The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office awarded a $35,000 grant to the Corbett Fire Department

July 12, 2022


The grant  will enable the Fire Department to be more proactive during the wildland fire season. The grant will run from July 1, 2022 to November 1, 2022.

The Fire Department will use the grant to establish fire patrols when the fire danger is very high. Often time’s fires start at night and in very remote regions. Corbett Fire will use their smaller (4WD) brush rigs to patrol the approximately 40 square mile area of the Corbett Fire Department. Because Corbett Fire is staffed by volunteers, the grant will allow for the firefighters to be compensated for their time.

By having fire patrols in the field will allow the department to have a faster response and to detect obvious hazards, i.e. a tree limb across a power line. One of the lessons of the 2020 fire season in Oregon was that fires got a “head start” because they were not detected early. As a result the fire overwhelmed the initial fire response.  Hopefully, this program will allow for early detection as well as getting additional fire resources to the scene.

Corbett Fire Department Announces Meeting on Firewise
June 17, 2022


Learn how to get organized and take action in order to prevent the destruction of your home in the event of a wildland fire. Just like the Corbett Fire Department is a volunteer organization, Firewise is a volunteer community program that can better prepare your home for a wildland fire.   Firewise is a system that was designed by the

USDA Forest Service, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and the Oregon Department of Forestry.  It is strongly endorsed by the Corbett Fire Department. Corbett Fire Chief, Rick Wunsch says, “Firewise is a partnership between the community and the Fire Department. By working together the two can educate and strengthen the community against wildfire”.

The meeting will discuss how you can increase the survivability of your home in a wildland fire. Everyone in the Corbett community is invited. Menucha is located at 38711 Historic Columbia River Highway.

Thanks for all the support

June 6, 2022

Donor List for 2022 Fire Department Breakfast!

Thanks for all the help. We raised almost $7,000

Albertson’s  |  Moen Machinery Co

Anonymous   | Nolan’s Point S Tire

Bumpers Bar and Grill  | Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

Crown Point RV Park   |  Rip City Popcorn

Deep Creek Garden Center   |   Scrubbys Express Lube

Fred Meyer Wood Village   |   Starbucks Coffee

Helping Hands    |   Sugarpine Drive-In

Home Depot   |   Tara Farms-Christensen Rd

Hopworks Urban Brewery   |   Total Rental

Joe and Angela Fahlman   |   Troutdale Art Center

Liz’s Coffee Cabin   |   Troutdale Barber Shop

LoLo’s Boss Pizza    |   Troutdale Dairy Queen

McMenamins Edgefield    |   WATERAX

Miller Paint   |   33 Books Co.

Corbett Firefighters Association Awards $7,000 worth of Scholarships

Press release – May 29, 2022

On May 26, 2022 at the Corbett High School graduation, three scholarships worth for a total of $7,000 were awarded to Galilea Schulz, Sydney Holwege, and Devin Soles by the Corbett Firefighter Association.

Picture: Left to Right…..Devin-Sydney-Galilea

Galilea plans on attending the University of Southern California. She was valedictorian of the Class of 2022, participated in cross country, was a nine year member of Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and has volunteered for a horse rescue group, and for a dance group.

Devin Soles plans to enroll in the paramedic program at the Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Oregon. After finishing that program he will enroll online to obtain his Fire Administration Bachelor’s Degree. Devin has been Captain of his soccer team and also has participated in the Cascade Locks Fire Department Cadet Program.

Sydney Holwege plans on attending Utah State University. She is interested in the criminal justice system or being a first responder. She has volunteered taking care of horses at Stoneybrook Stables, helped her church prepare kits for the homeless, as well as keeping score and refereeing basketball games for young players.

These scholarships are funded by a breakfast at the Corbett Fire Department that will take place on June 4, 2022, at the Corbett Fire Station. The scholarship is named after Ferd Riehl, who was a founding member of the department in 1949, and served over forty years as a volunteer firefighter. The scholarship is based on a candidate’s experience in volunteering or their interest in additional education in Fire Science or emergency medical care.

After a Two Year Break, a Thirty Year Tradition Returns to the Corbett Fire Department.


Corbett Fire District   May 22, 2022

Have a firehouse breakfast and get hugs from Sparky the Fire Dog at the Corbett Fire Station on June 4, 2022.

Enjoy a family style pancake breakfast (blueberries optional) ham, and eggs. Kids of all ages will get hugs from Sparky as well as rides on a fire engine. In addition there will be a silent auction, door prizes awarded, and balloons. Adults pay $8.00 and kids under 10 eat for $5.00. Because of Covid, precautions will be taken to ensure safe distance seating along with plenty of ventilation.

This event is almost thirty years old and is a great community tradition. All proceeds fund the Ferd Riehl Scholarship for a high school Senior at Corbett High School. Ferd Riehl was a founding member of the Fire Department in 1949 and served as a volunteer for over forty years.

During the course of the year the volunteers of the Corbett Fire Department respond to approximately 500 calls for assistance; and now is an opportunity for the community to assist the Corbett Fire Department fund this scholarship for high school Seniors. People can help by donating items for the silent auction, attending the event, or donating things for door prizes. Contact Duane Redfield at dredhomes@cascadeaccess.com to see what you can contribute.

The station is located at 36930 Historic Columbia River Highway and the breakfast will be held from 7:30 AM until 11:30.

Corbett Fire Department Hosts a Meeting to Discuss a FIREWISE COMMUNITY


March 28, 2022

 

On April 6, 2022 at 7:00 PM the Corbett Fire Department will host a meeting at the Corbett Fire Hall which is located at 36930 East Historic Columbia River Hwy. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the FIREWISE concept that is designed to help residents to get organized and take action to prevent the destruction of homes during a wildfire event. In the last five years, the Corbett area has experienced two significant wildfire events in 2017 and 2020.

The meeting will be conducted by Dave Flood, the Fire Marshall for the Corbett Fire Department. FIREWISE is a  volunteer system that was designed by the USDA Forest Service and is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and the Oregon Department of Forestry. FIREWISE is currently active in 42 states. The meeting will discuss how to increase the survivability of your home, and how to develop a community action plan. Refreshments will be served.

FREE refrigerator magnets

March 15, 2022


 

The Corbett Fire Department has FREE refrigerator magnets that have the fire department’s new non- emergency phone number listed. If you have an emergency call 911, but for business calls, burning information and other inquiries, please call 503-809-4372.

The free refrigerator magnets are available for Corbett residents at the Post Office, the Grange Hall, the Corbett Country Market, Liz’s Coffee Cabin, the Springdale Pub, and Glen Irvin’s Market in Springdale.

The new number is being phased into service and eventually the old numbers will be discontinued. Last Saturday, on March 12, 2022, the new number had 80 inquiries about burning information. The new number gives the Fire Department more flexibility because the department can list more options. The Fire Department thanks the support of Reliance Connects. Reliance is supplying a phone line so that 911 calls can be answered at the Corbett Station in the case of an emergency.

Corbett Firefighters Compete in the World’s Largest On-Air Stair Climb Competition

March 8, 2022


 

How do Corbett firefighters stay in good physical condition? These three firefighters decided to compete in the annual Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society Stair Climb competition.

Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky and Dave Selden will compete on March 13, 2022 at the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington. They will climb 69 floors and take 1,356 steps in order to reach a height of 788 feet of vertical elevation. This is almost like doing a rescue at the top of Multnomah Falls. However, these firefighters will be carrying 45-50 lbs. of full structural firefighting gear, while on air!

Additionally, Joy Friedel will do a virtual stair climb at a later date in Portland, Oregon.  Among the three firefighters, they have collected over $2,000 that will be donated for blood cancer research and patient service. The goal of the Seattle Stair Climb is to raise two million dollars this year.

If you would like to help and support the Corbett Fire Department team you can send a contribution to:

Washington/ Alaska Office LLS

Washington/ Alaska P.O. Box 102448

Pasadena, California   91189-2488

Please include a note that indicates which fire department team or individual you want to support.

Corbett Firefighters Association announces funding of the Ferd Riehl Scholarship for 2022.

 

Feb 22, 2022


 

Corbett Fire District Corbett, Oregon Feb. 18, 2022

On Feb. 18, 2022 the President of the Corbett Volunteer Firefighters Association, Joe Fahlman, announced that the Ferd Riehl Scholarship will be awarded to the Corbett High School graduation class of 2022.  This scholarship is funded by a community breakfast that will be held at the Corbett Fire Hall on June 4, 2022.

This scholarship pays tribute to Ferd Riehl, who was an original member of the department when it was founded in 1949 and served until 1995. His commitment to community service and his willingness to volunteer for over 46 years made a strong contribution to the department and the Corbett community.

Ferd Riehl from the 1990s with one of the first fire engine's for the fire district..(WW11 surplus)

In order for a student to be eligible they must demonstrate that they are pursuing studies in Fire Science or Emergency Medical Services. If not, they must be able to demonstrate they have volunteered in the community.  All applicants must live within the boundaries of the Corbett Fire District. To get an application or ask questions, people can contact Duane Redfield (dredhomes@cascadeaccess.com) or leave a message at the Corbett Fire District office (503-809-4372). Applications are due on May 1, 2022. 

>>>  Select here to download the Application(pdf)

Additionally, in past years several people have made cash donations or contributed to our silent auction.  If individuals would like to donate to the scholarship with something for the silent auction they can contact Duane Redfield.

 

Bob Layton

7-23-1934 – 1-10-2022


Long-time Corbett resident Bob Layton passed away January 10, 2022, at the age of 87. 

The youngest of ten sons, Bob was born in Dublin, Georgia, to Benjamin and Callie Layton, July 23, 1934.  At the age of 9, Bob came to Oregon in 1943 with an older brother and he lived in the Corbett area the remainder of his life.  Bob graduated from Columbian High School (now Corbett High School) in 1953.  He married Dona Schneringer in 1956 and they had two sons, Doug and Dan.  Bob and Dona lived in their home on Larch Mountain Road their entire 65 years together.

 

Bob went to work at the Bridal Veil Lumber and Box Company right out of high school.  Bob was in the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1956 to 1960.  In 1961, Bob joined the Multnomah County Road Department where he worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator until he retired December 31, 1995.  One of his assignments with the road department was driving snowplow.  To this day, some residents in the area still express gratitude for the way Bob cleared the road while leaving the entrances to their driveways open during heavy snowstorms.

 

Bob served the Corbett community for many years and in many ways.  He was one of the founding members of the Columbia Gorge Little League in 1969.  This group formed four local teams to provide kids under the age of 13 an opportunity to play baseball.  Bob coached the “Yanks” for three years.  Helping with set up and clean-up activities, Bob assisted the Corbett Education Foundation with their annual fundraising activities for several years.  His most widely known contribution to the Corbett community was his 59 years of service to the Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District #14.  During his tenure with RFP #14, Bob served in a number of capacities, from firefighter to chief (1976 to 1980).  He was a driving instructor, held the rank of lieutenant, and was captain of the fire tender from the Corbett fire station when he retired from the department in May 2016.

 

In recognition of his dedication and service, Bob was selected RFPD #14’s Officer of the Year in 2000.  That same year, he was also awarded the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters’ Association Oregon Volunteer Firefighter of the Year recognition.  That organization also awarded Bob the Lifetime Achievement award in 2006.  Bob and Dona were chosen to be Grand Marshalls of the Corbett Fourth of July Fun Festival parade in 2007 in recognition of their community support.  The East Multnomah County Pioneer Association presented Bob with the President’s Award in 2016.

 

Bob was predeceased by his parents, brothers, and son Doug.  He is survived by his wife Dona; son Dan; grandsons and their wives, Shawn and Karen Layton, and Jason and Jana Layton.; great-grandchildren Abby and Aiden Layton and Bella Sackett; and numerous other family members.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this summer.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be considered for either RFPD #14 Benevolence Fund or Corbett Education Foundation for the Bob and Doug Layton Memorial Scholarship.

Christmas Chicken Update

12-15-2021


Corbett Fire District “Christmas Chicken” was doing some training flights in the area, and today the chicken made stops at the schools in Corbett and Springdale. Almost $600 was donated from the Corbett schools this morning. In the afternoon the chicken was at the Springdale CAPS School, and collected $175.}

The money collected will allow the Corbett Fighters Association to assist a family in need at Christmas time. People who would like to contribute can stop by at the Corbett Country Market (across from the Corbett Fire Station) and at Liz’s Coffee Cabin that is located at the Scenic Hwy. and Lucas Rd. Additionally, with the help of Conner Heating and Cooling, Liz is matching every dollar that is donated at the Coffee Cabin. The Christmas Chicken will put on some long underwear and will appear at the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony that will take place at the Corbett Fire Station Friday Dec. 17, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Donations can also be sent to the Corbett Fire District at P O Box #1, Corbett, Oregon 97019. People with questions can call 503-695-2272.

Last year the generous Corbett community raised almost $6,000 to assist a family that was dealing with a medical hardship. This year the Corbett Firefighters Association would hope that Corbett community will continue to support the world famous Christmas Chicken.

 

KEEP THE CHICKEN FLYING!

Corbett Fire Board to Swear-in Rick Wunsch as the New Fire Chief


Dec. 8, 2021

 

On Dec. 8, 2021 the Corbett Fire Board will swear-in Rick Wunsch as the new Fire Chief. The public meeting will take place at the Corbett Fire Station and will start at 6:00 PM. Rick will replace Dave Flood who has been Fire Chief since 2015. The leadership team will remain the same, as Dave Flood will continue to serve as an Assistant Chief along with longtime Assistant Chief Brent Younker.

Rick Wunsch joined the Corbett Fire District in 2007 and has been an Assistant Chief since 2015. He holds numerous firefighter certifications and has an Intermediate Level Medical certification. As an Assistant Chief he led the department’s training program as well as overseeing the six month long training program for new recruits. Additionally, he has served as a Strike Team Leader on large wildland fires. In 2018 he was selected as Oregon Volunteer Firefighter of the Year by the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association He is the eleventh Chief to have served since the Corbett Fire District was incorporated in 1949.

New Fire Chief, Rick Wunsch, says “I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead such a great team. I will continue the Corbett Fire’s tradition of education and training so that we can serve the community with the highest level of service.”

After 40 years, the world famous Corbett Fire District’s “Christmas Chicken”, is still delivering Christmas Cheer.


Dec. 3, 2021

 

Corbett Fire District announced today that the Christmas Chicken is undergoing pre-flight checks for delivering Christmas gifts to families in need. The “chicken” became a novelty in the 1970s when Corbett firefighters wanted to deliver Christmas gifts to their families. However Nev Scott, wife of the Fire Chief, found that the costume rental shop was out of Santa suits. Instead she chose a chicken outfit, and the Christmas Chicken became a weird East County tradition.

In 2021, this crazy but much needed tradition continues, however the focus is now on families in need who live in the Corbett area. Last year the Corbett community, which has a population of approximately 4,000, raised almost $6,000 for a family that had a medical hardship.

The Corbett Firefighters Association has placed two firefighter boots in the Corbett community. Boots are located at the Corbett Country Market (across from the Corbett Fire Station) and at Liz’s Coffee Cabin that is located at the Scenic Hwy and Lucas Rd. Additionally, with the help of Conner’s Heating and Cooling, Liz is matching every dollar donated. Liz also created a Christmas basket and each donor will receive a raffle ticket to win the basket.

Donations can also be sent to the Corbett Fire District at P O Box #1, Corbett, Oregon 97019. People with questions can call 503-695-2272.
The Christmas chicken is currently preening his feathers and getting his pre-flight check. With the backing of the Corbett community he will fly!

Corbett Fire District Announces the Heini Ziegler Award for Community Service


November 23, 2021

 

 

The Heini Ziegler award was established to honor the service of Heini Ziegler who was one of the founding fathers of the Corbett Fire District as well as serving as Chief of the department.

Each year members of the community nominate individuals who have contributed time and effort volunteering in the Corbett community. A committee from the fire department then selects the people to receive the award. In 2020 no one was selected because of Covid-19, so this year two people were recognized. The winners will receive a gift certificate for dinner out with their family, as well as their name on a plaque that will hang on the wall of the Corbett Fire Hall.

Jill Carlson

The first person selected is Jill Carlson. She is on the Grange Board of Directors, volunteering as the Treasurer. As a Grange Board member, she helped to organize many new events, speakers, classes, and lectures. She has been involved in the Helping Hands Food distribution program. In addition, she has donated time to the Sound Equine Horse Rescue program and assisted the Crown Point Historical Society in their 2021 fund raising.

Sandy Cartisser

Sandy Cartisser has been involved in the Corbett Garden Club and the Crown Point Historical Society. She serves as Treasurer of the Crown Point Historical Society and has put on several teas to raise money for the building fund. She has been involved in several grant writing projects for the society, and her record keeping skills allow the organization to maintain their non-profit status. She is the “go to person” if you need answers about the Crown Point Historical Society.

Both of these individuals contribute to the well-being of the Corbett Community and the Corbett Fire District is proud to recognize their efforts.

Long delay does not deter new firefighters


Corbett fire district: Corbett, Oregon  Nov. 11, 2021

 

After a long wait, seven new firefighters will be “sworn in” on the Nov. 17, 2021 Corbett Fire Board meeting that will be held at 6:30 pm. These seven new firefighters joined the department in the fall of 2019, completed their training, and started responding to calls in 2020. Because of Covid 19 protocols the Corbett Fire Board had to meet remotely. Now with normal “in person” meetings taking place, this will be an opportunity to formally “swear in” the new members.

In the attached picture, from left to right you will see Kelly Purvine who works at Providence Hospital; Rhylan Wardle, who worked last summer as a firefighter for Oregon Department of Forestry; Kanyon Reams, a security supervisor; Andrew Parker, who works for Portland Water Bureau; Jake Kerslake, a local farmer; Rex Sconce, an employee of Boeing who is a lateral transfer from the Sandy Fire Department and Wes Revel, Corbett Postmaster.

In the first year (2019-2020) during the first six months these individuals met twice a week for training. In the course of a year they completed in excess of 150 hours of training, as well as finishing their course work for the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards Firefighter requirements. In addition, several have completed or have started the process of obtaining their Emergency Medical Training certifications. To their credit, all of this was accomplished with the challenge of Covid 19. By the end of one year they were responding to calls, making the total number of Corbett firefighters being approximately 34.

Fire Chief, Dave Flood says “We are excited to make this official, albeit a year late due to Covid 19 delays. This group trained hard and are already making significant contributions to Corbett Fire. We appreciate their commitment to our team.”

Brent Younker: Fifty years as a Volunteer Firefighter and still responding to calls.


Corbett Fire District; Corbett, Oregon  – September 29, 2021

 

In the early 1970s the Aims area, located in the Southeast corner of Multnomah County, was seeking to be annexed to the Corbett Fire District. When the Corbett Fire District annexed Aims, they had no idea they would be getting Brent Younker, who continues to serve the district fifty years later. Thanks to the generosity of the Baker Family, space was donated in one of their barns to house an early 1950s Diamond T fire engine. Later the Baker Family donated the land where the current Aims Fire Station is located.

Brent Younker was twenty years old when he joined in 1971 and has been an Assistant Chief since the late 1970s.

From the beginning training has always been one of his priorities. In 1972 he was one of the first firefighters in the State of Oregon to take an EMT medical class at Mt Hood Community College. His dedication to the department is best illustrated by the fact that he took the EMT class twice! After the first class his paper work for recertification was lost in a bureaucratic “paper work haze”, so he retook the class again in the 1980s.  In the 1980s he was one of first volunteer firefighters to take a leadership class at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. As a leader, he is recognized by the firefighters, as one who leads with a calm demeanor and a rational approach to solving problems. This is reflected because he has been elected three times as Officer of the Year by the firefighters as well as being runner-up for Oregon Volunteer of the Year in 1999.

In his “other job” Brent oversees the family business that has two rental stores in Gresham/ Sandy area.  He was twenty and single when he joined the department in 1971, today he has seven grandchildren.

During his tenure he has worked with nine different Fire Chiefs. With his long tenure, he is not the longest serving volunteer in the department. Former Chief, Bob Layton, served fifty nine years retiring in May, 2016.

Current Fire Chief, Dave Flood says, “Brent has helped the Corbett Fire District grow five plus decades as a leader. Brent makes every night and weekend call he’s dispatched to, and still works full time as a business owner. His energy and work ethic set an example for all of us to follow.”

Asked what significant changes he has observed in the last fifty years, Brent noted the increase emphasis on training and the invention of new technology. Brent stated, “In 1971 firefighters started responding to calls after being in the department for three months without any training. Today the recruits respond after six months of training and have a Fire Fighter 1 certificate.” An example of new technology the department now has defibrillation machines to assist a patient with a heart problem; in 1971 the department only had the ability to do CPR.

The decision by the Corbett Fire District in 1971 to annex the Aims area brought in more than a new area to serve, it allowed the department to bring in a member who fifty years later is still making a strong contribution as a leader to the organization, as well as responding to calls in the community.

Heini Ziegler Award – Accepting Nominations!


Corbett Fire District; Corbett, Oregon  – August 3, 2021

The Heini Ziegler Award was established to honor the service of Heini Ziegler who was one of the founding fathers of the Corbett Fire Department in the late 1940s as well as serving as a Chief of the Department in the 1960s and 1970s. Heini also served the community in numerous other ways, including service on the Water District and School District Boards. A true renaissance person, he was so respected that he was often asked to solve neighborhood disputes, or he could easily fix your broken down car.

After his death the Fire Department decided to establish the Heini Ziegler Award to honor all of Heini’s service to the community. Anyone can nominate an individual, who lives in the community, that you feel should be recognized for their volunteer efforts in the Corbett community.

The winner will be chosen by a committee from the Corbett Fire Department, they will get their name on a plaque that hangs on the wall at the Corbett Fire Hall, and a small cash award. This is funded by an account that was set up with the donations that the department received after Heini’s death. It is hoped that the winner will take his/her family to dinner and enjoy a good meal. Heini would approve! Please take a moment and nominate your favorite person. Questions? Call 503-695-2272.


 

Here is the information  you can send to nominate someone:

Their Name, Their Phone Number. The Reasons for your nomination (use additional space if you like to include this information) and then your name and number.

Deadline: Must be received by Sept. 10, 2021

Mail to: Heine Ziegler Award/ Corbett Fire Department – PO Box 1 Corbett, OR 97019

 

  Download the PDF form here!

Only in Corbett, does a chicken deliver Christmas Gifts!


Corbett Fire District; Corbett, Oregon  – Dec. 8, 2020

Corbett Fire District proudly announces that the world famous “Christmas Chicken” is getting ready to fly this December to deliver food, Christmas toys, and clothing to families in need of support.

This novel idea originated in the 1970s when Corbett firefighters wanted to deliver Christmas gifts to their own families. However when Nev Scott, wife of the Fire Chief, went to rent a Santa outfit she could not find a Santa outfit at the costume shop. Instead she chose a chicken, and this crazy tradition began.

Today, this weird but needed event continues. The focus is now on families in need who live in the Corbett area. Currently two anonymous donors have donated matching grants of $500.00 each to the Corbett Firefighters Association. The Association is now trying to match these donations by placing firefighter boots at the Corbett Market (across from the Corbett Fire Station) and at Liz’s Coffee Cabin located at Lucas Rd and the Scenic Highway.

Additionally, donations can be sent to Corbett Fire District, POBox 1, Corbett, Oregon 97019. The Firefighters Association is asking the community to “fill the boot” and help to launch the Christmas Chicken on a needed flight. Last year the community was very generous in filling the boot and we assisted three families. However, Covid will not clip the Christmas Chicken’s wings with the support of the Corbett community. With forty year old frayed feathers the Christmas Chicken is willing to take on the challenge, posed by Covid, and assist some families in need.

Contact:  Joe Fahlman-President of Corbett Firefighters Association –  503-348-2792

Welcome to our 70th birthday party!


October 12, 2019 the Fire District will celebrate 70 years of being an officially organized tax supported fire district. The “party” will be held at the Corbett Fire Station, 36930 East Historic Columbia River Hwy., and will be from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM.

At noon chili (Fire Chief’s special), hot dogs, and hamburgers will be served.​At 1:00 PM the annual Heini Ziegler award will be presented to a citizen of the Corbett Community who has done outstanding volunteer work. Heini Ziegler was a past Corbett Fire Department Chief in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as an original founding member in 1949.

​At 1:30 PM we will have a “wet down” ceremony for the new water tender. A “wet down” ceremony dates back to the 1800s when members of the community, primarily children, welcome the new apparatus by washing the new water tender and pushing it into the station. Air horns will be sounded and the water tender will be “officially” placed into service.
​Additionally, address signs will be available for a cost of $15.00. The Fire Department will order and install the signs.

​The day will end with a birthday cake being served at 2:00 PM.

​During the days of Oct. 8, 9, and 10th the Corbett firefighters will be in the grade school classrooms discussing home fire safety. Additionally, the children will get to visit and sit in a fire department apparatus.

Contact: Chief Dave Flood 503 803 5244
Date Posted:  9/25/2019

Repainting Corbett Fire Hydrants


 

Date Posted:  9/13/2019 | CORBETT FIRE- FIRE HYDRANTS: COLORFUL, UGLY AND NECESSARY – Recently, Corbett Fire crews, under the direction of Corbett Chief Dave Flood, have been repainting the 76 fire hydrants in the Corbett Fire District. The goal is to have this repainting completed by 2020.

Fire hydrants are color coded in order to indicate how many gallons per minute (GPM) a hydrant will flow. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that hydrants on a public water system, such as the Corbett Water District, should be painted chrome yellow with the top having a color to indicate the GPM. Hydrants flowing less than 500 GPM should be red, 500-999 GPM should be orange, 1000-1499 GPM should be green, and hydrants flowing over 1500 GPM should be blue. If a hydrant is inoperable, it should be covered with a black bag. Having the fire hydrants color coded allows the fire department to make plans on how to secure adequate water for a fire. Additionally, it allows fire departments from other agencies who might be assisting Corbett Fire, to know what GPM to expect from a hydrant.
If you live in an area that does not have hydrants, such as Aims, the department will draft water from ponds, streams, or cisterns.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Report any obvious damage to the Corbett Fire District or the Corbett Water District. This could include missing caps on the fire hydrant, perhaps a tree has fallen on the hydrant, or maybe someone has abandoned a car next to the hydrant. Remember, they are colorful and ugly for a reason, so they can be quickly located in an emergency. Oftentimes people will try to hide this “eyesore” with flowers and interesting art work. This only makes them more difficult to locate. (Which can be a challenge at 3:00 AM during a snow storm).In order to help the fire department, neighbors sometimes “adopt” a fire hydrant and cut back the surrounding brush around the hydrant.

Heini Ziegler Award – Nominate Now!


 

The Heini Ziegler Award was established to honor the service of Heini Ziegler who was one of the founding fathers of the Corbett Fire Department in the late 1940s as well as serving as a Chief of the Department in the 1960s and 1970s. Heini also served the community in numerous other ways, including service on the Water District and School District Boards.

 

After his death the Fire Department decided to establish the Heini Ziegler Award to honor all of Heini’s service to the community. Anyone can nominate an individual, who lives in the community, that you feel should be recognized for their volunteer efforts in the Corbett community. The winner will be chosen by a committee from the Corbett Fire Department, they will get their name on a plaque that hangs on the wall at the Corbett Fire Hall, and a small cash award.

This is funded by an account that was set up with the donations that the department received after Heini’s death. It is hoped that the winner will take his/her family to dinner and enjoy a good meal. Heini would approve!

Please take a moment and nominate your favorite person.

Select here to download the nomination form!

Benefits of being a Corbett Volunteer Firefighter


July 12,2019

(1)Learn new skills (2) Attain personal satisfaction

Corbett Fire District provides firefighting and medical training before people can respond to calls. The Fire District also provides a (401a) retirement system, Life Flight and AMR subscription programs for volunteers and their families, and an Employee Assistance Program. Additionally, the Fire District provides training and education benefits for members seeking advance training.

Prospective members are invited to an informational meeting on July. 24, 2019 at the Corbett Fire Station (7:00PM).

Dave Flood, Chief, will serve ice cream and answer questions. Bring your spouse Additionally, prospective members are invited to weekly Monday drills at the Corbett Station (6:45PM)This year the department is recruiting for the Aims and Corbett Stations.

Applications due Aug. 9, 2019. Call 503-695-2272 (leave message)
BE PART OF A PROUD 70 YEAR OLD TRADITION

(Photo is Firefighter Joe Fahlman teaching Fire Prevention classes)

Corbett Fire District will soon welcome a new water tender


May 23, 2019

 

Water tenders are kind of ugly and do not look very glamorous but they are vital for rural fire protection.

Many areas of the Corbett Fire District do not have a water hydrant system so all of the water must be transported to the scene of a fire. Because this is such an essential need, insurance companies base their fire home insurance ratings on the ability of a fire department to efficiently deliver water. Water tenders can also be used at incidents on the I-84 freeway, fires involving the rail traffic in the gorge, or homes located a long way from a hydrant. Additionally, they are critical to dealing with wildland fires, one 3,000 gallon water tender can supply water for at least six brush rigs at the scene of a fire. This is far more efficient than having the brush rig stop their firefighting operations and leave the scene to get water.

This new apparatus will carry 3,000 gallons of water, carry a porta-tank (a folding swimming pool to store water at a fire scene), and will be equipped with a 1,000 gallon per minute pump. In addition it will have a 510 horse power engine, which will allow it to climb the steep hills in the Corbett area. It comes at a cost of $290,000. (Red apparatus in picture)

This water tender will replace a water tender that has been in service at the Aims Station for the last twenty nine years. In some ways it has been in service longer because it was built on a used 1984 chassis. (Yellow apparatus in picture) The new rig will be located at the Corbett Station and the 3,000 gallon tender, located at Corbett, will move to Aims.

Corbett Fire District invites everyone to come to our Scholarship Breakfast on June 1 at the Corbett Fire Station to view and “kick the tires” of the new water tender.