Changes in store for Cowlitz-Skamania Fire District

There have been a few changes to the fire department starting January 1st, 2023.

Firstly, Gary Stuart, who has served as Chief since 2005 and volunteered since 1982, retired as paid Chief and is currently the Volunteer Assistant Chief of the department. Keith Stuart was selected by the Commissioners to replace Gary. Keith comes to the position with 22 years of Fire and EMS volunteer work with the agency. He also has work experience of 11 years as a Lieutenant with Clark County Fire District 13, and 13 years as an EMT with North Country EMS.

If you live near a fire hydrant, check your insurance rate.

The Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau (WSRB) recently re-evaluated our Fire District. We have been at an 8A rating for all residences for several years. The recent re-evaluation dropped the rating level down to a 6 for residences within 1,000 feet of a certified fire hydrant. That could make a considerable reduction in Insurance Premiums for those affected. Call your insurance company and have them check, or contact the WSRB itself to find out if your property is affected by the changes.

Will Your Home Survive a Wildfire?

Improve your Home’s Survivability in the Event of a Wildfire

Give special treatment to the area within 30 feet of your home and all its attachments (wooden decks, fences, and boardwalks) on all sides. Note: the 30-foot number comes from the very minimum distance, on flat ground, that a wood wall can be separated from the radiant heat of large flames without igniting. In this area:

The seven benefits of home fire sprinklers you need to know

A home improvement website recently placed fire sprinklers in the limelight, calling out seven advantages of having them installed in homes. According to their post, sprinklers are:

1. Affordable. The national average is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, or a mere one percent of a home's total construction cost.