Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Kelso, Washington is home to Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, a combination Career and Volunteer department that serves the city and the unincorporated areas around Kelso and Longview. The city of Kelso covers 8.5 square miles, but Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue is the primary response organization for over 150 square miles in the city and surrounding county. We work closely with surrounding agencies: Longfiew Fire Department, American Medical Response, and other Cowlitz County Fire Districts to provide the best possible responses for our community. Our Department also provides the region's Hazardous Materials Response Team, a High School Cadet Course, and a robust Internship Program.
Located at the confluence of the Cowlitz and Columbia Rivers, the City of Kelso, Washington is a small town in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens. It was founded in 1847 by Scottish Surveyor Peter Craford, who named the town for his Scotland hometown. Kelso remains proud of its Scottish roots. The blue and gold Kelso High School Highlanders are the heart of the city, and the town also hosts an annual celebration of Scottish heritage, the Highlander Festival, each year in early September.