Jackson County Fire District No. 3 was recognized as the “Oregon Fire District of the Year” by the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO).
Fire District No. 3 was nominated for the award by the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association (OVFA) as a result of the district’s extraordinary preparation for the upcoming OVFA conference, which will be hosted by District No. 3, June 24-27.
Fire District 3 Chief Dave Hard received the prestigious award on behalf of the department. “I am extremely proud of all of our members, our district is both honored and humbled by this award,” said Hard.
Fire District 3 is one of the few fire departments to earn recognition as an Internationally Accredited Fire Agency. They earned the honor in 2005.
District 3 raised more than $10,000 in donations to reduce the tuition. The original tuition was $225 but thanks to the efforts of the volunteers and those who responded to their effort, the tuition has been reduced to $125 per volunteer.
The district has 10 of the 11 instructors for the conference. “We are fortunate to have this caliber of personnel,” noted Deputy Fire Marshal Don Hickman. “We have people who value training.”
Courses to be offered include: Self contained breathing, automotive extraction, EMS training, EMS training in childbirth, trauma and medical emergencies. There will be practical field use of GPS and incident command control as well as the use of fans to expel toxic fumes, work in confined places, water and rope rescue and wildland fire exercise.
Training will be in the classroom, on the water, mountainside and in the tall grass.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent