Our mission is to protect, preserve and support the people and
property within our service area.
Klickitat County Fire District 6 (KCFD6), better known as Dallesport Fire, proudly provides fire protection and EMS services to over 2100 residents living in a 40 square mile area at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.
Our district includes the two rural communities of Dallesport and Murdock in south-central Washington bordering Oregon at the Columbia River. We have 700 plus homes and several small light industrial businesses. Our district also includes The Columbia Gorge Regional Airport and The Dalles Dam, the longest hydroelectric dam in North America.
We are a 100% volunteer department with a yearly average of 15 members. We pride ourselves on our training and the response from our members averaging 7-8 members per call.
New volunteers receive basic in house courses for CPR, first aid, structure and wild land firefighting. When they have completed the in house courses and they express the desire to continue onto a higher level, they then have the option to take First Responder, EMT and/or Firefighter I courses that are offered by surrounding agencies that have accredited instructors.
We have a county wide mutual aid agreement with the other 14 fire districts in Klickitat County and have an auto aid agreement with Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, a combination department in The Dalles, Oregon serving a population of 16,000+ residents, for all second alarm incidents. We singed the auto aid agreement in October of 2007 and immediately saw a rise our call volume by 60 to 70 calls per year.
A quote from The Dalles Chronicle
Asked if the (MCFR) fire district had enough
personnel to adequately fight fires, Palmer said, “Yes, bottom line — with the caveat that we have automatic aid with Dallesport and
we have mutual aid.”
It is typical for a fire district to rely on mutual aid, Palmer said, “Because we’re all in the same boat – we’re all short-handed.”
Palmer said the fire district owes much to the automatic response from Dallesport. That “has been a godsend,” he said.
“They’re a huge, huge help and they’re an all-volunteer organization,” Palmer said.
While mutual aid must be requested, automatic aid, as the name implies, is automatically dispatched.
“Almost without fail, they [Dallesport] send a minimum of six people on every structure fire, every wildland fire,” Wood said.
This type of recognition helps to keep the moral of our volunteers up and makes all of the time and effort we put into training worth it.