Volunteers Needed to Keep Rose Valley Fire Station Open

The Rose Valley Fire Station is in danger of closing unless more volunteer firefighters join up, according to Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue. The station currently has six active volunteer firefighters, the minimum required by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau, said Assistant Fire Chief Alan Headley. If participation continues to decrease the station may lose its classification, which could raise insurance premiums for citizens in the area, he said. "We want to keep it a viable response station," Headley said. Toward that end, Cowlitz 2 is holding a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at Rose Valley Friends Church to discuss the future of the district's Rose Valley station. Refreshments will be provided. "We want to really explain the need out there, and the impact if it closes," Headley said. The Rose Valley station, which opened in 1967, responds to medical incidents and fires in the areas of Rose Valley, Carrolls and Mount Pleasant. An average of 125 emergency calls for this station are dispatched every year, district records show. Read More
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