Umatilla RFPD

The Umatilla RFPD is a combination department, meaning that a few hard-working paid people keep the district running, but we rely heavily on dedicated volunteers to truly get our mission done.

Our volunteers are trained to the same high standards as career, paid firefighters, but they're doing it outside of their normal daily activities.

Our volunteers come in all ages and sizes, and from many career fields like construction, corrections, administration, and medical fields.

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August 16, 2019
Fire Alarms at School (Part 1 of 2)
Safety is the number one priority for schools. While teachers and adults at your child’s school will review safety procedures, including fire alarms, it is also a good idea for you to review them with your child as well. This is especially important if they are attending school for the first time and are unfamiliar with the loud noise and flashing lights of a fire alarm.

1. Listen to your teacher.
When the fire alarm goes off, get quiet and listen up.
Your teacher will remind you of what to do.

Don't interrupt your teacher or talk to students next to you.
There may also be an announcement on the loudspeaker, so listen up for that as well.

2. The fire alarm might go off when you're in the bathroom or hallway. If the fire alarm goes off and you're not in your classroom, listen for instructions or go to the closest classroom and exit with them.

Ask the nearest teacher or staff member what to do next. If you see a class exiting, join them. Tell the teacher you are from another class.

If a teacher or staff member at your school gives you directions while you're on your way to the assembly point, follow them.

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August 9, 2019
Combating Heat Stress Problems (Part 5 of 5)
Get Your Shades On

Bright sunlight can not only result in sunburn but also visual impairment. Your eyes can become sunburned if left exposed without protection, resulting in vision problems, burning pain, decreased eye sight, or partial or complete vision loss.

Wear sunglasses with total UV protection anytime your eyes are exposed to bright sunlight. Not only will you prevent sunburn, but you’ll also prevent injuries that may have been caused by not being able to see clearly in the bright glare of the sun.

Although all workers exposed to high heat environments are susceptible to heat-related injury, some are more susceptible than others.

Those at the greatest risk are individuals who have not built up a tolerance to such conditions. That could be new employees, temporary employees, or those returning to work after time off.

To help prevent injuries, encourage all workers to ease into summer by taking more frequent breaks as they get used to the heat.

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The URFPD would like to welcome it's very first Resident Interns. Garron Anderson (left) is a 2018 graduate of Hermiston HS while Preston Brower is a 2019 graduate of Helix HS. Both will be pursuing a fire science degree this fall at BMCC. They will be living at our McNary station and will be working side by side with our staff learning about emergency services when not in class. Be sure to give them a big welcome when you see them around town! ...

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