Services We Provide
Clackamas Fires responds to a wide range of calls for service in our communities. From emergency medical situations to motor vehicle accidents to house fires – our personnel are trained to provide the highest quality service, whatever the need.
A common perception is that a firefighter’s primary tools are a fire hose and ax. While those tools of the trade are a part of a firefighters’s job, they must be equally familiar with administering an electric shock and drugs to restart a heart, insert a breathing tube, or extricate an accident victim from a crushed vehicle while simultaneously treating their injuries. In fact, nearly 70% of the calls that a Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighter responds to are for medical emergencies.
Clackamas Fire District #1 responds to these emergencies with highly skilled cross trained Firefighter/Paramedics and Firefighters/EMTs equipped with the latest technology in emergency medical equipment. Each piece of career fire apparatus responds with at least 1 paramedic and carries the latest in advanced life support equipment.
The goals of fire response are to suppress hostile fires and protect lives, property and the environment. Our firefighters are highly trained to respond to these fires in a quick and efficient manner. Duties of firefighters during a fire response include:
Search and rescue – firefighters search a building for victims and perform rescues.
Suppression -crews enter a burning building to locate and extinguish a fire. Based on the severity, size, and potential for unsafe structural conditions; crews may be forced to battle the fire from the exterior.
Command and safety – a commander oversees the operation and ensures firefighter safety.
Ventilation – firefighters cut holes in roofs and remove windows to remove hot gases and smoke so firefighters inside the building can locate and extinguish the fire. Ventilating a building can also provide “good” air for trapped occupants.
Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) – firefighters must stand by to rescue injured or trapped firefighters inside a building.
Investigation – investigators determine the cause of the fire.
Rehab – a crew helps firefighters get rehydrated and cooled down after being inside a building.
The district’s specialty rescue teams are face challenges inherently more dangerous than routine fire suppression or emergency medical services. They require advanced training and technologically advanced equipment. Clackamas Fire District #1 is committed to dedicating resources to develop and maintain these specialty programs; continually striving to keep ahead of the latest performance and technological standards.
Our Special Operations teams include:
Responsible for the prevention and mitigation of incidents involving hazardous materials as well as the protection of life, property and the environment affected by such events.
Urban Search and Rescue
Incidents sometimes require technical rescue capabilities to reach and treat persons in need. These specialties include rope, collapse, trench, vertical, vehicle/machine and confined space rescue.
Highly trained team of firefighters who respond to emergencies in swift and white water conditions with advanced rescue techniques and equipment.