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Washington County Fire District 2 & Emergency Medical Service Partnership
Washington County Fire District 2 and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue have joined forces to serve residents of North Plains, Scholls, Midway, Rock Creek and central Washington County.

D2.jpgWhat prompted District 2 to approach TVF&R for contracted service?
District 2’s budget will not sustain current and future staffing levels needed to meet increased demands for service. Though TVF&R’s Fire Chief Mike Duyck has been acting as the area’s chief executive officer since September 2015, both organizations’ elected board of directors expanded an agreement to include all operations on March 1. Starting July 1, TVF&R increased staffing at both fire stations, strengthening emergency response.

What does the contract provide?
Improved Medical Response: Additional firefighters will be added to each shift at the North Plains and Midway fire stations. These firefighters are cross-trained as paramedics who bring a near-emergency-room-level of care to medical calls such as heart attacks and traumatic injuries.

Enhanced Fire Response: Increased staff and TVF&R’s network of fire stations improve the ability to get enough firefighters on scene quickly to start fire attack methods that would otherwise be delayed.

Better Coverage: Additional firefighters and fire stations in TVF&R’s system improve reliability when multiple calls occur at the same time and enhance bench strength when large incidents happen.

Additional Training: Firefighters will receive ongoing critical skills training in advanced life support (EMS), structural fire suppression, wildland firefighting and other rescue techniques.

Community Service: Firefighters will continue to participate in events such as National Night Out, the Elephant Garlic Festival, and the Fourth of July Wild West Celebration and hands-only CPR training.

How has the partnership evolved?
Recognizing that the contract is not a long-term solution, elected leaders from District 2 determined that it is in the community's best interest for TVF&R to provide service to their area permanently in order to stabilize funding for fire, medical and emergency services and to ensure continued fire protection to area residents. In order for TVF&R to annex the territory, voters must decide to dissolve District 2.

Washington County Fire District 2 voters had that opportunity to decide whether to permanently join TVF&R this past November and overwhelmingly supported
Measure 34-268 with a 63 percent approval margin.

What's next?
There is still a process to complete with Washington County to finish the legal steps to annex District 2’s territory into TVF&R. Staff is working on transferring assets, and TVF&R will officially be the permanent service provider on July 1, 2017.