Chief Dave Flood

June 2020

Welcome to our new website!  Thanks to community member Mindy Schmidt for donating it.

In this edition of Chief’s Corner, we will give you a little more detail about our fire district and especially our firefighters and equipment.  We’re not using the word “our” accidently.  This fire district was officially created by Corbett/Springdale residents in 1949, with Aims joining us in 1971.  We are funded by your tax dollars and staffed by your neighbors, citizen-firefighters.  346 community members have volunteered in the last 71 years.

85% of our funding comes from your property taxes with the remaining money coming from protection agreement contracts.  Our tax rate is $1.26 per $1000 assessed value (it’s important to note that assessed value is typically much lower than market value).  An informal evaluation of assessed property values in our district shows that the average residential property is assessed at $300,000 which is an average tax of $387 per year per residence, a little over $30 per month.

Corbett Fire District #14 is an all-volunteer fire department based out of three stations with 32 members. Our firefighters are well trained and highly skilled in Emergency Medicine, Hazardous Materials response, Technical Rescue (high angle rope and swift water), Vehicle Extrication, Gorge trail rescues, Wildland Fire Suppression and, of course, Structural Firefighting.

We protect 4,000 residents in 40 square miles, and, through contract/mutual aid agreements with Oregon State Parks, US Forest Service, Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and Multnomah County EMS, provide fire and medical services throughout the Western Columbia River Gorge.

Station 62 in Corbett houses a structural engine, a water tender (tanker), a rescue, a heavy brush engine, a brush pickup, and a light squad for technical rescues. The total amount of “water on wheels” is 4,650 gallons. There are also 54 hydrants in the western end of their response area and no hydrants in the eastern end of their response area.  We have 13 firefighters assigned to this main station.

Station 61 in Springdale houses a structural engine and a brush pickup.  There are 12 firefighters assigned to the Springdale Station.  There are 1,300 gallons of “water on wheels” here and 36 hydrants throughout their response area.

Station 63 in Aims houses a structural engine and a water tender (tanker).  There are 8 firefighters assigned to the Aims Station.  There is a total of 4,000 gallons of water on wheels here plus a 6,000- gallon cistern.  There are no hydrants in Aims’ response area.

That’s a lot of information packed into seven paragraphs!  Now, let’s discuss your safety and how you can avoid meeting us in an emergency.

Working smoke alarms are your very best bet to protect you and your loved ones in the event of a residential fire.  We are probably not going to be able help you if a fire starts while you’re asleep and a passerby has to see flames to call 911.  Even if you live next door to a fire station with a fire hydrant in your front yard, you need smoke alarms.

Do not, under any circumstances, use portable fueled appliances indoors.  These are meant to be used outdoors only.  We’ve had two fire deaths and one very close call in the last six years due to the improper use of these appliances.

Seat belts/child safety seats have dramatically reduced traffic deaths.  Keep up the good work.

Be very watchful while walking, jogging or biking in or near any roadway or parking lot.

Please do not ignore unusual chest pain or breathing difficulties, especially if their onset is sudden.  Call 911.  Don’t be too embarrassed to ask for our help.

Thanks for checking in with us and have a great summer!

Spring 2017

Backyard and agricultural burning is allowed until around July 1st and will resume when rain returns consistently in late September/October. Start your fires early in the day so that they are out by dark and always call to make sure burning is allowed (503-695-2225). Predicted wind speed is primarily the deciding factor on whether it’s a burn day or not. If the weather forecast is wrong and our message says it’s ok to burn but its windy out, please do us a favor and wait for a better day.

Smoke alarms are your very best bet to protect you and your loved ones in the event of a residential fire. We unfortunately had a fire death in the District this past December. This is our second civilian fire death in the last 4 years. Be smart, be safe; have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and in every sleeping room.

Firefighters looking for rental housing. If you own or manage residential rental property in the District, please consider calling us when a rental becomes available. Many times we have firefighters looking for rental property. One of our requirements to be a volunteer firefighter is that you must live within the District. We hate to lose well qualified, highly trained firefighters because they can’t find a place to live.

Congratulations! On May 6th, 5 of our firefighters successfully completed their state certification testing for Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician. This certification adds significantly to our ability to help you in the event of a medical emergency. Congratulations to Duane Redfield, Rick Wunsch, Seth Grover, Tim Downing and Robbie Russell! A special thanks to Tessie Adams for teaching this class.

New Recruits – All 8 of our new recruits received their pagers and are now responding on emergency calls. This brings our number of volunteers to 32. We will be conducting another firefighter recruit academy beginning in the fall. If you’ve ever thought about being a volunteer firefighter and would like to know more, don’t hesitate to contact me personally at 503-803-5244. We will also be having a recruit open house in July, applications are due by August 1st.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! We’d like to thank 6 firefighters who left the District recently

Tim Baker                     42 years

Phil Dearixon               32 years

Dan Marsh                   20 years

Josh Baker                   14 years

Dave Callister               9 years

Lynette Alfano             8 years

We appreciate their many years of hard work and service to our community. All 6 will be greatly missed.

Thanks for reading and have a great summer!

Dave Flood