Northwest Fire District

Fire and Rescue

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Fire Suppression and Rescue Services

The Northwest Fire District provides suppression/rescue services utilizing Type 1 engines and ladder apparatus staffed with four first-responders and rescue trucks staffed with two first-responders. The effective response force (the predefined units/personnel required to adequately manage a fire or medical scene) varies depending on the type of incident. Second alarms essentially duplicate the initial alarm (effective response force).

A CAD (computer aided dispatch) system became operational in 2012 to facilitate better data collection for overall on-scene times as well as other performance benchmarks. An analysis of the overall effect on response reliability is consistently monitored.

This document, required by accreditation, matches District resources with the fire and non-fire risks in our community and takes into account our community’s expectations in managing those risks.

Response By Incident Type


Details on the response force used by incident type

 

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Response By Incident Type

The effective response force for residential structure fires includes:

  • Four engines
  • One ladder truck on calls with a multi-story building or special circumstances
  • One rescue truck
  • One command officer
  • One Emergency Medical Service (EMS captain)/Incident Safety Officer(ISO) – deployed as a safety officer on fire and multi-unit emergency scenes
  • Support apparatus are added to the response once it is determined to be a working incident.
A residential house fire with heavy smoke still visible. At this fire, multiple hand lines were used to control the blaze and a Rapid Intervention Crew is seen standing by if called upon by interior crews..

A residential house fire with heavy smoke still visible. At this fire, multiple hand lines were used to control the blaze and a Rapid Intervention Crew is seen standing by if called upon by interior crews..

The effective response force for commercial, industrial, and multi occupancy apartment fire assignments includes:

  • Three engines
  • Two ladder trucks
  • One rescue truck
  • One command officer
  • One EMS Captain/ Incident Safety Officer
  • Support apparatus are deployed similar to the residential assignment, along with a second battalion chief
Second alarm crews in operation at a commercial structure fire. In this scene, a ladder company assists in ventilation operations to clear the interior of the structure of heavy black smoke from the fire. Multiple companies worked for over an hour to control this blaze and clear the building of smoke.

Second alarm crews in operation at a commercial structure fire. In this scene, a ladder company assists in ventilation operations to clear the interior of the structure of heavy black smoke from the fire. Multiple companies worked for over an hour to control this blaze and clear the building of smoke.

The effective response force for vehicle extrications include:

  • Two engines
  • One rescue
  • One EMS Captain/Incident Safety Officer
  • One command officer
Vehicle Extrication

Specialized extrication companies on the scene of an overturned vehicle on the interstate. The crews used the Jaws-of-life as well as specialized tools to ensure vehicle stability for the safety of the patient and responders while rescue efforts were underway.