Clallam County Fire District No. 2
Fire District 2 was formed in 1944, and was founded by a group of housewives who lived in the Gales Addition east of the City of Port Angeles. Incorporation occurred in 1945. The District now covers some 85 square miles surrounding the City of Port Angeles. The District is bounded on the East by Deer Park Road and Lake Crescent on the West; Olympic National Park makes up the southern boundary and the Strait of Juan de Fuca the northern boundary. District 2 also responds to both fire and emergency medical calls throughout Olympic National Park from Hurricane Ridge to Sol Duc Hot Springs. The District is an ALS Trauma Verified Ambulance service. The service population is approximately 9,500 residents in a mix of commercial, suburban and rural areas The District responds to an average of 1,400 to 1,500 calls per year. Emergency medical calls are the bulk of our responses accounting for approximately 80% of all responses.
District 2 is governed by three elected Fire Commissioners who set policy for the District. The Fire Commissioners are Richard Ruud, David Whitney and Thomas Martin who serve six year terms. There are nine full-time paid staff members: Fire Chief Jake Patterson, Deputy Fire Chief (Vacant), Administrative Services Supervisor Heather K. Catuzo; Firefighter/Paramedics Margie Brueckner, Tyler Reid, and Ian Brueckner; Firefighter/EMTs Neil Crumley, Tyler Gear, and Zach Gear..
Fire District 2 is primarily volunteer. We have between 45 and 50 volunteers, but can roster up to 60. The volunteers respond to calls from four stations; Station 21 at 508 N. Baker Street, Station 22 at 700 power Plant Road, Station 23 at 1992 Black Diamond Road, and Station 25 at 22 Prospect Place.
District 2 is funded through the State Property Tax formula. Under State Law the District can receive up to $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value for fire suppression activities and $.50 for emergency medical services. Currently the District receives $0.96 per $1,000 for all services provided. A voter initiative limits the property tax increase.