Through the collaboration, the Eagle Creek Station will have 24/7 firefighter and paramedic staffing.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Eagle Creek Fire Station will be staffed with firefighters from Clackamas and Sandy.

Though a collaboration between Sandy and Clackamas fire districts, the Eagle Creek Fire Station will be staffed around the clock.

The boards of directors for both Clackamas Fire and Sandy Fire approved an intergovernmental agreement for the staffing during meetings in April. The IGA went into effect Thursday, July 1.

Because of the agreement there are three firefighters, with a minimum of one paramedic, at the station at 32200 S.E. Judd Road. Previously, the station was staffed by Clackamas Fire 40 hours per week with three firefighters.

The increased staffing is expected to improve emergency response for Barton, Boring, Carver, Eagle Creek and Sandy.

"(The station) is strategically located at the border of the two agencies and is well positioned to enhance service. Full 24/7 staffing will provide shorter emergency response times and the ability to cover second or third simultaneous calls for service," stated a video about the collaboration that both districts shared on their websites and social media pages. "Both Clackamas and Sandy Fire Districts are all hazards fire agencies, responding to every type of emergency, to include structure fires, motor vehicle crashes, medical emergencies, hazardous materials response and technical rescues."

The conversation about jointly staffing the Eagle Creek station began at a Sandy and Clackamas interagency meeting in February.

For one shift, Sandy will provide a lieutenant, apparatus operator and firefighter. For the other two shifts, Clackamas will provide a captain or lieutenant, apparatus operator and firefighter. Paramedic response will be guaranteed during each shift.

In the first year of the agreement, Sandy Fire will pay Clackamas $504,143 for the cost of one of the three 24 hour shifts with a lieutenant apparatus operator and firefighter paramedic. Starting next July, Sandy Fire will provide the staffing for these positions.

The co-staffing partnership is an addition to an intergovernmental agreement established in 2020 between the two agencies, in which Clackamas provides Sandy with firefighter training, fleet services, and command and control.

In September, the districts will start a joint feasibility study to explore ways to efficiently use tax dollars, evaluate current response models and explore additional options for partnerships for improving emergency response.

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