Corbett Community, I would like to personally thank the Corbett community for passing the Corbett Fire District Bond. Our firefighters are out every day working for their community and deeply appreciate the support. With the passing of the bond, we will begin the planning process. Improvements include: 1) building an additional building at the Corbett station…
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.