As first responders to fires, public safety, medical emergencies, and disasters, Clallam County Fire Protection District No. 4 protects the lives and property of Joyce residents and visitors. The district advances public safety through its fire prevention, and education programs. The timely delivery of these services enables Clallam County Fire Protection District No. 4 to make significant contributions to the safety of Joyce and the surrounding county.
Fire District 4 centers in and around the village of Joyce in Clallam County Washington. The district is roughly 4 miles north-to-south and 20 miles east-to-west, 80 square miles along Highway 112. The eastern boundary of the district on Highway 112 is Ram Hill Road, about 4 miles west of the Elwha River. The western boundary is Milepost 33 on Highway 112 near Deep Creek.
The members of the fire district continually strive to stay current with evolving fire and pre-hospital medical best practices to keep the residents and visitors in our community and our volunteers as safe as possible.
Over 80% of our emergency responses require medical personnel and the services of our ambulances.
From October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019, district volunteers responded to 205 medical emergencies.
The rural nature of our district demands a high level of quality medical training and timely responses.
Ambulance transport times to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles range from 20 to 60 minutes and are dependent on distance, road quality, and weather. The nearest top tier (Level I) Trauma center is Harborview in Seattle. This is 75 miles away across Puget Sound via rotor or fixed wing aircraft, or 2-1/2 hours by road. Harrison in Bremerton specializes in heart issues, 1-1/2 hours away. In short, FD4 has challenging access to definitive medical care.
Our volunteers train to manage all scenarios, including transferring care to helicopter Medivacs and intercepting with Advanced Life Support personnel from out-of-district when necessary.
More than half of our training time is devoted to fire suppression and extrication of patients from vehicles.
Between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019 we responded to 15 fires of various types. Specifically because fires are a smaller proportion of what we respond to we continually train to keep our skills fresh.
Over the same period we responded to 16 vehicle accidents. Highway 112 can be unforgiving to vehicles and their passengers so we work hard to prepare for whatever may be presented to us on a scene.