As always if you are having an emergency call 911. We make house calls
Grays Harbor Fire District #2 is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week at station 2-1 and our staff is always happy to help with any questions or concerns you have. Station 2-2, 2-3 and 2-4 are staffed with volunteers that do not have regular hours at the firehouse. You can also visit us on our social media accounts for the lastest information and department news.
Mon: 8am – 5pm
Tue: 8am – 5pm
Wed: 8am – 5pm
Thu: 8am – 5pm
Fri: 8am – 5pm
Sat: 8am – 5pm
Sun: 8am – 5pm
The Fire Chief and the district secretary are not in the office on weekends
6317 Olympic Hwy
Aberdeen, Wa 98520
8 firestation Rd
Montesano, Wa 98563
1393 Wynoochee Valley Rd.
Montesano, WA 98563
What is an ISO rating and why is it important?
An ISO fire rating for each area is given by the Insurance Services Office. This company puts together ratings that are used by fire departments. The rating is designed to calculate how equipped fire departments are to put out fires in their specific community. The score, which is also called the ISO fire score, is provided to insurance companies as well. Insurance providers use this information by plugging it into a formula that is used to determine homeowners insurance rates.
If a fire department is better equipped to put out a fire in your area, it is less likely that your house will burn down or be completely destroyed. This, in turn, makes your home less risky to insure. In response to this lower risk, home insurance plan providers often give lower rates.
The score, which is also referred to as a Public Protection Classification, is on a scale between one and ten. The scale indicates how protected your area is by the surrounding fire departments. For the ISO rating system, a lower score is ideal. A score of one is the best rating a community can get, and a score of 10 means that the fire departments in the area did not meet the minimum requirements put forth by the ISO.
Community education, including education about fire prevention and fire safety are additional considerations. Areas that are more than 5 miles from a fire station are automatically rated a ten, another important consideration to keep in mind when purchasing a home.
There is a maximum score of around 106%, which would give an area the highest-ranking of one. Scores above 90% get this ranking. Less than 1% of all communities have a one as a score, with a score of five being the most common rating fire departments receive. Urban areas tend to have better scores than rural areas, mostly because urban fire departments are closer together and, in many cases, receive better funding.
The fire truck responded with 2 firefighters. Why did they wait for more people before going in to put the fire out?
Just like many other professions firefighters have many laws, regulations and standards in regards to how we do the job. By law for the first arriving engine to go interior to put out a full room and contents fire they need to have a minimum of 4 firefighters to perform the task. 2 to go interior and 2 to standby (this is usually the engine officer and driver/engineer). In the event the fire is small or in the incipient stage of the fire i.e stove or small piece of furnature is on fire. The crew can go interior as long as they have 3 firefighters on scene, 2 to go in while 1 stays outside. Same goes for if a confirmed rescue can be made. If the engine with 3 firefighters show up and it is reported that there is a victim still in the fire and it is viable for crews to make entry. Then 2 firefighters will go in to make the rescue and 1 will standby outside.
By law if an engine crew of 2 shows up to a fire they have to wait for addtional resources to arrive on scene to make an interior attack. But prior to the additional resources arrival that first crew of 2 can start defensive operations and prepare the scene for when crews arrive.
Do you have a volunteer firefighter program?
Grays Harbor Fire District #2 is a combination department meaning we have both fulltime and volunteer firefighters. Our staff work together to provide the best service possible to the citizens we serve.
I was told you have a Student Program.
Yes we do have a student program. We have 3 student positions that work side by side with our career staff. We cover all costs for training our students just like the rest of our members plus tuition for fire service related degrees or paramedic programs. Our students work 2 12hr shifts a week to be in the program. For more information see our Join Us page or call (360) 532-6050.
Why did a fire truck respond to my medical call?
There can be various reasons the engine responds to your medical call.
- 1 reason could be is that we were returning from a fire and to not delay care we respond in the engine. Not to worry, all of our engines have EMS equipment on them and our engine out of headquarters is equiped with paramedic level care equipment.
- Another reason could be is that we have enough staff on that we are able to staff both the medic unit and engine. Many medical calls like cardiac and respiratory emergency’s require more manpower to provide the best level of care. And in the event we get another call being fire, ems or rescue we will be able to respond to handle your emergency.
Why did you respond with more than 1 ambulance?
Many factors play into this. Depends on staffing for the day, location of the call and the seriousness of the medical call. Our crews from headquarters respond to all calls in the fire district. So if we have a call in Brady our volunteers will respond to the station and get the Aid unit to provide care while our career staff are responding in the medic unit from headquarters. When our staffing is 3 out of headquarters M211 will be staffed and the shift officer will follow in M212 to provide supervision, extra manpower and is ready for any addtional calls that may happen during the first call.
What's the difference between a Aid unit and a Medic Unit
In short it is the level of care the crew is able to render. Our Aid Units are BLS (basic life support) and are staffed with EMT’s. Our Medic Units are ALS (Advanced life support) and is staffed with a minimum of 1 Paramedic. See our EMS page for more information