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City of Battle Ground News

Posted on: April 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] A message from your Police & Fire Chiefs

Public Safety is the City of Battle Ground’s #1 priority.  The Battle Ground Police Department and Fire District 3 respond to calls for service 24/7/365.  Our ongoing training, along with access to essential equipment and resources, prepares us well to respond to any call at any time.

As your Police and Fire Chiefs, we want to emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness for you and for your family.   No one expects that a typical might turn to disaster.  We have all seen recent examples of communities devastated by fires, floods tornadoes, earthquakes and other natural, and at-times, man-made disasters. 

We can assure you that the Battle Ground Police Department and Clark County Fire District 3 meet all state and federal training requirements for responding to emergencies.  In addition to this ongoing training, the city maintains an Emergency Operations Center that allows us to work collaboratively with Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) and county, regional and state partners. 

The scope of a major disaster, however, can impact not just our Battle Ground community, but the entire region.  During the initial response to a major disaster, emergency services is prioritized for life safety.  It will take at least 72 hours for additional resources from local, state and federal resources to mobilize and respond.  The scope of the disaster will dictate how long it will take to provide services to your home - services that we often take for granted such as water, sewer, and electricity.   In addition to the impact on utilities, retail supply chains will be impacted and there is a potential for a shortage of food, medical supplies, and drinking water.

Are you prepared?  Emergency preparedness has such importance to you and your family that it should be a regular part of your household activities, similar to checking your smoke detector batteries, replacing your HVAC filter, or changing the oil in your car. 

On Thursday, May 10th, we will be hosting a Coffee with the Chiefs event in collaboration with CRESA that will focus on emergency preparedness and response.  Attendees will learn how to best prepare their homes and families for emergencies and disasters; how to receive official alerts and notifications; and about the plans and processes the city and CRESA use for preparing, responding to, and recovering from disasters. 

We encourage your attendance – all ages are welcome. The Coffee with the Chiefs event will be held on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Battle Ground Police and Fire Stations located at 505 and 507 SW 1st Street.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the stations, including the Emergency Operations Center and emergency apparatus.  

While your police and fire first responders are committed to your safety, it’s important that you are prepared to help support your family, your neighbors and your community. 

We hope to see you at this important community preparedness event.  Until then, check you smoke detector batteries, your HVAC filter and mark May 10 on your calendar.

Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson 
& Fire District 3 Chief Scott Sorenson