The Longview Fire Department (LFD) serves the City of Longview community through four basic programs:
- Emergency Medical Services: The Emergency Medical Services Program is delivered by our EMT/Firefighters. Until this year, only basic life support (BLS) has been the level of care rendered by Longview Fire. Advanced EMS, or Paramedic transport services is provided in the city by a private provider, American Medical Response. In 2011, Longview Fire Department will enhance EMS services with the addition of four Paramedic/Firefighters. This enhancement is an incremental step towards reducing the gap in Advanced EMS services in the City of Longview.
- Emergency Preparedness: The Emergency Preparedness Program addresses readiness and response capabilities of the city in the event of major disasters such as floods, seismic disasters, volcanic eruptions, and other environmental disasters.
- Fire Prevention: The Fire Prevention Program includes a number of services; fire protection plans review for new and remodel construction, code enforcement in existing occupancies, investigation of fires, and prevention education.
- Fire Suppression: The Fire Suppression Program is our essential emergency service that is provided through the same EMT and Paramedic Firefighters that also respond to EMS calls. This program also includes specialized responses to technical rescue incidents with our firefighter specialists technically trained in confined space rescue, rope rescue, and marine firefighting.
Urban / Suburban Development
The city we serve is approximately 14.7 square miles of urban/suburban development occupied by 36,100 citizens in 2011.
Front-Line Service Providers
Longview Fire’s front-line service providers consist of 39 career EMT/Firefighters and four Paramedic/Firefighters. Each of the three 24-hour shift platoons is led by one Battalion Chief. Fire suppression and emergency medical services deployment are done so through three career staffed fire units and one command unit. Administration staffing is comprised of:
- The Fire Chief
- Administrative Battalion Chief
- Fire Marshal
- Fire Inspector
- One Administrative Assistant
In 2011, LFD will respond to approximately 4,500 calls from two fire stations at the following locations:
- 740 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
- 2355 38th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Standard of Cover
The Department measures its emergency response performance annually against a set of “Standard of Cover” measures as adopted by the Longview City Council in 2006.
Class 4 Rating
The City of Longview provides an insurance rating of Class 4 throughout its service delivery area as determined by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau.