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The Camas-Washougal Fire Department is committed to providing life safety education for our citizens.  The following safety tips are provided by our Fire Prevention Division.  For additional information call 834-6191.  


Additional safety tips can be found at the following:

www.sparky.org   -  Sparky the Dog has been the National Fire Protection Agency's Mascot since 1951.  This site allows kids learn about fire safety in a safe interactive environment.

www.safekids.org -  This site is focused on educating parents and kids about preventing injury.

www.usfa.fema.gov  -  Federal Emergency Management Association

www.cpsc.gov -  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission


Fireworks Safety


 Christmas Holiday Safety 

As the Christmas season is upon us, the Camas-Washougal Fire Marshal’s Office encourages all of our citizens to use extra precautions and follow the safety tips below to ensure a safe and happy celebration.

Christmas Trees - Selection, Care and Disposal

  • To select a fresh tree check the needles; they should be green and hard to pull back from the branches. If needles fall off easily the tree has dried out and it is a fire hazard.
  • Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent and keep the tree stand filled with water.
  • When disposing of your tree never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

 Holiday Lights

  • Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed and/or exposed wires and excessive kinking before putting them up.
  • Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
  • Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe.
  • Make sure to periodically check the wires - they should not be warm to the touch.
  • If possible, invest in LED lights which produce less heat (and are therefore safer).

Holiday Decorations

  • All decorations should be nonflammable or flame retardant and placed away from heat sources.
  • Never put wrapping paper in the fireplace - when it burns it can throw off dangerous sparks and encourage roof fires.

Holiday Safety Tips - Around the Home

  • If you use candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down or accessed by children. Battery operated candles are a safe alternative.
  • Never leave the house or go to sleep with candles burning.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Be mindful in the kitchen. Don't leave your cooking unattended.
  • Test your smoke alarms and make sure they are functioning properly.

The International Fire Code (IFC)  and Holiday Safety

For further information regarding decorative vegetation and open flames, please see:









Station 41
616 NE 4th Avenue
Camas, WA  98607

Station 42
4321 NW Parker Street
Camas, WA  98607

Station 43
1400 A Street
Washougal, WA 98671

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
excluding holidays

Dial 911 for all emergencies


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Fire Chief
Nick Swinhart




 Division Chief of EMS
Cliff Free



Division Chief - Fire Marshal
Ron Schumacher


Battalion Chiefs
Mark Ervin

Larry Larimer

Allen Wolk



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