A fire protection district (district) is a type of special purpose district created to provide fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency medical services within a district's boundaries, which can include incorporated and unincorporated areas.
Districts are authorized to:
A fire protection district may provide training, expend resources, and enter into an interlocal agreement to mitigate injuries and reduce the level of harm and occurrence when responding to calls. The training may include worker or workplace safety, first aid, injury prevention, and reduction of industrial-related accidents.
PRO: A recent state auditor finding has determined that fire districts lack authority to provide certain types of worker and safety classes. The City of Vancouver employees have taken training from the Northwest Regional Training Center for 20 years. The Center provides first aid and safety training at affordable prices, and without access to their training costs for the City of Vancouver, may triple. Emergency medical services has become a larger part of the activities of certain fire districts. It is important to offer training on how to reduce and prevent injuries. Without a clear definition and authority, important training and services may not be provided.