From Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue and Seal Rock Fire Protection Districts: “We are excited to announce our new Inter-governmental Agency Agreement!”
Over the last several weeks you may have noticed that we have been making more responses headed North of the bridge and Seal Rock Fire making more responses South of the bridge. It’s because both districts have agreed to respond to each districts calls every time we are dispatched. This saves valuable time by not having to request the other agency. Seconds Count!!
Previously, when one of the districts received a call for help, the one firefighter on duty would respond to the call alone. Depending on the type of call, that person could request assistance from the neighboring district. This type of arrangement has one major problem. That one person could be walking into a dangerous situation, alone. A call that may seem routine, can easily go bad and they may not be able to call for additional help quick enough. Due in large part to budget constraints, hiring enough additional full time personnel to have a minimum of two responders on call, at all times, is not financially feasible.
Under our new agreement, there will always be a minimum of two firefighters responding to every call. This new arrangement dramatically increases safety for personnel as well as enhanced service levels to both district communities. We can still call for additional help when needed, as we have done in the past, but this agreement sets forth an increase in service levels without additional cost to the public.
Aside from the increase in response levels, the inter-department agreement also provides additional training for both districts. Cost sharing, which is balanced on a quarterly basis through an oversight committee, opens new
possibilities for both districts’ personnel to receive higher levels of training and when available, specialized training.
Both Central Coast and Seal Rock Fire-Rescue Districts are continuously exploring cost effective ways to better serve you – our communities.
Erich Knudson – EMR
Public Information Officer
Central Oregon Coast Fire