Clark County Fire District 5 was first organized in 1954. Beginning as a volunteer organization, the Fire District began serving the community through one fire station in Orchards, quickly growing to 3 stations including the Heights and St. Johns areas. Prior to a service contract consolidation with the Vancouver Fire Department, the Fire District operated out of 8 strategically located fire stations, employing approximately 80 Fire, EMS, Prevention and support personnel.
In 1994, the Fire District entered into a service contract with the City of Vancouver Fire Department to provide emergency and prevention services to the citizens of the Fire District. As a result, all employees, equipment and assets of the Fire District became the property of the City of Vancouver.
Today, Fire District 5 continues to serve the community through their elected officials, the 3 person Board of Fire Commissioners, Fire District staff providing Safety & Prevention and community outreach, and the operation of the Northwest Regional Training Center, located in Orchards.
Using existing Fire District resources, and in cooperation with the Vancouver Fire Department staffing, equipment and stations of the Vancouver Fire Department, Clark County Fire District 5 serves the neighborhoods of Orchards, Sifton, Preboestel, Barberton, Heritage, Walnut Grove, St. Johns, Pleasant Valley, 5 Corners, Glennwood, and Minnehaha.
Square Miles: 42
Fire District Population Served: 77,365* (2006)
*Source: Clark County GIS