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Residents displaced after afternoon house fire - 12/14/18

Cowlitz County, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire in the 100 block of Lexington Ave just before 2pm Friday.  Initial reports were from an off duty Cowlitz 2 firefighter and an American Medical Response (AMR) EMT who reported flames from a front room window, from the roof, and that there were cars and other property near the home at risk of catching fire.  The two off duty responders ensured everyone was out of the house and provided other critical information for incoming units including a down live power line.  Four engines (including one from Cowlitz Fire District #6 in Castle Rock), a water tender, a medic unit, and two Chief Officers (including one from District 6) were dispatched to the incident.  Cowlitz County Sheriff deputies and Cowlitz County Public Utility District also responded.  Fire crews reported the one and a half story home was half involved with fire when they arrived; they had the fire knocked down in under 6 minutes and canceled other resources initially dispatched.  One male resident was evaluated by Paramedics on scene, no injuries were reported.  The home is considered a total loss, according to fire officials.  Red Cross will be assisting the residents with shelter and other resources needed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  


Rookie firefighter Culllen Raich and Probationary firefighter Taylor Matson administer oxygen to rescued puppy
Rookie firefighter Culllen Raich and Probationary firefighter Taylor Matson administer oxygen to rescued puppy "Eva" Tuesday afternoon
Dog rescued from afternoon house fire (Photo) - 12/11/18

Cowlitz County, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon at 12:47 in the 100 block of Hunter road.  Residents returned home from an appointment to see black smoke coming from their front door and called 911 for help.  The male resident entered his home to retrieve his three pets, one dog and two cats.  Fire crews arrived and extinguished the fire within 30 minutes.  The two cats perished from smoke inhalation, the dog was revived by the homeowner; EMTs on scene later administered oxygen to the dog who was later taken to an emergency veterinarian by the owner.  Two fire engines, a medic unit, a water tender, and a Chief Officer responded to the incident.  Fire officials estimate $30,000 in damages from the fire including smoke damage to the double wide home.  The cause of the fire was accidental and was caused by a clothes dryer in the hallway of the home, according to fire officials. No other injuries were reported.  


Kelso police members receive awards from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue for emergency medical call - 12/11/18

Kelso, WA- Kelso Police Officers and staff members will each receive a Chief’s Coin award, on Wednesday December 18th in the City of Kelso Council chambers on 201 South Pacific Ave at 6pm, from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue for their high level performance on an emergency medical call.   On Wednesday November 28th just before 4pm Police Captain Darr Kirk noticed the patient groan at her desk, fall out of her chair, and strike her head on the ground.  He assessed the coworker to find that she had no pulse and directed other employees to retrieve the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  After properly administering a shock to the patient she became conscious and was breathing.  Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue resources were dispatched code three to the Kelso Police station on 201 South Pacific Ave; the woman was transported by ambulance to Peace Health St. John’s Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.  Staff member Becky Rakoz, Kelso Police Officer Jeff Brown, Detective Tim Gower, and Captain Darr Kirk will receive awards for their efforts by Fire Chief Dave LaFave.  The patient is expected to make a full recovery.

These individuals participated in CPR and AED training in March of this year at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue’s headquarters station at 701 Vine St.  This recent training was put to use and saved a life.  Having medical training at any level is a great help to first responders to start patient care, especially the use of an AED or CPR.  Kelso Police officers are all CPR certified and also carry and have been trained to administer Naloxone (Narcan), a medication that reverses Opioid overdoses.  Kelso Police and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue have had a long standing good relationship and work well together on emergency scenes.  Recently the two agencies have conducted numerous active shooter training at various locations.   

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue no longer offers CPR classes as it was grant funded.  However, Workplace Wellness still offers classes every other Wednesday located at 1405 Delaware St. in Longview. 



Early morning rollover accident sends one man to hospital (Photo) - 12/07/18

Cowlitz County, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responded to a rollover accident on Interstate 5 Southbound near exit 40 at 6am Friday.  The 23 year old male driver was transported to Peace Health St. John’s Medical Center by ambulance after firefighters extricated him out of his truck with hydraulic extrication equipment.  Reports to dispatch were that he had slid on a patch of ice and rolled his Chevrolet Colorado multiple times.  Firefighters were able to stabilize the vehicle that was laying on its top over the guardrail in the median, and cut the passenger side door off allowing access to the man.  A fire engine, a medic unit, a brush engine, and a Chief Officer responded to the incident; Washington State Patrol also responded.  The man was wearing his seatbelt and initially had no complaints or injuries from the accident; no other injuries were reported.  

Not only is wearing your seat belt the law it also saves lives.  It is estimated that over 14,600 lives were saved in motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA) in 2016, in the U.S. because of seat belt use.  The national seat belt use rate is at 90.1 percent and of the 37,461 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents in 2016 48 percent of them were not wearing their seat belt.  Seat belt save lives.  For more information on seat belt statistics, proper use, and other information visit:  Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue also offers free child car seat inspections and adjustments.  Car seat clinics are offered the 3rd Saturday every month.  The next car seat clinic is on December 15th from 10am to noon at 701 Vine St. in Kelso. 





Live house fire training open for public viewing - 11/29/18

Cowlitz County, Wa- Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue will be conducting a live fire training burn Saturday morning from 9:30 to approximately 4pm on December 1st at 165 Niblett Way. The training burn will allow recent academy fire cadets to get live fire experience from a true structure fire environment and demonstrate skills they’ve learned in a recent academy.  Veteran career and volunteer firefighters from Cowlitz 2 and Cowlitz District 6 will also be participating in the training as it is required by State law to maintain the same skills.  Local law enforcement, Lower Columbia Swat & Cowlitz County Sheriff Officers, have also used the house for K-9 training and new tool demonstrations.  The burn is open to the public for viewing; public parking is available along Beacon Hill Dr.  
Volunteer firefighters need 200 hours of instruction, practical skills, and observation in addition to successful completion of The Essentials of Firefighting textbook to complete the academy.  Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue currently has over 60 active volunteers that support the two regularly staffed stations.  Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue responds to an average of 4,000-5,000 emergency calls each year that are fire and medical related. For more information on live fire house donations or how to become a firefighter contact Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue at (360) 578-5218 or at  

Firefighters continue long time fundraising effort "Fill the Boot" for MDA (Photo) - 11/22/18

Kelso,- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue will be at the intersection of Three Rivers Dr. and Allen St. from 9am to 2pm collecting donations from Black Friday shoppers in their annual    “Fill the Boot” drive hosted by Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  This year Dutch Brothers and Red Lobster are supporting the cause by feeding the firefighters and offering free coffee during the drive.  A total of $7,200 in donations were collected in 2017 and $7,900  this year from the boot drive held in May.  This money is used to send children suffering from the various diseases associated with muscular dystrophy to a summer camp each year and to support medical research. 

Thank you to those who support this cause!  Additional support is always welcomed; visit: to learn more about muscular dystrophy.  To make a donation to the MDA visit:

For more than 60 years the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have stood on the front lines for MDA, working together to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.

IAFF support for MDA began in 1954 when the organization committed by proclamation to support MDA until a cure is found, and the organization's unwavering commitment to MDA has remained strong to this day. As MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF has raised more than $585.5 million to help kids and adults with muscle-debilitating diseases live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits.

MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated fire fighters hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.  In 2015, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised $25.5 million.