Three fire agencies train together save together

first_imgThree local fire agencies are pooling their resources to save more than $300,000 in personnel costs.Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire District 6 and Vancouver Fire Department have consolidated their three training divisions into one.The fire commission boards and the Vancouver City Council recently approved an interlocal agreement among the agencies to share training services. Mike Ciraulo, the training division chief for Clark County Fire & Rescue, is now in charge of all three departments’ training operations. The departments will save more than $300,000 by eliminating duplicated staff positions. Much of the money saved will be reinvested in training and equipment. The departments will also save money by purchasing training materials at a discounted group rate.Prior to the consolidation, the departments had a total of three training-division chiefs, 12 training captains and several administrative assistants. Now the departments have one training chief, eight captains and one person handling administrative work, Ciraulo said.Nobody was laid off as a result of the consolidation, Ciraulo said. Vancouver and Fire District 6 had vacancies at their chief positions and other personnel were reassigned, he said.“We were able to help get personnel back on the fire engines,” said Ciraulo, adding that trainers work office shifts.All training-division personnel remain employees of their respective agencies but serve all three agencies. For example, Ciraulo is still employed and paid by Clark County Fire & Rescue, but he serves the three agencies equally, he said.last_img

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