CPR – Live Demonstration this Saturday, May 22 at 4p.m.

To wrap up EMS Week, Firefighter/EMT Zane will be demonstrating hands-only CPR Live on Facebook!

Saturday May 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

This is a valuable skill to know, in place of certified CPR. It helps an bystander provide immediate chest compressions when they witness a person collapse – AFTER calling 911!! Performing compression-only CPR until first responders arrive increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies.

Clark County Fire District 3 Unveils New Website

Clark County Fire District 3 launched its new website last week at www.fire3.org. The purpose of redoing the site was to make it a more “user friendly” experience for residents and businesses looking for information about the Fire District, wildland fire preparedness and other safety tips, burning information, and how to volunteer.

“It’s a clearinghouse of information for the public,” said Fire Chief Scott Sorenson. “We wanted to make sure what people used and needed was front and center.”

The new website is just one project in a series that Fire District 3 has implemented over the past few years to improve communication with taxpayers. It sends regular content to the local news media, and increased its presence on social media with Facebook, Twitter (/Firedistrict3) and Instagram (/firedistrict3).

One of its most successful communication tools is a short newsletter mailed to all households. The number of people in the Fire District doubled to 40,000 after Battle Ground annexed last year.

“Different people like to receive information different ways. It’s incumbent upon us to learn what those ways are and meet them there,” said Chief Sorenson. “Every time we reach another person, it means that we’re doing a better job serving our community, preventing fires and saving lives.”

Chief Sorenson said that he wishes more people would participate in monthly Board of Fire Commissioner meetings. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at 6:00 p.m. Community members can find information on how to access the meetings at www.fire3.org/board-of-fire-commissioners.  

“Our meetings are the best way to learn about Fire District business,” he says. “All meetings are open to the public, and we would love more people to attend.”

Do you have an idea as to how Fire District 3 can improve communication with the community? Contact Chief Scott Sorenson personally at (360) 892-2331 or scott@fire3.org.

Eleven Employees Honored by Clark County Fire District 3

BRUSH PRAIRIE, WA— Clark County Fire District 3 held a virtual awards ceremony presenting 11 employees with awards this week. Staff and personnel were recognized for high achievement and years of service.

Fire Chief Scott Sorenson has spent his 40-year career in emergency services with Fire District 3. He says that he is grateful to lead an organization of people who are so committed to the community.

“I’ve stayed with Fire District 3 because of the people working here and the community we serve,” he said. “This is more than a job for our employees – it’s a vocation, a calling, to help others at their darkest moment. This kind of care and compassion is why Fire District 3 is such a strong agency.”

5 Years of Service

Remington Becker, Firefighter/Paramedic

Zachary Shamrell, Firefighter/Paramedic

Dustin Waliezer, Firefighter/Paramedic

20 Years of Service

Brian George, Captain IV Tech

Des Gomez, Firefighter/Paramedic

Barbara Widlund, Assistant Chief

Rookie of the Year

Jacob Grindy, Probationary Firefighter IV Tech

Volunteer of the Year

Branden Nohrenberg, Volunteer Firefighter

Excellence in Action

Nolan Meyer, Captain Paramedic

Firefighter of the Year

Joshua Alexander, Firefighter IV Tech

Meritorious Service

Michelle Eisenbeis, Administrative Officer