Message From The Chief
The future for Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue is bright and full of possibilities. Thanks to our voters, we are in the process of building new fire stations as well as remodeling old. Buying new apparatus and equipment that is the most modern available within our industry. We continually work to provide appropriate funding to maintain a stable and efficient operating environment. However all of this is nothing without personnel that maintain a positive “Can Do” attitude and demonstrate a bias for action to prevent missing opportunities. We are who the public and other agencies call when they need someone to help or assist to get something done. As I’ve said for years, “The Helper Dudes!”
Over the course of our history there have been many changes in our industry as well as in the face of the responder and our public. Some changes have been good (and some maybe not so good) yet change is inevitable. One of our greatest attributes is an ability and willingness to adapt. To embrace a concept or idea and work hard to move it forward. Our strength comes from our people who maintain an innate ability to make things happen and not give up. Everything worthwhile looks bad in the middle. Success comes from not giving up when things look bad rather assessing the situation and adapting. Pushing through to see a desired outcome. Not giving up on each other or an ideal. A shared vision statement is a critically important component of an effective team.
Our mission is simply stated as:
Serve with Duty, Respect, and Integrity
We need to make these things reflect our way and remain important. If we don’t then who will? These are supported by ten Core Values that provide the guiding principles for how we act and who we are. They are not simple to follow. It takes work and a basic desire to do what’s right, get along and demonstrate tolerance, empathy and patience with each other, our fellow responders and our public.
If we truly believe that what we do is important, which it is, and maintain the courage to follow these principles that we have set for ourselves, than there is really nothing we can’t accomplish together.
“Courage is being scared to death–and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne